|                MY FAITH            |

 

I choose to share my faith not because my appointment to speak and write comes from a human higher-up, but I have always found it interesting that I must explain my intent to Christian believers, more than non-believers.

This Statement of Faith is more for the ones who wants to be sure I’m not a heretic, and not as much for those who are exploring Christian faith—the individuals I try to connect with, simply because I remember what it felt like to doubt and question the reality of God. My passion is providing a safe space for those who have always felt, or are in a season of doubt about faith, life, and the chaos that confuses our daily decisions.

For those who insist on knowing that I’m grounded, Biblical, and trustworthy with the truth about Christian faith (and I don’t blame you), I pray you will find confirmation here. I must caution, however, that sharing a statement of faith doesn’t now make me some super-hero Christian. It doesn’t make me good. I’m still a sinner in need of grace. Please understand my heart in sharing my personal faith–to bring clarity in my beliefs if there is uncertainty or questioning–but in doing so, let us never forget that the statement must never replace the personal reality of a living Savior come to set us free! Faithfulness, Bible study, ethical living, or a stellar statement of faith, if not careful, can serve to minimize the person of Jesus.

Our need to be “right” about our faith can also be the very thing that keeps us from connecting with those who are still questioning God’s existence. It is my humble prayer that by explaining my faith I do not alienate the one who comes with questions and doubts. This is what I believe, but that does not disqualify another from visiting and connecting with me who may believe differently.

Who is God? Father, Son and the Holy Ghost

What I believe about God:

I believe in only One God and that He is the Creator of all things. I believe he is Holy, absolutely perfect, and exists in loving unity with three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. He has limitless knowledge and sovereign power and his greatest desire is to redeem those he has created and make all things new! I also believe that He is perfectly happy and fulfilled within this threesome. In other words, God doesn’t need me! That has to be one of the coolest truths around because even though He doesn’t need me, He STILL chooses to love, know, and hang out with me! That is utterly amazing…

What I believe about Jesus Christ:

I believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God. He is real and personal and loves me beyond my wildest dreams! I really love

the fully man part of Him and that we get to study His life through eyewitness accounts in the Bible. He lives today. I’ve met Him. I can’t wait to fry fish with Him in Heaven.

What I believe about the Holy Spirit:

I believe that the Holy Spirit’s purpose is to bring glory to Jesus. He is the one who convicts me of my guilt. It was through Him that I was baptized into union with Jesus, regenerated from my past failures and adopted into the family of God. Each day He indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers me for Christ-like living and service. He sticks closer than anything I’ve known and ticks me off better than anyone else too, because He’s so good at pointing out my faults. He’s me breath and life.

I love them all equally. I pray mostly to God, yet I walk and talk with Jesus. The Holy Spirit surprises me, moves me, cheers me on, and helps me dance all while lovingly disciplining me. The three are intertwined and separate within my mind all at once. Sometimes I forget about one while fully focused on the other, but they never, ever leave me. I know it’s hard to conceive 3 in 1, but I’m so very glad God chose to be inconceivable. I don’t ever want to understand Him fully this side of heaven, yet I can’t wait for the day when I’ll meet all three of Him face to face…

The Bible, the Church, and Christian Living

“The Word of God is a Person. When you read it, do you see words or do you see Him?” ~Jacquelyn K. Heasley

What I believe about the Bible:

I believe that the Bible is a verbally inspired love letter to the world. It is without error and provides the complete revelation of God’s will for salvation and is the ultimate authority by which human knowledge and decisions should be judged. Left to myself and my own limited ability to understand how the world best operates, I’ll admit that I might choose differently. My flesh might not turn the other cheek, my femaleness might not choose life, my sentimental tendency might choose tolerance, I might parrot the world’s advice: If it feels good, do it!! But at the end of the day (because of what I believe about God) it makes no difference what I think! All that matters is what God thinks, regardless of my wavering opinion on how things might be better. Seems we’ve been trying that tactic for a long time and things aren’t getting better. Therefore, the Bible should be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.

What I believe about the church:

I believe that the true “church,” with walls or without, from one side of the globe to the other side, is made up of people who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. Period.

What I believe about Christian living:

That I’m powerless to accomplish the Christian life on my own and that God doesn’t even require me to. He–God!!–through the person of Jesus Christ chooses to live that life through me!!

What is our human condition and why Jesus?

What I believe about the Human Condition:

It began with Adam and Eve, but I included, have nothing good within me, therefore I am alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through the (brilliant) work of Jesus Christ can I be rescued, reconciled and renewed. Even if I live a good, upright, moral life, my “good” can never be good enough. God provided the law, not for me to try and keep it, but to show me how impossible it is to even come close.

An added thought: This actually brings so much freedom as I live my day to day life. I can love people because I see them no differently than myself. I have submitted to the fact that I am worthless apart from the Holy Spirit’s work in my life, because trying to work toward perfection is utterly exhausting. I’m learning to laugh at myself, cease the striving patterns which take me nowhere. My life does not need to be—nor will it ever—be in order for God to love me.

What I believe about the Work of Jesus Christ:

I believe that as my substitute, Jesus shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for my sins.

To wrap up this lengthy statement of faith, I CAN narrow it down to three concise sentences:

 

“I’m just a Jesus lover! I’m also a people lover. When those two meet for the first time it’s the most beautiful thing in the world.”