And did all drink the
same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 1 Corinthians 10:4
I believe that the Heavenly Father (Jehovah, Yahweh) sent His Son Jesus Christ (Yeshua) to
this world to save all who believe upon Him. Each believer receives the Holy Spirit who helps us to
walk closer to Jesus, helps us to pray, better understand what the Bible says, and prepares us to be a spotless bride for
Jesus Christ. We must continue our spiritual walk with Jesus until He comes again to catch up his bride (the church) to be
with Him forever! Not all of my beliefs are stated here; but these are my foundational core beliefs, backed by scripture.
As with everything pertaining to our walk with Jesus Christ, validation through scripture is always of the utmost importance. Please
take the time to look up each scripture to see for yourselves. I pray you will find them as spiritually up-lifting as
I believe that there is a Holy Trinity that consists of the
Father, the Son (the Word), and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one, having a role in our lives as a unit and individually.
(1 John 5:7) (2 Corinthians 13:14)
Jesus Christ the Son
I believe that Jesus Christ is the only begotten
son of our Heavenly Father.
He was sent through
virgin birth by our Heavenly Father (Jehovah) to this earth to save mankind from our sins by dying on the cross. (Matthew
1:23) (John 3:16,17)
Jesus (God in flesh) is
truth, lived a sinless life victoriously overcame all of Satan's temptations, performed miracles, and after His atoning death
on the cross was resurrected three days later by the power of our Father (Jehovah) in heaven. (John 14:6) (1 Peter 1:19) (John
3:2) (Matthew 28:5-6)
After His resurrection,
having then conquered death, Jesus appeared to those who knew Him in His newly resurrected body (flesh not spirit) to glorify
our Father in heaven, and as a living testimony validate our Father's awesome power and promise.
By coming a physical testimony of God's awesome power Jesus abolished any disbelief or despair that
those who loved Him were suffering as a cause of His death. (Mark 16:14)
After fulfilling His promise of resurrection and instructing the disciples to go unto all nations
teaching and baptizing in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit He ascended into heaven to sit at the right
hand of the Father (Matthew 28:19) (Luke 24:51) (Mark 16:19).
Anyone who believes this and accepts Jesus as his or her personal Savior and calls upon His name shall be
saved being "born again". (Romans 10:9) (1 Peter 1:23)
Anyone who confesses Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior before man, Jesus, too, will confess them
before the Father, and will spend eternity with Him in heaven. (Matthew 10:32)
Anyone who rejects or denies Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior before man, Jesus too
will deny them before the Father having not found their name in the book of life and will then be forced to live eternity
away from the Heavenly Father, cast into the furnace of fire (Hell). (Matthew 10:33) (Revelation 20:15) (Matthew 13:50)
After we accept our Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and
Savior our own spirit begins to work hand in hand with the Spirit of God (Holy Spirit which dwells within) confirming the
change taken place in our heart and through the change of lifestyle demonstrated by fruits of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:11)
Once we choose to accept
Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, we then begin to show our love and devotion to Him by keeping His commandments, learning
His teachings, reading the Word of God (the Bible), seeking Him daily through personal prayer, and even though we will fail
at doing all of these things consistently, we must never stop seeking His grace and strength to better achieve all of these
things continually. (John 14:21) (Matthew 4:4) (Psalm 55:17)
Jesus dedicated His own life for the remission of our sins, once His free gift has been accepted, we too must
dedicate our own lives to becoming ever more conscious of just how destructive and heavy our contributing burden of sin must
have been, striving continuously through His strength to overcome daily temptations that ultimately lead to sin that nailed
our Savior to the Cross.
God the Father
In the beginning God spoke the Word and everything known and unknown
came into existence and everything was good. (Genesis 1:1) (Genesis 1:31)
God (Jehovah, I AM) is the Creator, Author and the Finisher, the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning
and the End. He created the world in which we live, and within this world created a garden, the Garden of Eden, where he personally
shaped and breathed the breath of life into Adam, and from Adam created Eve. (Genesis 2:8) (Genesis 2:7) (Genesis 2:22)
God would walk and fellowship with them in Eden
in which He had given them complete dominion over all He had created. But Satan by his own rebellion having been cast out
of heaven by God, appearing in the form of a serpent, tempted Eve to doubt God and influence mankind's first sin. (Genesis
Eve continued in her sin she
then persuaded Adam (who willfully sinned) to follow her lead, thus, causing them both to fall into sin, thus, by sin causing
them to be physically and spiritually separated from the Heavenly Father. (Genesis 3:6) (Genesis 3:23)
From the garden until the present, man has continued to pursue
sin and all lusts of the flesh exponentially increasing evil within the hearts, souls, and minds of mankind. God having foreseen
mans first and even the very last sin to be committed, began through mankind to initiate His perfect path for the salvation
of man. (Genesis 6:5) (Galatians 1:4)
and sin (spiritual and physical) through Adam by flesh entered the world and salvation and life through flesh must enter in
to the world through His son Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:22)
Jesus Christ would fulfill the path of salvation, so that we through the acceptance of His Son may
once again come into fellowship with our Father. (John 14:6)
The blood of God's Son is the atoning grace that washes the sin-soiled soul and presents it spotless
before the Heavenly Father. (Revelation 1:5)
we have accepted His only begotten Son as our personal Savior can we only then be accepted by our Heavenly Father.
Our Heavenly Father has always had a plan for
man and is still directing mankind to an ultimate end by which Satan will finally be defeated and those of mankind who have
chosen to follow His Son will walk once again in close relationship with Him for all eternity. God is our rock and our refuge.
The Holy Ghost
The Holy Ghost, sometimes called the Holy Spirit, is the Spirit
of God Himself that He places inside each individual who accepts His Son Jesus as Lord and Savior.
Jesus foretold of the comforter that would be sent in His stead
once He had returned to the right hand of the Father. (John 15:26)
The Holy Spirit is the small, still voice that guides and directs the believer along the way.
The Holy Spirit intercedes on our behalf with
groaning that cannot be uttered. (Romans 8:26)
The Holy Spirit is not inside of nonbelievers but interacts with them to draw them to the cross. The Bible
is clear: the Holy Spirit draws all men to the cross. (Ephesians 1:13)
Rejection of this drawing is the ultimate sin and on the final Day of Judgment this rejection will
result in the rejection of the Heavenly Father and all of eternity spent in hell. (Matt. 12:31)
If an individual resisted the drawing of the Holy Spirit while
still alive here on this earth, then the opportunity is lost at death. God will not allow someone who resisted the Holy Spirit
while here on this earth to enter heaven after death.
In essence the Holy Spirit has two roles: to draw unbelievers to Jesus Christ and to then prepare the believer
to be presented as part of the spotless bride to Jesus Christ.
We believe that prayer is primarily spending intimate time alone
talking with God and is essential to the believer's life. (Matthew 6:5-13)
Jehovah has said in His Word that we are to come to Him on all occasions with all kinds of prayers
and requests. (Daniel 9:17)
Christ said we are to cast our burdens on Him because He cares for us. (Matthew 11:29,30)
We believe that God hears the sincere prayer of the unbeliever
for salvation and of the believer for praise and thanksgiving, repentance, intercession for others and for personal needs.
(Acts 8:22) (Psalm 139:14) (Psalm 100:4) (Hebrews 6:6) (James 5:16) (Matthew 6:8)
Prayer is not about ordering God to do things for him or her and the believer grows in understanding
of this by daily reading of the Bible and spending time alone with God.
It is exciting to see answers to prayers! The answer usually comes in a way not expected nor when
the time seemed right to the believer, but when it gets here it will have "God has answered" written all over it.
Faith in Jesus
I believe it is only by Faith in the saving work of Jesus Christ that allows
us into heaven and into relationship with our Heavenly Father and not by personal works. Salvation cannot be earned. (Ephesians
2:8,9) (Galatians 2:16)
once an individual accepts Jesus and is saved, he or she has a responsibility to learn what the Word says is our role for
others and follow it.
We are to
care for the homeless, the fatherless, and the widows by providing where we can. Taking care of these less fortunate while
not a believer is great but it will not earn us a pass into heaven.
The Word of God instructs us to pay tithe and offer offerings. Going to church as an unsaved person
and putting in the offering plate will help the church but it will not get you saved. (Deuteronomy 14:22-29)
Accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and
Savior, the Son of God, and then follow His example. (John 14:21)
The Word of God
I believe that the Bible is the absolute Word of God and every
verse between Genesis 1:1 and Revelation 22:21 is without error or contradiction.
God spoke to different men from the beginning of time and those men wrote down what God had to say.
God has safeguarded that compilation
of works even now as they have been compiled into one volume.
My version of preference is simply the original King James Version.