I felt it necessary to post what I believe. I am going to use Calvary Chapel Ahwatukee‘s “beliefs” as my template.
My supreme desire is to know Christ and to be conformed to His image by the power of the Holy Spirit. I am not part of a denominational church, nor am I opposed to denominations as such, only their over-emphasis of doctrinal differences that have led to the division of the body of Christ. Currently, I do not attend a physical church. I do consider my “home church” Calvary Chapel Ahwatukee.
I believe that the only true basis of Christian fellowship is Christ’s (Agape) Love, which is greater than the differences we possess and without which we have no rights to claim ourselves Christians.
I believe in all the fundamental doctrines of Evangelical Christianity.
I hold to the inerrancy of Scripture. The Bible is the inspired, infallible Word of God. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one God, eternally existent in the separate persons. Jesus is fully God, fully man. He was born of the virgin, lived a sinless life, provided for the atonement of our sins by His vicarious death on the cross, was bodily resurrected by the power of the Holy Spirit, ascended back to the right hand of God the Father, and ever lives to make intercession for us.
After Jesus ascended to Heaven, He poured out His Holy Spirit on the believers in Jerusalem, enabling them to fulfill His command to preach the Gospel to the entire world, an obligation shared by all believers today. All people are by nature separated from God and responsible for their own sin. But, salvation, redemption, and forgiveness are freely offered to all by grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. When a person repents of sin and accepts Jesus Christ as his or her personal Lord and Savior, trusting Him to save, that person is immediately born again and sealed by the Holy Spirit. All sins are forgiven and that person becomes a child of God.
I hold to all the gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in Scripture being in practice today – the greatest gift of all being Christ’s love.
- I await the pre-millennial, pre-tribulation return of Christ for His waiting Church.
- The Second Coming of Christ with His saints to rule on the earth will be personal and visible.
- This motivates me to holy living, committed service, heartfelt worship, diligent study of God’s Word, regular fellowship and participation in Baptism and the celebration of the Lord’s Supper.
I hold to the teaching of the Word of God in such a way that it can be applied to life as beneficial towards a growing maturity.
At a given time, certain issues become controversial in the Church. Therefore, I feel it is necessary to take a stand in the following areas:
- The teaching of “positive confession.”
- The belief that true Christians can be possessed by demons.
- “Dominion Theology.”
- A fatalistic Calvinistic view, which allows no room for the free will.
- Prophesy that superseded Biblical Scripture.
- The incorporation of humanistic psychology and philosophy into biblical teaching.
- “Charismania” (the over emphasis upon spiritual gifts, experiential signs and wonders,) etc.
- Purpose Driven / Seeker Friendly /Emergent Church philosophies.