​The Teachable Heart

Statement of Beliefs

What I Believe

The Bible

I believe that the Bible, consisting of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is the inerrant Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and written by chosen men of God.  It is centered on the person and work of Jesus Christ and is the final authority in all matters of doctrine and practice. (2 Tim 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

The Godhead

I believe in one triune God – eternally existing as three persons, yet one in being, essence, power, and glory. (Matt 28:19; John 10:30; 2 Cor 13:14)

God the Father – sovereign, holy, Father of all creation (Ps 103:19; Rev 4:11)
God the Son – Jesus Christ, God incarnate through virgin birth, sent to earth for the salvation of man (Isaiah 7:14; Matt 1:23; Phil 2:5-8; 1 John 5:11-12)
God the Holy Spirit – God dwelling in and among us to comfort and convict, drawing men to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ (John 14:26; John 16:7-11; Eph 1:13-14)

Mankind

I believe that man was created in the image of God. However, through the disobedience of one man, Adam, sin entered the world separating all mankind from God.  All people are sinners by nature and choice, and have no hope for an eternity in heaven with God apart from a new birth made possible by Christ's death and bodily resurrection. (Gen 1:26-27; Jer 17:9; Rom 3:10-12; Rom 5:12)

Salvation

I believe that salvation is God's free gift to all who will receive it and that the atonement provided by Christ is sufficient for all the world.  Salvation is obtained by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ, with no contribution of human works.  Christ's sinless life and substitutionary death on the cross fully paid the debt of sin, justified and redeemed man, while propitiating the wrath of God.  Once a person places faith in the finished work of Christ, they are born again and have passed from death to life.  I affirm that salvation, once attained, is secure and cannot be lost. (John 3:16; John 10:28; Rom 3:23-25; Rom 6:23; Rom 8:38-39; Rom 10:9-10; Eph 2:8-9; 1 John 2:2;)

Church

The purpose of the church is to glorify Christ by evangelizing the lost, equipping believers, and making disciples through solid, Christ-centered biblical teaching.  The local church also provides a place for believers to corporately worship Christ and extend practical ministries to the community by means of their spiritual gifts. (Matt 28:19-20; Rom 12:4-5; Eph 4:11-12)

Things to Come

I believe in a coming rapture of Christ's church, followed by a period of tribulation and the second coming of Jesus Christ to earth where He will reign in a literal 1000-year kingdom after which He will judge all men.  All those who have placed their faith in Christ will enter a literal heaven as a place of eternal life with God, while all who have rejected Christ will enter a literal hell as a place of everlasting judgment. (1 Thess 4:13 – 5:11; 2 Thess 2:1-12; Rev 19:11-16; Rev 20)