What We Believe...
We Believe... In the Gospel of Jesus Christ
The Glory of God
My God is immense beyond imagination. He measured the entire universe with merely the span of His hand. (Isaiah 40:12)
Every breath, every heartbeat, every function of every organ in my body is a gift from Him.
My life, in every way, is and will continue to be, utterly dependent upon Him in Whom I live and move and have my being. (Acts 17:28)
He has created me with the intention that I might glorify Him by finding my soul’s delight in Him, and by living in joyful obedience to Him in all of my ways. (Psalm 37:4; Deuteronomy 5)
My Sin Against God
Instead of giving thanks to Him and humbly submitting to His rule over my life, I have rebelled against Him and have actually sought to exalt myself above Him.
So as for myself, apart from Jesus, I am bound by the guilt of my sins and also bound by the power of sin, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures. (Titus 3:3; Ephesians 2:3)
Apart from Jesus, I am also utterly deserving of and destined for eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire, completely unable to save myself or even to make one iota of a contribution to my own salvation. (Romans 5:6)
God’s Work on My Behalf
However, what I could not do, God did – and in doing it, He did it all, sending His own Son, Jesus, into the world to die on the cross for my sins, thereby showing me unfathomable love. (Romans 5)
On the third day after Jesus’ death, God raised Him from the dead, thereby announcing that His death was completely sufficient to atone for every sin that I have or will commit throughout my lifetime. (Acts 13)
God then exalted Jesus to His own right hand, where Jesus now reigns from on high, granting salvation and forgiveness to all who call on Him by faith alone. (Romans 10, Acts 16:31)
Now when my time came and through the power of the Holy Spirt, I placed by my faith in Jesus, God instantly granted me a great salvation.
He forgave me of all of my sins, past, present and future. (Colossians 2:13, Psalm 103:12)
He gave me the gift of the Holy Spirt, Who gives me God’s power, Who pours out God’s love within my heart, and Who tenderly communicates to my spirit that I am a child of God, and an heir of eternal glory in heaven. (Romans 8)
In saving me, God also justified me, and being justified through Jesus, I have a peace with God that will endure forever.
In justifying me, God declared me innocent of my sins and pronounced me righteous with the very righteousness of Jesus. (Romans 5:18)
God also allowed His future and present wrath against me to be completely propitiated by Jesus, Who bore my sins upon Himself while on the cross.
I don’t deserve any of this, even on my best day; but this is my salvation, and herein I stand. Thank you, Jesus.