My beliefs can be described as orthodoxevangelicalreformed, and Baptist. My Belief Statement is adapted from the 1859 Abstract of Principles (SBTS).


The Scriptures (Old and New Testaments of the Bible) were written down by people and inspired by God. They are the only sufficient, certain, and authoritative communication of saving knowledge, faith, and obedience. (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21) 


There is but one God who made all things, preserves the existence of all things, rules all things, and has in and of Himself all perfections. He is infinite in all power and authority, and to Him all creatures owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. He is God of gods, meaning that He is higher than all so-called gods in the world and alone is the God we worship. (Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6; 1 Timothy 1:17; 1 Corinthians 8:5-6; 2 Thessalonians 2:4) 


God is revealed to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being. (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)


From eternity God decrees or permits all things that come to pass and perpetually upholds, directs, and governs all creatures and events. In so doing, He is not in any way the author or approver of sin. Neither does He destroy the free will and responsibility of intelligent creatures. (Hebrews 1:3; Matthew 10:31-33; Proverbs 16:33)


Election is a particular decree of God made from eternity. Election is God’s decision to appoint some people everlasting life, not because of merit or achievement in life, but because of His mercy which was carried out in Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. In consequence of election, the elect are called, justified and glorified. (Romans 8:30; Ephesians 1:3-6; Acts 13:48)


God originally created humankind in His own image, and free from sin. Through the temptation of Satan, humankind transgressed the command of God, and fell from original holiness and righteousness. Because of the fall, humankind inherited a corrupt nature that is wholly opposed to God and His law, are under condemnation, and as soon as they are capable of moral action, become actual transgressors. (Genesis 1:27, Genesis 3:4-7; Romans 5:12-21; Ephesians 2:1-3)


Jesus Christ, the one and only Son of God, is the divinely appointed mediator between God and man. Having taken upon Himself human nature, yet without sin, He perfectly fulfilled the requirements of God’s law as he suffered and died upon the cross for the salvation of sinners. He was buried and rose again the third day. He ascended to the right hand of His Father where he lives forever to make intercession for His people. He is the only Mediator, the Prophet, Priest and King of the Church, and the Sovereign of the Universe. (Matthew 3:17; 1 Corinthians 15:3-7; 1 Timothy 2:5; Romans 5:6-11; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 1:3)


Regeneration is a change of heart caused by the Holy Spirit, who gives life to those who are dead in trespasses and sins by enlightening their minds to understand the Word of God and renew their whole nature, so that they love and practice holiness. Regeneration is a work of God’s free and special grace alone. (John 3:1-8; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:3)


Repentance is an evangelical grace (it is granted freely by God, not achieved through effort) where a person, regenerated by the Holy Spirit, is made conscious of the manifold evil of sin and thus humbles himself/herself for it with godly sorrow, detestation of sin, and self-abhorrence, with a purpose and endeavor to walk with God, to please Him in all things. (Mark 1:15; Acts 20:21; 2 Corinthians 7:9)


Saving faith is the belief, on God’s authority, of everything that is revealed in the scriptures concerning Christ. Saving faith is the accepting this revelation, a loyalty to Christ, and believing in Christ alone for justification and eternal life. Faith is accompanied by all other graces and leads to a life of holiness. (John 1:12, John 5:24; Ephesians 2:8-9)


Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal of sinners, who believe in Christ, from all sin, through the satisfaction that Christ has made; not for anything wrought in them or done by them; but on account of the obedience and satisfaction of Christ, they receiving and resting on Him and His righteousness by faith. (Romans 3:23-24; Romans 5:1-2, 18-19; 2 Corinthians 5:21)


Those who have been regenerated are also sanctified—set aside for purposes of righteousness—by the scriptures and God’s Spirit dwelling in them. Sanctification is progressive through the supply of divine strength, which all saved people seek to obtain, pressing after a heavenly life in heartfelt obedience to all Christ’s commands. (John 17:17; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 12:14)


Those who have been justified by God and sanctified by His Spirit will never totally or finally fall away from the state of grace but persevere to the end. Though a person may fall through neglect or  temptation to sin, even to the degree that they grieve the Holy Spirit, impair the efficacy of graces in life, bring reproach on the Church, and suffer temporal judgments on themselves, they shall be renewed again to repentance, and be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. (John 10:28-29; 1 John 2:19; Romans 8:30)


The Lord Jesus is the head of the Church, which is composed of all his true disciples. Christians are to gather together into local churches and to each of these local churches Christ has given needful authority for administering order, discipline, and worship as appointed in the scriptures. The regular officers of the church are elders, and deacons. (Colossians 1:18; Matthew 16:18; Matthew 18:15-18; 1 Timothy 3:1-15; 1 Peter 5:1-4)


Baptism is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, obligatory upon every believer. In baptism the believer is immersed in water in the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, as a sign of fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ, of remission of sins, of loyalty to God, and to live and walk in newness of life. (Matthew 28:19-20; Romans 6:3-5; Acts 8:38-39)


The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, to be administered with the elements of bread and the fruit of the vine, and to be observed by His churches till the end of the world. It is in no sense a sacrifice, but is designed to commemorate His death, to confirm the faith and other graces of Christians, and to be a bond, pledge and renewal of their communion with Him, and of their church fellowship. (Matthew 26:26-27; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)


The Lord’s Day is a Christian institution for regular observance and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private. (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2; Colossians 2:16; Colossians 3:16; Revelation 1:10)


The bodies of men after death return to the ground. At the last day, the bodies of all the dead, both just and unjust, will be raised. (1 Cor. 15; Jn. 5:28, 29; Phil. 3:21)


God hath appointed a day when Jesus will return to judge the world, when everyone shall receive a reward according to their deeds. The wicked shall be separated from God forever and the righteous will receive everlasting life on the new earth in the presence of God. (Mt. 25:31-46; 1 Cor. 15:35-58; 2 Cor. 5:10)