Personal Doctrinal Statement

Creator:
I have faith in God’s existence as the first cause (Gen. 1:1). He is self-existent (John 5:26), never changing (Mal. 3:6; Jas. 1:17), everywhere present (Ps. 139:7-12), all knowing (Ps. 139:1-6), all powerful (Ps. 115:3), and triune in nature—Father (I Cor. 8:6), Son (Heb. 1:8-10) and Holy Ghost (Acts 5:3-4), all three persons existing as one God (Deut. 6:4).  
            I believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God (John 5:18, 25, 20:28)—the one sent by the Father into the world to save everyone who would believe (John 3:16). I believe that Jesus was born of the virgin Mary (Gen. 3:15; Matt. 1:23) through the Holy Ghost (Luke 1:34-35) by the power of the Father to be the Messiah: the one sent by God to save the world from their sins (Luke 2:76-77; John 3:16). I believe that He lived a sinless life and became sin for us so that we might, by the acceptance of this, obtain the righteousness of God (2 Cor. 5:21).

Creation:
I believe that in the beginning God, specifically the Son, created all that exists—the heavens and the earth and everything in the earth in six, literal, twenty-four hour days (Gen. 1; Jn 1:1-3).
I believe that God created angels and consequently Lucifer who would, in jealousy and a desire to be like the most high (Is. 14:14), rebel taking a third of the angels with him (Rev. 12:4).
I believe that God created the race of man (Gen. 5:2) as a part of the original creation, both male and female, in His own image (Gen. 1:26-27).
I believe that image of God is represented by those attributes of God which have been communicated to humanity such as intellect, creativity, personality, and free will.

Corruption:
I believe that sin is any thought, word or action that betrays the vain ambition of angels (Is, 14:12-14) and men (Ez. 28:1-10) to be like God. Sin entered the world through Adam (Rom. 5:12) when he accepted and ate of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil which Eve, his wife, had been deceived into eating and had offered to him that which the Lord had instructed them not to eat (Gen. 2:16-17).
I believe that Adam represented the entire human race, which he was yet to father (Heb. 7:8-10), in his willing actions to separate himself from God. We, being conceived in sin (Ps 51:5) and consequently separate from God, also in our earthly nature sin against God; therefore each one of us must make reparations for his or herself through the acceptance of forgiveness made possible by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 15:22).

Communication:
            I believe that from the beginning God has communicated His existence through creation (Ps. 19:1-6) so much so that anyone who says that there is no God believes so without ample reason (Rom. 1:20).
I believe that men, moved by the Holy Spirit, spoke from God and their words were written down for the instruction of the original audience as well as to testify to generations to come about God and all that He has done to bring glory to Himself. I believe that the Word of God is profitable for us today for teaching, reproof, correction and for training in righteousness
(2 Tim. 3:16-17) and as such is everything we need to know to be right with God (2 Pet. 1:21).
I believe that though not every word or deed that God has spoken or done has been written down (John 21:25), we possess the complete, God breathed, and inerrant (Rom. 3:4) collection of the words and deeds of God (Matt. 24:25) that follow the narrative of God bringing glory to himself through His creation.

Cross:
I believe that because Adam sinned and brought death into the world, it was necessary for Jesus to leave the Father, be born of a virgin, live a sinless life, die and be raised to life again to provide salvation for the world.
I believe that the cross was necessary to propitiate the Father’s indignation towards the sins of man (Rom. 3:25). Jesus’ death on the cross provided life for us, his wounds paid the price for our transgressions against the Father (Is. 53:4-5) and his substitutionary death made it possible for us to be justified through His redeeming blood (Rom. 3:24) making it possible to have peace with God and be reconciled to Him (Rom. 5:1). Because of the cross we have the opportunity to be adopted by the Father (Rom. 8:15), sanctified (Phil. 1:6), and regenerated (Titus 3:5) by the Son and indwelt by (1 Cor. 6:19) and baptized into the Spirit (1 Cor. 12:13).

Church:
I believe that the church is a baptized, regularly gathered assembly of believers (Heb. 10:25a) in Jesus Christ who are of one mind in Christ (Phil. 2:5) for the salvation of the lost, the spurring on of one another to love and good deeds (Heb. 10:24) and the glorification of God—all in the spirit of the expectation of the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ (Heb. 10:25b).

Consummation:
            I believe that according to the prophecies in scripture, three days after the death of Jesus Christ on the cross He rose from dead (1 Cor. 15:1-11) proving His personal deity (Luke 24:44-46) by conquering death and the grave (1 Cor. 15:55).
I believe that after forty days walking in and among his disciples Jesus ascended into heaven to be with the Father (Acts 1:3-9) and the angel’s prophecy of Jesus’ return in the same manner as he ascended (Acts 3:11).
I believe that before Jesus returns he will rapture his bride, the church. The dead in Christ will rise first (1 Thess. 4:16) and then we who believe and are living will be caught up together in a twinkling of an eye (1 Cor. 15:50-53) to meet Jesus in the air (1 Thess. 4:13). Then those who did not believe will be subject to a seven year tribulation period that is the judgment of the Father (Rev. 6-20:1-3). After this the devil will be bound for a thousand years in which Jesus Christ will reign on this earth (Rev. 20:4-6). After the thousand year reign Lucifer will be released for a time and then eternally damned to the lake of fired (Rev. 20:7-10). After this everyone who has ever lived will gather before the great white throne of God and be judged according to their deeds and if a person’s name is not found written in the book of life he or she will be caste into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:11-25).
I believe that after the great white throne judgment we will all be removed and this world and heaven will perish in fire and brimstone to make way for a new heaven and a new earth in which we shall reign and serve for eternity as the bondservants of God (Rev. 21:3-5).

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