Strengthening faith and testimony. Display and invite a student to read the following statement by Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: In nature, trees that grow up in a windy environment become stronger. As winds whip around a young sapling, forces inside the tree do two things We bear testimony, as His duly ordained Apostles—that Jesus is the Living Christ, the immortal Son of God. He is the great King Immanuel, who stands today on the right hand of His Father. He is the light, the life, and the hope of the world. His way is the path that leads to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come The idea of testimony can be seen throughout the Bible. In Mark 5:19, Jesus told Legion to go home and tell others about how God took away his demons and restored his sanity.David proclaimed God's faithfulness, majesty, and righteousness throughout the Psalms, including in praise psalms like Psalm 146.. Christians often believe testimony only refers to the first moment they became saved we don't believe Luke because he was an apostle, but because his testimony is corroborated by scriptures. We have their testimony in the gospels and can validate it the same way the Bereans did, by checking the Old Testament. When we buy their story because they are apostles, we treat them as expert witnesses. - Bob Jones May 5 '12 at 3:4
I think that we hear but we don't always understand how to apply the council given. It seems to me the biggest issue is focus. Sometimes we get so into our story or travel log that we forget to testify. We are side tracked. I think we can share a bit of our story of why we have a testimony of a principle, keeping it brief and gospel centered . While this may be true, it cannot be demonstrated historically. In fact, here is what I believe the historical record reveals: Highest possible probability (9-10): Peter, Paul, James son of Zebedee, James brother of Jesus In 2 Peter 1:16-21, the apostle gives us two elements that make up a sure foundation for our faith: (1) the apostolic witness to Jesus Christ (1:16-18); and, (2) the written prophetic revelation of God in Scripture (1:19-21). Since we now have the apostolic witness in the New Testament, the two elements are just one foundation, the Word of God A testimony is the words of witnessing. We sometimes hear this word being used when a speaker tells about his or her journey of faith. This is correct! A testimony can be a story of our Faith working personally in our lives. Jesus Christ is a person, after all, so of course our faith will have a personal dimension He even goes so far as to order, Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is living in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us (2 Thess. 3:6). To make sure that the apostolic tradition would be passed down after the deaths of the apostles.
NEW TESTAMENT TRADITION: As Syriac Orthodox Christians we maintain and practice a very ancient and fundamental faith system that marries Apostolic traditions and the Holy Bible. Tradition is divine, apostolic or patristic. Divine tradition is that teaching given by Jesus Christ directly and by word of mouth to the Holy Apostles. Prior t On another post, I'll share how we got I believe.in the communion of saints into the Apostles' Creed. The far cooler, 450 year story arc of our Apostles' and Nicene-Chalcedon creeds show us how critical it is to know what we believe and why, and to stay true to our historical witness. At several turns the truth about Jesus could have. Jesus died, He was buried, and resurrected for our sins. 1 John 5:11 This is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is found in his Son. 2. 1 John 5:10 (The one who believes in the Son of God has this testimony within him.The one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony God has given about His Son.
4. Prove the Power of the Gospel Together. If we do not believe the sufficiency of the gospel, we will never share it boldly and simply. Yet, if we truly believe that God's word does the work of conversion through the power of his Holy Spirit, we will unabashedly share the simple and unadorned truth of the gospel The fact is, we have far more sources for Jesus of Nazareth than we do for many historical figures in the first century. We have at least 18. Twelve of those are non-Christian sources Professing Our Faith because it offers such a strong background in teaching what we believe and what it means to belong to God and to the community of faith. The Scope and Sequence (see page 11) is built around three principal elements: the Apostles' Creed, the Ten Commandments, and the Lord's Prayer. This learning model imitates the emphase . We faced family pressure, work pressure, peer pressure, etc., to obey what we now believed. What evidence did we have to back up our actions? All we had was God's words if we really don't believe that Christ decended into hell after his death why would we continue to say it that way. May 7, 2008 Rev. Tom Morrison # Mike, Thanks for emailing. While the Apostles' Creed is not on the same level as the Scriptures, in terms of authority, it is a tried and true part of church tradition
Objection #2: The apostles were not given the opportunity to recant. Some critics believe that because there are no official records of the apostles being given the opportunity to recant, and thus live, this undermines the validity of their testimony. Again, we can agree that there are no such records Here we have the essential note that defines evangelization; it is to preach the gospel by word and deed, that those who do not believe may hear the word of God and see our good deeds and believe. Faith, the Council of Trent teaches, is the beginning of salvation. It is, by its very nature, self-diffusive, as is goodness When we share God's Word with others, we grow spiritually. The more we love Jesus, the more we will desire to witness of His love. The more we witness of His love, the more we will love Him. Sharing our faith strengthens our faith. What does Jesus' miracle of multiplying the loaves and fishes teach us about the sharing of our faith? John 6. Faith Has Its Reasons. Christians from every theological tradition have for centuries confessed their faith by reciting the Apostles' Creed. Elsewhere I have taught on the actual content of this creed, but if there is one aspect of this confession that we often fail to reflect on, it is the creed's opening words: I believe . Acts 2:22-24 - God gave testimony to Jesus by doing wonders, signs, and miracles through Him. Note again that God gives us testimony on which to base our faith. The point is that Jesus did works that were impossible by natural law
While we think the best thing is for COVID-19 to miraculously disappear, we don't honor God by assuming we know what's best in any given situation. We must trust that God's way is the best way; that the why of suffering will become clear or, if not clear, then moot when we enter the Kingdom of Heaven Our life together is founded on Jesus, the Christ and son of God. We recognize the Bible's authority over all aspects of our belief and life, and we affirm the rule of faith stated in the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds. We are particularly influenced and inspired by the New Testament's Acts 2 and 4 and the Sermon on the Mount, which direct. the apostles in Jerusalem. Jude's life reminds us that faith is about our present, not our past. We learn from our past, but we don't live there; it doesn't define who we are in Christ. Defending the faith doesn't appear to be Jude's original purpose in writing: I was eager to write you about the salvation we share (v. 3)
Ministry-To-Children.com helps you tell kids about Jesus by providing age-appropriate Bible study material and Sunday School curriculum - all 100% free online.. We believe that God is the loving Father of all kids. It is HIS divine will that young people come to faith in Jesus Christ and find salvation through the Gospel and the work of the Holy Spirit to bring them to faith . Although its final form took shape in the 4th century, the New Testament itself affirms these teachings as an accurate portrayal of God's gift of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. For three main reasons, almost all scholars believe the Gospel of Luke was written by the same person who wrote Acts: Luke and Acts were written in the same style and express the same theology. Both books are addressed to the same person—a man named Theophilus. Acts 1:1-2 appears to tie the two books to the same author If we believe the testimony about what Jesus taught, we have the basics solidified. Continuing on to Paul and the teachings of the other apostles after He left, we don't learn anything new or different, we only get an expounded view and implementation of the things we already learned
Relief Society General President Jean B. Bingham, Elder Neil L. Andersen, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and Sister Sharon Eubank, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, wait for filming to begin for a Face to Face event for single adults age 31 and older on the Logan Utah Temple grounds in Logan on Monday, June 7, 2021 Our testimony is the action that triggers the whole process and brings Satan's defeat. When we begin to testify God's Word, we experience a special kind of opposition and begin to do the. We read: These sayings seemed like nonsense to them, and they would not believe the women. Those well-meaning men had grown up in a society that tended to mistrust women; according to rabbinic tradition, a woman could not offer testimony in court. Perhaps the apostles were more influenced by their culture than they realized So we will have to agree to disagree because for me only Gods' Word is true and we should believe and follow them *Romans 3:4: Acts of the Apostles 5:29. We should be careful and pray to God that we do not find ourselves in that group of people that God says to Isaiah Go, and tell this people, Hear you indeed, but understand not; and see you.
Doubting Thomas & Our Lessons in Faith. Poor St. Thomas! What he expected with trepidation on the journey to Jerusalem has come to pass. The Master has been killed, and he and the other disciples have retreated in fear for their own lives.For his part, Thomas withdraws also from the company of his fellow followers, who remain locked behind closed doors We are responsible for our money, time, energy, talents, gifts, bodies, minds, and spirits, and we should invest in nothing that does not in some way contribute to the work of the Lord. James tells us, As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead ( James 2:26 ). Our work for the Lord, if it is truly for Him and.
As we search the Scriptures and understand the living tradition of the Church down through the centuries, however, we know that this truth is real. It is not only the eyewitnesses of the Apostles and disciples that encourage us, but also the lives of so many martyrs and saints down through the ages who have given their lives for Jesus Christ. That is why Paul declares that our righteousness comes because of Christ's faith. It is central to Paul's testimony of Christ that He was faithful in fulfilling His part in His Father's plan. Paul's testimony to us, therefore, is that we can have faith in Christ because, ultimately, He has faith in His Father When we refer [the gnostics] to that tradition which originates from the apostles, which is preserved by means of the succession of presbyters in the Churches, they object to tradition, saying that they themselves are wiser not merely than the presbyters, but even than the apostles. (ibid. III:3:2) We are in a position to reckon up those who. We gladly acknowledge that many who deny the inerrancy of Scripture do not display the consequences of this denial in the rest of their belief and behavior, and we are conscious that we who confess this doctrine often deny it in life by failing to bring our thoughts and deeds, our traditions and habits, into true subjection to the divine Word
When the apostles chose to share what they believed with the unbelievers in their midst, they did so by proclaiming the truth of the resurrection and their own status as eyewitnesses. This is consistent throughout the Book of Acts. The apostles identified themselves as eyewitnesses, shared the truth as eyewitnesses, and eventually wrote the. Most of what we know about the other apostles' deaths come from ancient Christian writers and church tradition, and there are often multiple accounts of where and how they died. It's commonly believed that only one apostle died of natural causes (John), but some accounts suggest there may have been others who weren't martyred By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks For centuries, the Apostles' Creed stood among the most crucial Christian learning curriculum, side-by-side with the Ten Commandments and the Lord's Prayer. The creed reminds Christians of the central truths of their faith, to clarify the Bible's revelations on Jesus Christ, and the impact of Christ on our redemption
8. If, then, God is One, one is the name, one is the power, of the Trinity. Christ Himself, indeed, says: Go, baptize the nations in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19 In the name, mark you, not in the names. 9. Moreover, Christ Himself says: I and the Father are One On the other hand, if we believe in inerrancy, we will test by Scripture the hasty theories that often come to us in the name of science. Inerrancy Governs Our Attitude to the Preaching of Scripture A denial of biblical inerrancy always leads to a loss of confidence in Scripture both in the pulpit and in the pew It is not the entirety of our faith, but it includes some of the most important, principle truths of what we believe. Rooted in the Scriptures and written centuries ago, the Creed continues to hold meaning in our lives today. Spend time with it. Reflect on the words. Bring it to prayer. Because this is what we believe. // Cover image courtesy. WE BELIEVE that the essence of the spirit of prophecy is the testimony of Jesus, hence the ultimate goal of prophetic ministry is to exalt the lordship of Jesus Christ, even though we recognize that not every prophetic word will specifically point to Him (see Rev. 19:10; 1 Cor. 12:3)
We believe, teach, and confess that the only rule and norm according to which all teachings, together with ‹all› teachers, should be evaluated and judged [2 Timothy 3:15-17] are the prophetic and apostolic Scriptures of the Old and New Testament alone. For it is written in Psalm 119:105, Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my. Download MP3. When we think of evangelism, many Christians feel some guilt. We know it is something we ought to be doing, but it makes us uncomfortable.. In this episode, we talk to Dr. Priscilla Pope-Levison, author of Models of Evangelism and professor and Dean at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. In this conversation, she helps us better understand what evangelism. Its implications for our daily lives are far-reaching. In John 1:6-9, we hear about John the Baptist, who, though not the light, testified to the light. We also are not the light, though our lives are a testimony to it. As we live our lives, incarnating our faith, we testify to the redemption that Jesus made manifest in the incarnation We can't know for sure why Jesus appeared first to the women and not the men, as the Scriptures do not say why. But we can infer a reason. First, note that all four Gospels affirm that women were the first to see the empty tomb and encounter an angel or angels (Matt 28:5-8, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-8, John 20:1 ff). Matthew and John also. None of the apostles lost their faith in God. Some were fearful because of the death of Jesus because they did not fully understand that Jesus, whom they believed to be the promised Messiah, came to die. They thought he would come to be their imme..
Many of us do not evangelize because we fear we aren't qualified to share the Faith. We view ourselves as lacking in the ability to be used by God to draw others to him. It's the You've got the wrong guy, Lord syndrome. We must remember that God is able to use anyone he wishes, so long as that person believes in and trusts him The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the word of the LORD endures forever. Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you. (1 Peter 1:23-24). Thus, St. Peter understands that the Oral preaching he did was infallible, inspired revelation from God, as much as His written texts were We are wise when we show respect for the beliefs of others. Just as we recognize and support the privilege of others to worship God Almighty according to their conscience, so we claim the right to declare our faith and our testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ according to our beliefs The simple answer is that Jesus Christ founded the church which began at Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost and continued in the lives of those who truly belonged to Him and put their faith in Him, no matter what their relationship was to any particular leaders in the visible church structure. Sadly, institutional church leaders transformed the expression of Christianity from what it was in the. What We Believe. So that everyone visiting this website and our churches knows exactly what we believe and teach, we state our faith right alongside historic and Reformed Christian churches. The Ecumenical Creeds. Ancient summaries of basic Bible teachings written in part to defend God's people against heresies sadly still alive today.
1 We Believe in One God-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit 1. 2 We Believe in Jesus Christ and His Reign 23. 3 We Believe in the Work of the Holy Spirit 44. 4 We Believe in the Guidance of Scripture 64. 5 We Believe in Salvation for Sinners 83. 6 We Believe in Christian Work and Witness 108. 7 We Believe in the Gift of the Church 131. Index 15 Even when we informally think about what we believe and share this we others, we are developing and confessing creeds (statements summarizing what we believe). From the very beginning (from the earliest days of the apostle's and their writings), Christians have always held the concept of creeds in high regard, and that really shouldn't. Nor does the Spirit, which testifies of the Book of Mormon, confirm the historical reality of the book. This sustaining and uplifting feeling, in my view, is a God-felt urging to repent and come unto Christ. It does not prove the truthfulness of a doctrine, book, or belief, nor does it need to be a valid religious experience to any person. A believing Latter-day Saint may also take heart in the knowledge that their testimony is buttressed by a belief in external events, particularly miracles (e.g., Christ's resurrection) and personal visitations (several prophets and apostles, not to mention Church members, claim to have spoken with God or Christ face to face)—members do not. The Apostles' Creed is a summary of what Christians believe and is the oldest known of the church. Read the full prayer including meaning and history. I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker.
The Apostles' Creed has been with the church from almost the very beginning (in some form). It is a statement of belief that contains the important facets of what Christians should hold as true. The Apostles' Creed is not in the Bible and is not a statement to be made that guarantees a person salvation if they recite it, it is a condensed theological system that reflects what is right for. A CHALLENGE TO THOSE WHO DISAGREE . We are so persuaded of our position, and so confident in the Scriptural evidence presented on this site, that we honestly do not believe that anyone who shares our faith in the final authority of Scripture will be able to cling to endless torment after reading this entire site and the links Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone) is the doctrine that the Holy Bible, being the Word of God, is the only infallible rule of faith and practice for Christians in the post-apostolic age. The Bible is: The rule (standard, guide) of faith - teaching us what we ought to believe and how to live for the glory of God
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 2. Philemon 1:6 and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ. 3. 1 Peter 3:15-16 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord We as Protestant evangelicals believe things that Roman Catholics do not. They believe things that we do not. And both of us believe things that the Eastern Orthodox church does not, and vice versa. In fact, the Great Tradition itself stands as testimony to the necessity of drawing distinctions in order to safeguard the gospel They proclaimed the Orthodox faith in the True God and organized the new divine society in local Churches for men to believe and worship the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, One living Triune God. The Apostles are the first golden links in our inherited Faith, which we today so dearly proclaim On this account Thomas is held to blame. For he believed not the Apostles when they said, We have seen the Lord; not so much mistrusting them, as deeming the thing to be impossible, that is to say, the resurrection from the dead. Since he saith not, I do not believe you, but, Except I put my hand—I do not believe One help to remembering the overwhelming evidence is to think of the ten A's attesting to Jesus' resurrection: 1. Accurate predictions. Both the Old and New Testaments contain predictions of Jesus' death and resurrection. Numerous times in the Gospels, Jesus told his disciples and the Jewish authorities that He would rise to life after.
Early church father, Tertullian (200AD) states the Gospels were written by the Apostles Matthew and John and the apostolic witnesses of Luke and Mark: We lay it down as our first position, that the evangelical Testament has apostles for its authors, to whom was assigned by the Lord Himself this office of publishing the gospel. Since, however. B. Power in Our Lives. Ephesians 1:19,20 - We can have in our lives the power of God that raised up Jesus. We have considered how great the power must be to cause the resurrection. Imagine having that kind of power working in your life! Ephesians 6:10-13 - Here is what this power can do in our lives
It is rather astonishing when you think about it, that Christianity relies upon its Bible to define what we believe and how we should live our lives, but generally speaking, we don't know how we arrived at the 66 books that we call the Bible. There are 39 books in our Old Testament (OT). There are 27 books in our New Testament (NT) Tradition. Tradition is mentioned in the bible and its seen in two very different contexts. The two forms of tradition illustrated in the bible consist of : 1.) The traditions of men - which nullify scriptures or are not supported by the holy writ. 2.) The traditions from God which are in accord with, and recorded in, scripture
Unfortunately, the testimony of the New Testament, as we have seen, is that people do not generally measure up even to these much lower standards of general revelation. So there are little grounds for optimism about there being many, if any at all, who will actually be saved through their response to general revelation alone There not an iota of evidence in the historical record for the apostles even existing. Nine of them are not even mentioned by name in the Bible post-gospels. Not a single historian mentions them. Justine Martyr doesn't even mention the nine (excluding Peter, John, and James). For all intents and purposes the apostles were never real-- just. Christians in the historic orthodox faith thus believe that we are saved by grace through faith and strongly agree that a faith without works is dead; that is, a true saving faith will be accompanied by works. Christians also believe that faith before it has a chance to work is a saving faith—for example, the thief on the cross. The CC would.
We have a great work to do. We have things to accomplish. We need direction in the pursuit of our education. We need help in choosing an eternal companion. The Lord has said, Be thou humble; and the Lord thy God shall lead thee by the hand, and give thee answer to thy prayers (D&C 112:10). What a tremendous promise is given in this statement The Bible is the foundation of Christianity. In it we learn about the human condition, our need for salvation, God's plan through Christ, the everlasting joy that awaits those who trust in Jesus, and more. So far in this series we've looked at the question of truth in relation to the Bible, as well as its reliability
For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, This is my beloved Son,[i] with whom I am well pleased, 18 we. The apostle Paul said as much. He described the attitude of people who do not believe in the resurrection, saying: If the dead are not to be raised up, 'let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we are to die.' —1 Corinthians 15:32. Of course, Paul himself did not believe that death meant an eternity of oblivion 4. Water baptism is a practical demonstration of our spiritual reality and a personal testimony that we have passed from the old life of sin to the new life in Christ. 5. Baptism connects us to the wider Body of Christ. We must be careful not to let the significance of baptism be lost on us or simply consider it a mere tradition of Christianity
The clear testimony of Old Testament writings is that God spoke to people, and He instructed them to write down the things He said. These writings have been handed down to us. Of course, we shouldn't think of all the Old Testament—or the New Testament either—as having been dictated to the writers. In fact, most of the Bible was not However, when we assent to truth in faith, we do so on the accepted testimony of another. From the side of what is believed, the objective aspect, Aquinas clearly distinguished between preambles of faith, which can be established by philosophical principles, and articles of faith that rest on divine testimony alone
We do not believe that we can either overcome the flesh or gain eternal reward through our own unaided efforts. We must work to our limit and then rely upon the merits, mercy and grace of the Holy One of Israel to see us through the struggles of life and into life eternal (2 Nephi 31:19; Moroni 6:4) The Body and Blood of Christ Given for Us. St. Augustine wrote that The New Testament lies hidden in the Old and the Old Testament is unveiled in the New.. For example, when we read of the priesthood of Christ in the New Testament Book of Hebrews 5-7, it notes that Christ is an eternal priest-king according to the order of Melchizedek This We Believe Meditations on The Apostles' Creed by Timothy Tennent. Our heart tells us simply that He made us, that He is involved in our existence and our lives as the author of the idea by virtue of which we came to be. It is not God who exists in rela- tion to the heart, it is the heart which exists in relation to Him We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son, He is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins
We cannot make anyone be saved even if we believe we can in faith and ask and recieve whatever we ask for in prayer. We are to pray for God's will first, not ours, and it is God Who saves. He does use us as a means to save, but just because we believe that God will save an unbeliever, does not guarnatee they will be saved A happier faith is a complete gift from God. Grace is a divine distribution as well as an inspiration to do God's will. This belief comes from the testimony of those who lived at the time of Jesus, and is passed down from generation to generation to this day, through Sacred Tradition, Scripture and teaching (Magisterium) The Bible reveals we are healed by faith (James 5:14-15), we will be saved by faith (Ephesians 2:8) and rewarded according to our faith (Hebrews 11:6). Healing involves trusting God for what only He can do You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! Luke 1:37 . For nothing will be impossible with God. Proverbs 3:5-6 . Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. 2 Corinthians 5:7 . For we walk by faith. Apostles' Creed, also called Apostolicum, a statement of faith used in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, and many Protestant churches.It is not officially recognized in the Eastern Orthodox churches. According to tradition, it was composed by the 12 Apostles, but it actually developed from early interrogations of catechumens (persons receiving instructions in order to be baptized) by the bishop
For July 4, July 11, July 18, July 25 Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - July 4, 2021 Readings: Ez 2:2-5 • Ps 123: 1-2, 2, 3-4 • 2 Cor 12:7-10 • M 2. Beliefs that they think they hold by Tradition are usually extensions of or invalid improvisations upon Bible teachings. If we agree with any part of the doctrine in question--the Biblical part--they sometimes say that this is our tradition. Well, it's not. We merely have sorted out the Biblical from the non-Biblical and stand on that The Apostles of Jesus . However, the primary definition of apostle applies to a singular group of men who held a supreme role in the early church. The apostles were Jesus Christ's 12 closest disciples, chosen by him early in his ministry to spread the gospel after his death and resurrection This wasn't quite what I expected, but I still enjoyed it just the same. Michael Horton has basically written a title in which each section of the book is framed around the outline of the apostles creed, and he theologically examines each section of the creed scripturally and doctrinally, with plenty of references to literature and pop culture mixed in as well Jesus is our Hope. He establishes our hearts (Hebrews 13:9), anchors our souls (Hebrews 6:19) and renews our minds (Romans 12:1-2). Reasons for Hope* Jesus exists to glorify God by equipping you to know Jesus better, to love Him more & to be ready always to share your faith To state that we believe in sola Scriptura, that the 66 books of Scripture are canonical, this means that we believe that Scripture is the measuring stick and standard for our faith. I do believe it was in the providence of God that our fathers sat down and agreed on the whole 66 books of the Bible as that standard