I am convinced God has called me to the ministry of the Word. I am a graduate of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and am currently serving the Air National Guard in Hampton, VA. The Lord saved me in 2006 through the ministry of Ray Comfort, and almost ever since I have been preparing for the ministry of preaching. I am willing to travel up to 3 hours from Hampton to preach.
My beliefs are virtually in accord with the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message, the Baptist Confession of Faith (London, 1689), and the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy. The following sentences are my own summary statements of the major doctrines.
I believe that God has inspired every word in the original manuscript of each of the 66 books of the Bible. I believe that he did this through the instrument of men, such that there is indistinguishable, but dual, authorial intent in the words of Scripture.
I believe that there is one God, who exists in three persons, namely, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each person of the triune God is co-equal and co-eternal.
I believe that God spoke the universe into existence approximately 7000 years ago. I believe that this process took six, twenty-four hour days.
I believe that God made man in his own image. I believe that God is the creator of gender distinction among mankind. I believe that man was created without sin, but, because Adam and Eve chose sin in the garden, that the entire progeny of mankind is now born into sin as part of the curse God spoke following that first sin among humans. The entire human race is conceived under the condemnation earned by Adam and Eve.
I believe that man is born wholly tainted by sin, so that even his God-like abilities to rationalize, make moral decisions, and exercise his will, are marred by sin. Therefore, only men who have been born again—whose wills have already been changed by God—pursue God’s promises to save a person from judgment due to repentance and faith in Jesus. In other words, only men who have been born again respond to the gospel in repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.
God’s Purpose of Grace
I believe that God purposed, in eternity past, whom he will redeem by the work of Jesus Christ. I believe that God will not be thwarted by anything in his creation to redeem those whom he elected in that act. I believe there is nothing that can prevent God from securing the redemption of those he intends to save.