Beliefs of Dr. Randy Peck
I was raised Catholic and have always attended church regularly. Ever since I was a child, I believed in God and that Jesus was God’s son, but I never had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ until January 6, 2001 (Epiphany Sunday) when I said “Jesus I commit my life to You!” It was that simple.
As late as the year 2000, I wasn’t sure if there was a hell and I thought the Bible was just a guide. But how could I know when I had never read the Bible or researched its authenticity.
I used to ask “Why would I need to be ‘born again’ if I already believed in Jesus.” But let me tell you, there’s a huge difference between having religion and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I now have a Biblical world view, which means everything I perceive is seen and heard through the lens of the the Word of God.
I now believe there is heaven and hell and that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. My life has become fully integrated and I trust my life, wife, family, career, and ministry to God. The Ten Commandments and the national motto (“In God we trust”) have whole new meanings for me.
The Apostles’ Creed forms the foundation of my Christian beliefs. This Creed is the most popular creed used in worship by Christians. Its central doctrines are those of the Trinity and God the Creator. This Creed dates back to very early times in the Church, about 300 years after the last writings of the New Testament.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day He arose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.
Note: The word “catholic” above refers to the universal church of the Lord Jesus Christ, not just the Roman Catholic Church.
I believe …
The Scriptures, both Old and new Testaments in their original texts, are fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, without error, and are the final authority for the Church.
There is one God, eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
In the absolute deity and full humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ. I believe in His virgin birth, His sinless life, the authenticity of His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, his bodily resurrection, His present mediatorial work in heaven.
In the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit. I believe He gives life, He sanctifies, He empowers and comforts all believers.
That man was originally created sinless. Tempted by Satan, man fell and thereby brought the whole race under the condemnation of eternal separation from God.
That man is saved through repentance and faith in the finished work of Christ. Justification is through grace alone.
That the Church is the body of Jesus Christ composed of all true believers. The present work of the Church is the worship of God, the perfecting of the saints, and the evangelization of the world.
In the personal and bodily return of the Lord Jesus Christ to consummate our salvation and establish His glorious kingdom.
Take the time to ask yourself the questions below, to examine your own life. After all, your eternal life is much more important than your earthly life. And none of us know if we will still be alive tomorrow.
If you could give anything to your kids, what would that be?
I’m convinced the greatest legacy I can leave my children as a father is passion for the Word of God (Jesus)!
Let me ask you these 5 questions to share my faith without an argument:
- What your spiritual beliefs?
- Who is Jesus to you?
- Do you believe in heaven and hell?
- If you died right now, where would you go? If you say heaven, why would God let you in?
- If what you are believing is not true, would you want to know it?