A blogger doesn’t normally have a tab on their website devoted entirely to making their beliefs explicitly known. This is usually reserved only for churches or organizations, not individual bloggers. The reason I want you to explicitly know what I believe is because knowing someone’s beliefs is extremely important in deciding whether to learn about Jesus from them. For example, if someone didn’t believe that Jesus was fully God and fully man, then you shouldn’t learn about God from them, since they have false beliefs and could lead you away from the Truth. You learn a lot about a man by what looking at that man’s beliefs. The above 1 Timothy 4:16 reference says, “watch your doctrine closely”. Now, look below to watch my doctrine for yourself.
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite and exists outside of space and time. He is Trinitarian in nature: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three persons are distinct, yet are one in essence (Gen. 1:1; Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; John 4:24, 10:30; 2 Cor. 13:14).
Jesus is fully God and fully human. He was born by a virgin birth, conceived miraculously by the Holy Spirit, lived a sinless life, died for our sins, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into Heaven, is preparing a place for us as our High Priest, and is coming again for His Church. Jesus is the Son of God, the Son of Man, the Messiah, our Mediator with the Father, and our Creator (John 1:1-14, 29; Matt 1:18-23; Heb. 4:15; 1 Pet. 3:18; 1 Cor. 15:3-19; Acts 1:9-11; John 14:1-6).
We’re saved by faith alone. We’re saved by believing Jesus is fully God and fully man and that Jesus died for our sins. We don’t earn our salvation by our good deeds, but instead God freely showered His grace upon us and gave us the gift of our salvation. We’re saved because of His good pleasure, not our good works. If salvation was something we earned, then no one would go to Heaven, since all fall short of the glory of God (John 3:16; Acts 4:12, 13:38-39, 16:31; Rom. 3:23, 4:4-5, 5:1; 1 Cor. 15:1-4; Eph. 2:8-9).
God inspired every syllable of the original Biblical manuscript, and the Bible is perfect. It was written by men, but the Holy Spirit guided them through the entire process. There are no contradictions in the Bible. If something appears as an contradiction, then you just haven’t studied it enough yet. I believe everything in the Bible. Adam was a real person, the Exodus really happened, the sun really stood still, Jesus really walked on water, Hell is a real place, and Jesus is really coming back to judge people (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21).
The Holy Spirit is God and exists as an eternal Person. The Holy Spirit teaches, speaks, has a mind, and feelings. The current role of the Holy Spirit is working at ridding sin from the Christian’s life. We’re baptized into the Church and given spiritual gifts by the Holy Spirit. Finally, the Holy Spirit assures the Christian that they’re going to Heaven, since the Holy Spirit will keep us till the last day (John 3:8, 14:16, 15:26-27, 16:7-15; Acts 5:3-4; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 6:9, 12:4-11, 13; Eph. 1:13-14, 4:30, 5:18; Matt. 28:19; Heb. 3:7).
Sin is real. Sin affects every aspect of our life. Sin has caused our world to become fallen. Sin is an offense against a Holy and Righteous God. Therefore, if we continue in unrepented sin, it will negatively affect our lives,too. However, if we confess our sin, God will forgive us and never bring up them again. We also have been given victory over sin through Jesus Christ (Proverbs 28:13; Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:23; 1 Corinthians 15:57; 1 John 1:7-9)
Baptism by immersion symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Baptism is the way we proclaim to everyone that we’ve accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Baptism doesn’t get us saved, but is the way we tell others that we’ve already been saved. However, baptism is a command by Jesus, so doing it shows your love for Jesus (Colossians 2:12; Acts 2:41; Ephesians 2: 8-9; Matthew 28:19-20).
The souls of everyone will exist forever. There will be a resurrection of the saved and the lost, the one to everlasting life and the other to everlasting death. Unbelievers will experience eternal and conscious torment, while believers will spend eternity with Jesus. There is a future inheritance for the believer and Christ is returning again to reign as King over His kingdom. These truths should motivate us to live a Godly life now. (Matthew 8:12; 24; Mark 9:43; Luke 16:28; John 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 4:17; 1 Peter 1:3-9; Revelation 22:11)
“[quote_center]What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us[/quote_center]” ― A.W. Tozer