When you've got the Good News, you want to share it with anyone who'll listen! (I Peter 3:15)
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When you’ve got the Good News, you want to share it with anyone who’ll listen! (I Peter 3:15)

In case you’re wondering what this Christian believes: (I hope you’ve got a cup of coffee. I believe a lot.)

  • I believe in the One true God, who exists eternally in God the Father, God the Son Jesus Christ, and God the Holy Spirit. He is the all-knowing and all-powerful Creator of the universe. He is always perfectly good, kind, loving, merciful, forgiving, wise, just and holy. (Genesis 1:1, Isaiah 43:10, John 4:24, Psalms 90:2, Matthew 19:26, I John 3:20, Matthew 28:19, Isaiah 22:3, Romans 11:33, Jeremiah 23:23 and 32:17, Psalms 25:8, 86:5, and 99:9, James 5:11)

  • I believe the Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God and is without error in its original writings. It is the complete revelation of God’s will and the final authority in all matters of Christian faith and life. Not everything I write, however, is without error. I ask for grace and the opportunity to make corrections as needed. (II Peter 1:21, II Timothy 3:15-17, Colossians 3:16)
  • I believe that God created man in His image. Man was tempted by Satan and fell into sin, bringing sin into all the world. Since then, every man has been born with sin in his heart. (Genesis 1:26-27 and 3:1-6, Jeremiah 17:9)
  • I believe that Jesus Christ, who is the one and only Son of God, came down from heaven, is the only way to salvation, and is coming again. Because the penalty for sin is death, man is in desperate need of a Savior, completely unable to save himself. Man is hopeless apart from God redeeming his sinful state. From before the foundations of the world were formed, God had already planned to save all who will believe in Jesus. Unless God seeks after man, man will not seek after Him. A heart that shows any interest in spiritual things is a heart that is being drawn by God. Salvation is a work of God alone. Just as we didn’t cause our own physical birth, neither do we cause our own salvation. Just as a dead man can do nothing for himself, God must regenerate our dead hearts, which are dead in their sin at birth. God gives us the faith to believe, which comes by hearing the true gospel message of salvation through Christ alone. All those who die without receiving salvation through Christ will spend eternity separated from God. When Jesus came down from heaven, He remained fully God, but He also became fully man, as He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, taking on the form of a man. He lived a sinless life and died on the cross, as the final and perfect sacrifice to pay for the sin of the world. He was buried and rose again on the third day, defeating sin and death. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father, continually interceding for believers in heaven. One day He will come again to judge sin, usher in His Kingdom, and establish the new heaven and the new earth. All who trust in Jesus Christ for salvation will be saved for all eternity. All those who die without receiving salvation will spend eternity separated from God in hell. (Ephesians 2:12; Romans 3:10, 5:12 and 6:23, Isaiah 53:6, John 3:3, 16-18; Matthew 1:23; John 1:14; I Peter 3:18; I Corinthians 15:3-4, 55; II Timothy 2:8; Acts 1:9; Hebrews 7:25 and 8:1; I Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 19, 20:12-15 and 21:1; Mark 13:26; Philippians 2:10-11)
  • I believe that all who call on the name of Jesus Christ, trusting only in His finished work on the cross for their salvation from the penalty of their sin, are immediately saved. Salvation is through Christ alone, not Christ plus something else. It’s not Christ plus good works or Christ plus baptism. All who trust in Christ become children of God and co-heirs with Christ. (Mark 1:15, John 1:12-13, 6:40 and 17:6-8, Romans 5:8-10, 8:16-17 and 10:9-13, II Corinthians 5:21, 2 Peter 3:9)
  • I believe that the Holy Spirit indwells all believers at the moment of salvation. God seals Christians at the moment of salvation with the Holy Spirit as a guarantee of their salvation. His ministry is to glorify Jesus Christ, convict man of sin, draw him to Jesus, and empower the believer to live the Christian life continually overflowing with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. The Holy Spirit guides, instructs, and comforts believers. (John 14:15-26, 15:26 and 16:7-14; Titus 3:5; Romans 8:9,14; Ephesians 1:11, 3:16, 20; I Corinthians 3:16; Galatians 5:22-23; I John 2:27 and 4:12.)
  • I believe every believer is called to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him. Salvation doesn’t guarantee the believer will live a perfect life, but there should be convincing evidence through the believer’s humble repentance of sin, as well as a sincere dedication and obedience to the Word of God. All believers are called to share the gospel, make disciples, and spend time daily in private study of the Bible and prayer. Believers should not live in bondage to a list of “do’s” and “don’ts,” but rather obedience should flow naturally out of a grateful heart for the grace, mercy, and love they’ve received from Jesus Christ. This same love and grace should be continually passed on to others, knowing that one day we will all stand before God and answer for what we’ve done and not done with our time on earth. Christians won’t be judged for our sin since our sin was judged and bore the full wrath of God on the cross already. Rather, we will be rewarded for our works — but not saved by them. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:9-15; 1 Peter 3:15, Joshua 1:8, John 14:15, 2 John 1:6, Colossians 1:10 and 4:2, Ephesians 4:1, I Thessalonians 5:17 and 2:12, Revelation 14:4-5, Hebrews 9:27, I Corinthians 3:10-15)
  • I believe water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are demonstrations of faith and obedience. Neither baptism or communion are necessary for salvation. They’re symbols Christians practice out of the overflow of grateful hearts for the salvation we’ve already received by faith and out of a desire to obey the Lord. God has commanded Christ’s followers baptize those who believe as a public confession of their faith and that they regularly participate in the Lord’s Supper as a reminder of the great salvation Jesus purchased for us through his death on the cross. (Luke 22:19, I Corinthians 11:23-26, Matthew 28:19, Romans 6:3-4, Ephesians 2:8-9)
  • I believe that the church is not a building but the full family of God, the Body of Christ. Everyone who has trusted by faith in Jesus Christ for their salvation is the church, of which Christ is the Head. (I Corinthians 12:13 & 27, Acts 2:47, Ephesians 1:22-23)
  • I believe in the existence of Satan, who is the sworn enemy of God. Satan’s intentions are only to kill, steal and destroy. He is a liar, slanderer, and tempter. He masquerades as an “angel of light.” He is powerful, but he is powerless before God. God has given Satan temporary freedom to roam the earth as the “ruler of darkness,” but only to fulfill God’s good purposes and to unwillingly glorify God as God continually triumphs over Satan. One day God will destroy Satan and his demons forever, but until that time God limits Satan’s activity. (Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 4:15, John 12:31, I Peter 5:8; Acts 10:38 and 26:18; Luke 22:3-4; 2 Corinthians 4:4-6 and 11:14-15, Ephesians 6:12, 2 Timothy 2:26; Revelation 2:10, 12:7-12 and 20:3,10; John 10:10; Colossians 2:15; I Corinthians 15:55-57, Job 1:12)
  • I believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead. All those who have trusted in Christ for salvation will experience a bodily resurrection from the dead when Christ returns. Before this resurrection, the souls of those who have died enter into the presence of God in heaven. But one day that will be replaced by a resurrected and glorified body. (I Thessalonians 4:16-17, John 5:28, Revelation 20:12-15; Matthew 25:41, Jude 1:6)

PS—I affirm the Statement of Faith of my church, Grace Bible Church.

PSS—In case you’re also wondering what I believe about the picture at the top: No, I don’t believe that you can lead a cow — or any other animal — to salvation. I do believe, however, that a good sense of humor can lead to a good laugh. 

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