And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20).
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. (2 Timothy 4:1-2).
Statement of Faith
- I hold to the Holy Scriptures, God’s inspired and inerrant Word, contained in the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, as recorded in the original languages (The Old Testament in Hebrew and the New Testament in Greek), as our supreme and final authority for life and godliness.
- I believe that there is one true, living, sovereign, and holy God, who is eternal, immortal, and immutable in all His attributes. He is infinitely existing as one God (one essence) in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit, these three being co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes. The Triune God in six literal 24-hour days created the world and all things out of nothing, including mankind, for His own glory.
- I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is true God and was true man, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross as a sacrifice for the sins of His people. He arose bodily from the dead and ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Father, and as Lord, He is now interceding for His church and ruling all things on her behalf.
- I believe a person is saved, or justified, by an act of God’s free grace and not on any merit of his own. The Grace of Faith, whereby the elect is irresistibly enabled to believe to the saving of their soul, is the work of the Spirit of Christ in their heart, and is ordinarily wrought by the ministry of the Word.
- God pardons the sins of the elect of God and accepts them as righteous in His sight, only by the righteousness of Christ imputed to us (through Christ’s substitutionary atoning death and bodily resurrection) and received Sola Fide, by faith alone. True faith, that not of ourselves, is always accompanied by repentance and a determination to follow Jesus in a life of obedience and good works.
- Those who are justified will live eternally in the presence of God and all the redeemed, and those who are not justified will suffer eternal damnation in hell.
- There are two ordinances instituted by Christ for the church in the present age: water baptism and the Lord’s Supper. These signs of the Covenant of Grace are not a means of justification, but are a means of the sanctification God desires for his people and are properly administered according to Scripture to every member of the visible church.
These seven points are taken from the Statement of Faith of Christ the King Church, where I am a member. I wholeheartedly affirm each of these points completely and hope to add more detailed thoughts both on this page and in future blog posts in order to better present this Christian worldview and perspective as I grow to understand it by God’s grace and for His glory.
This is an ongoing mission, as it should be. Your patience is much appreciated and your questions are encouraged. I will strive to answer all notes posted here as quickly as my (increasingly wacky) schedule will allow.
Soli Deo Gloria,