I believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God. This is seen in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” The Holy Spirit worked through authors of God’s choosing to pen words to the page, as the Scripture above states. The Bible began with God, and it was His divine inspiration that inspired the biblical authors.
I believe in the full inerrancy view of Scripture. I agree that the religious, theological, and spiritual messages of Scripture are without error. I agree that the biblical authors’ scientific and historical information shows the human author’s understanding of the situations. For this reason, there may be discrepancies, but they are not to cause distrust in the Word of God. I believe as a result of the trustworthiness of the Scriptures, due to inspiration and inerrancy, we can rely on the Bible as God’s authority for our lives. God’s Word teaches us how to believe and how to behave. Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” I believe the authority of the Scriptures expresses how I am to live as a follower of Christ. I believe the Holy Spirit works through God’s Word to teach and guide me in all aspects of my life.
I believe there is only one living and true God. I believe he is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal being. I believe he is the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is a personal God. He is a knowing, loving, good Father who can be approached and spoken to, though I believe God is infinite in holiness. We will not understand God’s vast greatness, but I believe we do have the opportunity to know God and be known by him through a relationship with Jesus. I believe we owe Him our love, reverence, and obedience. I believe God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. I believe he enables people to understand the truth. I believe he convicts us of sin and leads us to righteousness. I believe he calls people to Jesus and cultivates Christian character as we rely on him in our lives. I believe he comforts us and bestows the spiritual gifts by which we serve God.
I believe the image of God is in every human being. I do not believe the image has been lost because of the fall. Instead, I believe God’s image is equally present in every person. Therefore, human beings should treat other human beings with dignity and respect. Each person has value and worth, whether they recognize God is at work in them and the world or not. Every life is significant. I believe every person is equal in their humanity, no matter race, ethnicity, or gender.
If you would like a more detailed explanation of my beliefs with specific Scriptures, I would be happy to e-mail you. Please request the information at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!