Statement of Faith

by | Mar 24, 2013

Statement of Faith

Since Wednesday in the Word listeners come from many different churches, backgrounds and countries, the following statement of faith summarizes (but does not comprehensively review) the basic doctrinal specifics I share with my listeners.

Perfect agreement with all these statements is not required of those listening and seeking the Lord with us.

The Christian faith is a progressive, journey toward maturity. Wherever you are in this process, you are welcome to listen and fellowship with us.

Concerning the Bible

We believe that the original writings of both Old and New Testaments were revealed by God to prophets, apostles, and apostolic associates by means of the Spirit, who chose the words employed according to the personality and background of the human author, and that these writings are without error and are of supreme and final authority in the lives of believers in any age.

Concerning God

We believe there is but one true God, who eternally exists as three distinct persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who exclusively share in the work of creation, maintenance of the universe, redemption and judgment.

Concerning Mankind

We believe that mankind was created in the image of God, but because of Adam’s sin that image was damaged, and that all human beings are now born with a sinful nature, are unable to function in moral responsibility before God, and need a spiritual regeneration before they can become what they were meant to be.

Concerning the Son

We believe that the Eternal Son entered the human race as the virgin-born son of Mary, was named Jesus, fulfilled Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah, was rejected by Jewish leaders, condemned by Pontius Pilate, crucified by the Romans, buried in a borrowed tomb, but on the third day arose bodily from the dead in accordance with the predictions of the Old Testament scriptures.

Concerning Redemption

We believe Jesus died upon the cross as a sinless substitute for sinners of all ages and times, and that the Father was thus, by means of the Spirit, reconciling the world to Himself. All who receive the risen Jesus as Lord, by faith, are spiritually born into permanent membership in the family of God.

Concerning the Holy Spirit

We believe that the resurrected Jesus ascended to heaven and on the day of Pentecost sent the Holy Spirit to indwell, guide, teach, and empower all who believe by imparting to them the life of Jesus so that they may live godly lives and engage in loving service to any who are in need.

Concerning the Church

We believe that the Church consists of all who have been regenerated by the Spirit, and finds expression as local churches, operating under the direction of Jesus as Lord and Head of His body, through elders, pastor-teachers, and evangelists, who equip the saints to fulfill the work of the ministry as described in the scriptures.

Concerning the Future

We look for the visible, bodily return of Jesus Christ to earth. This hope calls us to holy living, genuine witness and encouragement of heart. The return of Christ will bring His kingdom to completion, judge the world in righteousness and fulfill His promises to His people. His future work on earth will conclude with the destruction of all evil and the creation of a new heaven and earth.

We believe that all human beings will be raised from the dead, at their proper time, to participate either in eternal life prepared for those who have been redeemed, or to participate in eternal punishment reserved for the devil and his angels.

Further study

What is the Gospel (4 podcasts)

Crucial Questions, 28 free ebooks from RC Sproul

Essential Truths of the Christian Faith by R.C. Sproul

The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel [Affilate link]

Mere Christianity by CS Lewis [Affilate link]

Basic Christianity by John Stott [Affilate link]

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