General Statement of Faith
God — There is one true God and exists as a trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They are co-equal and do all things in perfect unity. God is all-powerful, all-knowing, everywhere-present. He is the creator and ruler of the universe. As Sovereign God, He is moving all things according to a grand plan for His people and for the world.
The Bible — The Holy Scriptures consist of both Old and New Testaments. They are the verbally inspired word of God, written by men of God as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (2 Tim 3:16; 2 Pe 1:20-21). They are without error in the original manuscripts. The NT was given specifically to His people in Christ under the New Covenant, which provides revelation about the Christain faith and instruction for living our lives as followers of Christ. The NT is the fulfillment of the OT, and provides light and interpretation for the OT.
Spiritual Condition of Humanity — God created mankind in His image. Adam and Eve were without sin and in perfect fellowship with God. However, they disobeyed God. When they sinned – being tempted by Satan – fellowship was broken and became spiritually dead and separated from God (Eph 2:1-5). This sin was passed along to the rest of humanity (Ro 5:12-21). We are sinners by nature and by choice. Fellowship with God can only be restored through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead, providing forgiveness of sins and eternal life.
God the Son [our salvation] — The Lord Jesus Christ left His throne in Glory and entered the human race via the virgin Mary. Fully man, fully God. He came to provide redemption for His people. He created the human race knowing that He would one day become one of us, and that He would have to suffer and die on the cross for our sins. That’s a kind of love that we can’t comprehend. He lived a sinless life, performed miracles to confirm that He was sent from God, perfectly fulfilling the will of His Father. Jesus died on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead, and then ascended back into Heaven, where He sits on His throne next to His Father. It was the Righteous for the unrighteous, paying the price for our sins that we owe, doing for us what we could not do for ourselves. It’s only through Christ and the shedding of His blood that we can have forgiveness of sins and eternal life. This is obtained through faith in Him – apart from works – by receiving Him as our Lord and Savior.
God the Holy Spirit — The Holy Spirit glorifies Christ (Jn 16:14). He convicts the world of sin. Regenerates (new birth) the believing sinner. In Him we are baptized into the body of Christ (His Church), in union with Christ (1 Cor 12:13). He indwells, teaches, guides, and empowers us to grow in our relationship with God in the life of faithfulness that we’re called to.
The Church — The Church consists of all regenerated believers in Christ (throughout history), of which He is Head. Began on the Day of Pentecost. The Church is universal, but manifested and carried out in the form of local assemblies.
Atonement & Election — Christ died for His Church (Eph 5:23,25; Acts 20:28), for His sheep (Jn 10:11). This is known as particular redemption (limited atonement). Election is both corporate and individual, and is unconditional. God has chosen the corporate Body of Christ (the Church), with all its individual members in view. To speak of one is to speak of the other, for we are all united as one people, and each member foreknown and chosen by God before the world began (Eph 1:4). Thus, election is best understood as the predetermined choosing of God of particular individuals who come into the world as the elect of God, “predestined for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will” (Eph 1:5). At some point, God intervenes in our lives and draws us to Christ (Jn 6:44) via regeneration (to make alive, born again) and the gospel message — granting the gift of faith (Eph 2:8). This drawing always results in salvation (Jn 6:45). While this drawing to Christ is irresistible, it’s as natural as sheep hearing and following the voice of their shepherd. This is all according to Sovereign grace and the Sovereign will of God.
Eternal Security — We are eternally secure in Christ. We have died with Christ and have been raised to new life in Him (Eph 2:5-6; Col 3:1-3). We have entered into His death and resurrection. Therefore, if Jesus is “never going to die again” (Ro 6:9), then neither can we ever die again. True faith in Christ is an enduring faith. The fruit of faith is faith-fulness. The fruit of salvation is a life of obedience to God. True faith follows whom it professes.
Last Things — Jesus will return bodily with “great power and glory” to judge the world (Mark 13:26; Rev 1:7; 19:11-16) and to receive His own via the resurrection. At that time both saved and unsaved will be resurrected — “those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment” (Jn 5:28-29). The “rapture” of the saved who are alive at the time of Christ’s return, occurs at the time of the resurrection; they are not separate events. The unsaved will go into everlasting punishment (Matt 25:46; Rev 20:11-15), and the saved will be ushered into the eternal kingdom of the “new heaven and new earth” (Rev 21:1-2). There is no earthly millennial kingdom between the return of Christ and our eternal state. The Kingdom of Christ is spiritual (Col 1:13), which is His Church. Thus, His kingdom is now and He reigns over His kingdom now. The Kingdom of Christ continues eternally.
Women in Leadership (Complementarianism vs. Egalitarianism) — I’ve been a complementarian nearly my whole Christian life. However, I’ve been on the fence about this subject for the past few years. As I’ve been reading about this and studying God’s Word, I’ve discovered that it’s not as cut-and-dried as complementarians believe it to be. There’s actually a good argument for the egalitarian position. Since there’s a good argument for both sides of the issue, I’m not yet ready to take a firm stand either way.
Gifts of the Spirit — My position can be found in the following post: Gifts Series – [Foundational Truths]
Note: The expanded version of my statement of faith can be found here.