I Believe…

I-Believe

Over the centuries the Church has put forward different creeds to try and capture the essence of what we believe and defend it from heresy; the word creed comes from the Latin credo, which means “I believe”. I am very aware that any attempt at a full statement of faith (creed) is going to lack somewhere, but what I have included here are not things that I feel strongly about, but those things that I have thought through and can give reasoned support for. I am, like everyone else,  still learning, but hopefully this will give you an idea of where I stand on the main issues of faith. I will be developing this page with links to articles covering the different topics; if you put your email address in the box to the right, you will automatically receive the updates.

God

I believe that God is made up of three persons: God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

I believe that God is eternal, unimaginably powerful and all knowing.  I believe that he has created the universe and that he continues to sustain it.  Creation is an evidence of His existence and genius.

I believe, that although, like any person, God has a deep and complex character, He wants us to know that He is completely good and ridiculously merciful. But the characteristic that He wants us to define Him by more than any other, is His great love.

 

Jesus and Salvation

I believe that Jesus is the unique Son of God who is fully and eternally divine. About 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ somehow became fully human, but without reducing His full expression of God, and then perfectly executed His mission to rescue His creation from the results of humanities sin.

I believe that everyone, without exception, needs to discover the salvation and redemption that Jesus has fully paid for with his death on the cross.  I believe that because of Jesus’ perfect and complete sacrifice, He alone can save people from sin and death, and freely give eternal life to those who put their trust in him.  Without Jesus a person is lost, and to reject Him is to reject their place in God’s eternal Kingdom.

I believe that Jesus really did die on the cross, He was graveyard dead, but arose physically and fully alive on the third day. Jesus’ resurrection announced the beginning of God’s new age, new creation started when Jesus stepped out of the tomb and we now live in the ‘already, but not yet’ of God’s Kingdom. After convincing His followers that He was fully alive Jesus was taken back into heaven from where reigns as the world’s true Lord.

I know that by giving our full allegiance to Jesus Christ we become undeserving recipients of forgiveness of sin; deliverance from darkness; regeneration as our spirit is reborn and renewed; adoption as God’s own dearly loved children; justification, which declares us to be in complete and permanent right standing with God (righteousness); sanctification as the Holy Spirit sets us apart as especially belonging to God, and begins his work of restoring God’s image in our lives, in other words restoring our humanity; and reconciliation which brings us near to God in a close and genuine relationship.

I believe that Jesus is already the rightful King and Lord of all creation in every dimension and that one-day He will return to earth; at that time those who are “in Christ” will receive resurrection bodies and all of creation will be restored as heaven and earth are permanently joined.

Holy Spirit

I believe in the outstanding reality of the Holy Spirit in the lives of God’s re-born children. Not only does He restore and lead us, but also I believe and have witnessed the reality that he still does miracles, both through the church and by Himself.

I can’t improve on the words of the Nicene Creed; And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father [and the Son]; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.”

 

Bible

I believe that the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments, is inspired by God and is completely authoritative in it’s original texts.  The Scriptures were written in different genres and in various cultures; because of this I believe God expects us to interpret what He is saying with historical and literary perspective as well as common sense. To call the Bible a hand book is to greatly underestimate it; the Bible is a revelation of God, His dealings with humanity and His solution for sin and death through the person of Jesus Christ.

 

Prayer

I believe God hears all of us when we speak to him. God has given Christians the authority and power to pray His will into the earth, it is through our prayers that we begin to exercise our reign as God’s humble, serving and selfless Royal Priesthood.

 

Church

I believe that the Church is made up all those who truly trust in Jesus Christ and follow him as their Lord, regardless of whatever denomination they may or may not belong to.  The Church is Christ’s body in the earth, the renewed temple and knows no cultural, racial or geographical boundaries.

 

Equality

I believe that men and women, though enjoying some fundamental differences, have the overwhelming majority of things in common.  I believe that men and women are completely and essentially equal.  I believe that functions, roles and responsibilities in the home, in the church, and in society should be shared according to individual abilities, talents, temperaments and gifting regardless of gender.

 

Sexuality

I am aware that this isn’t a regular in statements of faith, but it is such a ‘hot potato’, in the West at least, I thought I should put something down. I believe that God loves people and that His love is not altered by someones sexual orientation; furthermore I do not believe that sexual orientation can cause someone to become ‘unsaved’ or stop them being saved. Having said that, I believe in exclusive heterosexual marriage and celibate singleness as God’s gifts and design.

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