As I start this journey, I have an open mind.
I don’t want to build my faith on man made beliefs.
I want to be firmly planted on the pure and unchanging Word.
So I am trying to UNlearn things I have read, been taught or picked up in some other way over the years.
Making room for the Spirit to teach me straight from the Scriptures.
However there are some things that I want to make clear from the very onset.
Unwavering beliefs that I know will not change because they are clearly stated in Scripture.
Truths that are true regardless of what else comes to light.
Hopefully these are the things that I can use as common ground with friends, family and acquaintances who don’t agree with changes I may make down the road because of my studies.
Jesus is the Christ, the promised Messiah.
He is the second person in the Holy Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
He came to earth (born of a virgin) and lived a perfect, sinless life.
We are all sinful and separated from God because of that.
Christ willingly gave His life on the cross to reconcile mankind to their Creator.
Our salvation and eternal life is found only through the blood of Jesus. We can not earn our way to heaven by good works, obedience or keeping the law.
God’s grace and redemption are not something to be squandered by living our lives for ourselves (or our family, friends, church, etc) We are called to make changes in response to our belief in the sacrifice of Christ.
As new creations, we are called to continually grow in our relationship with God– through prayer, worship, study of His word, etc. And this would manifest itself in outward changes (behavior, lifestyle, interactions, serving…) as well as inward changes (renewing of our minds, deeper understanding, being more sensitive to the Spirit….) and is an ongoing process until the day we die (continual sanctification).
God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is unchanging. Since Jesus is God, the same holds true for Him and thus anything God has said, He agrees and vice versa.
The Holy Spirit is alive in believers, moving and guiding as God wills. Therefore, we can learn and understand His Word without interpretation from other people (although learning from others is not BAD, it should be supplemental.)
I think that is a pretty good outline. Basically I am saying that I still hold fast to the basics tenants of faith that most Christ-followers do. I am just digging deeper to see exactly how God wants us to live by studying what He has said in His Word and the way that Jesus lived while He was on earth.
I have a strong suspicion that things just aren’t as they should be and I’m on a mission to fix that in my own heart, mind and life.