I am a reformed Christian and member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.
I believe that the Bible was dictated (inspired) by God and written down by Godly people of His choosing. It is infallible and inerrant, preserved by Him through all of time. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21)
I believe that the Bible is a completed work, and that nothing new should be added to it, until that day that Christ returns. I believe that the gifts of prophecy and tongues have ceased, but that gifts such as grace, mercy, and wisdom endure. Our only way to know God’s will is through faithfully, humbly, and receptively cherishing His Word. (Psalm 1:1-3, 1 Corinthians 13:8, Revelation 22:18-19)
I believe that God is interested in a personal relationship with each of His individual children. I believe He loves us as a righteous Father, and that He will never forget us, betray us, or abandon us. I believe that God is faithful, even though we are not. (Deuteronomy 31:6, 1 Samuel 3:10, Psalm 139:7-10, Jeremiah 29:12-14, Ezekiel 20:43-44, Romans 3:3-4, 2 Timothy 2:13)
I believe that God created Humanity as good, but that sin infected our race through our Covenant Head, Adam. Because Adam was our representative before God, we all fell into sin with him. To this day, Humanity is dead in sin. We are incapable of saving ourselves and deserving of God’s just judgement. (Romans 5:12-14, Psalm 30:3, Proverbs 9:17-18, Ephesians 2:1)
I believe that before the dawn of time, God loved us so much, that He planned to redeem a people unworthy of His second glance, let alone His very life. Nevertheless, His love is so great and his faithfulness so infallible, that he chose to atone for our sins through His Son, Jesus Christ. (Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 53:4-6, Ephesians 1:4-5)
I believe that Jesus is the Son of God, fully God and fully man, equal in power and glory with the Father and the Spirit. These three persons of the Trinity are One God. (Matthew 3:16-17, Matthew 16:15-16)
I believe that God is sovereign over all things, including wicked people and even Satan himself. However, God is not the author, cause, instigator, or inspirer of evil. Yet, being utterly good and perfectly just, God tolerates the evil of men and demons for a little while, in order that He might redeem the lost children whom He loves. (Genesis 8:20-22, Isaiah 25:7-8, Job 1:12, Psalm 2:1-6, Nehemiah 9:31, Psalm 24:1, Psalm 78:37-39)
I believe that by temporarily tolerating my abusive dad’s sin, and faithfully preserving me through much pain and suffering, God provided me with a story. This “thorn in my flesh,” as Paul called it, is a testimony He may use to spark faith in the hearts of many. In this way, God brings about great good, unfathomable love, and redemptive healing, despite the cruelty of evil people. (Genesis 50:20, Psalm 23:4, 2 Corinthians 12:6-10)
Sola Scriptura. Sola Gratia. Sola Fide. Solus Christus. Soli Deo Gloria.