I thought a good place to start is by introducing myself.
I'm Greg. the founder and pastor for Voice in the Wilderness Bible Church. I'm married to a beautiful wife and have four adult kids and two grandkids (The newest is 2 days old at time of this writing)
I'm ordained and licensed in the state of Minnesota. I'm also lay leader with the A.o.G. church here in Windom Mn. I'm sort of an unofficial associate pastor there and lead service every other week. I also volunteer as a Hospice Chaplain I'm also working on my Associate of Divinity degree thru C.L,I. I work full time as a custodian in our local school district. I'm sure glad there is only 24 hours in a day.
My primary calling is to start a church, hence, Voice in the Wilderness Bible Church. We started as a home style church and a real-time online church. We haven't reached that point yet, but we have experimented with a couple different avenues of approach and may end up using 2 of them concurrently.
My theological stance is somewhere between Calvinism and Arminianism (I'll save that explanation for a later discussion). So as it goes I'm from the Protestant branch of Christianity. I was baptized and confirmed a Methodist and currently pastoring an Assembly of God church, which is Pentecostal. Sort of a wide gap there , huh?
My personal belief is the Bible is the Word of God, so that's where the heart of my theological belief stands.
It seems to me that most protestant churches have very similar core doctrines. I have no issue there, but then they seem to split off from there and include their own denominational doctrines. This is what I have a problem with. My thought is there is only one truth whether one wants to believe it or not and adding to the basic core doctrines ,individually are somewhat watering down the truth and is a cause of division amonst the church universal.
1Co 11:17 Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse.
1Co 11:18 For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.
With that being that, my mission is to bring the Word of God as it is written without any man-made traditions, ancient or otherwise attached to it.
The 2 ordinances [DOCTRINES] I do follow:
- Communion (In remembrance as written in 1st Corinthians 11)
Most are taught that Jesus gave 2 commands that fulfilled the Old Testaments 10 commandments
Mar 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
Mar 12:31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
So it would be "love God" and "love your neighbor" as the two, but I think you could throw one or two more in there from Matthew 28
Mat 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Mat 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Mat 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
So I'm going to say there are 4 commands-[see the underlined words above]
- Love God
- Love your neighbor
- Teaching (x2)
I hope this introduction is good enough to see somewhat where I stand as a person and my theological views