Believing and Professing

But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.  As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”

  • Romans 10:8-11

“As I return to the roots of my faith, I am encouraged to find the time-honored foundations firmly intact:

  1. I affirm my confident in God’s inerrant Word.  I treasure its truths and I respect its reproofs.
  2. I acknowledge the Creator God as my heavenly Father, infinitely perfect and intimately acquainted with all my ways.
  3. I claim Jesus Christ as my Lord – very God who came in flesh – the object of my worship and the subject of my praise.
  4. I recognize the Holy Spirit as the third member of the Godhead, incessantly at work convicting, convincing, and comforting.
  5. I confess that Adam’s fall into sin left humanity without hope of heaven apart from a new birth, made possible by the Savior’s death and bodily resurrection.
  6. I believe the offer of salvation is God’s love gift to all.  Those who accept it by faith, apart from works, become new creatures in Christ.
  7. I anticipate my Lord’s promised return, which could occur at any moment.
  8. I am convinced that all who have died will be brought back from beyond – believers with everlasting communion with God and unbelievers to everlasting separation from God.
  9. I know that the Lord is continuing to enlarge His family, the universal body of Christ, over which He rules as Head.
  10. I am grateful to be a part of a local church which exists to proclaim God’s truth, to administer the ordinances, to stimulate growth toward maturity, and to bring glory to God.
  • Charles R. Swindoll, Growing Deep in the Christian Faith

I am still feeling a bit behind schedule, tired, stressed, and busy.

I felt a need to study a bit about what is essential in faith.  The above numbered statements are the ten areas of doctrine that Charles Swindoll considers important.  I thought they were pretty good.  At this point in my foggy brain, if I tried to expand on the items on his list, I’d probably mess it up, so I will let them stand on their own.  But it makes me think.  Should we not all examine our beliefs and work toward a greater understanding of our awesome God?

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.

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