I’d love to sit over a cup of tea and share with you what I believe, and hear from you as well. It’s so important to get to know those with whom we serve, to connect as brothers and sisters, and to encourage one another to stay true to the Word of God and accurately divide the Word of Truth (2 Timothy 2:15).
Let me begin by saying that since receiving Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior at the age of 16, I’ve attended and served in various denominations for over 30 years ranging from traditional to charismatic—Presbyterian and Catholic, Baptist, Church of God, Pentecostal, Word of Faith, and evangelical non-denominational. These experiences, some good, some not so good, all worked together for my good. Thanks be to God! —”And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
Because of these experiences, I now have a richer understanding of the body of Christ. I love that despite some theological differences, at the core, we are lovers of God and should always strive for unity of purpose (the Great Commission) through our confession of faith in Jesus Christ.
So if asked what denomination I ascribe to today, I’d say
I am simply a follower and lover of Jesus Christ, striving to learn and grow in my faith.
The reason I don’t hold to a specific denomination, is that I believe, according to the Word of God, that
“now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.” I Corinthians 13:12 NLT.
All that said, these are the basic Christian doctrines that define my faith—What We Believe.