About The Bible
I believe the Bible, both Old and New Testaments in its entirety originated with God and was given by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit through His chosen men. I believe the Bible to be the only inspired Word of God, living, trustworthy and true, without error, without edition. 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Psalms 19:7-11; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews $:12; 1 Peter 1:23-25
I believe there is only one true God and He is the creator, ruler, and sustainer of all things. He is eternal and exists in three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Genesis 1:1-2; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10-13; Matthew 28:19; Luke 24:49; 1 Corinthians 8:5-6
I believe Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. He lived a perfect life of obedience to God, and he voluntarily atoned ALL the sins of all humanity by dying on the cross as our substitute. The sacrifice of Jesus Christ satisfied divine justice and accomplished salvation for ALL who trust in him alone. Jesus rose in the body from the grave, and he met with many witnesses before he ascended into heaven. Jesus is our example and proof we can live a life serving God first. His heart, character, attitudes, words, and actions are the moral compass for all mankind to live in love.
Jesus sits at the right hand of God, and there he intercedes for his people and rules as Lord of all creation. Jesus will come back to earth and fulfill God’s eternal plan. Isaiah 9:6; Isaiah 53; Matthew 1:22-23; John 1:5; Acts 1:3; 1:9-11; 4:10-12; Luke 24:36-48; Romans 1:3-4; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-20; Titus 2:13-14; Hebrews 4;14-15; Revelation 22:20
About the Holy Spirit
I believe the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity. He was sent into the world by God the Father and Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit brings awareness, the recognition of the need of a Savior, and he renews believers. He indwells every believer to understand and nourish the fruits of the Spirit and their unique gifts and talents God created them with to mature and serve others thereby glorifying God. The Holy Spirit provides each Christian with the power to live a life mirroring Jesus, to understand God’s truth, and to be Christ’s ambassadors. John 14:16-17, 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 2:12-16, 6:19-20, 1 Corinthians 12; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 1:13-14, 4:11-13
I believe salvation is available for “whosoever” believes in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and asks God for the forgiveness of their sins in repentance and faith. Salvation is entirely a free gift from God through His grace. Salvation is not the result in any way of human works or goodness. Salvation results in a person becoming a new creation in Christ Jesus. However, it is our responsibility to study God’s word and learn about our faith and gifts. We are called to partner with Jesus to continually be transformed into the image of Christ Jesus as we walk out our faith. Luke 24:46,47; John 3:16; Romans 5:12-21, 10:13-15; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 3:8-9; Colossians 1:13-14; Titus 2:11, 3:5-7
About The Church
I believe ‘The Church’ is composed of all persons who, are saved through faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and live by God’s word, both Old and New Testaments. The Church has five primary purposes: to worship God; to experience community with each other; to engage in the process of spiritual growth; to equip each other for service; and to reach the world through mission. Matthew 16:18, Matthew 28:16-19; Acts 2:42-47; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 2:19-22, 4:3-4, 11-16; Hebrews 10:25
I believe God created us to exist with Him forever. At each person’s death, his or her eternal destiny is determined by their salvation through Christ Jesus. Those who have received Salvation will spend eternity with the Lord in Heaven. Those who have rejected Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will receive eternal suffering in hell for eternity. John 3:16; Romans 6:23; 2 Corinthians 5:6-10; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Hebrews 9:27; 1 John 2:25; 5:11-13; Revelation 20:15; Revelation 21:1-8
I believe God created man and woman to complement and complete each other. God instituted marriage between one man and one woman as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. For this reason, I believe that marriage is exclusively the union of one man and one woman. (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5-6; Mark 10:6-9; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9)
God’s design for love and marriage are in His two greatest commandments. “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it:’ Love your neighbor as yourself,” Matthew 22:37-38 NIV.
Abuse and Domestic Violence—God does not sanction any form of abuse, especially spouse abuse anywhere in His word. In fact, men are instructed to, “love your wives and do not be harsh with them.” Colossians 3:19 NIV. The word love in this scripture, described in context commentary, is a sacrificial kind of love; the kind of love that seeks the very best for the one who is loved. All forms of abuse diametrically oppose the concept of selfless sacrifice; such behaviors are selfish and self-seeking.
If a victim and her children are in immediate danger, she needs professional help to ensure their safety. She can call the Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE); or 1-800-787-3224 (TDD HEARING IMPAIRED).
When abuse happens in a Christian marriage, both the victim and the abuser need individual professional and spiritual counseling. They must create safe boundaries in their home environment. If these safe boundaries are not maintained, a separation needs to take place to give the victim and the children a safe space. The abuser should leave home and make sure the victim and his children are financially provided for until he partners with Jesus and changes his mind, heart, words, and actions into a loving spouse.
The Christian victim is also responsible for working with individual professional and spiritual counseling to partner with Jesus and changes her mind, heart, words, and actions. She will learn to match her self-beliefs with the value, love, and respect God designed in her. She will find healing, break free of the victim mindset, and love others in healthy ways.
Once the couple has worked with professional and spiritual counselors individually, they will need to work through their marriage beliefs, patterns, and hurts. I do believe through Christ marriages can be saved and healed. However, when one party refuses to follow the example of Jesus, there may not be another way to stop the abuse other than divorce. God does not like divorce, but He set it up because of the hard-heartedness of mankind.
When you proclaim to be a Christian or Christ follower, the following statements become true.
- To allow someone to abuse you is to allow your abuser to abuse Jesus Christ who lives in you.
- To choose to abuse someone is to abuse Jesus Christ as he lives in them. Matthew 25:31-45
About Gift of Life
I believe that God created all human beings in His image. Therefore, I believe that human life is sacred from conception to its natural end; that we must honor the physical and spiritual needs of all people; following Christ’s example. I believe that every person should be treated with love, dignity, and respect. (Psalm 139:13; Isaiah 49:1; Jeremiah 1:5; Matthew 22:37-39; Romans 12:20-21; Galatians 6:10