What I Believe

What I believe…

In the beginning, Our God created life.  As part of his creation, we were created to be in communion with God and one another.  Because God loved us, he did not force us to reciprocate his love.  We chose to reject the love and communion which God gave to us in exchange for our own self-serving wills, called sin.  As a result, our sin has destroyed the relationship we were created to have – communion with God and one another.  But God, in his rich grace, mercy, and love, still pursued a relationship with us.  God began this pursuit by redeeming the people of Israel from which God himself would come from, in the flesh, as the Son, Jesus the Messiah.  In Jesus, God has sought to restore the communion that our sin destroyed by removing the sin through the death of Jesus on the cross.  Though buried among the dead, God raised Jesus from death assuring the world that in Jesus the Messiah was true life, eternal life that could never be destroyed again.  

By faith we accepted God’s gift of redemption, repented of our sins and surrendered our life in the waters of baptism to Jesus who is our Lord and Savior.  In turn, God has made us his people, the church, along with everyone else who follows Jesus as Lord and Savior.  We are the church where communion with God and one another is a reality – the new reality – once again.  God has left us his Spirit as both a promise of our salvation and the source of God’s power in us as we live out this new reality.  We wait for the day when Jesus will come again as he promised.  In the meantime, because we belong to a new reality and life, we live out this story as a proclamation to the world that in Jesus the Messiah, God is victorious over all sin, darkness, and death.

This is what I believe.  It is the story that I believe scripture to be telling, the story that’s been passed down throughout Christian history.  It is the story I am trying to be a part of, to participate in and lead others to participate in as well.

No, this is not a creed or confession and I would never want it to be either.  Could I be wrong?  Sure, just as much as anyone.

So I continue to be a student of scripture, continue to listen to the voices of Christianity’s past and present in hopes that God will use me to pass on what has been passed on to me.

This is what I believe!

10 responses to “What I Believe

  1. Love you Rex! While this isn’t something I’ve studied over with a fine tooth comb for me to say I completely agree & believe, I admire your stand and search for truth! may you be blessed thru this journey! Do not be discouraged by those who try to make you fall. Be encouraged by the attemp to further your journey!

    • Lanai,

      Thank you. I am encouraged…always, as I know that my life is hidden with Christ in God (cf. Col 3.3). Say hello to your family and Arkansas (a place I will always be fond of and miss).

  2. It’s not a creed if you call it an “Affirmation”! I think I once encouraged all my readers to write one years ago (http://oneaffirmation.blogspot.com/) and yours is outstanding.

  3. Hi Rex, thanks for sharing. For much of my adult life I would have told the Story just the way you did, and my telling of it is still very close with a small adumbration. Sin separated us from God and introduced death, and it is the fear of death that fires the passions that lead us to sin; so that Christ’s death on the cross is the sacrfice that takes away our sin , and His resurrection, while it is an affirmation that Christ is true Life, deals with the issue of the problem of death as it elicits the fear of death and then the passions that produce sin. So more than a sacrifice that propitiates sin, His resurrection deals in an ontological way with the sin problem, for when we are united to his resurrection, we are progressively delivered from the fear of death that fires the passions and makes us sin. We hymonidize it this way at Pascha “Christ is risen from the dead trampling down death by death and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.”

    • You know, as I read over the affirmation I started thinking about how well does it speak about atonement and about our transformation into the image of Christ. These are things to think about…

  4. I wrote about what I believe last year (http://adisciplesthoughts.blogspot.com/2010/06/truth-in-blogging.html). It’s pretty similar to your statement. Nice job.

  5. Can you explain: What makes or doesn’t make a statement about what one believes a “creed” or “confession”?

    • Jennifer,

      I am sorry for taking so long to answer your question. I have been out of town for the past few days.

      Any ways, as a I understand, creeds and/or confessions have historically been used not only to affirm how a person or group of Christians believe but have also been used as rule or measurement by which to judge others as to whether one is a ‘true’ Christian or a heretic, false teacher, etc…

      I don’t want to use my statement in such fashion. It is simply intended to be an affirmation of what I believe is the core of the Christian faith. For example, to the critical reader it will be apparent that I believe in free-will (Arminianism) which puts me theologically at a difference with those who believe that God’s sovereignty allows for no human free-will (e.g., Reformed/Calvinism). However, even though I believe that the biblical witness affirms human free-will, I would not judge against those who believe otherwise on such an issue.

      I hope that helps explain things a bit more. Thanks for stopping by the blog.

      Grace and Peace,

      Rex

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