Statement of Faith

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God and inerrant in the original writings. We believe that both the Old Testament and the New Testament work together as a whole, revealing YHVH's divine plan for mankind.

We believe that there is one God: YHVH who is the Father of an only begotten Son, Yeshua (Jesus), and has sent His Holy Spirit to empower, comfort and encourage us in our walk with Him. 

We believe in the deity of our Lord Yeshua (Jesus Christ), in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that the lost and sinful man must be saved, and that man's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Yeshua (Jesus), the Son of God. 

We believe in and practice the holy ordinance of post-salvation, water baptism, which signifies the believer's death, burial, and resurrection into new life with Yeshua (Jesus).

We believe in the present ministry and baptism of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life and walk as Yeshua (Jesus) did (John 14:12). 

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the unsaved; those that are saved into the resurrection of life and those that are unsaved into the resurrection of damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Yeshua (Jesus Christ) and that we are to be about the business of carrying out our Lord's Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).

Additional Beliefs of Doug Hamp:

The Bible
 
I believe that the Bible is God’s Word in its entirety and is infallible and inerrant.  We can trust it in everything that it says.
 
God
 
I believe in one God, creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
 
Christ
 
I believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He is now our High Priest and Advocate.
 
The Holy Spirit
 
I believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and during this age to convict men, regenerate the believing sinner, and indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service.
 
The Trinity
 
I believe that the triunity of God is a doctrine taught in Scripture.  There are many verses that can be cited, but perhaps two of the clearest passages are Isaiah 48:16 “…And now the Lord GOD and His Spirit Have sent Me.” where we see the three persons of the trinity in view.  Also Matthew 28:19 where Jesus commanded us to baptize in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  There is only one God who exists in three persons.
 
Election
 
I believe that God desires all men to be saved (I Tim 2:4) and that Jesus’ work on the cross is the means by which man can be saved (John 3:14-19).  God has called all men to repent (Acts 17:30) and that all who believe in Him will have eternal life (John 3:16).  God has predestined us to be conformed into the image of His Son (Eph 1:3-6) not to eternal life.  Everyone has a free will to choose Jesus as savior or to reject Him.  God does not predestine some to heaven and some to hell.  Those that enter into hell will do so because they rejected Jesus as their savior (John 3:18, 19).
 
Perseverance of the Saints
 
I believe that all who trust in and believe upon Jesus for their salvation are saved.  God will not lose any who are in Him.
 
Heaven and Hell
 
I believe that Heaven and Hell are real places that a person will go to after this life.  It is determined once for man to die and after this the judgment (Hebrew 9:27).  All those forgiven by the work of Jesus on the Cross will spend eternity with Him in Heaven.  All others will be eternally separated in Hell.
 
Judgment
 
I believe that Jesus Christ will judge believers at the Bema seat of Christ (for our good works – but not salvation).  All those not covered with the blood of Christ will appear before Him at the Great White Throne after the millennium for judgment and their part in the Lake of Fire.
 
Truth About Angels (Good And Evil)
 
I believe that God created all angels good but Satan (Lucifer) took a third of the angels with him when he fell. He and they are now referred to as fallen angels or demons.  Angels do the biding of God in this world whereas the demons serve Satan.
 
Humanity
 
I believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.
 
Sin
 
Sin in its most basic sense is rebellion against God.  The Bible refers to three types (sin, trespasses and iniquity).  We generally refer to all three as “sin”.  The Bible declares that we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  Jesus died to erase our debt of sin.
 
Salvation
 
There is only one name under heaven by which we must be saved: the Lord Jesus Christ.  There is salvation in no other except the Lord Jesus.  Jesus said: I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father except by me.  In order to inherit eternal life, we must receive what Jesus did for us on the cross.  We can not save ourselves through good works.  It is by faith and not of works, Paul tells us, so that no one should boast.
 
The Church
 
The Church is comprised of all who are trusting in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  The building is not the “church” but the body of Christ is regardless of denomination.  All true believers are “the Church”.
 
Assurance
 
I believe that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus and are called according to His purpose.  I have passed from death into life when I put my trust in God.  Since He is the one who saved me, He is also the one who assures me of eternal life.
 
Sanctification
 
I believe that once we put our trust in Jesus, the Holy Spirit then begins to work within us in order to conform us more into the image of Jesus Christ.  It is a lifelong process and will only be completed once we are with the Lord.  However, hopefully, as I draw near to God in this life, I am looking more like Him a little more every day.
 
Ordinances
 
I believe that the Lord’s Supper and Water Baptism are ordinances to be observed by the Church during this present age.  They are, however, not to be regarded as means to salvation.
 
Dispensations
 
I believe that God has revealed His plan or will to man progressively through time in what is referred to as dispensations.  We are currently in the dispensation of the Church.
 
Resurrection
 
I believe that Jesus Christ will raise bodies of those in Him when he returns and then we who are alive and remain will be caught up with Him and will receive our new bodies in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.
 
Gifts
 
I believe that the gifts are still in practice today.  Quite often, the gifts are teaching, mercy, hospitality, etc.  I do believe that the gift of tongues and prophecy are something that the Holy Spirit is doing.  However, there has been a lot of abuse of those gifts (or sometimes so called “gifts”).  Paul was clear that the Holy Spirit gives out gifts to all and speaking in tongues is not the greatest of all the gifts.
 
Eschatology
 
I believe that the Bible in its totality teaches a pretribulation rapture followed by Jesus returning before the beginning of the millennium.  The millennium is a literal 1000 year period in which Jesus will rule and reign from Jerusalem.  We will be there assisting as judges in some capacity.
 
 
 
What I Believe About the Charismatic Movement
 
I see the charismatic movement characterized primarily by their emphasis on speaking in tongues.  I believe that speaking in tongues is biblical, though I myself do not have this gift.  What I believe is in general unbiblical about the charismatic movement is their overemphasis on speaking in tongues.  Paul, however, makes it extremely clear in I Corinthians 12-14 that speaking in tongues is not the greatest of the gifts and that when exercised they are to be done so in order.   Paul says that there are many gifts (I Cor 12:8-11) and that “All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.” (12:11) The charismatic movement has, in general, and unfortunately, elevated speaking in tongues to a level that Paul never ascribed to it.  In fact, Paul in vs 30 of the same chapter asks rhetorical question of whether everyone has all of the gifts and of course, the answer is no.  In chapter 13 he eloquently states that even if I speak with the tongues of men and angels it is worthless if there is no love.  Lastly, in chapter 14 he goes on to say that tongues is not the greatest of gifts but if it is used, then there must be interpretation and everything must be done in order.
 
In general, I believe that if church members wish to use this gift, a Sunday morning type environment is not the place to do so and I would discourage such practices.  However, I would encourage them in meetings that are called together for such a purpose at a stated time and place.
 
 My Theological Orientation On: Dispensational, Covenant, Arminian, Reformed, Liberation, Keswick, Fundamentalism, Experiential, or other.
 
My theological orientation is conclusively dispensational as I firmly believe that the Bible, taken as a whole, and interpreted literally, shows that God’s dealings with man have been progressive in revelation.  Furthermore, the dispensational view maintains the important distinction between the promises God made to Israel and to the Church.  The Church has not replaced Israel nor is God finished with Israel.  We are currently in the Church age and upon the rapture of the church, God’s timetable with Israel will continue (Dan 9:24-27).
 
Calvinism / Arminianism: I do not believe that 5 points Calvinism can be defended from Scripture.  God has given each and every person an ability to choose life and death (Deut 30:19).  We can also choose to receive the vicarious sacrifice of Jesus on behalf of our sins.  Nevertheless, I believe that God is completely omnipotent, omniscient and sovereign over all.  Thus, I reject the tenants of open theism.
 
I am a “fundamentalist” in as much as I believe the following:
  • Inerrancy of the Scriptures.
  • The virgin birth and the deity of Jesus (Isaiah 7:14).
  • The doctrine of substitutionary atonement through God’s grace and human faith (Hebrews 9).
  • The bodily resurrection of Jesus (Matthew 28).
  • The authenticity of Christ’s miracles (or, alternatively, his pre-millennial second coming).
My Major Theological Tenets
 
I believe that the Bible is God’s Word and that it is completely inerrant and infallible.  I can trust my entire life upon it.  Furthermore, the people, places, events and miracles described in it were completely real and historical.  I believe in a young earth created approximately 6000-10000 years ago.  I believe in a literal Adam and Eve that were tempted by Satan who was in the form of a snake that talked to Eve.  I believe that Noah was a real person and that God flooded the entire planet.  I believe that there was a real tower of Babel where God came down and confused the languages of the world.  I also believe that Jonah was swallowed by a fish and that Jesus performed numerous miracles such as feeding the 5000, walking on water, healing the sick and raising the dead to life.  He also died for our sins and then rose again three days later.
 
Not only do I believe the above things, but I am fully convinced through my own studies in language, history and archeology, that the above points are reasonable and defensible.  I believe that we ought to let the Bible shape our world view rather than letting the world shape our view of the Bible, which, sadly, many professing Christians are doing.
 
Based on the trustworthiness of the Bible and its many fulfilled prophecies, I also believe that it speaks accurately of things to come.  I am a decidedly pretribulation rapture, premillennial believer.  I believe that the cross is where God poured out His wrath on my sin and therefore I will not go through the Great Tribulation since that is where God pours out His wrath on a Christ rejecting world.  Of course, that is not to say that we will not experience tribulation and trials in this life.  The Christians in most countries around the world are experiencing some form of tribulation which often costs them their lives.  Thus, just as Jesus said, we will experience tribulation but its source is ultimately from the enemy whereas the source of the tribulation of the 7-year period known as the Great Tribulation comes from God and from the Lamb and as a result, believers in Jesus Christ will be taken out before that period begins.  We will return with Jesus our King (Rev 19) to witness Him tread upon the rulers of this world (Is 63) and save the remnant of the Jewish believers.  Jesus will then judge the nations (Matthew 25) which coincides with the beginning of the 1000 year reign of Jesus Christ on the earth known as the millennium.
 
What I Believe To Be the Role of Women in Ministry
 
In I Timothy 2:12 Paul states that he does not allow women to teach or have authority over a man.  I understand that to mean that a church should never have a woman as the head pastor.  Even though my church does not have women ushers or have women to pray with other women after the service, both I believe that those are positions that women should actually be occupying.  I also believe that women may serve in almost any capacity in the church so long as they are not the head decision makers.  Some areas where I believe that women may serve are: prayer ministry, greeters, ushers, children’s ministry, music and others.
 
My Biblical Understanding of Marriage and Divorce
 
Marriage is a relationship between a man and a women where vows have been said before God and before man.  When the Pharisees came to Jesus in Mark 10 to ask Him about divorce, He said: what God has joined together, let not man separate (Mark 10:9).  Thus, marriage is a relationship that is ratified and sealed by God and it is intended to last a lifetime.
 
God hates divorce.  Malachi 2:16 says: “For the LORD God of Israel says  That He hates divorce,  For it covers one’s garment with violence,”  Says the LORD of hosts.  “Therefore take heed to your spirit, That you do not deal treacherously.”  Obviously, God does not want us to divorce.  It causes pain for both sides and especially if there are children involved.  Nevertheless, Jesus said that Moses permitted it because of the hardness of man’s heart.  He also stated that the sexual immorality is grounds for divorce.
 
In my counseling sessions, I have always encouraged people to remain married and to avoid divorce at all costs since it “covers one’s garments with violence”.  If the person is divorced, I encourage reconciliation.
 
 
What I Believe To Be the Nature of a Genuine Conversion Experience
 
A genuine conversion experience is where a person has fully understood his/her need for a savior – that is to say, that the person understands that their sin has separated them from God and that their best efforts can never atone for their sin at which point they ask Jesus to save from their sins based on his atoning work on the cross and that He did not remain dead, but was raised to life.
 
My Conversion to Jesus Christ
 
I received Jesus as my savior around the age of 4-5 thanks to the prayers and diligence of my parents.  I remember going for walks as a boy and talking with Jesus – knowing in my heart that He had died for my sins and that I had eternal life thanks to Him.
 
My Relationship with Jesus
 
I love the Lord with all of my heart, mind, soul, and strength.  I love walking with Him in this life and can hardly wait to see His face in the next.  However, the more that I understand His holiness and glory the more I find myself expressing the words of Isaiah (Isaiah 6) “Woe am I – I am undone for my eyes have seen the Lord”.  Nevertheless, I also know that God demonstrated His love toward me in that while I was yet a sinner, Christ died for me.  So, based on the fact that God loves me and willingly died for me, I boldly go to His throne of Grace not because I deserve to but because He loves me – what a great God we serve.

Additional Beliefs of Rob Skiba:

The Bible
 
I believe that God’s Word as defined by the first chapter of John is Yeshua (Jesus) who was made flesh for us. Thus, I make a distinction between the Holy Bible and the Person defined by it as the Word. 

I believe all Scripture is given by inspiration of the Holy Spirit and that it is infallible and inerrant only in its original form, which was handwritten in Hebrew, Aramaic and/or Greek.  

I personally use and study from the King James Version of the Bible (and have since age 7), but I maintain that no English translation is perfect. Thus, I believe Scripture is meant to be studied; cross-referencing translations and using tools such as a concordance and/or on-line/computer study tools, which can help us reconnect with the original languages.

Can one get saved simply by reading a Bible? Yes! Because it is the Holy Spirit that leads men to the truth, not the printing press.
 
The Father
 
I believe in one God, creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing as the Father of an only begotten Son (Yeshua), who reconciled the world to His Father through His own shed blood.
 
The Son
 
I believe that Yeshua/Jesus Christ is both God and man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. His shed blood purchased our salvation and reconciled us to the Father. Further, Yeshua arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He is now our High Priest and Advocate.
 
The Holy Spirit
 
I believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Yeshua (Jesus Christ), and during this age to convict men, regenerate the believing sinner, and indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service.
 
The Trinity
 
Our eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct attributes, but without division of nature or essence. I believe the Godhead consists of the Father and the Son, who both share the Holy Spirit as One. While I do believe these three are one, thus referred to as a Trinity, my issue is with how it is generally defined (by the Catholic Church).

At one time I believed there were "three persons" to the Godhead. I no longer believe that. I believe the Holy Spirit originates and emanates from the Father through the Son to us, but ultimately it is part of the Father. It is His Spirit (Isaiah 42:1; Ezekiel 36:27; Joel 2:29; Zech. 4:6; John 15:26 etc.). Like the well respected Bible scholar, E.W. Bullinger, I also do not believe it is necessary to complicate the matter by assigning a word such as "person" to that which is nowhere described as such in the Bible:

"There is no need for us to increase the difficulties necessarily inherent in so great a subject, by introducing a word which the Scripture does not once use of the Holy Spirit. He is never called a "Person" in Scripture; and we only create a difficulty when we use the language of Theology instead of the words of God." 
- E.W. Bullinger, "Word Studies on the Holy Spirit" page 39

For more on my view concerning this subject, please watch Quest4Truth Episode 14 and read my accompanying show notes on that page.
 
Election
 
I believe that God desires all men to be saved (I Tim 2:4) and that Yeshua’s work on the cross is the means by which man can be saved (John 3:14-19).  God has called all men to repent (Acts 17:30) and that all who believe in Him will have eternal life (John 3:16).  God has predestined us to be conformed into the image of His Son (Eph 1:3-6) not to eternal life.  Everyone has a free will to choose Yeshua as savior or to reject Him.  God does not predestine some to heaven and some to hell.  Those that enter into hell will do so because they rejected Yeshua as their savior (John 3:18, 19).
 
Perseverance of the Saints
 
I believe in the finished work of Christ that was accomplished nearly 2,000 years ago. Therefore, I believe that all who trust in and believe upon Yeshua (Jesus) for their salvation are saved.  The sins that were already forgiven long ago are and forever will be washed away and the Believer is thus made white as snow. Nothing can change that. God will not lose any who are in Him. I do not believe I can loses through bad works that which I could never gain through good works. His Grace is sufficient and there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ (Romans 8:1) Therefore, I believe in the eternal security of the Believer.
 
Heaven and Hell
 
I believe that Heaven and Hell are real places that a person will go to after this life.  It is determined once for man to die and after this the judgment (Hebrews 9:27).  All those forgiven by the work of Yeshua on the Cross will spend eternity with Him in Heaven.  All others will be eternally separated in Hell.
 
Judgment
 
I believe that Yeshua will judge believers at the Bema seat of Christ (for our good works – but not salvation).  All those not covered with the blood of Christ will appear before Him at the Great White Throne after the millennium for judgment and their part in the Lake of Fire.
 
Angels and Demons
 
I believe that God created all angels good but Satan (Lucifer) took a third of the angels with him when he fell through rebellion. He and they are now referred to as fallen angels.  Angels do the bidding of God in this world whereas the fallen ones serve Satan.

I believe demons are an entirely different creature. Angels have bodies and get along just fine with them. Demons however, are always seeking a body to inhabit. This is because they are disembodied spirits. Disembodied from what? Dead Nephilim: The offspring of angels who had mated with women and other similar hybrid abominations (such as animal-human chimeras). While not in our current English canon of Scripture, the ancient book of 1 Enoch, chapter 15 explains this in detail and I believe the Bible supports this view as well.
 
Humanity
 
I believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Yeshua (Jesus Christ) can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.
 
Sin
 
1 John 3:4 clearly states that sin is the transgression of YHVH's Law (Torah). In its most basic sense, it is rebellion against God. The Bible refers to three types (sin, trespasses and iniquity).  We generally refer to all three as “sin”.  The Bible declares that we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  Yeshua died to erase our debt of sin.
 
Salvation
 
There is salvation in no other except through the person of Yeshua (the Lord Jesus).  He said: I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father except by me.  In order to inherit eternal life, we must receive what Yeshua (Jesus) did for us on the cross.  We can not save ourselves through good works.  It is by faith and not of works, Paul tells us, so that no one should boast.
 
The Church
 
The Church is comprised of all who are trusting in Yeshua (Jesus Christ) as their Lord and Savior.  The building is not the “church” but the body of Christ is regardless of denomination.  All true believers are “the Church”.

In a spiritual sense, the Church represents those who are in covenant with YHVH. It was first defined as Israel in the wilderness (Acts 7:38). When a person accepts Yeshua as their savior, Paul says in Romans 11 that we are grafted into that "cultivated olive tree" (Israel). It is the family we are adopted into, making us heirs to the blessings of Abraham (Galatians 3). 

The Church is also defined as the "Bride of Christ." According to Revelation 21:2-14, the Bride is the New Jerusalem, which is defined as the whole House of Israel. Thus, the Church is not separate from Israel, but is part of her as there is only one Bride of the Lamb.
 
Assurance
 
I believe that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ and are called according to His purpose.  I have passed from death into life when I put my trust in God.  Since He is the one who saved me, He is also the one who assures me of eternal life.
 
Sanctification
 
I believe that once we put our trust in Jesus, the Holy Spirit then begins to work within us in order to conform us more into the image of Christ.  It is a lifelong process and will only be completed once we are with the Lord.  However, hopefully, as I draw near to God in this life, I am looking more like Him a little more every day.
 
Ordinances
 
I believe that Water Baptism, the Sabbath, the Ten Commandments and the Seven Feasts of YHVH (Lev. 23) are all ordinances to be observed by the Church. They are, however, not to be regarded as means to salvation.
 
Dispensations
 
I believe YHVH works through covenants not dispensations. I believe that there is one God, who has had one progressive plan, that was finally manifested through one Son, who reconciled His One Bride back to the Father in accordance with His will and Law. Thus, I do not subscribe to the notion that YHVH has worked in different phases or dispensations with mankind. I believe Dispensation Theology contradicts the grafting and adoption process written about by the Apostle Paul. I also believe the Apostle John obliterates that notion with his description of the New Jerusalem in Revelation 21. 
 
Resurrection
 
I believe that Jesus Christ will raise bodies of those in Him when he returns and then we who are alive and remain will be caught up with Him and will receive our new bodies in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.
 
Gifts
 
I believe that the gifts of 1 Corinthians 12:4-12 are still in effect today.  Quite often, the gifts of teaching, mercy and hospitality, are the most accepted in the Church today. But  I do believe that the gifts miracles, healing, tongues and prophecy are something that the Holy Spirit is still doing as well.  There has been a lot of abuse of all of these gifts. Paul said the eye should not say to the hand, "I have no need of you." All are members of the Body of Christ and all have a purpose.

Eschatology
 
I believe the Bible clearly teaches that a time of Tribulation is coming unlike any time that has ever been or will be again. I believe in the Rapture, but I believe the Bible is crystal clear that it is after the Tribulation (Matthew 24:29-31) that we will see/meet Christ in the clouds. After the Tribulation has ended, a literal 1,000 year period (Millennium) will begin in which Yeshua will rule and reign from Jerusalem.  Those who were beheaded for the cause of Christ during the Tribulation will reign with Him during that time (Revelation 20:4). 
 
 My Essential Core Beliefs:
 
I am a “fundamentalist” in as much as I believe the following:
  • The virgin birth and the deity of Yeshua/Jesus (Isaiah 7:14).
  • The doctrine of substitutionary atonement through God’s grace and human faith (Hebrews 9).
  • The bodily resurrection of Yeshua/Jesus (Matthew 28).
  • The authenticity of Christ’s miracles (or, alternatively, his pre-millennial second coming).
  • The belief that there is salvation in no other person but Yeshua/Jesus and that there is no other way to the Father but through Him.
  • The belief that full immersion Baptism is an outward sign of an inward faith and thus is done in full awareness after salvation.
My Major Theological Tenets
 
I believe that Yeshua is God’s Word, which was made flesh and dwelt among us (John 1). The Scriptures are completely inerrant and infallible only in their original languages.  There are many good English translations and language tools, which help us understand what was originally written. The people, places, events and miracles described in the Bible were completely real and historical.  I believe in a young earth created approximately 6,000 years ago.  I believe in a literal Adam and Eve that were tempted by Satan who was in the form of a snake that talked to Eve.  I believe that Noah was a real person and that God flooded the entire planet.  I believe that there was a real tower of Babel where God came down and confused the languages of the world.  I also believe that Jonah was swallowed by a fish and that Yeshua performed numerous miracles such as feeding the 5000, walking on water, healing the sick and raising the dead to life.  He also died for our sins and then rose again three days later.
 
Not only do I believe the above things, but I am fully convinced through my own studies in language, history and archeology, that the above points are reasonable and defensible.  I believe that we ought to let the Bible shape our world view rather than letting the world shape our view of the Bible, which, sadly, many professing Christians are doing.
 
Based on the trustworthiness of the Scriptures and their many fulfilled prophecies, I also believe that the Bible speaks accurately of things to come. 
 

What I Believe To Be the Nature of a Genuine Conversion Experience
 
A genuine conversion experience is where a person has fully understood his/her need for a savior – that is to say, that the person understands that their sin has separated them from God and that their best efforts can never atone for their sin at which point they ask Yeshua (Jesus) to save from their sins based on his atoning work on the cross and that He did not remain dead, but was raised to life.
 
My Conversion to Jesus Christ
 
My dad was a Baptist minister through much of my young life. As such I was raised in the church. I received Yeshua (Jesus) as my savior at age 7 thanks to the prayers and diligence of my parents. Like Doug, I also remember going for walks as a boy and talking with Jesus – knowing in my heart that He had died for my sins and that I had eternal life thanks to Him. I walked the isle to the nearly unheard of third verse of "Just As I Am" and my dad was the one who baptized me. 
 

My Relationship with Jesus
 
I have walked in a close relationship with my Savior ever since I was old enough to understand what that meant. I was always actively involved in church, in Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Drama Ministry and eventually I became a missionary. I served in that capacity for nearly 7 years and traveled to over a dozen countries proclaiming the Good News of Yeshua (Jesus).

Again, like Doug, I love the Lord with all of my heart, mind, soul, and strength.  I love walking with Him in this life and can hardly wait to see His face in the next.  However, the more that I understand His holiness and glory the more I find myself expressing the words of Isaiah (Isaiah 6) “Woe am I – I am undone for my eyes have seen the Lord”.  Nevertheless, I also know that God demonstrated His love toward me in that while I was yet a sinner, Christ died for me.  So, based on the fact that God loves me and willingly died for me, I boldly go to His throne of Grace not because I deserve to but because He loves me – what a great God we serve!
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