Welcome to God Centered Theology
Welcome to God Centered Theology. This is the place for consistent God-Centered, God-honoring, and God-glorifying biblical content. Everything that we have and everything that we are is by the grace of God!
GOD CENTERED THEOLOGY GOALS
Far too much theology, and biblical content in our world today is man-centered rather than God-Centered. The Bible is consistent in its God-centered approach and outlook which means that we should be as well.
If we are God-Centered, it follows that we also must be God-honoring. We honor God when our faith motivates us to operate on His terms and for His purposes. When we walk in obedience to Him, we honor Him.
Finally, if one is God-centered and is seeking to be God-honoring, they will naturally, be God-glorifying. Soli Deo Gloria means that all glory is due to God and God alone. Everything here will only be for God’s glory.
GOD CENTERED THEOLOGY PHILOSOPHY OF MINISTRY
Starting small means starting small in scale. We all have dreams and we all want to be successful but nobody starts out where they will end up. It is a process and a journey that takes a lifetime of work. The ultimate goal is to live and work within God’s will for our life but no matter what God has planned for us, it will take time to develop.
Even though the goal is to start small there still remains the issue of accomplishment. Nobody ever accomplished anything by doing nothing. One can have all the goals in the world but if one never makes any effort then it is guaranteed that they will never achieve them. One can only pursue and learn God’s will if one is actively pursuing God’s will.
BUILD & GROW
Building & Growing takes time, patience, and resilience. It will take both success and failure to see your dreams grow over time. One must be willing to discard that which is hindering growth and pursue those things leading to it. These difficult decisions are made over time and one must be resilient even in the face of setbacks and failures.
ONLINE MINISTRY DEVELOPMENT
Online ministry begins with a dream and a leading by the Spirit into that area of ministry. We will walk you through how to pray and develop a plan of action to determine what areas of online ministry you will be involved in and also a timeline of how to bring it into reality.
WEBSITE CREATION & DEVELOPMENT
A vital part of any online ministry is to have a home for your content. We will help you in the creation, development, and training needed to establish and grow your ministry over time. There are many options available for your online ministry.
PODCAST CREATION & DEVELOPMENT
As a part of your ministry, there may be some audio and video content. We can help you with all of the vital elements like recording, editing, and publishing content. Everything from microphones, to lighting, to cameras, we can walk you through every step of the process.
Statement Of Faith
We believe the Bible to be the written revelation of God, complete and sufficient in all respects. We believe the Scriptures to be “God-breathed” and therefore fully authoritative in and of themselves. The Scriptures are composed of sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments. It is verbally inspired in every word and absolutely inerrant in the original manuscripts. We affirm the infallibility, sufficiency, and authority of Scripture. The Scriptures rely for their authority upon no church, council, or creed, but are authoritative simply because they are the Word of God. We believe in Sola Scriptura which means that for the Christian and for the Church, the Scriptures are the final authority on all matters of faith and practice.
(2 Timothy 3:15-17; Psalm 119:105; 2 Peter 1:19; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 5:17-18; John 10:34-35; Acts 20:32; Romans 15:4)
We believe in one true and eternal God, unchanging, unchangeable. We believe God is the Creator of all that exists in heaven and on earth. God has all power, all knowledge, all wisdom, and is due all glory, honor, and praise. All that comes to pass does so at the decree of God. All things will, in the end, result in the glory of God. We believe the Bible teaches that there is but one being of God, yet there are three Persons who share this one being of God: the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. Each Person is fully and completely God, each is described in Scripture as possessing the attributes of God. The Father, Son, and Spirit are all co-equal and co-eternal but are distinct Persons who share the one being of God.
(Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:21-22; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 1:17, 2:18; John 14:26; Acts 2:33; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; 1 Peter 1:1-2)
God The Father
God the Father is the 1st Person of the Trinity and is an infinite, personal spirit, who is perfect in His power, love, holiness, wisdom, and justice. He possesses and demonstrates perfect love towards His people and perfect wrath and anger towards all those who are wicked. He is perfectly just in all that He does and He is merciful in the affairs of man in time and space. It is God the Father who sends His Son, Jesus Christ to make atonement for the sins of His elect people.
God the Son, Jesus Christ is the 2nd Person of the Divine Trinity and is the unique, one-and-only, begotten Son of God and He possesses precisely the exact same nature, divine characteristics, and perfection in love, power, wisdom, holiness, and justice as God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. In the incarnation, Jesus Christ took on human flesh to His Deity. He dwelt among men and entered His very own creation. He was born of the virgin Mary by a miracle of the Holy Spirit and was fully God and fully man in His incarnation.
He lived a sinless life not that He avoided or simply did not commit sin but that He was as God incapable of sin due to His perfection. He made atonement for the sins of His people when He gave His life on the cross of Calvary and was, therefore, the perfect substitute for sinners. He bodily rose from the dead on the third day after His crucifixion demonstrating His power over sin and death and ascended into Heaven as King and having Authority over all things in heaven and on earth. He now reigns in Heaven seated at the right hand of the Father until all His enemies have been made His footstool. Then He will personally and visibly return to earth to judge sin once for all and usher in the eternal state.
(John 1:1-8; Romans 3:24-26; Isaiah 9; Isaiah 53; Hebrews 10)
The Holy Spirit
God the Holy Spirit is the 3rd Person of the Divine Trinity. He possesses the same nature, divine characteristics, and perfection as God the Father and God the Son. He is the supernatural, spiritual, and sovereign agent in the miracle of regeneration where the Spirit takes out the heart of stone and replaces it with a heart of flesh and raises a person to spiritual life, and grants the gifts of faith and repentance. At the moment in time when the Spirit raises a person to spiritual life, they exercise repentance and faith, they are justified by the Father based on the finished work of Christ, and their redemption is sealed by the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit indwells, sanctifies, empowers, and instructs believers in their knowledge and practice of the Scriptures and enables them to become more Christ-like and grow in their discipleship of Jesus Christ. The Spirit bestows on all believers a unique combination of spiritual gifts that are to be discovered, developed, and used to edify the body of Christ in a local body of believers.
Doctrine Of Man
We believe that man was created in the image of God. Man rebelled against His Creator and fell into sin. As a result, man became spiritually dead, totally unwilling, and indeed incapable of seeking after God. God, from eternity past, having foreordained all things, joined a certain people to Christ Jesus, so that He might redeem them from their sin and in so doing bring glory to Himself. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died in the place of this elect people, providing full and complete forgiveness of sins by His death upon the cross of Calvary. No other work can provide for forgiveness of sins, and no addition can be made to the completed and finished work of Christ.
Salvation By God's Grace
We believe that God, in His sovereign grace and mercy, regenerates sinful men by the power of the Holy Spirit, not by any action of their own, bringing them to new life. God grants to them the gifts of faith and repentance, which they then exercise by believing in Christ and turning from their sins in love for God. As a result of this faith, based upon the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ, God justifies or makes righteous the one who believes. God’s gift of faith, and the continuing work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the elect, results in good works. These good works flow from true, saving faith; they are a necessary result of faith but are not to be considered necessary to the gaining of justification, which is by God’s grace through faith alone so that no man can boast.
The Church is Christ’s body and is comprised of all those who have repented of their sin and placed their full faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. Upon being justified by faith, the believer is immediately placed spiritually into the body of Christ. The purpose of the church is to glorify God by edifying and building up its members in the faith by the preaching and teaching of God’s Word, in fellowship among believers, keeping the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and advancing the Kingdom of Christ by the proclamation of the gospel to sinners.
The Church’s commission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ so that they can be fully equipped to carry out the church’s purpose in the world. This is realized and carried out when a local body is correctly overseen by a plurality of biblically qualified Elders who are assisted as needed by biblically qualified Deacons. We reject congregational forms of oversight and/or oversight by anyone or any board other than biblically qualified Elders.
Theological Triage is the study of theology utilizing the understanding of the word triage which means “to sort.” Not all doctrines are definitional to the Christian faith. Just as in a hospital, nurses and staff workers must determine who is of greatest need by sorting the patients into categories and groups, we must dutifully and intentionally sort theology into varying categories. Now, this in no way means that any particular category of theology is not as important as the other in terms of our seeking to grow in our understanding and practice of it. However, it does mean that among the fellowship of Christians, maturity calls for us to recognize that not all doctrines and categories should be cause for division in the body.
Here at God Centered Theology, we recognize and believe in Sola Scriptura meaning that Scripture is the final rule of faith for the Christian and for the Church, and we believe in Tota Scriptura meaning that all of Scripture is in harmony and is a unified whole that is to be studied. However, we also believe that there are certain doctrines that are in fact definitional and should be treated as such. The doctrines that we believe to be definitional to the Christian faith are as follows:
Authority Of Scripture.
Full humanity and full Deity of Jesus Christ.
Justification by Faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ.
God is the Creator of all things.
Second-level issues that are vitally important but would not be considered to be definitional to the faith would be doctrines like mode of baptism, one’s view on the cessation or continuation of certain gifts, etc. These doctrines are typically where you will find divisions among denominational lines. They are not issues that should divide along the definitional lines meaning that even if we disagree, we would not say that someone is not Christian by not agreeing with our position on these items.
Third-level issues are also vitally important to be studied and understood but should never be a source for division in the body of Christ. They can certainly be debated to help our understanding of them but they should be handled with maturity to the point that differing views could exist among Christians that attend the same church. These doctrines would include one’s eschatological views, preferences on translations, mode of worship, philosophy of history, etc. Take notice that many of these will fall into the “preferences” category among views.
There is a great article by Albert Mohler that first introduced me to this concept and has continued to be a source of information and encouragement to me over the years. In the article, Albert correctly points out that there are two extremes to avoid in theological triage. First is the liberal extreme which sees no doctrine as having any real significance over any other and thus all doctrine should not be taken too seriously. Then there is the fundamentalist extreme which sees all doctrines as first-level and demands full agreement on all issues for fellowship. This is the extreme I am most familiar with having once been in that error of thinking. I am linking to the article below.
Theological Triage Article
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