My Spiritual Beliefs

  • I believe that The Bible is inspired by God and that it is both trustworthy and authoritative. I believe that it is our responsibility to study the whole Bible and submit to all its teachings. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

  • I believe in one eternal, infinite and unchanging God who reveals Himself to us in three Persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19)

  • I believe that Jesus Christ is both 100% God and 100% human. I believe that He was born of a virgin, that He lived a perfect life, that He died on a cross for the sins of all people, and that He rose from the dead physically and ascended into heaven. I believe that one day He will return to earth and will reign over it (Matthew 1:23; John 8:58; Acts 1:11; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Hebrews 4:15; 1 Peter 3:18; Revelation 11:15)

  • I believe that all people were created in the image of God but have a sinful nature, resulting in wrong actions. I believe that all of us deserve eternal separation from God and that none of us is able to save ourselves from this fate through our own efforts. (Genesis 1:27; Romans 3:10-12, 23,6:23; Ephesians 2:1-3, 8-9).

  • I believe that we can be rescued from death and given the gift of an eternal relationship with God only by believing in Jesus Christ—that is, by trusting in His death as full payment for all our sins and in His resurrection as proof that He is the Lord of all. Eternal life is a free and irrevocable gift. (John 3:16; Romans 8:29-30; 10:9; Ephesians 2:1-3,8-9).

  • I believe that all Christians are baptized and indwelt with the Holy Spirit at the moment they believe in Christ, and that they are empowered, guided and instructed by the Spirit as they yield their lives to Him. (Acts 2:38; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 2 Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18)

  • I believe that Jesus instituted baptism as the means of publicly professing faith in Him, and that, although baptism has no power to save, it is the first step of obedience expected of all believers in Christ. I believe that Jesus instituted the practice of communion (or the Lord's Supper) to help us vividly remember His death for us, and that the Church should participate in this memorial regularly. (Matthew 28:19; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 2:38; 16:30-33; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

  • I believe that followers of Jesus are called to a life of Spirit-empowered obedience, and that, when we disobey, we will experience God's loving discipline (which may be carried out through the Church). I also believe that God gives all Christians spiritual gifts as He wills, which they are to use to help others in the Church grow. (Matthew 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 12:7, 11, 18; Galatians 5:16-25; Hebrews 12:7-11)

  • I believe that the Church is Christ's "body" in today's world and that it is comprised of all true Christians. Each local church is to be shepherded by Jesus Himself through a group of spiritually qualified elders. I believe that every Christian is called to become involved in a local church. (John 10:11; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; 1 Timothy 5:17; Titus 1:5; Hebrews 10:25; 1 Peter 5:4).

  • I believe that both heaven and hell are real, and that every person will spend eternity either in joyful fellowship with God or agonizing separation from God, based on their response to Christ. (Luke 12:5; 2 Corinthians 5:1; Philippians 3:20; 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9; 1 Peter 1:4)
God's Blessings, Lloyd


Mike Southerland said...

Blessings to you Brother Lloyd...

I appreciate your site. Thanks for the invitation. I agree with the doctrines you articulated in this post.

I find your "ABC's" a bit interesting in light of your Reformed doctrine. I'm guessing that you are a recovering Arminian, as am I. For an eye opening account of John Bunyan's assurance of his salvation read his "Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners." That, along with David Brainard's testimony has caused me to reconsider using short little "formulas" for salvation. I say this only as a point of reference and not as a condemnation of your site. Men must be brought to an understanding of their total depravity before God and their complete inability to "accept Christ" on their own terms.

Because the salvation of our souls is such an important matter, I'm a bit hesitant to put forward a "quick fix" solution and have people place their confidence in a prayer that they prayed. Neither though, is salvation achieved only through penance or any such nonsense. It is totally the gift of God, and Jesus has promised that all who come to Him, He will in no wise cast out.

On another subject, I like your "Gospel Music" widget. Is there a site that plays various hymns online? Or is this hosted on your site?


Solid Rock or Sinking Sand said...

Mike - Thank you for your visit and comments. I have found that during the past few years in blogging for Jesus that sometimes "brief" is good when it comes to telling the unsaved world about how they can come to know our Lord and Savior and have the peace, joy and comfort that only He can give.

It has always been my experience that sometimes we, as believers, try to make it more difficult than it really is to be "Saved". The ABC's that I have listed is only a guide-line for a person who is honestly humbling themselves and reaching out to God. It by no means is a "quick fix", but a simple and direct way to come to a saving grace that Jesus offers anyone who will let Him come into their lives.

I agree with you one-hundred percent that a person must be brought to an understanding of their total depravity before God and their complete inability to "accept Christ" on their own terms. That is what happens when a person is convicted by God and reads the Holy Scriptures relating to His free gift of salvation. The Holy Spirit indwells in the hearts of the "saved" and over a period of that person's life the Spirit of Truth teaches us how to be more like Jesus.

I also agree with you that the salvation of our souls is such an important matter; however, I firmly believe that our Holy God is always in control and is always available when the unsaved begin to reach out to Him in prayer, asking forgiveness and accepting His Son Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. All we need to do is listen carefully for our Saviors voice when He beckons us to "Come".

You can get the widget for a music player:

God's blessings to you and your blog ministry.