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What I Believe – and Why

I believe God is our Creator. He is the only true God, holy beyond our comprehension, unchanging, and completely trustworthy. He is always good, supremely powerful, and in complete control. He is, always was, and always will be (eternal and self-existent). He is three essences/persons but one God unified within himself (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit). His love is indescribable. The magnitude of his grace and mercy in spite of my faults has left me wonderstruck. (Psalm 33:1, Genesis 1:31, Isaiah 42:5, Isaiah 46:9, Deuteronomy 4:39, Exodus 15:11, 1 Peter 1:15-16, Matthew 5:48, Malachi 3:6, James 1:17, Psalm 145:13, 2 Timothy 2:13, Isaiah 40:25-26, 2 Chronicles 20:6, Jeremiah 32:17, Psalm 86:5, Psalm 100:5, Job 34:10, Matthew 19:17, Isaiah 46:9-10, Proverbs 16:9, Numbers 23:19, Hebrews 6:18, 1 Chronicles 29:11, Psalm 90:2, 1 Timothy 1:17, Deuteronomy 6:4, 2 Corinthians 1:21-23, Genesis 1:16, Matthew 28:19, 1 Corinthians 12:4—6, 1 John 4:8-10, Romans 5:8, John 3:16, Deuteronomy 4:31, Ephesians 2:4-5, Romans 3:23-24, Ephesians 2:8-9)

I believe God’s love for mankind was most beautifully displayed when God the Father sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to this earth to rescue us and reconcile us to Himself. (John 3:16, 1 John 4:10, Romans 5:8)

I believe Jesus has a passion for people – especially the outcasts. Everything He did (and does today) is motivated by His love for God the Father and His love for people. (John 8:10-11, Matthew 9:11-12, Matthew 1:21, John 3:17, Luke 19:10, Romans 5:8)

I believe we are all outcasts by virtue of our rebellious nature. Our sins separate us from God. We are completely helpless to make ourselves good enough to stand in God’s holy presence. Only Jesus can accomplish that for us. (Isaiah 64:6, Romans 3:10, Romans 3:23, Ephesians 2:1-3, Colossians 1:19-22, 2 Corinthians 5:20-21, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 3 (The Message), Romans 8:1, 1 Thessalonians 5:9)

I believe Jesus is perfect and without sin. He is fully man and fully God. He has always existed, created all things, and is supreme over all as our Lord. Jesus did not come to condemn us, but to save us. He appeased the wrath of God by giving His life as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Perfectly sinless, He was an acceptable and completely sufficient sacrifice on our behalf. Through His death and resurrection, He destroyed the devil’s work, placed His righteousness on us, reconciled us to God, and secured our salvation. He will one day return to judge and rule as King forever. (1 Peter 2:22, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 4:15, Philippians 2:6-7, Hebrews 2:17, John 1:1, Colossians 1:15, Hebrews 1:3, Matthew 1:23, Colossians 1:16, John 1:3, Colossians 1:16-18, Philippians 2:9-11, Revelation 19, Luke 19:10, John 3:17, 1 John 2:2, 1 John 4:10, Colossians 1:19-21, Romans 8:1, 1 John 3:8, Hebrews 2:14, Romans 3:22, Matthew 28:6, Acts 2:32, Jude 1:14-15, 1 Corinthians 4:5, 1 Peter 4:5, Matthew 25:31, Revelation 19:6-7)

Jesus is not only my Savior – He is my role model. He is the standard by which every belief, thought, attitude, and action should be measured. (1 John 2:6, 1 Peter 2:21, Hebrews 4:15)

I believe salvation/sanctification come through Jesus Christ alone. There is no other way. (John 14:6, John 10:9, 1 Timothy 2:5)

I praise God that He sets His Holy Spirit within the hearts of those who follow Jesus. A precious and personal being, the Holy Spirit is instrumental in our salvation and places us in the family of Christ. At the moment we trust Jesus, the Holy Spirit indwells and infuses us making it possible for us to experience oneness with God. His presence in us ensures God will never let us go, and that our place in His family is secure. The Spirit is also a deposit guaranteeing what is to come in eternity. He makes us new creations, and helps us live out this new life by convicting, guiding, teaching, empowering, and giving us an ever-increasing understanding of God’s heart. He makes us new creations by planting God’s nature in us as He conforms us to the image of Jesus. He gives us the desire and ability to obey God, and equips us for good works. (Ephesians 4:30, Acts 15:28, Romans 5:5, John 14:16, 26, John 16:8, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Romans 8:16, Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 6:19, Acts 15:8, Romans 8:11, 2 Corinthians 1:21-22, Ephesians 1:13, Ephesians 4:30, Titus 3:5, 1 Corinthians 2:10-11, Acts 20:22, John 16:13, John 14:26, 1 Corinthians 2:13, John 16:14, 1 Corinthians 2:9-15, Colossians 1:9, Romans 8:9, 13, 2 Peter 1:3, 2 Corinthians 3:18, 2 Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Corinthians 4:17)

God wants us to know Him and reveals Himself to mankind through the Bible. Written over a 1500-year period by 40 different authors in 3 different languages, the Bible is without contradiction. There is consistency of theme (one problem: sin/one solution: Jesus) and consistency on controversial issues. The Bible is proven by history and is accurate scientifically. I believe God is the author of the Bible, and made sure men wrote down His revelation without error. As such, it’s essential to handle God’s word accurately and responsibly; to seek out God’s intended meaning without superimposing our own; and to take His word as full truth without adding our words to it. The Bible points to Jesus from beginning to end, and is intended for our good. Its teachings are meant to be applied, obeyed, and put into practice in our lives. I cherish God’s words in the Bible. They are life to me. (Jeremiah 9:23-24, John 17:3, 1 Samuel 3:21, Luke 24:27, 2 Peter 1:21, 2 Timothy 3:16, Galatians 1:11, 1 Corinthians 2:13, Proverbs 30:5, John 5:39, John 20:31, John 17:17, Romans 15:4, Deuteronomy 32:47, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, Hebrews 4:12, Romans 12:2, Proverbs 30:6, Revelation 22:18-19, 2 Timothy 2:15, Titus 2:1, Deuteronomy 30:14, James 1:21-22)

In all these things, I give thanks to God for His unwavering goodness.