things i believe

things i believe

Nov 11, 2009, 9:06 PM |

the chess site was down so........i did some "self check listing"

a meditation...



Just about everyone has their own favorite version of the Gospel.

Some prefer Luke's version, with his exclusive parables such as the Prodigal Son. Others like Matthew's Gospel the best, particularly enjoying his writing on the birth of Christ. And, of course, some like the Gospel according to John as their favorite, slightly different from the others but in perfect harmony. Still others prefer Mark's "snapshots" of the Lord in action.

There are differences and similarities within these four versions of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The important thing is that they all tell the story of Jesus, albeit in their own language, viewpoint and style.

You know, the Gospel according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John aren't the only versions of the Gospel available. Every Christian has their version to tell. And it is written in their own language, viewpoint and style -- written by the very words they use and the very actions they exhibit.

I wonder, what does the Gospel according to YOU say to those around you?

Does it tell the story of Jesus? Does it share His love? Does it point to His gift of salvation and eternal life? Is it in Harmony with the other Gospels?

Or, does it neglect to tell the story of Jesus? Does it neglect to share His love with others? Is it silent about the gift of salvation and eternal life? Do the things your life says and does conflict with God's Word written in the Gospels and the rest of the Bible?

You see, our very lives are OUR version of the Gospel.

In fact, for some people, we may be the only glimmer of Jesus that they ever see. Some people may never darken the door of a church, but they do see our lives on display at work with them. Some people may never hear a preacher share the Good News, but they can see and hear it live out in our own actions. Some people will never read Matthew, Mark, Luke or John's version of the Gospel...

...but they will read how the Gospel according to you and I appears in our actions and words.

I wonder again, what does the Gospel according to YOU say to those around you?

 now the list...

The scientific aspects of creation are important to me, but are secondary in importance to the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ as Sovereign, Creator, Redeemer, and Judge.

The doctrines of Creator and creation cannot  be divorced from the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The 66 books of the Bible are the written Word of God. The Bible is divinely inspired and inerrant throughout. Its assertions are factually true in all the original autographs (a neat study in Hebrew traditions ). It is the supreme authority in everything it teaches. Its authority is not limited to spiritual, religious, or redemptive themes but includes its assertions in such fields as history and science.

The final guide to the interpretation of Scripture is Scripture itself.                      (that's it !! no man can.)

The account of origins presented in Genesis is a simple but factual presentation of actual events and therefore provides a reliable framework for scientific research into the question of the origin and history of life, mankind, the earth and the universe.

The various original life forms (kinds), including mankind, were made by direct creative acts of God. The living descendants of any of the original kinds (apart from man) may represent more than one species today, reflecting the genetic potential within the original kind. Only limited biological changes (including mutational deterioration) have occurred naturally within each kind since creation.

The great Flood of Genesis was an actual historic event, worldwide (global) in its extent and effect.

The special creation of Adam (the first man) and Eve (the first woman), and their subsequent fall into sin, is the basis for the necessity of salvation for mankind.

Death (both physical and spiritual) and bloodshed entered into this world subsequent to and as a direct consequence of man’s sin.

The Godhead is triune: one God, three Persons—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

All mankind are sinners, inherently from Adam and individually (by choice), and are therefore subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.

Freedom from the penalty and power of sin is available to man only through the sacrificial death and shed blood of Jesus Christ and His complete and bodily resurrection from the dead.

The Holy Spirit enables the sinner to repent and believe in Jesus Christ.

The Holy Spirit lives and works in each believer to produce the fruits of righteousness.

Salvation is a gift received by faith alone in Christ alone and expressed in the individual’s repentance, recognition of the death of Christ as full payment for sin, and acceptance of the risen Christ as Savior, Lord, and God.

All things necessary for our salvation are expressly set down in Scripture (along with how to recieve blessings and live better in this world and this life).

Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.

Jesus Christ rose bodily from the dead, ascended to heaven, and is currently seated at the right hand of God the Father, and shall return in person to this earth as Judge of the living and the dead.

Satan is the personal spiritual adversary of both God and mankind.

Those who do not believe in Christ are subject to everlasting conscious punishment, but believers enjoy eternal life with God.

Scripture teaches a recent origin for man and the whole creation, spanning approximately 4,000 years from creation to Christ.

The days in Genesis do not correspond to geologic ages, but are six [6] consecutive twenty-four [24] hour days of creation.

The Noachian Flood was a significant geological event and much (but not all) fossiliferous sediment originated at that time.

The gap theory has no basis in Scripture.

The view, commonly used to evade the implications or the authority of biblical teaching, that knowledge and/or truth may be divided into secular and religious, is rejected.

By definition, no apparent, perceived or claimed evidence in any field, including history and chronology, can be valid if it contradicts the scriptural record. Of primary importance is the fact that evidence is always subject to interpretation by fallible people who do not possess all information.