I'm calling this a love letter, because that's the way I hope you experience it. If you've glimpsed yourself and/or feel despair, dread or fear, there's really, really Good News. Check it out.
Is one of your resolutions to grow in your faith or go to church more in 2021? Great decision! If you don't have a church, consider visiting mine: Harborside Christian Church. You can attend from the comfort of your living room.
We're starting the year with a church-wide fast and a series on the heart. Here's the first message. We're also reading through the foundational Gospel of John, the basis of the Love Letter Jesus video I posted above. Consider reading through it. It can change your life if you let it.
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The Short Version
I believe "It is finished," just as Jesus spoke on the cross with his dying breath.
That is very Good News indeed.
More specifically, I believe the following:
I believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
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.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets.
I believe in one holy catholic [one body Christian] and apostolic Church.
I acknowledge one baptism as an outward demonstration of faith.
I look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.
Statement of Faith
More About My Faith
I believe every one of us are hopelessly lost and that apart from Christ, we deserve oblivion.
I believe that Christ is the fulfillment of the law and we are saved by GRACE through FAITH alone in Christ. We cannot add a thing.
I believe the Holy Spirit is alive and active in the modern church, as are the gifts.
Yet I believe the Law is good and true and for our own sake and the love of God and others, we're wise to obey it. If not, we'll suffer the natural consequences...as will others...which is not punishment. In Christ, there is no punishment because He bore it all.
I believe our failures can lead us back to grateful recognition of Christ's completed work. NOT condemnation of ourselves or others.
I believe the Bible is true and inspired by God, brimming with ageless wisdom and insight. I also believe it's less important to focus on it literal truth or whether events played out precisely as presented, and more important to recognize it is spiritual truth and accuracy that mere mortals cannot grasp in its fullness, thus...
I believe that no single denomination can capture the fullness of God or presume to interpret accurately every unfathomable truth of Scripture beyond the essential beliefs captured in the Nicene Crede.