Statement of Faith

The Scriptures
I believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Bible, as it is in truth, the Word of God (I Thessalonians 2:13). I believe in verbal, plenary inspiration of the holy scriptures, and God’s preservation of His pure words to every generation (II Timothy 3:16, Psalms 12:6-8). I believe the King James Bible is God’s preserved Word for the English-speaking people. The Bible is my sole authority for faith and practice.

The Godhead
I believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections (Deuteronomy 6:4; II Corinthians 13:14).

The Person and Work of Christ
I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men (John 1:1-2, 14; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; 7:14; Philippians 2:5-8; Galatians 4:4-5).

I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His finished work on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24-25; I Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; I Peter 1:3-5).

I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as the believer’s High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9-10; Hebrews 9:24, 7:25; Romans 8:34; I John 2:1-2).

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
I believe that the Holy Spirit is the Person who reproves the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; II Corinthians 3:6; I Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13-14).

I believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary. I believe that speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit and that ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, though God frequently chooses to answer the prayer of believers for physical healing (II Corinthians 12:12; I Corinthians 13:8; Hebrews 2:3-4; Mark 16:17-20; I Corinthians 1:22, 14:21-22).

Man
I believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and that man is totally depraved, and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12).

The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image and is mindful of Him, and in that Christ died for man; therefore every individual possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love (Psalm 8:4-9; Colossians 3:9-11).

The Way of Salvation
I believe that the clear message of salvation is “repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21). I believe that salvation is “by grace” – plus nothing, minus nothing. I believe that men are justified by faith alone and are accounted righteous before God only through the merit of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:12; I Peter 1:18-19).

I believe that all the redeemed, once saved are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. I believe that eternal life is the present possession of every believer (John 6:37-40, 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 38-39; I Corinthians 1:4-8; I Peter 1:4-5; Jude 1, 2).

The Church
I believe that the Church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this present age which began with Christ and the Apostles, was empowered at Pentecost, and will be caught up to be with Christ at the Rapture (Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:25-27; I Corinthians 12:12-14; II Corinthians 11:2).

I believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; I Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11).

I believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control (Acts 13:1-4, 15:19-31, 20:28; Romans 16:1, 4; I Corinthians 3:9, 16, 5:4-7, 13; I Peter 5:1-4).

The Ordinances of the Church
I recognize the ordinances of baptism by immersion in water and the Lord’s Supper as a Scriptural means of testimony for the Church in this age (Matthew. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42, 18:18; I Corinthians 11:23-26).

Biblical Separation
I believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and, that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded of God (II Timothy 3:1-5; Romans 12:1, 2, 14:13; I John 2:15-17; II John 9-11; II Corinthians 6:14-7:1).

The Return of Christ
I believe the “Blessed Hope” of our Lord’s return is literal, personal, visible, imminent, premillennial, and pretribulational. He will rapture His Church prior to the seven years of tribulation, and at the end of the tribulation Christ will return with His saints to establish His thousand-year reign on the earth (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; I Thessalonians 1:10; Revelation 3:10; Zechariah 14:4-11; Revelation 19:11-16, 20:1-6; Psalm 89:3-4).

Our Eternal State
I believe in the bodily resurrection of all men – the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:46; John 5:28, 29, 11:25-26; Revelation 20:5-6, 12-13).

I believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord (Luke 23:43; Revelation 20:4-6; II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23, 3:21; I Thessalonians 4:16-17).

I believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting, conscious punishment (Luke 16:19-26; Matthew 25:41-46; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 20:11-15).

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***PLEASE NOTE: This site and it’s content are solely the views and opinions of it’s author and does not necessarily reflect (in part or whole) those of the church to which she is a member. This website is in no way connected with the ministries of any church or other Christian outreach ministry. Also, please note that the views and opinions expressed on this blog are subject to change over time. The author is young and still learning and growing in the faith. She does not have everything figured out, nor does she know it all.***

  1. Excellent!

  2. Ok, so it is late, I am at the end of winter break and a week of snow days, not to mention a holiday…I don’t want to go back to work (driving a school bus) tomorrow. Because of this, I am surfing and reading and waiting for my wife to get home from working at her office late (accountant). That is why I am here. So, now my comment.

    Other than the KJV thing and the “doctrine of separation” thing, the both of which I do wish more Christians would debate in a civil manner, the both of which I address briefly on my blog, other than that……RIGHT ON, SISTER! I just want to know what you think of the doctrine of election 🙂

    • If you are referring to “election” as in what the Calvinists believe and teach, I do not agree with it at all. If you’re referring to “election” as discussed in Romans 11, I believe the Word of God.
      I believe that while God knows in the end who will and who will not accept His plan of salvation, He did not before “choose” who would or would not be saved. To believe that He picked some and not others would be throwing II Peter 3:9 out the window. It would also throw the “free will” of man out the window as well.
      God is not a dictator, nor are we His puppets. He gave us a free will, brains, and His Word – all that we need to choose whether or not we will accept His free gift of salvation and follow Him.
      Blessings,
      ~ Heather Joy

      • Thanks for your reply. I agree with you. But I also believe in the “divine irreconcilability” that seems to be present in the overall argument between Calvinists and Arminians. Have you ever given any thought to this?

        I am not a Calvinist, but I have some Presbyterian friends who sometimes think I am. On the other hand, even though I believe in the free will of man to choose (“whosoever” – Jn. 3:16), I believe that God is sovereign. The strong arguments on either side of the isle, I believe, point to a greater truth than neither side can completely grasp. Both Spurgeon and CS Lewis expressed similar thoughts. Man can do nothing without God, including believe in Him, for He gives the faith to believe. Equally true, though, is that God will not condemn a man for what he has not willfully brought on himself, for God is just.

  3. Hey there, I do believe that the gifts of the Spirit, such as healings are still available today. And apparently, so do you, “though God frequently chooses to answer the prayer of believers for physical healing.”

    God still heals people today and He can use us for that whenever He wants. And sometimes he doesn’t heal people when we pray. Why? I don’t know, no one knows. God is sovereign. But I do believe that the gifts of the Spirit are still for the church today.

    And on the tongues issue. I do believe that tonges are a gift of the Spirit, but not the big deal that people have made it, and certainly not the sign of the Holy Spirit in you.

  4. Absolutely, God is still healing people – spiritually and physically!

    Tongues in the Bible was not this chaotic jibberish that the Pentacostals have adopted today. “Tongues” in the Bible meant that they literally were speaking a different (real, understandable, established) language in which those who were there could understand.

    Thank you for the comment, Jon! Blessings.

  5. This is excellent; one of the best statements of faith I have seen. Keep up the good work!

    In Christ,
    Ben

  6. That’s amazing…Keep going…Blessing post

  7. Great statement of faith – my first visit to your site May our Lord continue to bless as you serve HIM. Take a look at my blog @

    http://www.drwrl4jesus.wordpress.com

  8. That is sound theology. Thank you for a brilliant blog. It is my joy to follow your thoughts.
    -Prayson

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