Statement of Faith & Values
Our Written Lives is committed to publishing books to foster spiritual and emotional healing by sharing testimonials of how God has moved in the lives of Believers in our current generation. Our Written Lives is not affiliated with a particular denomination but identifies as an independent Spirit-Filled Christian organization that holds to Apostolic doctrine. We seek to be inclusive of all people, regardless of background, culture, or theological understanding. We do not require our authors to sign a statement of faith; however, we do require that books we publish are in unity with our Statement of Faith and that authors display respectable character and morality. We publish books that support and, or do not contradict the following Statement of Faith, by authors who exhibit the values that follow.
Statement of Faith
- The Bible is God’s Holy Word, fully inspired by God and written by men of faith. (2 Peter 1:21, 1 Timothy 3:16).
- God’s love for humankind is divine, and His grace is greater than any sin; His followers seek to live out God’s love and grace toward others (John 13:35, John 15:9-13, Romans 5:8, Romans 8:35-39).
- The Good News (Gospel) of Salvation is this: Jesus was born and lived sinless, died as the sacrificial Lamb of God for the sins of the world, and rose again to live eternally (2 Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 4:15, 1 John 3:5, Luke 24:6-7, Acts 3:15, 1 Corinthians 15:3-8).
- There is only One God, the Father in Creation, who revealed Himself to humanity throughout time. Ultimately, He revealed Himself as Savior by being born into His Creation as the God-Man Jesus Christ, to die as the sacrifice for our sin. Jesus is the manifestation of the One God who revealed Himself as Father, Son, Holy Ghost, and through other miracles, signs, and wonders throughout time. He continues to show Himself to believers today, by filling them with His Holy Spirit, and through miracles, signs, and wonders (Deuteronomy 4:35-39, Deuteronomy 6:4, 2 Samuel 7:22, Psalm 86:10, Isaiah 46:9, Mark 12:29-34, 1 Corinthians 8:4-6, Ephesians 4:4-6, 1 Timothy 1:17, 1 Timothy 2:5, James 2:19).
- Believers obey the Gospel by following Jesus’ in death by repentance of sin, burial by baptism, and rising to new spiritual life through receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit and living an overcoming life by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony (Matthew 4:17, Acts 3:19, Acts 20:21, Colossians 2:12, 1 Peter 3:18, Ezekiel 36:26-28, Acts 2:38, Romans 6:4, Revelation 12:11).
- In Matthew 28:19, what we know as the Great Commission, Jesus sent out His disciples to preach and baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. The Disciples, Apostles, and Believers follow His command by baptizing in the Name of Jesus for the remission of sin (Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:38-41, Acts 10:48, Acts 22:16, Acts 8:12-16, Acts 19:5).
- Believers are to continue to grow in grace and faith beyond the initial salvation experience into maturity, seeking out their own soul’s salvation through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, showing love and respect to others as Jesus did, and following personal convictions as led by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 3:18, Ephesians 3:17-19, 1 Peter 2:2, Colossians 2:6-7)
- Treating all others with respect, kindness, justice, mercy, grace, and love, in life, writing, personal and public communication.
- Embodying a spirit of gratefulness.
- Pursuing spiritual, emotional, social, mental, and physical health and wellness, regardless of life circumstances and character flaws which challenge that pursuit.
- Free-thinking and open discussion of ideas with those who are both like-minded and not. Respect for others who hold different views than our own, and appreciating their similarities and differences in life experience and experience of God.
- Inclusivity of all people to lead others in the pursuit of spiritual, emotional, social, mental, or physical health and wellness, regardless of other’s choices or lifestyles.
- Hope in this life and for eternal life through Jesus Christ, that is greater than any challenge we may face.