What I Believe
I do affirm the following statement of faith, that I believe:
Â· The Bible, consisting of Old and New Testaments only, is verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit, is without error in the original manuscripts, and is the reliable and authoritative Word of God.
Â· That there is one God, eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Â· That Adam, created in the image of God, was tempted by Satan, the devil, and fell. Because of Adamâs sin, all men have guilt imputed.
Â· In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
Â· That for the salvation of lost and sinful man regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
Â· That salvation consists in the remission of sins, the imputation of Christâs righteousness, and the gift of eternal life received by faith alone, apart from works.
Â· In the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
Â· That the Church, the body of Christ, consists only of those who are born-again, who are baptized by the Holy Spirit into Christ at the time of regeneration, for whom He now makes intercession in heaven and for whom He will come again.
Â· In the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Â· That Christ instructed the Church to go into the entire world and preach the gospel to every person, baptizing and teaching those who believe.
Also, I affirm the five Solaâs from the Reformation:
SOLA SCRIPTURA (Scripture Alone)
The inerrant Scripture to be the sole source of written divine revelation, which alone can bind the conscience. The Bible alone teaches all that is necessary for our salvation from sin and is the tandard by which all Christian behavior must be measured.
And deny that any creed, council or individual may bind a Christianâs conscience, that the Holy Spirit speaks independently of or contrary to what is set forth in the Bible, or that personal spiritual experience can ever be a vehicle of revelation (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
SOLUS CHRISTUS (Christ Alone)
That our salvation is accomplished by the mediatorial work of the historical Christ alone. His sinless life and substitutionary atonement alone are sufficient for our justification and reconciliation to the Father.
And deny that the gospel is preached if Christâs substitutionary work is not declared and faith in Christ and his work is not solicited (Hebrews 9:11-28).
SOLA GRATIA (Grace Alone)
That in salvation we are rescued from Godâs wrath by his grace alone. It is the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit that brings us to Christ by releasing us from our bondage to sin and raising us from spiritual death to spiritual life.
And deny that salvation is in any sense a human work. Human methods, techniques or strategies by themselves cannot accomplish this transformation. Faith is not produced by our unregenerate human nature, but comes through this gift of grace (Eph 2:8-9).
SOLA FIDE (Faith Alone)
That justification is by grace alone through faith alone because of Christ alone. In justification Christâs law abiding righteousness is imputed to us as the only possible satisfaction of Godâs perfect justice. It is by grace that we have been enabled by Godâs Spirit to trust in Christâs life, death and resurrection for our salvation.
And deny that justification rests on any merit to be found in us, and we deny that a person is justified through any combination of faith and human effort (Romans 3:28).
SOLI DEO GLORIA (Glory to God Alone)
That because salvation is of God and has been accomplished by God, it is for Godâs glory and that we must glorify him always. We must live our entire lives before the face of God, under the authority of God and for his glory alone.
And deny that we can properly glorify God if our worship is confused with entertainment, if we neglect either Law or Gospel in our preaching, or if self-improvement, self-esteem or self-fulfillment are allowed to become alternatives to the gospel (1 Corinthians 10:31, 1 Peter 4:11).