What I Believe

I believe that there are some absolutes that we have to agree on as Christians.  However, there are many other areas that we, as believers, can agree to disagree on.  Great scholars of the Bible disagree on them.  However, we can still learn much from each other.  We need to simply keep our eyes on our search for truth.  With that in mind, here is the doctrinal statement from our church.

We Believe:

All Scripture contained in the Old and New Testaments is verbally, plenarily, and inerrantly inspired by God. It is the authoritative guide for all Christian understanding, life and ministry. We believe in the exact equivalent method translation from the original languages.

There is but one God eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Each is infinite, eternal, and almighty. That Jesus Christ, the Son, is fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and He lived a sinless life. He died, shedding His blood in His substitutionary death for sinners, then was buried, arose from the grave, ascended into heaven, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father.

The Holy Spirit, Who is Lord and giver of life, convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, and unites man to Jesus Christ by faith. We believe the Holy Spirit seals and indwells all believers.

That man was created in the image and likeness of God. It was by man’s free volition that he disobeyed God, incurring physical and spiritual death (separation from God). Each human being is born with a sin nature. Because of this each human is a sinner by nature and is in need of a divine salvation. That salvation is a gift from God. This was accomplished by Christ’s substitutionary death; all who believe in Him are justified by the shedding of His blood. Because salvation is given by grace, the believer’s salvation is eternally secure.

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is His divine act of uniting each believer with Christ at the moment of salvation.

We believe that the fulfillment of the Great Commission is the responsibility of all believers.

That the church is the body and the bride of Christ. It is dedicated to the worship and service of God, and the observance of the sacraments or ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The primary task of the church in all ages is to teach all nations and to make disciples through the preaching and teaching of the Word of God.

That Christ will return to rapture His church. Immediately following this event will be the seven-year tribulation period.  Concluding this, Christ will come again to the earth and establish His rule for a 1,000 year period.  The Great White Throne judgment of the unsaved, coupled with Satan being cast in the lake of fire, will then allow Christ to establish a New heaven and a New Earth.

2 Responses to “What I Believe”

  1. nathalie March 10, 2020 at 6:11 am #

    Thank you for sharing your life through this website. It is refreshing. You are a great example of this:

    Philippiens 4.4 Réjouissez-vous toujours dans le Seigneur! Je le répète: réjouissez-vous!

    5 Que votre douceur soit connue de tous les hommes. Le Seigneur est proche.

    6 Ne vous inquiétez de rien, mais en toute chose faites connaître vos besoins à Dieu par des prières et des supplications, dans une attitude de reconnaissance. 7 Et la paix de Dieu, qui dépasse tout ce que l’on peut comprendre, gardera votre cœur et vos pensées en Jésus-Christ.

    8 Enfin, frères et sœurs, portez vos pensées sur tout ce qui est vrai, tout ce qui est honorable, tout ce qui est juste, tout ce qui est pur, tout ce qui est digne d’être aimé, tout ce qui mérite l’approbation, ce qui est synonyme de qualité morale et ce qui est digne de louange. 9 Ce que vous avez appris, reçu et entendu de moi et ce que vous avez vu en moi, mettez-le en pratique. Et le Dieu de la paix sera avec vous.

    God bless you.

    • susanjean March 11, 2020 at 9:00 am #

      Is this, by chance, my dear Nathalie that I knew in Guayaquil?

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