I believe...

  • in one God who is all-knowing, all-powerful, ever present, eternal, and who reveals himself in the three Persons of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
  • God is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe; all things exist by him, through him, and for his glory.
  • Jesus Christ, God’s Son, came to earth and lived a perfect life, providing an example for how His followers should live. He died on the cross, rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven, thereby providing redemption for all who accept it and demonstrating his victory over Satan.
  • Satan is actively fighting against God and the church. At this time in history, his power is limited but not eliminated by God. His battle against all Truth includes attempts to mar God’s highest creation, humans, through disease and disorders, but God can buy back brokenness through redemption for his glory.
  • God created humans in his own image and equipped them with physical bodies for interacting with creation and immaterial souls including spiritual, moral, volitional, rational, linguistic, self-awareness, social, and emotional components.
  • although humans were created in the image of God, they fell into sin by choosing disobedience, thereby bringing the curse of death and depravity upon the human race. Individuals are born with a sinful nature and a need for redemption through Christ. Initially, children are covered by the blood of Christ until they reach a level of maturity where they can knowingly choose to accept or reject Christ’s offer of redemption.
  • God reveals himself through his Written Word, through his creation, and through personal revelation by the Spirit. God uses all these methods to lead us to answers for living life well, including in the area of academics. God cannot contradict himself, so apparent contradictions among forms of revelation are a result of human fallacy in understanding.
  • the Bible is the inspired Word of God, inerrant in its original form and preserved for our benefit, to introduce us to God and provide direction in principles of daily living. It is the final authority in matters of doctrine, Christian principles, and Christian living.

Note: I am a member at Blue Ball Mennonite Church, part of the Mid-Atlantic Fellowship.