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, living and active, and is useful for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness so that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 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 atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His giving of His Spirit (aka: the Holy Spirit) to all believers, and in His 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 the process of being made holy—a separation from all that is evil and impure in order to live fully unto God— marked by His life, love, purity, and holiness. 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 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 I Am Willing to Die On
The Reformation era brought about what Christian history refers to as the Five Solas—Sola Scriptura, Sola Christo, Sola Fide, Sola Gratia, and Soli Deo Gloria—which differentiated the true Church from the apostate church. 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, they bends their knee, submit, and say, “Yes, Lord!” There is no book outside the Bible which 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 both fully God and fully man. As God Almighty, Jesus reveals the pure, holy, unchanging, guileless, and wholly authoritative nature of Jehovah God. There is no person 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 or work 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.
Grace is not merely the forgiveness of God, but the empowerment of God to live a holy, triumphant, Christian life. 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 (i.e.: 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—Jesus. And this One (Jesus) 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.
The Building of a Christian:
Whose Foundation is the Word of God
deeperChristian’s desire is to encourage and equip you to build your life around Jesus Christ—a life centered and focused upon Christ alone. Throughout Scripture, Jesus is called the cornerstone (see Isaiah 28:16-17; Luke 20:17; Ephesians 2:19-21; 1 Peter 2:6). He is that which everything is built upon, brought in alignment to, and held together by.
As a Christian, Jesus must be our cornerstone and we must build our lives upon and around Him. He is to be center, preeminent, and the unchanging, immovable, reliable rock of our lives.
Jesus is the Living Word … the Word of God in Person. And as believers, it is the Word which becomes the foundation of our lives.
The Bible talks about five aspects to our foundation being the Word of God. It is important that we do not merely esteem or have knowledge of God’s Word (though those are both essential), but we are to also obey, experience, and be transformed by it. The five aspects below must become the immovable foundation upon which God builds our lives.
1. The Word of God in TEXT
Also called The Written Word, the Bible, in its entirety (the 66 books of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation), is the inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God. The Canon of Scripture has been divinely preserved and correctly reveals Who He is and what He has done to save us in Christ Jesus. The Bible is in fact the words of God, and because it’s impossible for God to lie, therefore, the Bible is Truth and cannot lie. The Bible is living and active, and is useful for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness. And it is this amazing Written Word which clearly reveals the Word of God in Person (Jesus), in Action (the Cross), and what the Word of God in Person desires to do in and through us.
2. The Word of God in PERSON
Also called The Living Word, Jesus Christ is the Word made flesh, who dwelt among us (see John 1:1, 14). He is both fully God and fully man. As God Almighty, Jesus reveals the pure, holy, unchanging, guileless, and wholly authoritative nature of Jehovah God. He is the only way unto the Father, the only means of salvation, the only access to receive God’s holiness, righteousness, and life. Jesus is the Truth. Jesus is the Life. He is the Messiah, King of kings, and Lord of lords. He is the cornerstone and head of the Church. There is no person outside of Jesus that bears such position, honor, and authority.
3. The Word of God in ACTION
The Cross showcases the glory of God and the triumphant work of redemption through Jesus Christ—via His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension. The death of Jesus Christ on the Cross is the paramount, historic event, through which God brings salvation into the world. The Cross led to the resurrection of Christ on the third day and His glorious ascension to the right hand of the Father. All of the Old Testament leads to this momentous action of the Cross and all the New Testament flows from it. It is because of the Cross that humanity can now have access to and intimacy with God Almighty and experience His life within us via the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
4. The Word of God in US
The Indwelling Life of Christ via the Holy Spirit
Jesus promised that when He ascended to the right hand of the Father He would send forth His Spirit to indwell the lives of His followers. This event, known as Pentecost, was made possible because of His salvific work upon the Cross. The indwelling life of Christ within us (via the Holy Spirit) is the empowering grace of God that not only saves us but empowers us for daily living, obedience, and to glorify God both now and for all eternity.
5. The Word of God THROUGH US
A Life Marked by Holy Love and a Calling to Surrender, Abide, and Depend
The Christian life is all about Jesus. It is not focused upon my effort, ability, or duty. It is a singular focus upon the Person of Jesus as the substance and source of my life. The Christian life is not lazy, apathetic, or passive—rather, it is my life interacting with His through my surrender, dependency, response, and obedience. I become the vessel (which Paul calls a “cracked pot” in 2 Corinthians 4:7) through which He shines forth and flows His life, love, gospel, truth, and triumph. The Holy Spirit doesn’t merely indwell our lives as believers, He wants to live the life of Christ through us. God is love (1 John 4:8, 16) and the key attribute and evidence of someone filled with the Holy Spirit (God Himself) will be love* and a growth in holiness. This holy love, perfectly demonstrated on the Cross, is expressed with the desire to give oneself for the sake of another, a willingness to bleed, suffer, and die on behalf of another, to stand boldly for truth, and a passion to see others experience the same abundant life in Christ. When our lives are filled and marked by love—for both God and others—we seek to obey God, for His commands are not burdensome duties but an expression of His love for us. The Great Commandment (see Matthew 22:36-40), fulfilled by love and sourced by the Holy Spirit, will ever seek to fulfill the Great Commission to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything He commanded. And when I daily surrender, abide, and depend upon the indwelling life of Christ, the Word of God is expressed in and through my life.
*See Matthew 22:36-40; Luke 6:35; John 13:34-35; 15:12-17; Romans 5:5; 13:8; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; 16:14; Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 1:15; 4:1-2; 4:15-16; 5:2; Philippians 1:9-11; etc
For the Word of God is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intents of the heart. … All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.Hebrews 4:12 and 2 Timothy 3:16
Purpose of Deeper Christian
A Life Built Around Jesus — It’s all about Him
deeperChristian is a place for intentional Christians who want to discover and experience a passionate love for God and His Word so they can grow in their faith, live victorious lives, share the Gospel boldly, deepen their intimacy with Jesus, and transform the world through the indwelling life of Christ.
The entire purpose of deeperChristian Ministries is to equip people to build their lives around and upon Jesus Christ—who is our standard, focus, and aim. The underlining emphasis in all we do is founded upon the principle of the centrality of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the “North Star” that we build our lives around, He is what all of Scripture and God’s workings in human history point to. Everything we do is about Jesus and Him crucified. In short, our aim is to create resources that will help believers build their lives around Jesus Christ, know God’s Word, grow in intimacy with Him, and walk in victory daily. The core values of this organization flow from this central purpose.
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.
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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 become 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
Learn more about the importance of Scripture in your life.
3. Ginosko — intimacy with and love for Jesus is our desire
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 academically study and know the facts and information about God, Scripture, and the Christian life, but we are to go beyond head knowledge and have an actual relationship with Jesus Christ—a relationship that is grounded in intimacy and oneness. This idea is expressed in the Greek word “
Learn more about this Greek word “ginosko” and how it can change your life.
4. The Indwelling Life of Christ
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
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5. Cultivate Daily Intimacy with Jesus Christ
Acts 2 was a radical shift in the early church—the outside God came to dwell
Learn more about how to cultivate daily intimacy with Jesus.
6. The Lifestyle of the Cross — bleed, suffer, die, and pour your life out for the world
The Bible reveals Jesus as the bleeding, suffering Messiah who constantly poured His life out for the world around Him, meeting the needs of others. This culminated at the Cross, which was the greatest expression and evidence of His love and outward focus. Yet how Jesus lived
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7. The Proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified … to the entire world
The Christian is not to be metaphorically a bottle kept on a shelf, a candle stuck under a basket, or salt left in a