LOVE: Without love, no Christian can be on the Foundation laid by Christ, because God is love. If we think our doctrine is all in order and perfectly correct, and if we believe we have knowledge and understanding of all things pertaining to God, and if we have amazing revelations and supernatural experiences, but we do not have love, then all of this is in vain. For it will be tested by fire in that Day to see what sort of work it is. (Read 1 Corinthians 3:10-15, 1 John 4:7-11 and 1 Corinthians 13.)
I believe in One God, the only supreme being and the Creator, our Father in heaven. He has always existed, He is omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient. He exists eternally and simultaneously in three persons, the Father, the Son- Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. These three are one, co-equal and co-eternal, but not three gods. God is Love, Light, Spirit, Truth, Creator, and Redeemer.
(Gen 1:1, Isa 43:10, Isa 42:5, Isa 44:6, 8, 24, Isa 57:15, Jer 32:17, Psalm 90:2, Psalm 139:7, 1 John 3:20, 1 John 4:8, John 10:30, John 1:1, 1 John 5:7, John 15:26, Eph 3:9.)
Jesus was born of a virgin, is God in the flesh and is the full expression of the Godhead bodily. He was also fully a man and He was sinless and became a curse on the cross for mankind to be the atonement for our sins. He rose from the dead on the third day. He ascended to heaven where He now sits at the right hand of the Father, forever making intercession for us. He is our Savior, He is our healer, He is our High Priest and advocate to the Father, He IS God.
(Isa 7:14, Mat 3:17, Luke 9:35, John 1:1-3, 14, 1 John 4:10, John 6:38, John 8:23, Isa 9:6, John 2:19, Heb 1:5-13, 1 Tim 3:16, Col 2:9-10, Col 1:12-22, Phil 2:5-11, Heb 6:20, 7:25, 2 Cor 3:14.)
All Christians are sealed with the Holy Spirit upon belief and faith in Jesus as their savior. Christians are indwelt by the Holy Spirit and He is in us and with us. He is the Spirit of Christ, Spirit of God, Spirit of the Lord, Spirit of Truth. He is our comforter, teacher, sanctifies us, convicts us of all sin and leads us in all truth. The scriptures point to a sealing of the Holy Spirit, baptism of the Holy Spirit, a continual filling of the Holy Spirit and a flowing out of the Holy Spirit.
In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory. Ephesians 1:13-14
and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us. 2 Cor 1:22
Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38
And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, Ephesians 5:18
“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” John 7:38
Gods Holy Spirit is crucial for our sanctification and continual growth in our Christian walk. (Read Old Testament typology of the Holy Spirit as found in Ezekiel 47:1-5).
(John 14:15-17, 26, John 16:7-8, 12-15, Acts 2:38, Acts 7:55, Acts 11:16, Rom 15:16, 1 Cor 6:19, 1 Cor 12:1-31, 2 Cor 13:14, Eph 1:13, Eph 4:1-32, Eph 5:18, 2 Tim 1:14, 1 Pet 1:11, 2 Peter 1:20-21, 1 John 2:27)
The Bible (the scriptures) is the inerrant word of God and is free of errors and contradictions. It contains everything we need to know in order to be instructed, corrected and established in our faith, and to grow as a Christian. I believe the Bible should be taken literally except where it is obviously figurative.
(2 Peter 1:21, 2 Tim 3:16-17, Titus 1:9)
I believe as Christians we should be baptized in water as Jesus instructed us. He was baptized so of course we should also be baptized. Scripture clearly teaches us that water baptism is part of the whole salvation experience. Please read my article about water baptism here.
(Mat 28:19, Acts 2:38, Acts 10:44-48.)
The Lords Supper / Communion:
Jesus instructed us to take bread and wine in remembrance of Him until He comes.
As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take this and eat it, for this is my body.” 27 And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, 28 for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many. Matthew 26:26-28
But the Lords Supper or “communion” was not just a bit of bread and wine. It was also not a sacrifice. The bible teaches us it was a meal shared by believers in continuity to the Lords last supper with His disciples. According to scripture part of the meal included reminding believers of the symbolism in the bread and wine as taught by Jesus. (Mat 26:26-30) Through the broken body of Jesus and His blood shed for us, we have unity with one another as the body of Christ and forgiveness of sins through His shed blood.
(Mat 26:26-28, 1 Cor 11:23-31, 1 Cor 10:16, Acts 2:41-42, Acts 20:7)
The Church, the Dwelling Place of God:
A church building is not the church. A denomination is not the church. The body of Christ is the church, the ekklesia. The ekklesia is the whole body of Christian believers scattered throughout the earth and already in heaven.
(1 Cor 12:13, 25-27, Rom 12:4-5, Eph 2:19-22, Eph 4:4, 15-16, Eph 5:23, 29-30, Col 1:18, 24, Col 2:19)
Sinners are under the curse of sin and death and therefore are subject to the righteous judgment and wrath of God. (Rom 6:23) Salvation is obtained by Gods Grace through our faith (belief and trust) in the work of Christ on the cross. (Death, burial, resurrection.) We are then “justified” by faith. It is a gift of God and not by any works we do. (Eph 2:8-9, Rom 3:24, 28, Rom 10:9, Gal 2:21, Rom 4:1-6, Phil 3:9, Rom 5:1)
But the full Gospel teaches us there is more to the full salvation experience than belief and faith. (Justification) We need to be born again. (John 3:3-7, 1 Pet 1:23)
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. John 3:5
In order to be born of water and Spirit, we must repent, and be water baptized for the forgiveness of our sins and then we will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38, Acts 10:44-48)
Water baptism is not a ritual or merely a symbol of identifying with Christ, but rather God is doing something supernatural in water baptism that needs to be understood. (Read Romans 6, 1 Peter 3:21.)
We then become a new creation, having died with Christ and rose to a new life in Him. (Rom 6: 3-5, 2 Cor 5:15-18)
The fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden as told in Genesis is the literal history of Gods creation of the earth, the creation of Adam and Eve, and the fall of man. The nature of man changed from one of perfection into one of sin because of Adam’s disobedience to God. The sin nature, along with the rebellious spirits (satan, fallen angels, demons) is what humans struggle against in this present age. The fall of man and the corruption of His creation is why God sent His Son Jesus Christ to atone for sin and redeem us back to Himself. Jesus is the second Adam who was without sin or disobedience! There is no atonement for sin without the shedding of blood. This is why Jesus had to die on the cross. But He rose from the dead and therefore defeated death and hell! When we believe in Christ by faith and repent of our sin and follow Jesus, we are made a new creature and redeemed back to God!
(Rom 6:23, Gal 5:19-21, Col 3:5-6, 1 John 1:7-9)
Rapture / Resurrection of the church:
It is my conviction that the church will be translated, gathered, raptured, and caught up (harpazo) to meet the Lord in the air prior to the wrath of God being poured out as spoken of in Revelation 6:12-17. But no man knows the day or hour. Readiness is of the utmost concern, much more so than when.
(Job 5:19, Rev 12:5, John 14:1, 2, 3, 4, 1 Thes 4:16, 17, 18, 1 Cor 15:51, 52, Mat 25:1-13, Isa 26:19, 20, Zeph 2:3, Isa 57:1, 2)
Second Coming of Jesus:
I believe Jesus will bodily return to the earth in great glory and majesty and every eye will see Him. He will bring His saints with Him.
(Job 19:25, Mat 16:27, Mat 24:27, 30, 36-39, Acts 1:11, Acts 3:19-21, Heb 9:28, Rev 19:7, 8,14, Zech 14:5, Jude 1:14.)
If heaven is eternal then hell is eternal. The spirit of those who reject Jesus Christ as their savior will immediately find themselves in eternal damnation upon their death.
(Mat 10:28, Mat 18:8, Mat 25:46, Mark 9:43, Luke 12:5, 1 Tim 2:4, 1 John 4:8-10, Jude 7, etc.)
Women in ministry:
Women play a vital and important role in ministry in the body of Christ. There are many examples of women in ministry in the New Testament. There are many who take scriptures out of context and say that women should be silent in the church. That is not Biblical. Phoebe was a deacon, and Priscilla was a servant, Phillips daughters were prophetesses, etc. (Rom 16:1, 2, 3, Acts 21:8, 9) But I cannot find any examples of women who were heads of churches or pastors.
In Christ, Sarah Beveridge