Tuesday, April 26, 2011
What a core belief means in my life...
So if my core belief is Jesus, and specifically that he died for my sins and was raised from the dead, then what does that mean to me individually?
I made a conscious decision to participate in my core belief. I was baptized into the death of Jesus, I was buried with him, and raised to new life. Because I shared in his death, I will share in his resurrection. That is how Paul explained baptism in Romans 6. In Galatians 2, he writes of being crucified with Christ. Core belief that demands participation.
So when people ask what I believe, I don't just talk about something intellectual. My core belief is life. It is something that I can invite others to share in also.
In fact, you cannot "just" believe these facts about Jesus. You have to make a decision about him. To believe Jesus died for your sins and was raised from the dead demands a response.
I believe it, I have participated in it, I live it. And I will forever.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Core Belief: Jesus died for our sins ...
That is my doctrinal position. That is the core doctrine of Southern Hills. Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and came back to life.
When asked what we believe, it is that we are Jesus people. He died for our sins. Cross centered doctrine. Cross centered commitment. Cross centered living.
That's what we believe. That is who we are.
There is so much contained in that simple phrase. It is not about us, but Jesus. We are all sinners. We are all saved by the grace of the cross. We are forgiven.
We are Scripture people. His death and resurrection were foretold in the Old Testament Scriptures. That is the good news in the New Testament Scriptures.
He was buried. For three days. It is real.
He was raised. He came to life. We believe it. I believe it. Because he did... we will. I will.
That's it. That is what my core belief system is. Jesus died for my sins, he was buried, and he was raised. Cross and Resurrection.
That's who we are at Southern Hills.
Cross and Resurrection.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Core belief description
- the preached gospel (good news)
- what the church recieved
- where they have taken their stand
- what they are saved by
- first importance
I am not sure there be anything more core than that.
And it is Jesus.
That is my core belief. That is the core belief of Southern Hills church of Christ (description, not a title). Everything in my life and in my church must be about Jesus. He is the doctrine. He is the program. He is life.
Next time I'll look at what Paul says about Jesus. But for now, Jesus is the most important, he is the key to salvation, he is the place where I stand, he is the foundation of the church, and he is the good news.