Statement of Faith
Statement of Faith
- We believe that the Bible is the inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God. We believe that the Canon of Scripture has been divinely preserved and that it is in fact the Word of God and is useful for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness so that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. Further, the Word of God in text (the Bible) points us to the Word of God in Person (Jesus Christ). We also firmly stand upon the fact that it is impossible for God to lie, and, therefore, since Scripture is in fact God’s Word, it is Truth and cannot lie.
- We believe there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The Godhead is flawlessly and perfectly immutable.
- We believe in the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His giving of His Spirit to all believers, and in His personal future return to the earth in power and glory to rule over the nations.
- We believe man was created good and upright but fell from that place of perfection into a condition of spiritual depravity; because of this, man stands condemned in the light of God’s justice.
- We believe the only means of being justified, cleansed from our sin, saved from the eternal penalty of sin, and freed from sin’s control over our soul is through repentance and through faith in the precious blood of Christ. And we believe that personal salvation is evidenced in the regeneration of the believing man or woman by the Holy Spirit.
- We believe the Scriptures teach a life of holiness. Sanctification is a separation from that which is evil and a dedication unto God. We believe all Christians should earnestly pursue sanctification by walking in obedience to God’s Word.
- We believe that the Christian life is to be marked by obsession with, absolute surrender to, total dependency upon, and continual abiding in Jesus Christ through the indwelling Holy Spirit, which enables the believer to live a victorious and godly life.
- We believe that Jesus will return to this earth in order to judge all that which has defied His Lordly position, claim that which was purchased by His blood, and rule and reign for eternity over all His possession.
Five Doctrinal Hills We Are Willing to Die On
The Reformation era brought about what Christian history refers to as the Five Solas that differentiated the true Church from the apostate church (Sola Scriptura, Sola Fide, Sola Gratia, Sola Christo, and Soli Deo Gloria). Marked by the love and kindness of Jesus Christ, deeperChristian affirms and embraces the Five Solas as written below—we stand here as a ministry: unbending, incorrigible, and immovable.
The Five Solas of deeperChristian
1. Sola Scriptura (By Scripture Alone)
The Bible is, in fact and in truth, God’s Word.
The 66 canonized books of Scripture are of Divine origin and bear the very nature of God Almighty—they are pure, holy, unchanging, without lie, and wholly authoritative. What the Word of God says goes. When it speaks, the true believer doesn’t argue, negotiate, or critique; rather, he bends his knee, submits, and says, “Yes, Lord!” There is no book outside the Bible that bears such position, honor, and authority.
2. Sola Christo (By Christ Alone)
Jesus is the ONLY WAY unto the Father.
Outside of Jesus and His work upon the Cross, there is no hope for man to enter into the perfectly righteous presence of God. But in Jesus, a way has been made to access the Throne Room of Grace—and that Way is Jesus Himself. By faith, a believer is enabled to enter into the Person of Christ—His atoning, reconciling, redeeming, regenerating work upon the Cross—and thus be clothed by His very righteousness. And by faith, a believer is able to share in Christ’s death, burial, resurrection, and ascension. In Christ Jesus, a believer is brought near unto the Father, adopted as a son or daughter of the King, and made to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. There is no way outside of Jesus Christ that any man or woman can approach the Throne of Grace and be reconciled unto the Father.
Jesus is God.
As God’s Word in text is Truth, so is God’s Word made flesh—Jesus Christ. Like the Scriptures that testify of Him, He too is of Divine origin. He is God Almighty, revealing the pure, holy, unchanging, guileless, and wholly authoritative nature of Jehovah God. There is no man outside of Jesus that bears such position, honor, and authority.
3. Sola Fide (By Faith Alone)
Faith in Jesus is the ONLY way to access the Salvation offered at the Cross.
A trusting, child-like confidence in the work of Jesus upon the Cross is the ONLY means by which a sinner can gain access to the saving grace available in Christ. “Without faith, it is impossible to please God …” (Hebrews 11:6). There is no means outside of faith that any man or woman can access the grace, the righteousness, the salvation, and the mercy of God.
4. Sola Gratia (By Grace Alone)
Grace is the ONLY means by which a Christian can live out the triumphant life of Jesus.
Without grace there is no power for Christians to live as they ought. Without grace there is no power for salvation and no victory over Sin and the flesh. For a man or woman in his/her own natural power cannot imitate Jesus’ perfect life. They must receive the impartation of Jesus (or grace) in order to live as they ought to live. And there is no means outside of grace that any man or woman can live righteously as they ought.
5. Soli Deo Gloria (For the Glory of God Alone)
The glory of Jesus Christ is our ultimate goal.
The Christian must decrease so that Christ Jesus might increase. There is only One who saves—Jesus. There is only One who is righteous—Jesus. There is only One who is holy, One who is good, One who is perfect, and One who is sinless. And this One is the focal point and the entire fixation of the Christian life. It is all about Him, all for Him, and all to Him. His glory, His praise, His worship, and His renown are the great end of every believer.
Core values are the fundamental beliefs and guiding principles that determine and influence the day-to-day operations and mindset of an organization. Though the Statement of Faith and the Five Doctrinal Hills We Are Willing to Die On are what we firmly stand upon and believe, these seven core values are the driving force of why deeperChristian Ministries exists and labors to create resources to grow and deepen the faith of Christians worldwide.
1. The Endless Frontier
There is always more growth & intimacy to be had
The Christian life is not about getting one step ahead of the culture and pitching our tents. The Christian life is, in fact, an endless frontier—there is always a greater depth of understanding of Scripture to be had and greater intimacy with Jesus to experience. The Christian life is to increase with passion and richness, becoming more satisfying and fulfilling as we journey its endless corridors. Don’t stop—continue to press down the narrow way of the Cross.
2. The Word of God is Central to Discipleship and Growth in Christ
Reading and studying the Bible are not add-ons to the Christian life, they are central and absolutely essential to our growth and maturity as believers. They becomes the spiritual barometer that determines whether we are thriving or dying in our spiritual life. We do not worship Scripture, but the Written Word (the Bible) leads us to greater understanding of and intimacy with the Living Word (Jesus). If you want to grow and mature as a Christian, you must be a man or woman of the Word.
3. Ginosko – intimacy with and love for Jesus is our desire, not mere information about Him
We often mistake knowing about Jesus for actually knowing Him—but there is a vast difference between the two. One is academic information and leads to head knowledge; the other is life-giving and leads to intimacy and oneness. Yes, we should know the facts and data about God, Scripture, and the Christian life, but even the demons have that level of knowledge. As Christians, we are to go beyond head knowledge and have an actual relationship with Jesus Christ—a relationship that is grounded in intimacy and oneness.
My life as a Christian is not meant to be “fabricated” or “faked”; rather, I am to be indwelt by the Spirit of God, allowing Him to use my life as a vessel through which He can showcase Jesus. The focus of Christianity is not upon myself, but upon Christ. It’s not what I can pull off, perform, or proclaim … it’s all about Jesus. The great reality of the New Testament is that there is to be a change of “source” in my life—I am no longer to resource my own life. It is not to be about my strength, ability, wisdom, or talent, but rather His strength, ability, and wisdom pulling off the impossible Christian life in and through me. As believers, we are all called to lives of absolute surrender, total dependency, and continual abiding.
5. Cultivating Daily Intimacy with God
Praying without ceasing & practicing God’s presence
Acts 2 was a shifting point in the early church—the outside God came to dwell inside believers, and this has become the reality of every Christian. And if God actually indwells our lives as believers, we can have constant conversation, communion, and intimacy with Jesus through His Spirit. When I cultivate daily intimacy with Jesus, it is possible to pray without ceasing, because He lives inside of me (through His Holy Spirit). Why not live in such a grand reality? Why not have ever-increasing intimacy with the God of the universe, since He makes Himself available?
6. The Lifestyle of the Cross
Bleeding, suffering, dying, and pouring out your life for the world
The Bible reveals Jesus as the bleeding, suffering Messiah who constantly poured His life out for the world around Him. Jesus never focused upon Himself; rather, He continually met the needs of others. This culminated at the Cross, which was the greatest expression and evidence of His love and outward focus. Yet the entire life of Christ was the “lifestyle” of the Cross: never thinking about Himself, pouring His life out, bleeding, suffering, and dying. Yes, Jesus died upon the Cross in one moment of time—and this was the greatest event in history, which climaxed in His resurrection and ascension—but His life and attitude were summed up in the Cross … and as a Christian, my life should be the same.
7. The Proclamation of the Gospel
The Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified … to the entire world
The Christian is not to be as a bottle kept on a shelf, a candle stuck under a basket, or salt left in a saltshaker. If the Gospel is real in our lives, it will be contagious and come out of our lives—not because we are forced to preach or evangelize, but because we won’t be able to help ourselves! What is this incredible Gospel we proclaim? It is Jesus Christ and Him crucified! It is all about Jesus, His work upon the Cross, the infilling and empowering of His Spirit, dying to self, living a holy-consecrated life, and being used as His vessel to preach and proclaim Him throughout all the world.