Last Sunday, Noel and I met with the elders of our church and officially became members. We were asked to either tell the story of how we became a Christian or give a profession of faith, that is, what we believe. I chose to give a profession of faith and decided to write it out, since I thought it would be a good exercise to really think everything through. So if you’ve ever read this blog and thought, “Where is this girl coming from?!?”–here it is:
I believe that the living, triune God of the Bible is my Creator, Ruler and Judge. He wrote His law on our hearts and revealed it to us in His Word. Any lack of conformity to or transgression of this law is sin, and the wages of sin is death. I am a sinner by nature and in thought, word and deed, rendering even my best attempts at pleasing God like filthy rags. I deserve nothing on my own merit other than God’s wrath and condemnation.
However, God, in His great mercy, chose me before the foundation of the world to be adopted as His daughter. Even though I was an enemy of God, He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to live a perfect life and die as an atoning sacrifice for my sin. By grace and through faith in Christ, His perfect record has been given to me, and I have been declared righteous in God’s sight. Since Christ met the righteous requirement of the law on my behalf, the law of the Spirit of life has set me free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. Through Christ’s death and resurrection, God has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. I believe Jesus is coming again, and His sovereignty will be displayed as He rules over the new heaven and new earth as King. All men will be subject to God’s judgment, and those who are found to be in Christ will enjoy eternal life in God’s presence.
In response to this free gift of salvation, and by the power of the Holy Spirit which has been given to me, I strive to live a life worthy of my calling as a daughter of God. I want to walk more fully in the Spirit, setting my mind on the things of the Spirit rather than the things of the flesh.
I believe the Bible is the infallible, inspired Word of God. It is the final authority of all matters of doctrine and practice to which it speaks and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (both mine and my children’s).
I believe that it is important to be a member of a church committed to sound doctrine and biblical worship, submitting myself to church discipline and using my gifts to build up Christ’s church.
Scripture references: Romans 2:12-16, Romans 6:23, Ephesians 1:3-10, Romans 8:2-4, Romans 4:23-25, Romans 5:18-21, Colossians 1:13-14, John 10:27-29, Philippians 1:27, Romans 8:5-6, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 10:24-25
If you have questions or comments about any of this, please contact me. I’d love to discuss it with you further.