The basics of Christian Belief 


As you know, there is a wide diversity of ideas out there about God and about life.  Even within the Christian family we don’t agree on everything.  There are some parameters, however, that define our foundational doctrines.  Here they are:

That God created the world; that God exists as Trinity; that human nature is sinful and in need of redemption; that Christ was born of a virgin, was both human and divine, was sinless, died a substitutionary death for sinners, rose bodily from the tomb, mediates and advocates for humans in heaven, and will come again; that the Holy Spirit is active today; that Christian believers are to express their faith practically; that Christ established the church to continue his work in the world; that there will be a final judgment; that Baptisim and the Lord’s supper are to be practiced; that the Bible is our authoritative scripture; that God is Love.

     So how’s that list?  Christians from a broad variety of types and stripes hold these in common.  Isn’t it great to appreciate the unity we have in Christ?

 I am a Christian

When I say that “I am a Christian,” I am not shouting that “I am clean living.”  I’m whispering, “I was lost, but now I’m found and forgiven.”

When I say that “I am a Christian,” I don’t speak of this with pride.  I’m confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say that “I am a Christian,” I’m not trying to be strong.  I’m professing that I am weak and need His strength to carry on.

When I say that “I am a Christian,”  I’m not bragging of success.  I’m admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.

When I say that “I am a Christian,” I’m not claiming to be perfect.  My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I am worth it.

When I say that “I am a Christian,” I still feel the sting of pain.  I have my share of heartaches so I call upon His name.

When I say that “I am a Christian,” I’m not holier than thou.  I’m just a simple sinner who received God’s good grace, somehow!