Theology Proper - About God
I believe in one God who exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This God is omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, immutable, and eternal. He is holy and righteous, just and merciful, loving, and faithful. He is the creator of all things, visible and invisible. Nothing predates Him. He is ruler of all things. No king or god stands over Him. He is the judge before whom all creation will give an account. He is the savior of creation.
Christology - About Jesus Christ
I believe in Jesus Christ, begotten of God the Father, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, crucified, dead, and buried. On the third day, He was resurrected and ascended into heaven. There was not time when He did not exist. He is not a created being. He is fully God and fully man, without mixture, without change, without division, without separation. He is the sinless lamb, the suffering servant, the lion of Judah, the heir of David. He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords who set aside His glory to be born in a manger. He is Emanuel, God with us. He is the hope of mankind. He is the perfect man. He is the image into which we are being transformed. Sent by the Father, He is the unique revelation of God in flesh.
Pneumatology - About the Holy Spirit
I believe in the Holy Ghost, the seal of the redeemed, the down payment for the future, and the giver of spiritual gifts. He dwells in all believers and is their power to walk in righteousness. He is the restraint against evil and the one who convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He is the agent of regeneration, renewal, and sanctification in the believer.
Anthropology - About Man
I believe that mankind was created by God in His own image. Man was the pinnacle of creation, unique in his mandate and composition. Man is designed for community, to experience unity in the midst of diversity. As an image bearer, man is the agent and representative of God to creation. In fact, it is the imago Dei that gives man his value and dignity.
Hamartiology - About Sin
I believe that man is totally depraved, infected with sin. In the Garden of Eden, innocence was lost and everything changed. As a consequence of the rebellion, mankind’s relationship to God, to creation, and to one another all became marred and severed by sin. All creation came under God’s judgment, and man was completely helpless restore himself. Adam’s sin has been imputed to all humanity as each subsequent generation inherits their predecessors’ depravity.
Soteriology - About Salvation
I believe that Jesus died as the atonement for man’s sin. Because of man’s depravity, man could not die for himself and satisfy God’s demand for justice. Therefore, God sent His Son. Jesus died for the whole world, but his sacrifice is only effective for those who believe. Salvation is by faith alone, but that faith is a gift of grace from God so that no one can boast. By faith in Christ’s death and resurrection, the believer is guaranteed eternal security and right standing before God. Apart from the gracious gift of faith, there is nothing man can do to that will improve his status with God. Grace is both necessary and sufficient for salvation.
Eschatology - About the End Times
I believe in the literal, physical, personal return of Jesus Christ. Following a time of suffering and catastrophe the likes of which our world has merely foretasted, Christ will assume the throne of David and reign for a thousand years. At the end of that era, He will defeat one last rebellion and usher in the eternal state. Then the final destinies of all mankind will be settled—the redeemed to an eternity with God, the unredeemed to an eternity apart from Him.
Bibliology - About the Bible
I believe that the Bible in its original autographs is the inspired, inerrant word of God. It is the final authority in faith and practice. It is a special revelation given to man. Preeminently, it communicates the narrative of God’s mission to make Himself known as the sovereign Almighty God through creation, the selection of Abraham, the calling of Israel, the covenants, the law and its ethics, the cross, the church, and the end times.
As I wrote these brief doctrinal summaries, my hope was to communicate alignment with historic orthodox Christianity. More could certainly have been said, but that is for another time and place. Nonetheless, some aspects of these doctrines are later developments and refinements of the faith. For instance, my soteriology is largely Augustinian and Calvinistic, and my eschatology is premillennial. But such stances were never codified in the early church or in its ecumenical councils. Therefore I must allow that other views may be legitimate expressions of Christian faith so long as they fit inside historic orthodoxy.