My Personal Confession of Faith
I believe and have full faith in the one true God, creator of the heavens and the earth (Gen. 1:1), known as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19); existing in eternal Trinity as love, and in His reality, a mystery to the minds of men (Isaiah 40:28-31, Rom. 11:33-36, Col. 1:27); transcendent over all of life (Isaiah 55:8-9) , yet personally known by those who seek and desire Him (Isaiah 43:1, Jer. 1:5, John 5:24) .
I believe the scriptures are inspired by God in their original form and through the process of their distribution (2 Tim. 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20). That the scriptures are inerrant in the truths that the Bible affirms in the context of the culture and limits of communication in the times of the authors, to be interpreted literally (2 Peter 1:20) given the narrative devices used to convey the underlying message and eternal truths maintained across the ages by God’s direction.
I believe that Jesus Christ is the only Begotten Son of God (Matt. 3:17), who was born of the Virgin Mary (Matt. 1:18-25, Luke 2:1-7) as God incarnate, sent to fulfill the law and not to abolish it (Matt. 5:17), and that He died on the Cross by order of Pontius Pilate (Matt. 27, Mark 15:6-15), suffering for the sins of all mankind (Heb. 13:12, 1 Peter 2:21;3:18, ) so that we may be redeemed by His sinless blood (Gal. 3:13; 2 Cor. 5:21). That He was dead on that day and buried in a tomb (Matt. 27:60, Mark 15:42-47, Luke 23:50-56), that He physically and spiritually rose again on the third day (Matt. 28:5-7, Mark 16:4-7, Luke 24:5-7) to affirm His power over the punishment of death (Rom. 6:10;6:23, Heb. 2:14), revealing Himself to His disciples (Matt 28:16-20, Mark 16:12-13, Luke 24:36-49), and that He ascended into heaven (Mark 16:19-20, Luke 24:50-53) where He remains at the right hand of God (Mark 16:19, Heb. 10:12) as ruler of all the earth.
I believe that Christ will one day return (Matt. 24:27-31, Mark 13:24-27, Luke 21:25-28), and that with Him will come the salvation of mankind, the giving of new bodies with the resurrection of the dead, and the formation of a new creation as the kingdom of heaven where those Faithful to Christ will live eternally with the Godhead in peace, and that evil will be cast into eternal death (Revelations).
I believe that the Holy Spirit dwells within me (Psalm 51:11, Isaiah 57:15, 1 Cor. 6:19, 2 Tim. 1:14) , and those who have been made righteous by the gift of grace from God (Rom. 5:5) for their faith in Christ (Eph. 1:13) and obedience to God (Luke 11:13, Acts 2:38, Acts 5:32), and that through Christ alone we are brought to God, and given the Holy Spirit to sanctify our souls (Rom. 15:16) throughout our life on earth until God calls us home to Him or Christ’s return, for discernment of truth from both the Scriptures and the world around us (John 14:26, Heb. 10:15), for comfort and relationship with our Father in Heaven (Rom. 15:13), to speak the word of God to others (Mark 13:11, Luke 12:12), and for remembrance of all Christ said (John 14:26).
I believe that we are made righteous through Faith, not works (Gen 15:6, Exo. 14:31, John 11:40, Eph. 2:8-9), in God in Christ alone (John 14:6, John 1:12, Matt. 10:40, Heb. 11:6), and that our acts should bear the fruits of the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:22-23), (sent by the Father and the Son, because of that faith). That because of our faith, we can do the good works (Eph 2:10, Jam. 2:14) with dedication to the teachings of Christ in our life in how we should live, interact with friends and enemies alike, and how we conduct our business of service to our fellow man.
I believe that humanity is fallen (Gen. 3), created equal in the eyes of God as man and woman in His image (Gen. 1:26), born with a sinful nature, capable of righteousness only through Faith in God and Christ’s sacrifice (Gen. 15:6, Deut. 9:5, 2 Sam. 22:25, Isaiah 45:8, Dan. 9:18, Rom. 1:17, Rom. 3:21-26, Rom. 4-6, etc.) , redeemed by His blood, set free and given salvation by His resurrection, sanctified by the Holy Spirit, brought into relationship with the Father through spiritual discipline and worship of His Holy Name. That Christ died for the sins of all humanity (Mark 3:28, Luke 24:47, Acts 10:43, Heb. 10:12), so that all may come to the Lord who choose Him (Matt. 11:27, Luke 10:22, John 3:17), and so that all who choose to reject Him receive their dark desire (1 Sam. 15:23, Jer. 8:9, Luke 10:16).
I believe that marriage is between a man, his wife, and God (Gen. 1:26-29, Gen. 2:18-25). That traditionally, this covenant relationship involves the public exchange of vows in front of family and friends (Matt. 22:1-14, John 2:1-5), establishing their Holy Matrimony through God and not government (Matt. 19:6). That marriage brings man into self-control and humility, women into dedication and purity (1 Cor. 7:1-5), and forms the foundation necessary for raising children to be followers of Christ (), with mother and father having authority over their children (Deut. 4:40;6:7, Eph. 6:1-4, 2 Cor. 12:14, Col. 3:20) above all others and under God’s Ultimate authority alone.
I believe that humanity is to live in service to his fellow man (Gal. 5:13, 1 Peter 4:9-11, Col. 3:23-24), constantly seeking to meet the needs of one another to the Glory of God to the best of their abilities (Col 3:23-24). That God blesses such service with reward both in this life and the next (Col. 3:23-24, Gal. 6:9, Luke 12:33-34, 1 Tim. 6:17-19, 1 Cor. 3:12-15, Eph. 6:8, Eph. 4:28), and that a Morally Guided Capitalist system is the best economic system developed to permit mankind to live according to God’s will and Christ’s direction (Rom. 14:19). That the work that every man and woman does is his or her personal ministry (Col. 3:23-24, Rom. 13:1-7, Acts 18:3), and that through business, guided by Christ’s moral values, each will receive according to their needs (Acts 2:42-47), and that each can give to meet the needs of those closest to them of their own free will (2 Cor. 9:7-8) from the fruits of their labor, according to God’s Will.
I believe that the church is its own culture, guided eternally by the moral values set for man by God, and that influences directly the culture surrounding it if the church is spreading the gospel as Christ directed for His disciples to do (Acts 2:42-47;4:1-4). That the community of the church must be actively engaged with the cultures surrounding them (Ecc. 4:9-12, 1 Thess. 5:14, Matt. 5:13-16, Matt. 28:16-20) to seek to bring that culture into the culture of Christ through personal relationships and partnerships with friends and neighbors (Matt. 22:37-40), all to the Glory of God, as His culture is what unites us as His church in His way of life for His Glory alone.
I believe that all life is equally valuable regardless of any label of classification or categorization, sinner and saint alike (Rom. 3:23, Ecc. 7:20). That all life is valuable in the eyes of God and is worthy of living and discovering God through personal relationship with Him (John 3:16), as God designed humanity to be. I believe that all life is worthy of protection (John 3:16, Rom. 5:8) , and that any effort to take a life, from conception until God’s call to heaven, is murder (Matt. 5:21-26, Deut. 5:17, Gen. 9:5-6), but save the acts of men at war in the defense of life against acts of evil taken against the innocent (Deut. 20, Judges 6, 2 Chron. 24:24, Ecc. 3:1-22, Deut. 20:1-4, Zech 10:5, Isaiah 13:3), and for all people in defense of their own lives, the lives of their families, the lives of others, and the property which God gave them to possess (Deut. 24:7, Deut. 19:14), and above all else, in defense of humanity’s God given gift of freedom from tyranny and oppression by evil men (Deut. 9).
I believe that Baptism is the immersion of a person in water as an act to affirm their beliefs in God and acceptance of Christ as their Lord and Savior in the presence of the church (1 Peter 3:21, Mark 16:16), and serves as a moment of truth that symbolizes the beginning of the individual’s walk in the ways of Christ (Matt. 28:19, John 3:5), being born again into a newness of life (Rom. 6:4), the washing away of sins (Acts 22:16), and the beginning of life long sanctification (Acts 2:38).
I believe that the Lord’s Supper is a Christ ordained tradition (Matt. 26:26-29, Mark 14:22-25) given to His disciples as a means of remembrance of His life and His Sacrifice (1 Cor. 11:23-25), that we may know that He suffered as a man for our sins, and through its conduct by believers who understand its meaning, every believer may be reminded of Christ’s presence with us, His rule over all the earth, and to make Him part of us (John 6:50-59).