What I Believe

The Bible
The sole basis of my belief is the Bible, composed of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. I believe that Scripture in its entirety originated with God, and that it was given through the instrumentality of chosen men. Scripture thus, at one and the same time, speaks with the authority of God and reflects the backgrounds, styles, and vocabularies of the human authors.
2 Timothy 3:16-17, 1 Peter 1:10-12, 2 Peter 1:20-21

I hold that the Scriptures are infallible and without error in the original writings. They are the unique, full and final authority on all matters of faith and practice, and there are no other writings similarly inspired by God.
Matthew 5:17-20

God
I believe there is one true and holy God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – each of whom possesses equally all the attributes of deity and characteristics of personality.
Deuteronomy 6:4-5, Matthew 28:19

In the beginning, God created out of nothing, the world and all the things therein, thus manifesting the glory of his infinite power, wisdom, and goodness. By his sovereign power, he continues to sustain his creation and to fulfill his redemptive purposes.
Genesis 1:1-2, John 1:1-2, Acts 17:28, Hebrews 1:3

Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the eternal second person of the Trinity who was united forever with a true human nature by the miraculous conception of the Holy Spirit, being born of a virgin. Thus, he is fully God and fully Man.
John 1:1-2, Luke 1:26-37

He lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father and voluntarily atoned for the sins of all by dying on the cross as their substitute, according to the Scriptures. Thus, he satisfied divine justice and accomplished salvation for all who trust in him alone.
Hebrews 4:14-16, Hebrews 10:5-18

He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which he lived and died. He ascended into heaven and sat down at the right hand of the Father, where he, the only mediator between God and Man, continually makes intercession for his own. He shall come again to earth, personally and visibly, to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.
Luke 24, 1 Timothy 2:5-6, Hebrews 7:23-25, Acts 1:11, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, was sent into the world by the Father and the Son to apply to mankind the saving work of Christ. He enlightens the mind of sinners, awakens in them recognition of their need of a Savior, and regenerates them.
John 3:5-8, John 16:7-15

At the point of salvation, he permanently indwells every believer, but I believe in a secondary Baptism of the Holy Spirit when we are fully submerged in His supernatural power and he becomes the source of assurance, strength, and wisdom, and uniquely endows each believer with gifts for the building up of his people. Without this secondary Baptism of the Holy Spirit, a victorious life in Christ is impossible.  The Holy Spirit guides believers in understanding and applying the Scriptures. His power and control are appropriated by faith, making it possible for the believer to lead a life of Christ-like character and to bear fruit to the glory of the Father.
John 14:16-18, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Galatians 5:22-25, Ephesians 1:13-14, Ephesians 5:18, Acts 2:1-4, Acts Chapter 8:14-17 and Acts Chapter 19:1-6

Salvation
The central purpose of God’s revelation in Scripture is to call all people into fellowship with himself. Originally created in God’s image to have fellowship with God, Man defied God, choosing to go his independent way. He thus became sinful, suffering alienation from God and the corruption of his human nature.
John 5:39-40, Ephesians 2:1-3

The fall of mankind took place at the beginning of human history, and all individuals since have suffered these consequences and are thus in need of the saving grace of God. The salvation of mankind is, then, wholly a work of God’s free grace, not the result, in whole or in part, of human works or goodness, and must be personally appropriated by repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.
Genesis 3, Romans 3:9-26, Romans 5:12, Ephesians 2:4-10

When God begins a saving work in the heart of any person, he gives assurance in his Word that he will continue performing it until the day of its completion. The fact that God has begun and is continuing such work in an individual’s life is demonstrated by that person’s perseverance in the faith.
Philippians 1:6, John 6:38-40, John 10:27-29, 1 Peter 1:3-5

Human Destiny
Death seals the eternal destiny of each person. For all mankind, there will be a resurrection of the body into the spiritual world and a judgment that will determine the fate of each individual. Unbelievers will be separated from God into everlasting condemnation, God’s judgment thus revealing his just response to their own rejection of God. Believers will be received into eternal communion with God and will be rewarded for works done in this life.
Matthew 25:31-46, Revelation 20:11-15, 1 Corinthians 3:12-15, 1 Corinthians 15:12-28

The Church
The corollary of union with Jesus Christ is that all believers become members of his body, the Church. There is one true Church universal, comprised of all those who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
1 Corinthians 12-13, Ephesians 4:3-6

Scripture commands believers to gather together to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, observance of baptism and communion as ordinances established by Jesus Christ, fellowship, service to the body through the development and use of talents and gifts, and outreach to the world.
Acts 2:42-47, Hebrews 10:23-25, 1 Corinthians 12:12-27

Wherever God’s people meet regularly in obedience to this command, there is the local expression of the Church. Under the watch of elders and the supportive leadership of deacons, its members are to work together in love and unity, intent on the one ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.
1 Timothy 3:1-13, Ephesians 1:11-12, 1 Peter 2:9

Faith and Practice
Scripture is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice.  In areas where scripture is silent, each believer is to be led to work out their own salvation in fear and trembling with the Lord, to whom he or she is ultimately responsible.
Philippians 2:12 , 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Healing and  Deliverance 
Every believer has a mandate from Jesus to heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, and drive out demons through the authority that we have been given by Jesus.  All by the power of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 10:8, Luke 10:19

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  1. Sis, say, thank you for the message on the fema camps. I have had confirmations as well and know others who know of this as well. I would like to say one thing though. It Definitely matters which Bible one uses…I know of someone who is destined for that very fema camp if he does not get out of using and cursing himself and others with the Niv and Mess of this Age, the message non-bible.

    God Bless, Daniel
    *go to av publications, Gail Riplinger among others and ask God..

    • Thanks for your comment Daniel! I believe that God is able to preserve His word. I prefer the KJV or the WMB myself, but I do believe that He speaks through them all when someone is seeking Him. According to Luke 11:11-12, when we ask our Father for an egg, He won’t give us a scorpion. If someone is seeking to know Jesus and they end up with an NIV bible, the Lord will meet them there. He will not give them a scorpion or serpent when they ask Him for Truth. He also says that if you seek me you will find me when you seek me with all your heart. (Jer 29:39) Satan does not have so much power that He is able to take over God’s word. As we seek Him through any translation, His Holy Spirit will lead us into all Truth-for me-He has always led me to dig into the original languages to find out where the translations of the words I am reading are coming from!

      Thanks again and God bless your journey brother,
      Sherri

  2. Hi Sherri! Praise be to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Thank you for your you tube video speaking on your experience of receiving the Holy Spirit after 15 years. That is so awesome. Then I went to your link here. I’d like to share about Dr. Brad Long | bradlong@prmi.org | Presbyterian-Reformed Ministries International | P.O. Box 429 | Black Mountain, North Carolina 28711-0429. The ministry is celebrating 50 years and the Holy Spirit is coming upon and empowering many Christians through it. Thank you for your work for the spread of Jesus’ Kingdom. Please pray for me to receive this empowerment or baptism or renewal of being on fire for the Lord. I have been serving Jesus since I was 23 now 46 and have always been a Bible believing 10 commandments observing church goer do gooder repentant sinner. I belong to the Catholic Church denomination.
    I ask You Holy Spirit Lord Giver of Life just take me over just make me Your instrument, just You do what You gotta do, I surrender a thousand times over my will to You Lord God here I am. Father in Jesus Christ Name I ask and trust in You. Amen
    Your friend, Annamaria

    • Hi Annamaria! Thank you for sharing 🙂 Your surrendered prayer at the end of your comment is beautiful! I can see how much you love Jesus!!!!

      I was raised Catholic and believe that if you are feeling that you have not received the Holy Spirit after asking, you may want to start right there. Just ask the Lord to reveal to you the depths of Catholicism and if it is true Christianity, then watch and listen carefully for His answer. I am always here to discuss if you like.
      In the love of Jesus,
      Sherri

      • Thank you Sherri. When I was a young girl maybe 14 or so I had many questions about faith and the whys of life and yes I prayed very much for the Spirit of understanding like King Solomon. Honestly I am convinced of the truth of the Catholic doctrine despite the unfortunate sins and mistakes of historical political issues of the past, I don’t judge other brothers and sisters in the mystical Body of Christ who live for Jesus in their various denominations, Protestant or Orthodox. It’s the human factor in every Church denomination over the many years and unfortunate splits and disagreements. Our Almighty Loving Father Abba has a plan for His children and the Holy Spirit will lead us to a deeper fuller union after the great chastisement. The Holy Spirit works through all those baptized whether Baptist, reformed Evangelicals, Pentecostals etc why not among Roman or Maronite or Byzantine rite etc Catholics. Holy Spirit Comforter Paraclete Sanctifier Father of the Poor, without Him how could I believe and live with faith hope and love? Why wouldn’t He come to me just because I am in a different denomination? There are many Catholics who have the empowerment or Baptism in the Holy Spirit. Aren’t there many Protestants Christians who don’t have it? I think the thing is that most baptized Christians aren’t aware.
        Thanks again. God bless you very much! Love and prayers, Annamaria