What I Believe

I am in complete agreement with the statement of faith of the National Association of Evangelicals, which you can review by clicking here I hesitate to go much further than that statement, because so many of the things that people add to it define lines that too often become walls which divide the Church. Jesus prayed specifically for Christians today in John 17, as he was praying with His disciples:

“My prayer is not for them (the disciples) alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message (you and me and every other Christian who has lived after the disciples), that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me” 
(vv. 20-23 NIV).

Jesus said that the world would know the Father had sent him when we, his followers, were brought to unity. With that in mind, I find it hard to add things to my fundamental statement of belief on issues like post-, pre-, or amilleniallism.

If you are familiar with the Baptist General Conference (now known as Converge Worldwide), you can perhaps get a hint at some of my beliefs through the fact that the seminary I attended, Bethel Seminary, is affiliated with the BGC, and my pastoral credentials are through the BGC. But be cautious about assuming too much, because—at the risk of offending those who are devoutly denominational—there are so many stereotypes associated with “baptist” (at both ends of the liberal to conservative spectrum, depending on which flavor of baptist you’re most familiar with) that don’t fit me at all.

I believe that if we are going to call ourselves “Christians” it means that we should try to be like Christ. We can learn much simply by studying the gospels and seeing who he spent his time with, what he got angry about, what he never spent time or energy getting angry about, what emotions dominated his life, and what he did that the “good religious people” of his time disagreed with.

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