Statement of Faith

No need to reinvent the wheel. I fully hold to the WEA statement of faith and personally confess the Nicene Creed.

The statement of faith of the World Evangelical Alliance summarizes the defining beliefs of evangelical Christians. I have copied it here:

We believe

  • …in the Holy Scriptures as originally given by God, divinely inspired, infallible, entirely trustworthy; and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct…
  • One God, eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit…
  • Our Lord Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, His virgin birth, His sinless human life, His divine miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension, His mediatorial work, and His Personal return in power and glory…
  • The Salvation of lost and sinful man through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ by faith apart from works, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit…
  • The Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the believer is enabled to live a holy life, to witness and work for the Lord Jesus Christ…
  • The Unity of the Spirit of all true believers, the Church, the Body of Christ…
  • The Resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

Also, the ancient ecumenical creeds summarize what Christians have believed throughout the ages. These include the Apostle’s Creed, the Athanasian Creed, and the Nicene Creed (more properly known as the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed). Please note that in these creeds, the term “catholic” means “universal”.

Here is a 2011 Revised Translation of the Nicene Creed:

I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Beyond this basic framework of beliefs, I certainly have positions on all kinds of issues that Christians talk about. While I don’t intend to proselytize anyone regarding these sorts of issues, some of them are vitally important to our faith and conduct. Here are a few of my own personal convictions that influence my blog, my YouTube channel and the online courses that I teach:

  • I believe that God is sovereign regarding salvation. Our salvation from beginning to end is by faith alone, not by works. Our salvation is solely the result of the redemptive work of God: our predestination by God the Father, the atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross, and the internal work of the Holy Spirit. We respond in faith to God’s love.

  • I believe that Christ is with us now as God through the Holy Spirit, and also that He will return from heaven as Man to complete our redemption, which He inaugurated at His first coming with His earthly life, death and resurrection. We are already saved and already have eternal life, but we are not yet fully saved and have not yet experienced the resurrection of our bodies, nor the full redemption from sin, death and the flesh. This already/not yet framework for understanding the end-times also applies to the establishment of Christ’s eternal kingdom, our redemption as His people, and the complete restoration of the world and all of God’s creation. Heated arguments about some of the specific details and the order of events of the end-times can be great fun but can also be of little profit.