Statement of Faith & Core Beliefs

Statement of Faith and beliefs of John L. Rothra

John L. Rothra affirms the Baptist Faith & Message 2000.

God the Father

Sovereign, holy, omniscient (all-knowing), omnipotent (all-powerful), omnipresent (all-present); creator of all that was created; righteous and just, but also full of grace and mercy; Father, first person of the Trinity.

Gen 1; Ps 19:1-3; Matt 28:19; John 5:26; Eph 2:1-10; Phil 2:13

God the Son – Jesus

Sovereign, holy, Messiah; fully God, fully man, God-incarnate; Son, second person of the Trinity; born of a virgin, died for sins, physically resurrected on the third day; living Word, God revealed to man.

Isa 7:14; Matt 1:18-23; 3:17; 28:19; Mark 16:1-7; John 1:1-14; 10:29-30; Heb 10:1-18

God the Spirit – Holy Spirit

Sovereign, holy; Spirit, third person of the Trinity; searcher of man’s hearts; convicts of sin, empowers believers for kingdom work; gives comfort and guidance; regenerates man; directs sinners to Christ; illuminator of Scripture.

Isa 61:1-3; Matt 3:16; 28:19; Acts 1:8; 4:31; Rom 8:26-27

Scripture

Inspired Word of God; inerrant, infallible; the written revelation of God and Christ; the only source of doctrine and faith; to be taught, preached, and proclaimed.

Isa 55:11; 2 Tim 3:16-4:2; 2 Pet 1:20-21; 3:14-16

Man

Created in God’s image, but tainted it through sin; depraved, unable to save himself in any way; fully dependent upon God for salvation; loved by God, created to honor, glorify, delight in, and worship God.

Gen 1:26-30; Ps 32:1-5; 37:4; Isa 6:5; Jer 15:16; John 3:16-18; Rom 3:10-23)

Salvation/Atonement

Christ died to pay for sin; resurrected on third day, completing atoning work; individuals are saved by grace alone through faith; all who believe and confess are saved; Gospel message to be proclaimed to all peoples.

Matt 24:14; Mark 16:1-7; John 3:16-18; Eph 2:8-10; Heb 10:1-18

Baptism

Not salvific; one of two ordinances (cf. “Lord’s Supper”). Baptism is a testimony of one’s salvation, done by immersion, and for believers.

Matt 2:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke3:21-22; Rom 6:1-11; Col 2:11-12

Lord’s Supper

Not salvific; one of two ordinances (cf. “Baptism”). Communion is a remembrance of Jesus’ work on Calvary partaken by believers.

Matt 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Cor 11:23-29

Evangelism & Discipleship

Evangelism is the proclamation of the Gospel of Christ; discipleship is growing more mature and closer in your personal relationship with God through Christ; both critical aspects of a Christian’s life.

Matthew 9:37-38; 28:18-20; Luke 9:23; Acts 1:8; 2 Tim 2:2; 4:2

You may also be interested in Dr. Rothra’s positions on various social issues.

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