About Statements Of Faith
A Statement of Faith, also known as A Statement of Belief, is an important document for any person, church, denomination or group. Far from causing disagreement, it can actually help prevent them. History tells us that the Church has held a diverse spectrum of beliefs on non-essential doctrines and matters of liturgy (what a church does when it meets and what observances it recognises). Thus, rather than viewing denominations as antithetical to Christian unity, denominations serve to foster genuine harmony within the Body of Christ and serve to give accountability to its ministers and members. This is my Doctrinal Statement. It is not extensive, but it is sufficient.
- The Bible is inspired by God and is without error. We base our beliefs upon no other book (2Tim. 3:16; 2Pet. 1:19-21).
- There is One God, who has always existed in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19; 2Cor. 13:14).
- Our Lord Jesus Christ is and was truly God: that He was born into the world by a virgin; He lived a sinless life; He performed genuine miracles; died for our sin in our place; was resurrected bodily; ascended to the Father’s right hand; will personally return in the future (Jn. 1:1; Matt. 1:18; 2Cor. 5:21; Acts 10:38; Rom. 6:10; Jn. 20:13-17; Jn. 14:3; Acts 1:11).
- In the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, the saved to everlasting life and the lost to the second death (Dan. 12:2; Jn. 11:25-26; Rev. 21:7-8).
- The only means of being cleansed from sin is through repentance and faith in the finished work of Christ (Eph. 1:7).
- Being born-again by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for personal salvation (Jn. 1:13; 3:3; 1Pt. 1:23).
- In the power of the Holy Spirit to make believers mature, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a holy life (Gal. 5:16).
- The baptism of the Holy Spirit is graced to some believers who ask (Lk. 11:13).
- In the reality of the supernatural operation of the gifts of the Spirit for today (1Cor. 12:8-10; Heb. 2:2-3).
- The grace of God provides healing of the human body in answer to believing prayer (Isa. 53:4-5; Matt. 8:17).
- In the practice of: Christian baptism by immersion for believers; and, the Lord’s Supper (Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:38; 1Cor. 11:23-26).
- The universe was created by God. He did not make it out of part of Himself. He is separate from it, although He is always present in it (Gen. 1:1; Ps. 33:6; Heb. 11:3).
- The devil, also known as Satan, can exert power and influence over human beings, but only as far as God permits. He was formerly one of God’s angels who rebelled against God. He will ultimately be cast into the Lake of Fire and will be condemned there forever (Isa. 14:12-15; Job 1:12; John 16:11; Eph. 6:12; Rev. 12:9; 19:20).