What I Believe
As the pastor of the “Fountain of Grace” church I want to give a little profile of my doctrinal stands that will aid you in understanding what I preach and teach. On each point I believe I have strong biblical foundations that will be readily heard should one decide to attend our services. The statements below will not entail all doctrine but it should give you a good idea of the kind of teaching you will receive at Fountain of Grace.
I believe that the 66 books of the Bible are inspired by God in its entirety, and are without error in the original autographs, they are the complete revelation from God. There are neither apocryphal books nor church traditions out side of the word of God that have any authority, or divine inspiration for the church. Contained within the 66 books is everything a person needs to know and do the will of God.
I believe that there is only one God, consisting of the person of the Father, the person of the Son, and the person of the Holy Spirit, referred to as the Holy Trinity. Each person of the trinity is omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent, and eternally immutable.
I believe in the absolute Sovereignty of God to accomplish the eternal purpose that He has purposed in Himself. Contained in that Sovereignty is the allowance for man to make decisions from his own will. However, man’s will can never prevent God’s eternal purpose from being sovereignly accomplished.
I believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the promised Messiah, born of a virgin, totally without sin, God in human flesh, the One Who died on the cross for our sins, was buried, rose again from the dead on the third day, and ascended to the right hand of the Father in heaven, where He now intercedes for us who believe in Him.
I believe that genuine believers are born again by the Holy Spirit of God, and are indwelt by the same Spirit. By the selfsame Spirit they are baptized into the body of Christ, the true church, and sealed by the Holy Spirit, and thus, unable to be separated from the love of Jesus Christ.
I believe that all humanity is lost and born with a sinful nature, and can only be saved by a personal faith in the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and not by any human merit or performance. Any attempt to mix faith and any kind of work (such as baptism) to merit salvation is a false gospel and will be met with the anathema of God. The gospel is the power of God unto salvation, not water.
I believe in water emersion baptism. Though I don’t believe baptism saves the soul, the command for every believer to be baptized is clear and the biblical mode of baptism is clear.
I believe in all the gifts of the Holy Spirit. They didn’t cease in the first century but are administered today by the Holy Spirit in accordance to His will and not our own.
I believe that the baptism of the Holy Spirit takes place the moment one believes in Jesus and is placed supernaturally into the body of Christ. It isn’t an experience subsequent to salvation evidenced by speaking in tongues.
I believe the filling of the Holy Spirit is available to every true believer and can be subsequent to salvation. The fruit of the Holy Spirit will always accompany such filling.
I believe that a real person called Satan exists who is a fallen, sinful creature in complete opposition to the work and will of God, who, along with all his angels, are destined to spend eternity in the lake of fire. Their work now is to steal, kill and destroy. They are already defeated by the cross and can be resisted by believers, who are protected by God and the intercession of Jesus Christ our Lord.
I believe that Jesus Christ is going to return in the clouds for His church before the tribulation that is coming on the whole earth, and that He will return with His saints and all His holy angels to the earth at the end of the tribulation, and set up His kingdom on earth, ruling and reigning out of Jerusalem for a thousand years. He will then destroy this earth and create and new earth.
I believe that heaven is a real place in what the scripture calls the “third heaven”. Ultimately God will create a new heaven and earth and the city of God, “the New Jerusalem” will descend from heaven to the new earth, and there on the new earth God will dwell among the nations.
I believe that hell is a literal temporary place of torment where unbelievers are held until the Great White throne Judgment and then will be cast forever into the Lake of Fire.
I believe that all believers need to be filled and empowered by the Holy Spirit to live a godly life and to be bold in our witness for the Lord.
I believe in the spiritual unity of all genuine believers in the Lord Jesus Christ through the baptism of the Holy Spirit whereby all true believers are placed into the body of Christ.
I believe that the nation of Israel has been chosen by God above all other nations, and that all of the promises of God to Israel will be fulfilled literally.