My faith is the church’s faith. Simply put, we believe in one triune God incarnated in Jesus Christ through the Spirit.
Creeds of the church such as the Apostles’ creed and the Nicene creed as they were interpreted in the Reformed tradition (through the Heidelberg Catechism and the Belgic Confession) articulate what we believe. If you are interested in reading these creeds, go here.
However, if all that sounds too technical for you and you would rather choose something written in simpler language, then here are the principles that this blog is built upon.
The Great Name
“Great ‘I AM’” is a phrase popularized by a Christian worship song, but the phrase “I AM” is actually God’s name revealed to Moses. More precisely, “I am” is an excerpt from the English translation of the Hebrew phrase (Ex.3:14) אֶהְיֶה אֲשֶׁר אֶהְיֶה which is the phrase Jesus Christ claims for himself (John 8:56–59) when he says, “λέγω ὑμῖν, πρὶν Ἀβραὰμ γενέσθαι ἐγὼ εἰμί.” (John 8:58)
In short, I believe in God who has a personality and a name ultimately visible in Jesus Christ.
The Great Commandment
I try to live, however imperfectly, according to the teachings of Christ (Matt. 22:40; Gal. 5:14).
He summarized the scripture in a few simple yet profound teachings. “The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second [teaching] is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’” (Mark 12:29–31; Matt. 22:34–40; Luke 10:25–37).
The Great Commandment — as it is interpreted anew by Jesus Christ — is my hermeneutical key. It guides my interpretation of the scripture and the perspective I cultivate.
I can’t claim that I succeed often living in accordance with the law of Christ (Gal. 6:2; 1 Cor. 9:21). But continuously trying is better than giving up.
The Great Commission
When the disciples saw Jesus Christ for the last time on this earth, the Lord charged them (Matt. 28:16–20) to share his teachings with humankind and to baptize all who find love, faith, and hope in God via Christ. Apparently, sharing Jesus’ teachings with humanity was (and is) that important to God.
My website serves that very purpose: finding and cultivating love, faith, and hope through Jesus Christ. I do this by encouraging you to read or engage in depth with the scripture, and to that end, I teach hermeneutics or reading methods and interpretations of the Bible. By engaging the scripture in depth, I believe you will deepen your faith, broaden your vision, and live a life of mercy. That’s another way of saying that you will increase your involvement in the Spirit’s transformational work.
I share the life of Christ with whoever is willing to listen. And I’m open to learning from what they may offer in return.