When I say I’m a Christian, people often ask me ‘what I am’: what denomination (am I Anglican, Catholic, Methodist, Pentecostal etc.), and it seems to rarely satisfy people when I say that I don’t label myself under any one denomination. I have been involved with a number of different church traditions and denominations, and I don’t like the divides between them. Because some people are confused by this, or dubious even of whether I believe anything concrete at all when I say I don’t count myself under any one specific denomination or church tradition, perhaps people would find it helpful to see a statement of faith from me. I do not judge those who don’t hold to the same theological beliefs, but these, below, are my own.
God is the creator of heaven and earth, One God in three Persons – all equal, all eternal – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ – “the Son of God” is God the Son, who came to earth as a baby, born of a virgin. He was both fully God and fully human, yet without sin. Because of this, His death achieved full and complete atonement for our sin*. He was bodily raised to life again and will reign eternally in heaven with God the Father. He will judge the living and the dead.
The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity (though ‘third’ does not mean of less importance than the Father or the Son), who convicts of sin, draws us to God, purifies believers through indwelling and gradual transformation and equips the church to do His work, giving spiritual gifts for the good of His Kingdom, thus demonstrating God’s continuing care for and interaction with humanity.
The Bible (Old and New Testament) is the inspired Word of God, and as such it holds authority over faith, doctrine and behaviour.
The Church is all who follow Christ and have accepted His forgiveness for their sin. Christ is head of the church.
*(Through his death on the cross, he took the punishment that we deserve for our wrongdoing and our rebellion against God, in order to offer us a right relationship with God! We don’t need to ‘do’ things to try to appease God or earn His approval, but can accept the forgiveness that comes through trusting in Jesus, and we can live in relationship with Him.)