Before reading anything written from a theological perspective, it is important to have a solid understanding of what constitutes that individual’s belief system. While I feel this is of the utmost importance, I have found it exceedingly difficult to write out a statement of faith that does not seem plagiarized. I am a child of the Westminster Confession of Faith, I hold the creeds of the early Church dear to my heart, and in all things I strive to maintain an orthodox view; however, I will state a few simple, yet incredibly profound, beliefs I hold in regard to God, Jesus, the Scriptures, and absolute Truth.
I believe that there is only one true and living God who exists eternally as three distinct Persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All three are of one substance, coequal and coeternal; the Father, neither begotten or proceeding; the Son eternally begotten; and the Spirit eternally proceeding from both Father and Son. (Dt 6.4; 1Th 1.9; Jer 10.10; Is 44.6, 8, 45.5; Ge 1.26-27, 3.22; Mt 3.17, 28.19; Lk 9.35; 2 Co 13.14; 1 Jn 5.7; Jn 1.14,18; Jn 15.26)
I believe that Jesus is the eternally begotten Son of God, who, as God in flesh, took on the form of a man, dwelled among us, was crucified and buried, and resurrected in the body on the third day. It was through the grace of God, and his great pleasure, to ordain Jesus to be Mediator between God and man; and serve as prophet, priest, and king. Jesus is both savior and head of the Church, heir to all things, and will come again to judge the world. (Is 42.1; 1 Pe 1.19, 20; Jn 1.1,14; 3.16; 10. 30-33 20.28; Col 2.9; Ph 2.5-8; Heb 1.8; Ac 2.23-24, 27; 13.37; 1 Co 15.3,4; Jn 20.25; 1 Ti 2.5; Ac 3.22; He 5.5-6; Ps 2.6; Lk 1.33; Eph 5.23; He 1.2; Ac 17.31; Jn 5.27; 2 Co 5.10; Ecc 12.14; Ro 2.16; 14.10; Mt 25.31-46; Ro 2.5-6; 2 Th 1.7-10).
I believe that the Holy Scriptures are living and active; God inspired; written through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and not of man; infallible; enduring; containing the whole counsel of God; useful for teaching, rebuking, correction, and training; and the supreme judge by which all controversies of faith are to be determined. (Heb 4.12; 2 Ti 3.16; 1 Th 2.13; 2 Pe 1.21; Ps 119.160; 2 Ti 3.15-17; Gal 1.8-9; 2 Th 2.2; Mt 22.29,31; Eph 2.20; Ac 28.25.)
I believe that the Word of God, as revealed through the Scriptures and manifesting itself in the Person of Jesus Christ, contains ultimate, absolute Truth. I believe that as Pilate gazed upon Jesus, he gazed upon Truth. I believe that it is as people are carried on by the spirit of the age that truth has become dulled, and it is through speaking the truth in the love that men bear witness to this Truth, and as such will face opposition in this world. (1 Co.14.37; 1 Th 2.13; 2 Pe 1.16-21; Jn 1.1, 14; 14.6; 17.17; 18. 37-38; 1 Jn 5.20; 1 Jn 4.6; 2 Co 4.4; Ro 1. 18-32; Jn 14.16-18; 1 Ti 4..1-3; 2 Ti 2.24-26; Tit 1.1-2; Pr 16.13; 1 Jn 4.6; Ac 20.28; Jn 16.33; 17.14-26; Ja 1.2-4, 12; Heb 11.32-40).
There is so much more that I can write in regard to the doctrines of the Christian faith; however, so many wonderful things have already been written that testify to the truth of the faith. Please, check out the following resources for a more in-depth look at the doctrines of the faith:
The Westminster Confession of Faith: http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_with_proofs/
Early Church Creeds: http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/christian-history.html#creeds
Writings of the Early Church Fathers: http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/christian-history.html#fathers
Theological Test (basic Christian Doctrines with answers): https://carm.org/theological-test
General knowledge of the Christian faith (with world religions, worldview, and secular movement comparisons): https://carm.org/