July 28, 2021

My Statement of Faith

 


I confess my faith in God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I confess that the Lord is God, the Lord alone. I love the Lord, my God, with all my body, soul, mind and spirit. I confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, He died on the cross for my sins and the sins of the whole world, He was buried, and He arose from the dead on the third day. 

I testify to the personal reality of being buried with Christ by baptism into His death, so that as He arose from the dead to the glory of the Father. I also might walk in newness of life. I personally experience the fulfillment of Christ's promise, that the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father sends in Jesus' name, is teaching His church everything and reminding them of all He has said to them. I have been filled with the Spirit, and preach and teach His work in the church. 

I believe the church of God is to lead a life worthy of its calling, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with  one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. I firmly believe that there is one body and one Spirit, to which I, as a part of God's church, have been called - to the one hope of the church's calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all - and that each member of God's church is given grace according to the measure of Christ's gift. I agree that all gifts of the Spirit are to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for the building up of the body of Christ, until all in God's church come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son Of God, to maturity, to the measure of the stature of Christ. 

I experience the divine blessing of the God of peace Himself, who has sanctified me entirely, that my sprit and soul and body may be kept sound and blameless at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. With awareness of the divine call I understand my own ministry in the light of our Lord's ministry, who said through the ancient prophet that the Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release of the captives and recovery of sight to the bland, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor. 

I am committed to the gospel of the kingdom of God, which is righteousness, and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. I boldly accept my part of the church's worldwide mission to make disciples of all nations of people, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that Jesus commands us to do. I humbly seek to be a part of the answer to Lord's prayer that all in His church may be one, that as the Father is in the Son and the Son in the Father, they may also be in them so the world may believe the Father sent Jesus. I hope and pray for the time with the church will live out the reality it has in Christ that there is no longer Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, and all are one in Christ Jesus.

I anticipate with great joy that time when the Lord Himself, with a cry of command and with the archangels' call and with the sound of God's trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then all His church will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so forever be with the Lord. 

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Bible References: Dt 6:4-5; Mt 28:19-20; Lk 4:18-19; Jn 14:26; 17:21; Rom 6:4; 14:17; 1 Cor 12:3; 15:3-4; Gal 3:28; Eph 4:1-3, 4-7, 12-13; 5:18; 1 Thess 4:16-17; 5:23 

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