STATEMENT OF FAITH
BY DON BANTUM
I believe the 66 books of the Holy Bible to be the inerrant, infallible word of God; inspired by the Holy Spirit, as written in the original manuscripts, in both the Old and New Testaments.
I believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, that He was and is in fact God, who became flesh and dwelt among us in bodily form.
I believe that God exists in three persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, known as the Trinity; each of the three personages being fully God.
I believe that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. Jesus is the Word, who was with God in the beginning, and who was God.
I believe Jesus Christ lived a sinless life, and that He in fact performed all the miracles attributed to Him in the Scriptures.
I believe we are all born spiritually dead, in Adam, separated from God, and in need of spiritual Life.
I believe that Jesus was the only man ever born spiritually alive, and therefore the only One with true life to offer us.
I believe that Jesus sacrificed his life on the cross nearly two thousand years ago to take away the sins of the whole world, past, present and future. He was buried and raised to life again on the third day, so that He might give us the same life that raised Him from the dead. When He said three days, He did not mean a day and a-half or two days; He meant three whole days.
I believe Jesus is no longer dealing with the world on the basis of sin, but by grace and a New Life. Every one born since his crucifixion, burial and resurrection, is in fact born forgiven, and in no need of further forgiveness by God.
I believe when we place saving faith in all the above, and ask Jesus to come to live his life in and through us, and become our personal Lord and Savior, as well as our very best friend, we receive that Life by grace through faith. He then places us into his very own body (the true Church) at that very instant, and as a part of his body, we are immediately joint heirs with Christ in the Kingdom of God.
I believe that henceforth we live by grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus on the cross! FAITH in HIS accomplishments on our behalf, not by anything we have done or anything we will ever do. We have been called to freedom, and told by Christ himself to enter His rest, where we cease from all our labor, just as Christ did from his. (That is to say, man’s religious efforts to appease a righteous and holy God.)
I believe the work of God is as cited in;
John 6:29. Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent."
because the only thing that pleases God is faith in his Son; not our self-effort.
I believe that once having received that life, we owe it to ourselves, as well as others, to study his Holy Word, so we can have our minds renewed with truth, for self edification as well as the edification of others within the body. We study HIS word in order to get to KNOW HIM, who loved us and gave Himself for us, so He could live his life in us. As Ambassadors of Christ, we spread this life-giving knowledge of truth to a lost and dying world. Our message is the gospel, telling others they must be born again and receive the life of Christ by faith in Him.
I believe once having received that life, that we are all brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, and part of his body, who have placed saving faith in Jesus, and that we might have fellowship one with another through faith in the Son of God, and that just as God is One, we too may be one body with Christ as our head.
I believe we live our lives today under The New Covenant between God and man, through Christ’s shed blood on the cross, which redeems us from the grip of the power Satan held over our lives.
I believe no one was ever saved before the arrival of the Holy Spirit from God on the Day of Pentecost, as detailed in the second chapter of the Acts of the Apostles, when the Holy Spirit first came to indwell mankind on a permanent basis.
I believe it is all Jesus and none of ourselves. No one can stand before a Holy God in his or her own righteousness, but only through faith in JESUS CHRIST and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS alone.
All praise to God our Father for the free gift of LIFE ETERNAL, granted to everyone who believes on the Lord Jesus Christ.
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