I believe that God, in the Trinitarian persons of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, has always existed beyond the realm of time and is the Creator and Sustainer of all that is, was, and will be. The Father created mankind in perfection to be in relationship with Him. He did so out of His immense love and for His glory. Though He was not the creator of sin, He was not taken by surprise with it and had woven it into a perfect love story that would further demonstrate His glory before the foundation of the world.


Righteousness is the standard that God demands in order to stand before Him. Therefore, He sent the Son to take all unrighteousness upon Himself and pay the price He demanded for it, death and separation. God has always credited righteousness to mankind through faith. God is the giver of faith and brings mankind from death in sin to life through it (Eph. 2:1-10). Salvation is extended through this faith as one surrenders their rights to God, confesses their sin and need for Him, and chooses to follow Christ. The Holy Spirit is given to each follower at their moment of calling and surrender and He dwells within them to empower and sustain them as they follow. The Kingdom of God is tangible and accessible to those who know Him and some day will be fully revealed as heaven and earth are restored in perfection. God calls all who believe to join Him in reaching the lost and making disciples of all nations.


The church or organization that I would best fit in will believe that salvation cannot be lost as it was never reliant on the faithfulness of the receiver and that all believers have the full indwelling of the Holy Spirit.