What I Believe

I believe…

In one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory; that this triune God created all, upholds all and governs all.

 

I believe…

That the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, fully inspired without error in the original manuscripts, and the infallible rule of faith and practice.

 

I believe…

In God the Father, an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love; that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men; that He hears and answers prayer; and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.

 

I believe…

In Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. I believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teaching, His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal, visible return to earth.

 

I believe…

In the Holy Spirit, who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower for ministry all who believe in Christ. I believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide. I believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and in the exercise of all the Biblical gifts of the Spirit.

 

I believe…

That all men are sinners by nature and choice and, therefore, under condemnation; that God regenerates by the Holy Spirit those who repent of their sins and confess Jesus Christ as Lord; that Jesus Christ baptizes the seeking believer with the Holy Spirit and power for service, often subsequent to regeneration.

 

I believe…

In the universal church, the living spiritual body, of which Christ reigns as the head, and of which all regenerated persons are members.

 

I believe…

That the Lord Jesus Christ committed two ordinances to the church; 1) baptism, and 2) the Lord’s Supper. I believe in baptism by immersion and communion, which is open to all believers.

 

I believe…

Also in the laying on of hands for baptism of the Holy Spirit, for ordination of pastors, elders and deacons, and for receiving gifts of the Spirit or healing.

 

I believe…

In the personal, visible return of Christ to earth and the establishment of His Kingdom; in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment and eternal blessing of the righteous and endless suffering of the wicked.

 

I personalized the above information from my church’s website, for it is, indeed, what I do believe, and I felt you should be granted the opportunity to understand the point of view from which I stand. As I live each day with ME/CFS, I also wanted to share with you my position on healing:

 

In addition, I believe…

In the healing power of God; that although His power is inexhaustible, He may withhold healing to accomplish an eternal purpose, which I may not see until I enter eternity. I choose, therefore, to live with my eyes fixed on His character and not on my infirmity.

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