My ministry acknowledges the complexities of church culture, leadership roles and the Christian life. Additionally, we are very complex individuals, God made us physical, social, psychological, and spiritual beings. I have come to value the need in Christian ministry, leadership coaching and biblical counseling of helping others move toward personal wholeness, interpersonal competence, mental stability, and spiritual maturity. Below you will find a brief outline of what I believe.
I. About the Bible
I believe the Holy Scriptures to be the plenary-verbally inspired, Word of God. It is authoritative, infallible and inerrant in its entirety. The Bible is His perfect Word and is the authority for all faith and life. It reveals the principles by which God will judge all humanity. The Bible is to be understood by all through the illumination of the Holy Spirit. Its meaning is determined by its historical context, grammatical structure, the literary usage of the author’s language, and by comparing Scripture with Scripture. It is the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried. II Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:20-21, Matthew 5:18, John 16:12-13.
II. About God
I believe there is one God who is personal, infinite, perfect; and He exists eternally as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is the creator, and sustainer of all things, who exists eternally in three persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. These three are one in essence but distinct in person and function. Deuteronomy 6:4, II Corinthians 13:14, Matthew 28:19-20.
III. About Jesus Christ and His Work
I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God and is co-equal with the Father and the Spirit. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, as such he became a man, without ceasing to be God, so that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. We believe that our redemption was accomplished by Jesus Christ through His sinless life and His voluntary and substitutionary death on the cross. Christ completely fulfilled the demands of God by His obedient life, died on the cross in substitution and made the payment for the sins of His people, was buried, and arose physically on the third day. I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God. As such, He functions as the High Priest for His people, fulfills His ministry as our Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. John 1: 1-2; Luke 1:35; Romans 3:24-25; Romans 4:25; I Peter 1:3-5; Hebrews 7:25, Hebrews 9:24;Romans 8:34; I John 2:l-2.
IV. About The Holy Spirit
I believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person co-equal with the Father and the Son, and works in convicting men of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He indwells all true believers of this present age. In the life of the believer, He is instrumental in bringing about the New Birth, sealing a believer’s salvation, and in developing personal holiness. He is the giver of all life, active in the creating and ordering of the universe, is the agent of inspiration, restrains sin and Satan, and He indwells and sanctifies all believers. Romans 8:4; I Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4-5; Colossians 3:16; John 16:8; Ephesians 1:13-14.
V. About Mankind
I believe that mankind, male and female, were a direct creation and not evolved. They were created in the image and likeness of God and since they are reasoning moral agents, they are responsible under God for understanding and governing themselves and the world. But, due to Adam’s willful disobedience and rebellion, the entire human race fell and inherited his sinful nature. As such, all mankind has become alienated from God, are under His just condemnation and are subject to eternal punishment. This relationship with God can be only be restored through the work of Jesus Christ and the ministry of the Holy Spirit. I believe in the literal historicity of Genesis 1-3. Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 3; Romans 3:22-23, Romans 5:12; Matthew 19.
VI. About Salvation
I believe that salvation is only accomplished through the work of Jesus Christ through repentance of sin and by faith alone in Him as Savior. The free gift of salvation is the work of God alone. It is only by grace through faith in Jesus Christ and is not owing to any human merit. As such, every believer’s salvation is kept by the power of God and is secure. The believer is declared righteous, born again by the Holy Spirit, is turned from sin, and is assured of heaven. The Holy Spirit indwells all who are born again and conforms them to the likeness of Jesus Christ. This is a process that only is completed in Heaven. Every believer is responsible for living in obedience to the Word of God in separation from sin. However, a believer through disobedience to the Scripture can impair their fellowship with God, lose their joy, mar their testimony and incur God’s loving discipline. And, while I do not believe that good works help to earn salvation, I do believe that good works are an evidence of salvation. John 3:18; Ephesians 2:8-9;John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; Ephesians 1:13-14; Ephesians 2:10; Romans 8:38-39; John 10:27-30; I Corinthians 1:4-8; I John 1; Hebrews 12:9-11.
VII. About The Church
A church is a local assembly of baptized believers, under the discipline of the Word of God and the lordship of Christ. It is to be organized to carry out the commission to evangelize, to teach, and to administer the ordinances of believer’s baptism and the Lord’s table. I believe that Jesus Christ is the head of the church and that every local church, under Christ, has the right to self-government and autonomy. All those who are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and have experienced the New Birth are members of the Church, which is Christ’s body, and they are therefore eligible for baptism and to be received into the membership of a local church. Acts 2; I Corinthians 12; I Timothy 3:15;Ephesians 2:21; Colossians 1:24; Ephesians 5:25.
VIII. About the Ordinances
I believe the Lord Jesus commanded that His people observe two ordinances. These are baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper, both of which are memorial in character. Water baptism is an outward sign of what the Holy Spirit has performed in the heart of the believer. The Lord’s Supper is a memorial of His sacrifice in securing our redemption and is to be observed by believers until His return. Matthew 28:19; Acts 8:26-38, Acts 10:47-48; Matthew 26:26-29; I Corinthians 11:27-31.
IX. About Satan
I believe that Satan is a real person, who is the open and declared enemy of God and God’s people. He is the destroyer of human lives and whose destiny is eternal punishment. Although angels were created as ministering agents, some, under the leadership of Satan, fell from their sinless state to become agents of evil. Job 1:6-7; John 10:10; Ephesians 6:10-20;Revelation 21:10.
X. About The Last Days
I believe in the return of Jesus Christ for all believers and that the end of this World is approaching. At the last day, Christ will descend from heaven, and raise the dead from the grave to final judgment. At such time there will be a separation of the righteous from the wicked. The wicked will be condemned to endless punishment and the righteous to endless joy. This judgment will forever fix their final state. Luke 16:19-26; Luke 23:43; II Corinthians 5-8; Philippians 1:23; II Thessalonians 1:7-9;Judges 6-7; Revelation 20:11-15.