My statement of faith

January 31st, 2009

One of the things I think is important to have on a website is a statement of faith. This is usually four to eight paragraphs or sentences telling the readers what you believe about God, Jesus, the Bible, salvation and more.

Whenever I visit a faith based website for the first time (usually after a google search or a recommendation from somebody) I read the “about us” page and check out who they are and what they do. I also look for the statement of faith to see that what they believe is Biblical. This helps me to make sure the stuff I am reading is not from a religious cult and it helps me to see where the group is coming from.

On my website (www.passionaustralia.org) I have always tried to have a statement of faith on my about us page. Initially I borrowed one from my church that I was attending, but over time I felt it was a bit too wordy and used words that most people might not understand. So I refined it to the one below. It is not perfect, but at least you can see my beliefs are fairly mainstream as far as the Christian church goes.

How about you? Do you think it is important to have a statement of faith on you website or blog?

My Statement of Faith

The sole basis of my belief is the Bible, which I believe is uniquely God-inspired, without error, and the final authority on all matters of faith. As the Bible teaches, there is one God, eternally existing in three persons — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — each possessing all the attributes of Deity.

God created humans to have fellowship with Him, but we have rebelled from God by sinfully going our own way. As a result, we need God’s saving grace to end our separation from Him. Salvation comes only through God’s saving grace — not human effort — and must be received personally by repentance and faith.

Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Trinity, lived a sinless life on earth and voluntarily paid for our sin by dying on the cross as our substitute. This accomplishes salvation for all who receive grace by trusting in Him alone. He rose from the dead and is the only mediator between us and God. He will return to earth to consummate history.

The Holy Spirit draws sinners to Christ and equips believers for personal growth and service to the church. The church’s role is to glorify God and serve those in need. At the end, everyone will experience bodily resurrection and the judgment. Those forgiven through Christ will enjoy eternal fellowship with God.