I Believe that…
– There is one God in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. He is the creator and the sustainer, infinitely and incomprehensibly high above us, but he chose to make himself known to us, because he loves us.
– God is in control of all creation, redemption and final judgment. What degree of control I’m not sure, but I’m convinced everything happens because he either makes it or lets it happen.
– The Bible, as originally given, is the inspired and completely true Word of God. It is the supreme authority, and I (should, anyway) turn to it first in all matters of belief and behaviour. It is the basis on which I should view the world.
– Since Adam and Eve sinned (rebelled against God, chose their way over His), the whole of humankind is sinful and guilty, so that everyone, because they are imperfect, is subject to God’s wrath and condemnation. He is perfect, and he can’t stand anything less.
– The good news is: Jesus Christ, God’s Son, is both fully God and fully Man; he was born of a virgin; he really existed and lived a life completely free of sin; he died on the cross, was physically raised from the dead, and ascended to heaven where he now reigns at God the Father’s right hand side.
– We are saved from the guilt, penalty and power of sin only through the death of Jesus Christ; he died in our place, went through Hell on the cross, and took the punishment we deserve. Jesus is the only mediator between us and God.
– Folk who believe in Christ are forgiven of all their sins and accepted in God’s sight only because Jesus’ perfection has been passed on to them. Because he took the punishment for our sins, we stand clean. This way to make us right is God’s act of undeserved mercy and love, received purely by trust in him and not by any of our own efforts. There is nothing we can do to save ourselves; that lies with God. And thankfully He loved us enough to do something.
– The Holy Spirit is the only one who can enable us to turn to God from our sin and to trust in Jesus Christ. He is the one who makes the sacrifice of Jesus effective in our lives.
– The Holy Spirit lives in all those who have been forgiven. He makes them increasingly Christlike in character and behaviour and gives them power to tell the world about him, whether through words or actions. The Holy Spirit yearns for us to be how we were meant to be created, and is actively working in a Christian’s life to make it a reality.
– The church is the Body of Christ, to which all true Christians belong. It isn’t identified with one particular denomination, but brilliantly transcends any boundary of race, sex, age, nationality or culture. Any real christian is a member of the church. Christ loves the church, despite all of our failings and screw-ups, and he’ll never abandon us.
– The Lord Jesus Christ will return in person, to judge everyone, to act out God’s just condemnation on those who have not turned to him and to bring the ones who have been saved to eternal glory. But God’s holding off that time of judgement to give as many people as possible the chance to turn to Him. He wants us to know him. He rejoices in us. And that’s quite cool, really.