Statement of Faith

What I believe...

The Inspiration of Scripture

The Bible, in its original writing is the inspired word of God, infallible, and the supreme authority over all human affairs. "All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness" (2 Timothy 3:16). 

The Trinity

There is one God who exists eternally in 3 persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ was fully God and fully man. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, was crucified, rose bodily from the dead and lives forever. "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 28:19).

God is Creator of All

There is of course plenty of allegory and metaphor in scripture. However, I interpret the 7-day creation account in Genesis chapters 1 and 2 to be literal. In this context, a day is 24 hours and God created a mature earth. God preceded the physical universe and supernaturally spoke all matter into existence including human beings. We are created in the image of God and this is the basis for our value and purpose. The human body is far too complex to have evolved through random processes. Where there is obvious design there must be a designer. Therefore, I reject Darwinian Evolution or any other form of natural selection. 

Jesus is the Way

Salvation is found by Faith in Jesus Christ and acknowledging Him as Lord and savior of our lives. "That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved" (Romans 10:9). All roads to not lead to heaven and all truth is exclusive. Truth is not relative or unique to the individual. It's not something we invent; truth is something we discover. Jesus said: "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6). Notice he didn't say I am a way; he said I am the way. To some, this may sound exclusionary. To me, it sounds like an open invitation to the whole world. 

We can't describe the indescribable.

When it comes to spiritual matters, sometimes words are insufficient. In scripture, whenever a person has an encounter with an angel they use phrases such as "it was like..." or "it was as if..." because words come up short of adequately describing what they have seen.

The same is of course true of God himself. However, the video below is an inspirational excerpt from a sermon given by Dr. S.M. Lockridge with a modern take. I believe this is a noble attempt at describing the indescribable God. It's worth 3 minutes of your time.

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