Religious Convictions, by Christopher Pope (Half the Battle)

This is a full statement of my beliefs about Christian faith and practice. Not all my beliefs are held with equal certainty or equal priority. The things the Bible presents as essential matters of faith are foundational to my life. On subjects where the Bible's stance is not obvious, I seek to remain teachable and will hopefully refine my understanding and how I express it as I continue to learn.

On style: This is mostly for my own reference, and I have chosen to be relatively concise and precise at the expense of readability. Also, others have articulated their faith better than I could, and so I freely adapt language from classic confessions, systematic texts, and other sources. This results in an admitted inconsistency of style in order to achieve better substance.

Table of Contents

I. Christian Faith (Doctrinal Issues)
A. Theology and the Word of God
B. The Existence and Attributes of God
C. The Works of God (The Supernatural/Creation and History)
D. The Doctrine of Humanity
E. The Person of Christ
F. The Work of Christ
G. The Person of the Holy Spirit
H. The Work of the Holy Spirit
I. The Doctrine of Salvation
J. The Doctrine of the Church
K. The Doctrine of Last Things
II. Christian Practice (Worship and Moral Issues)
A. God's Requirements for Mankind (What Morality Is)
B. Walking with God (Worship and Trust)
C. Walking in Holiness (Right Living)
D. Walking in Love (Justice and Kindness)

 

I. CHRISTIAN FAITH

I.0. SUMMARY STATEMENT

As a Christian, I believe there is one true and living God, whose word to us is the Bible. I strive to believe all that the Bible says, and I believe that salvation from hell and eternity in heaven belong only to those who live to follow Jesus and trust in His death and resurrection for their peace with God. A genuine trust in Jesus bears the fruit of repentance from sin and obedience to God's will as it is revealed in the Bible.

I.A. THEOLOGY AND THE WORD OF GOD

I.A.1. Divine Revelation

I.A.2. The Nature of the Bible

I.A.3. The Meaning of the Bible

I.A.4. The Bible and Other Sources

I.B. THE EXISTENCE AND ATTRIBUTES OF GOD

I.B.1. The Nature and Identity of God

I.B.2. The Greatness of God

I.B.3. The Goodness of God

I.C. THE WORKS OF GOD

I.C.1. Celestial Beings and the Supernatural

I.C.2. Providence and Miracles

I.C.3. The Beginnings of History

I.C.4. The History of Israel

I.C.5. The History of the Church

I.D. THE DOCTRINE OF HUMANITY

I.D.1. Human Nature

I.D.2. Gender and God's Design

I.D.3. Sin and the Fall of Mankind

I.E. THE PERSON OF CHRIST

I.E.1. The Nature of Christ

I.E.2. The Incarnation of Jesus

I.F. THE WORK OF CHRIST

I.F.1. Jesus as the Suffering Servant

I.F.2. Jesus as the Risen Christ

I.G. THE PERSON OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

I.H. THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

I.H.1. Activities Done by the Spirit

I.H.2. Activities Given by the Spirit

I.I. THE DOCTRINE OF SALVATION

I.I.1. Salvation as a Decree

I.I.2. Salvation as an Event

I.I.3. Salvation as a Process

I.J. THE DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH

I.J.1. The Church as an Institution

I.J.2. The Church as a Congregation

I.K. THE DOCTRINE OF LAST THINGS

I.K.1. Death and the Afterlife

I.K.2. Principles of Eschatology

I.K.3. The Book of Revelation

I.K.4. The Consummation of the Age to Come

I.K.5. Conclusions

II. CHRISTIAN PRACTICE

II.A. GOD'S REQUIREMENTS FOR MANKIND

II.A.1. Obeying God, the Lord of All

II.A.2. Obeying God, the Father of His people

II.A.3. Classifying Right Practice

II.B. WALKING WITH GOD

II.B.1. Worship and Religion

II.B.2. Private Worship

II.B.3. The Church as a House of Worship

II.B.3.a. The Church as a Congregation

II.B.3.b. Church Leadership and Administration

II.B.3.c. Worship in the Church

II.B.3.d. Discipleship in the Church

II.B.3.e. Ministry Beyond the Local Congregation

II.B.4. God-Esteem

II.B.5. Submission to God

II.B.6. Waiting on God

II.B.7. Joy in the Lord

II.C. WALKING IN HOLINESS

II.C.1. Holiness

II.C.2. Family and Sexuality

II.C.2.a. Love of Family

II.C.2.b. Marriage

II.C.2.c. Children

II.C.2.d. Singleness

II.C.2.e. Sexuality

II.C.3. Respectable Living

II.C.4. Truth

II.C.5. Diligence

II.D. WALKING IN LOVE

II.D.1. Love as a Virtue

II.D.2. Justice

II.D.3. Kindness

II.D.4. Harmony


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