Beliefs

The Bible is the completed infallible word of God brought to us by His Holy Spirit who breathed/spoke to the patriarchs of old as they were led by Him.

2 Peter 1:21 For no prophecy was ever brought about through human initiative, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.

There is only one God who is eternal.

Deut 4:35 “To you it was shown that you might know that the LORD, He is God; there is no other besides Him”.
Deut 6:4 “Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one”!
Psalm 48:14 For such is God, Our God forever and ever; He will guide us until death.

Jesus is the only begotten Son of the Father who existed with Him in heaven before the world began and together they created all things through the work of the Holy Spirit.

Genesis 1:2 The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.
Genesis 1:26
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.
1 Peter 1:20
For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you.
John 17: 5
“And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.
Colossians 1:15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in Him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities. All things were created through Him and for Him.

The Holy Spirit is the power of God manifest to us – and specifically revealed through Jesus Christ while on earth in signs and miracles. The Holy Spirit was sent through Jesus from the Father in heaven after his death and resurrection to make salvation freely available to all mankind.

John 15:26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.
1 Timothy 2:3-6 This is good and pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all—the testimony that was given at just the right time.
Romans 8:11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
Romans 8:9
You, however, are controlled not by the flesh, but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. (this verse provides the full Godhead “God, Christ and Spirit”)

I believe that Jesus was sent from the Father in heaven to earth to be born of the Virgin Mary through the Holy Spirit.

John 17:2-3 For You granted Him (Jesus) authority over all humanity, so that He may give eternal life to all those You have given Him.  And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.

Jesus came in flesh and his one mission was to glorify His Father in heaven and bring the good news of salvation and eternal life to mankind. He came to die on the cross for all men for the forgiveness of sin.

2 Cor 5:15 And he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
Romans 4:25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.
John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 17:3-5 Now this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent. I have glorified You on earth by accomplishing the work You gave Me to do. I have revealed Your name to those You have given Me out of the world.
1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,
2 Corinthians 5:21 God made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.

I believe Jesus died on the cross and rose again on the third day for our sin and that He is now seated at the right hand of the Father interceding for us through the Holy Spirit that is sent into all the earth to bring many redeemed brothers/sons into God’s Everlasting Kingdom. (Luke 24:7).

Romans 8:34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.
Hebrews 2:10 For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering.

Jesus and the Father are one.

John 14:8-9 Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
John 10:30 I and the Father are one.”
John 17:21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

Eternal Life with the Father in Heaven is obtained through faith in Jesus Christ and what He did on the cross and that Jesus is the only way to the Father.

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 1:10-13
The true Light who gives light to every man was coming into the world 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him, 12 But to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God 13 children born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but born of God.
John 3:35-36 The Father loves the Son and has placed all things in His hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

For those of you who are curious about which church I attend.

I currently go to a Reformed Presbyterian Church – but would happily attend any other evangelical Church which hold the same values. There were 7 churches mentioned in the book of Revelation and I believe that these reflect the 7 types of churches that make up the Body of Christ.

I believe in full immersion for Water Baptism.

D A Cleland