What I Believe
If I were to say what I believe in purely theological titles, I would be a reformed, Calvinist, charismatic, complimentarian. But because most of those titles conjure up stereotypes I’m not comfortable with, I would prefer to write out a statement of faith. I’m not gonna lie, I borrowed this from CJ Mahaney’s website (Sovereign Grace Ministries), because I felt like it was a good match to what I believe. I edited it for space and to make it more specific to myself (but not at all because I disagree with anything). So here is my confession…..sorry it’s long.
The Scriptures: I accept the Bible as the written Word of God, an infallible record of God’s self-disclosure to mankind. The Scriptures are both fully and verbally inspired by God. Every doctrinal formulation, whether of creed, confession, or theology must be put to the test of the full counsel of God in Holy Scripture.
God is triune: There is one God: infinite, eternal, almighty, and perfect in holiness, truth, and love. In the unity of the godhead there are three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, co-existent, co-equal, co-eternal.
God the Father: God the Father is the Creator of heaven and earth. By his Word and for his glory, he freely and supernaturally created the world from nothing in six literal days. He made man for fellowship with himself, and intended that all creation should live to the praise of his glory.
Jesus Christ: Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, was the eternal Word made flesh, supernaturally conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary. He was perfect in nature, teaching, and obedience. He is fully God and fully man. He is the only Savior for the sins of the world, having shed his blood and died a vicarious death on Calvary’s cross. Having redeemed us from sin, the third day he rose bodily from the grave, victorious over death and the powers of darkness. He ascended into heaven where, at God’s right hand, he intercedes for his people and rules as Lord over all.
The Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. The Holy Spirit is the active agent in our sanctification and he persuades men to repent of their sins and confess Jesus as Lord. The Holy Spirit unites believers to Jesus Christ in faith, brings about the new birth, and dwells within the regenerate. The Holy Spirit has come to glorify the Son, who in turn came to glorify the Father. He is to be respected, honored, and worshiped as God the Third Person of the Trinity.
Man: God made man—male and female—in his own image, as the crown of creation, that man might have fellowship with him. Tempted by Satan, man rebelled against God. Being estranged from his Maker, yet responsible to him, he became subject to divine wrath, inwardly depraved and, apart from a special work of grace, utterly incapable of returning to God. Fallen people are lost and without hope apart from salvation in Christ.
The gospel: The good news starts in Genesis, ends in Revelation and is revealed in Jesus’ birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension. Christ’s crucifixion is the heart of the gospel, his resurrection is the power of the gospel, and his ascension is the glory of the gospel. Christ’s death is a substitutionary and propitiatory sacrifice to God for our sins. It satisfies the demands of God’s holy justice and appeases his holy wrath. It also demonstrates his mysterious love and reveals his amazing grace.
Man’s inheritance through the gospel: Salvation, the free gift of God, is provided by grace alone, through faith alone, because of Christ alone, for the glory of God alone. Anyone turning from sin in repentance and looking to Christ and his substitutionary death receives the gift of eternal life and is declared righteous by God as a free gift. Through Christ’s atonement for sin an individual is reconciled to God as Father and becomes his child. The believer is forgiven the debt of his sin and, via the miracle of regeneration, liberated from the law of sin and death into the freedom of God’s Spirit.
The Church: God by his Word and Spirit creates the Church, calling sinful men out of the whole human race into the fellowship of Christ’s Body. The Church is universal and made up of those who have become genuine followers of Jesus Christ and have personally appropriated the gospel. The Church exists to worship and glorify God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It also exists to serve him by faithfully doing his will in the earth. This involves a commitment to see the gospel preached and churches planted in all the world for a testimony. The ultimate mission of the Church is the making of disciples through the preaching of the gospel.
The Consummation: The Consummation of all things includes the visible, personal and glorious return of Jesus Christ, the resurrection of the dead and the translation of those alive in Christ, the judgment of the just and the unjust, and the fulfillment of Christ’s kingdom in the new heavens and the new earth. In the Consummation, Satan with his hosts and all those outside Christ are finally separated from the presence of God, enduring eternal punishment, but the righteous, in glorious bodies, shall live and reign with him, worshipping him forever.