Personal Statement of Faith
I am in agreement with the The Apostles Creed as written:
I believe in God, the Father almighty,creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,born of the Virgin Mary,suffered under Pontius Pilate,was crucified, died, and was buried;
On the third day he arose from the dead;he ascended into heaven,he is seated at the right hand of God the Father,he will return to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,the universal church of Jesus Christ,the communion of saints,the forgiveness of sins,the resurrection of the body,and the life everlasting.
My personal belief on denominations and different forms of worship
I believe that God has demonstrated that he likes variety. Through different personalities and preferences God made each person unique. With so many unique characteristics and clusters of beliefs, it is no wonder that there are many interpretations of what is the 'proper" way of worshiping. When it comes to worship, there is one right way and that is to worship in a way that is God honoring. Worship can take place while you are working, singing in the choir or driving down the road. You can raise your hands, or bow to your knees. During a sermon, You may shout AMEN, or silently acknowledge a word you just received from the Lord. Worship of our Lord can be done on a fishing boat on Lake Murray or in the National Cathedral in D. C. God does not give bonus points for the opulence of your place of worship. Simply said, worship happens in our hearts. That is where God looks for it and that is where he will acknowledge the praise you are giving him.
I also believe that the Christian church as a whole often spends too much time debating our differences rather than our similarities, ( an obvious distraction from our advisory). A retired Pastor and friend Dr. Bob Horner once told me, "Christians should only be concerned about the "principles" of a person's faith, and not their "preference" of worship". If a person is in agreement with the Apostles Creed, then I believe their "principles" are sound and are based on the teaching of God's word. How a person chooses to express their love and honor of our Lord Jesus Christ if not for me to judge. If you would like to know more about the principles of the Christian faith, I would love to explain why I believe the principles that make up my personal belief.