Statement of Faith, Rebecca Nix
I believe that in the Christian faith, though there may be differences in the way people “do” church, if we can agree on the following points, then we are ONE in the Body of Christ and ONE in the Bond of His love.
through the inspiration and direction of the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16). It is living and
active, (Hebrews 4:12), a powerful weapon against the enemy, and an essential
component of the armor of God (Ephesians 6:17). If one desires to know God, His Word is the best place to start. Furthermore, the Bible is the ultimate authority of our lives and the measuring rod of right and wrong. There is no “addendum,” to the Bible, and trying to create one is a dangerous thing (Revelation 22:18-19).
3. ONE Hope: I believe in the hope of eternal life that comes through an active faith
in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8). By active faith I refer to one who is a doer of the Word and not a hearer only (James 1:22-25), and upon such hope we may build our lives (Hebrews 6:19, 10:23).
4. ONE Destination: I believe that we are all immortal, spiritual beings that will exist
eternally in one of two places- either heaven or hell. Both are real places, and the decision each individual makes about Jesus while on earth determines in which ONE of those
destinations he or she will spend that eternity. No one “earns” a place in heaven (2
Timothy 1:9), and no one “earns” a way out of hell. There is no Purgatory. To say “yes” to Jesus is to choose life with Him; to reject Jesus is to choose hell (Revelation 20: 15;
5. ONE Way: I believe there is ONE way to heaven, and that is through Jesus Christ (John
14:6). I believe that Jesus is the Son of God (Matthew 3:17) and is God Himself in the
flesh (God incarnate) (John 1:1-5, 14; Colossians 1:15-20). He is the sacrificial lamb, the perfect, spotless, sinless substitute who paid the penalty of sin for us (Romans 6:23). I believe He died, was buried and raised to life again (I Corinthians 15:2-5), so that by His blood we can stand, forgiven, in the presence of the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Furthermore, I believe that the beauty of knowing “The Way” is that one does not have to
wait until heaven to enjoy it’s benefits. Walking in relationship with Jesus gives us fullness of life here on earth (John 10:10), and in In Him we have life, hope, joy and peace.
While this is by no means an exhaustive list of everything I believe about God, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit, it is a statement, in a nutshell, of the core beliefs I feel should unite all Believers. While churches may have differing opinions on worship styles, baptismal practices, the taking of communion and so forth, agreement on these five things should create a body of Believers, united in The ONE.