My Statement of Faith

My Statement of Faith October 4, 2018

 

Someone asked me what my statement of faith was today. Honestly, I’ve never really thought about my own personal statement of faith very much. Usually I simply say that I am fascinated by the person of Jesus and I’m committed to following his teachings in my daily life.

Our house church family never had any formal statement of faith for the entire 11 years we were together. So, I’m not convinced that one is necessary for a functional organic church that is submitted to Christ as the Head of the Body. But, in the interest of exploring the question, here’s what I’d say my statement of faith is, for today:

“I believe that Jesus is the exact representation of God. He is the fullness of the Deity in bodily form and we are filled with the fullness of Him who fills everything in every way.

“We are loved by God. This love is eternal and nothing can ever separate us from this love. It is higher, wider, longer, deeper than we know and it transcends all human knowledge. Yet, we can know it by the power of the Holy Spirit which cries out “Abba, Father!” within us. 

“If we want to know what God is like, we look at Jesus. Why? Because no one has ever seen God at any time, except for Jesus who came to reveal the Father to us.

“I believe that God is a better Father than anyone could ever have here in this life. This means he does not punish his children for their sickness, but rather brings healing to us out of His deep love for us.

“I believe that if we abide in Christ, then He abides in us. This means that we are filled with the spirit of Christ and are capable of living, serving, giving, sharing, forgiving and loving exactly the way Jesus did.

“I also believe that our love for the Father and for Christ is reflected and revealed in the ways we love one another – especially those who are the weakest, poorest, and most vulnerable and oppressed.

“I believe that God is good, and God loves us. God does not cause disaster or chaos, but God certainly walks with us through the valley of darkness and is committed to using everything we experience for our good and to lead us to maturity in Christ.

“This process is not for us alone but the comfort we receive from God we are expected to pass along to those we encounter along the way who are also going through similar struggles.

“I also believe that Jesus is not tribal. He calls us to follow him in his full-bodied embrace of all people, at all times, in all places, from all nations. Jesus is not an American. In his Body we are all made one. There is no longer any Jew or Gentile, Male or Female, Rich or Poor, Gay or Straight, Slave or Free, or any other label, denomination or division.

“I believe that Jesus is preemptively loving and never violent. He calls us to overcome evil with good, to bless those who curse us, pray for those who hate us and do good to those who persecute us.

“I believe that by abiding in Christ, we can actually do all these things, and more. Because we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.

“I believe that no one is a worm, or a wretch in the eyes of God. We may want to think of ourselves this way, but God NEVER does this. He never calls us worms or wretches. Instead, God affirms over and over again that we are loved, accepted, forgiven, healed, adored, missed, and treasured by our Abba. There are no worms in God’s Kingdom, only beloved children.”

That’s what I believe. This is my statement of faith.

What’s yours?

**

Keith Giles is a former pastor who left the pulpit 11 years ago to start a church that gives away 100% of the offering to the poor in their community. 

His new book Jesus Unbound: Liberating the Word of God from the Bible”, is available now on Amazon and features a Foreword by author Brian Zahnd.

He is also the author of the Amazon best-seller, “Jesus Untangled: Crucifying Our Politics To Pledge Allegiance To The Lamb”.

Keith also co-hosts the Heretic Happy Hour Podcast on iTunes and Podbean. He and his wife live in Orange, CA with their two sons.

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  • Widuran

    A good statement of faith

    We believe

    The one true God who lives eternally in three persons – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

    The love, grace and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world.

    The divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of God – fully trustworthy for faith and conduct.

    The dignity of all people, made male and female in God’s image to love, be holy and care for creation, yet corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgement

    The incarnation of God’s eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ – born of the virgin Mary; truly divine and truly human, yet without sin.

    The atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, so reconciling us with God.

    The bodily resurrection of Christ, the first fruits of our resurrection; his ascension to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only Saviour of the world.

    The justification of sinners solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ.

    The ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness.

    The church, the body of Christ both local and universal, the priesthood of all believers — given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit’s gifts to worship

    God and proclaim the gospel, promoting justice and love.

    The personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to fulfil the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgement, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heaven and new earth.

  • Herm

    The Statement of Faith of the Evangelical Alliance of the UK

  • Widuran

    Yes a good statement and many churches have this

  • Herm

    … but, what is your statement in relationship with God?

  • Widuran

    It is not my statement. Why don’t you come up with the statement. That would be interesting…

  • Herm

    We know that. As Keith said:

    “That’s what I believe. This is my statement of faith.

    What’s yours?”

  • Widuran

    What is what you believe?

  • Herm

    What are you asking?

  • Widuran

    What is your statement of faith.

  • Herm

    It is coming.

  • markbenson

    Love is all there is and all that matters

  • Antigone10

    I believe that we have an obligation to one another. That the only justice we will ever experience is the one we make for each other. That constantly battling one another and screwing each other over is a good way to breed paranoia and distrust, but not a good way to nurture trust and peace. That we have to suffer injustice, but we should never gaslight ourselves into believing it proper. That we can generally trust our senses, but understand that they are not perfect truth-seeking instruments and be aware of their flaws and limitations.

  • Herm

    Thank you, Keith, for taking the time to share your growth with and in God with us.

    I most appreciated this in your introduction:

    “Our house church family never had any formal statement of faith for the entire 11 years we were together. So, I’m not convinced that one is necessary for a functional organic church that is submitted to Christ as the Head of the Body.”

    This reflects the first churches, named and located by town and not by denominational church buildings, who followed Christ filled and led by the Spirit of truth as their Teacher and not by an intellectual study of God.

    It has been many years since I have recited any form of a statement of faith. At age 50, my trained heartfelt intellectual faith died and my heart, soul, strength, mind (then in the image of God) was born into a familial relationship as a new born child of God. Babies don’t have the time, capacity, or necessity to list the why, what and how they believe. There is always a full schedule for newborns just learning to survive while adapting, developing and coordinating their new hearts and minds in relationship with their already nurturing, providing, protecting and directing guardians, even more so in spirit than in flesh. Babies don’t define love, they depend on it.

    Now, after 24 all too quick revolutions of my earth around its sun, my complete trust and confidence in my Father, my brother Jesus and all our siblings of varying ages (from no beginning to today) is that I will not be left orphaned on this earth until I leave it, and in heaven as I have been maturing into it. I was not conceived by the Holy Spirit into the flesh as was the Son of Man, my brother now in spirit of the same Father. I was received into maturing in the spirit, whelmed with and in the Holy Spirit, beginning as an infant son of God 24 years ago.

    My salvation is not found on the cross of Christ in payment for my transgressions, for I carry my own as he instructs, by his example and according to my Father’s will and love for this world. I know now, from my one Teacher, that mankind never fell from the grace of my Father’s love and availability. Jesus, by our Father’s will, demonstrated the enduring love of God for Man by allowing mankind to show where their pharisaical like studies of God, separate from a relationship with God, leads; death.

    I was saved from the ever-frenzied competitive intellectual religious traditions, doctrines, theologies, creeds, rituals, sacraments, and dogmas of mankind’s reasoning, through which I had continually sought to please my teachers and peers of Man, by now following only my one Teacher, my one Instructor and my one Father. My true and lasting salvation from the confusion endured during my search for righteousness, derived from so many scattered, and yet sincere, religious influences, from whom I sincerely sought to find truth, began when I was filled (baptized and reborn) with and in the Spirit of truth, through whom I have since been taught to know better how to please my Father, who I now, also, know in me and I in him (it’s a spirit thing that can’t be done in flesh). In pleasing my Father, I now serve increasingly more constructively to please my siblings of Man and God. It pleases me, as a result of rebirth, when I now get to feel the freedom of peace and joy that only a child can know at play, when watched over, provided for, protected by and nurtured in and by a most divinely loving and competent family. I have known that freedom of peace and joy for the last 24 years and it doesn’t get old. As a child, I am free to make childish mistakes to learn from as long as in everything I love the Lord my God with all my heart, with all my soul, with all my strength, with all my mind (the spirit me to which I am responsible that was graced all of mankind as the image of God) and, like that, I do to all others in love (especially easy to all my diverse and unique merciful neighbors) first as I would have all others, including my enemies, do to me.

    Okay, I know how this, my off the cuff “statement of faith”, will be taken by most of the few who will read it. It might help some doubting “Christians” to accept what I vulnerably share, as a little child-in-training’s sincere truth, if they research their scriptures that reveals how the Son of Man’s sincere truth was received by the authorities of Man.

    Today, in contrast to my first 50 years of learning, I do not learn of God from scripture, though scripture did help lead me to understand to go directly to God for the truth when religion failed me and mine. Today, my one Teacher, my one Instructor, and my one Father use scripture, as I now see anew through their hearts and minds, to teach other disciples, from all nations, to be their disciples through this disciple, me. To those of nations who do not have “Christian” scripture to begin with, the Holy Spirit does lead me to work through their heart and mind, right where they are apt to begin with to be found in God as their disciple.

    There is much I have learned in the last 24 years that has been tested to be true, much more than I can share here. It does not matter because it is not what I know today to be true that matters. What I know that is much more important here is that I know so very, very, very, … little of what there is yet to be learned by the end of eternity. I am not what’s important here for I am certain that I am a child of God, found aware and influential in the Spirit, and that I will all too shortly cease to be aware and influential in this flesh. What is important here are those who do not know the peace and joy that I know as a child today in God, that I sought but could not know as an adult of Man until I lost it all. I am no longer a focus on this earth or nearly as important as those who do not know that they too can be reborn to live with and in the Spirit today.

    To conclude, my faith is not that God (by any name) exists for I know God with and in me. My faith in my parents of flesh was never whether they existed, or not, but that they loved me enough to guide me into survival/life. My statement of faith today is in God’s promise that they will never leave me orphaned, as did traditions and religions of Man. I am not sharing this in the expectation that any must do as I have done to know God from within. I am sharing my statement of relationship, as best I know it today, in hopes that others can know to learn to accept the Spirit of truth as their only eternally reliable teacher, guiding them into all truth as they can bear. Go to God, in the attitude of full humility likened to a helpless and know nothing child, directly and all will be answered as each can bear to know the truth.

    This is very hard for me when I must compose what I am saying without the Advocate and scripture to counsel with. I took a lot of time trying my best to be understood. This is as I know God today, spoken vulnerably as a little child of his/her beloved family relationship.

  • Thanks for sharing this. I actually wrote a song after the observation was made in my Sunday school class that we have spent so much time laying out what we believe Christians ought to think, and so little about what our lives should be like. If you like it and are interested in performing it at your church, I do have a lead sheet for it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MK6p5Ua1Gas

  • Nimblewill

    Great Stuff Keith but I have to ask. Is Trump included in ““I also believe that Jesus is not tribal. He calls us to follow him in his full-bodied embrace of all people, at all times, in all places, from all nations. Jesus is not an American. In his Body we are all made one. There is no longer any Jew or Gentile, Male or Female, Rich or Poor, Gay or Straight, Slave or Free, or any other label, denomination or division

  • jekylldoc

    I like this very much.

  • jekylldoc

    Well, if you have to spell out a statement of faith, that’s a good one. And I like that it is so biblical, even though my faith is not in the Bible.
    Twice in the last two weeks we have heard from the Pulpit Barth’s answer to a request for a statement of his faith.
    “Jesus loves me, this I know. For the Bible tells me so.”