Convictions

Religious sites often have a statement of faith. We don’t like ’em. Nor creeds. We prefer to stick with the Bible. When you stay with it, you’re doing good.

But for some directories and such, they require it. So here is my attempt to satisfy them while avoiding a creedish statement. I’m sure I’ll be polishing this for a while. Supplement this page with the Convictions page on BrotherhoodNews.com our sister news site.

Quotations are from the New American Standard Version, unless otherwise noted.

GOD

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).

“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen” (1 Timothy 1:17).

JESUS

“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15).

“For there is one God and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony borne at the proper time” (1 Timothy 2:5-6).

“And by common confession great is the mystery of godliness:
He who was revealed in the flesh,
Was vindicated in the Spirit,
Beheld by angels,
Proclaimed among the nations,
Believed on in the world,
Taken up in glory” (1 Timothy 3:16).

“Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel” (2 Timothy 2:8).

HOLY SPIRIT

“. . . who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 1:4).

SCRIPTURES

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV).

“Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus” (Acts 8:35 NET).

“Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so” (Acts 17:11 NET).

“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Romans 15:4 NET).

“Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching” (1 Timothy 4:13 NET).

CHURCH

“There is one body . . .” (Ephesians 4:4).

“. . . upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it” (Matthew 16:18).

“. . .  to let you know how people ought to conduct themselves in the household of God, because it is the church of the living God, the support and bulwark of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15 NET).

“And let us take thought of how to spur one another on to love and good works, not abandoning our own meetings, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and even more so because you see the day drawing near” Hebrews 10:24-25 NET).

LAST THINGS

“But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come” (2 Timothy 3:1).

“Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Luke 18:8 NET).

“But rejoice in the degree that you have shared in the sufferings of Christ, so that when his glory is revealed you may also rejoice and be glad” (1 Peter 4:13 NET).

“And just as people are appointed to die once, and then to face judgment, 28  so also, after Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many, to those who eagerly await him he will appear a second time, not to bear sin but to bring salvation” (Hebrews 9:27-28 NET).

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