Statement Of Faith — Mission Statement
Statement of Faith | Mission Statement
The Statement of Faith is derived from a Statement of Faith Integrating Motif and Outline — Copyright © 1993 – 2017 Catherine Martin — Quiet Time Ministries, All Rights Reserved, written by Catherine Martin while obtaining her Master of Arts in Theological Studies at Bethel Theological Seminary. Quiet Time Ministries begins its Mission Statement with the words “furtherance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as revealed in The Holy Bible,” the heartfelt goal for all Quiet Time Ministries Resources.
The Quiet Time Ministries eternal tree logo alludes to the His promise portion of our Mission Statement — our commitment to teaching devotion to God and His Word.
Furtherance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
Quiet Time Ministries is established as a Christian teaching ministry for the furtherance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as revealed in The Holy Bible through dissemination of educational and inspirational materials to the general public, and including, but not limited to lectures, publications, or otherwise. The corporation is organized and operated exclusively for religious purposes within the meaning of Section 501(3)(c) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are tax deductible under Section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code. Quiet Time Ministries is a religious corporation under Section 23701d of the Revenue and Taxation Code of the State of California.
Teaching Devotion To God and His Word
Quiet Time Ministries is an interdenominational ministry committed to teaching devotion to God and His Word to men and women though out the world. This mission is carried out through devotional resources, conferences and retreats, and an online ministry. It is our desire to see men and women become “radical disciples, wholeheartedly devoted to Jesus Christ, and recklessly abandoned to the will of God.” It is our firm belief that commitment to Christ will grow in direct proportion to the development and consistent experience of quiet time alone with God in His Word and in prayer.
Our commitment to this mission is based on God’s invitation, “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 NIV, His command, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts, boast of this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who exercises loving kindness, justice, and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things, declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 9:23-24 NASB, and His promise, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose trust is the Lord, for he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit” Jeremiah 17:7-8 NASB.
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Radical Disciple Quote
Campus Crusade For Christ has honored Catherine Martin, taking a quote from the original version of her book Revive My Heart, first published by NavPress in 2003, for a special dedication ceremony that included placement of The Campus Crusade For Christ Staff Spirit plaque at Campus Crusade For Christ International Headquarters,. The Revive My Heart! quote reads, “A radical disciple, wholeheartedly devoted to Jesus Christ and recklessly abandoned to the will of God.” Catherine served on staff with Campus Crusade For Christ and the Josh McDowell Ministry from 1978 to 1982.
Statement Of Faith
Do you know what you believe? What is it that determines your beliefs and actions? When I was in seminary, one of the requirements was to write a Statement of Faith, stating what I believed in every doctrinal area of Theology. We were also required to choose an integrating motif, an overall theological principle of truth that links all the doctrines together. This Statement of Faith and Integrating Motif is my response to those assignments. Enjoy. But beyond that, I challenge you with the same assignment. Study God’s Word to discover His truth related to every doctrine. Then write out what you believe and why you believe it.
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Catherine discusses The Truth About Truth – in Day Eight of Knowing & Loving The Bible — A 30-Day Journey.
Knowing God — Statement of Faith Integrating Motif and Outline
excerpted from an original manuscript by Catherine Martin ©1993 — Bethel Theological Seminary
“This is what the Lord says: ‘Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom, or the strong man boast of his strength, or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for in these I delight,’ declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 9:23-24
Knowing God is the highest goal any human being may attain and is the great desire of the heart of God for his people.
What It Means to Know God
Knowing God may be defined as a personal, intimate relationship with the Creator of heaven and earth. It actually involves an experience of interaction and interchange with the One who brought about our very existence. This interchange includes a growth in understanding the nature and attributes of God and a vital, life-giving participation in His blessings.
Knowing God – The Integrating Motif in Theology
Knowing God is the integrating motif in all of theology. It moves Christianity from a mere religion to the reality of a relationship with the God of all Creation. Knowing God implies that God exists, that he may be known, that he desires to be known, and that he has revealed himself in such a way that human beings may relate to him. The existence of God is made evident in his creation (Psalm 19), through the word of God, and through his Son, Jesus Christ (Hebrews 1:3, John 1:18). That God may be known is evidenced by his relationship with Adam and Eve, and then through such saints as Abraham who was called the ‘friend of God,’ David who was a ‘man after God’s own heart,’ and Moses who spoke with God ‘face to face.’ God’s desire to be known is observed in his relationship with his chosen people, the nation of Israel. Throughout the prophets, God’s words are heard over and over again: “my people have forgotten me, days without number” (Jeremiah 2:32b). God’s longing to have his people know him is seen most clearly in the lengths to which he was willing to go to make this possible: He sent His only begotten son, Jesus Christ, to earth to die for man’s sin and restore the fellowship and relationship that was lost in the Garden of Eden.
The centrality of the theme, Knowing God, is seen in Jesus’ words to God, “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent” (John 17:3). Paul said that he counted everything loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:8). The Holy Spirit indwells the people of God so that God might make his home in them and they might grow in their knowledge of him (John 14). In heaven, the ultimate fulfilment of God’s desire for his people to know him will occur because then they will ‘see his face’ and they will ‘be his people and he will be their God.’
Knowing God – Its Relationship to Life and Ministry
The greatest pursuit in life is to know God. The most important time a person can spend is time along with God cultivating an intimate relationship through prayer and reading and studying God’s Word. To know God, a person must first be established in that relationship by receiving Christ as Savior and Lord – a full surrender of the heart to God. Then they must learn how to seek God and how to spend time alone with him.
Ministry is two-fold. First, others must be led to Christ, that they might come to know the Triune God (John 14:6). Then, men and women must be discipled in how to effectively grow in their relationship with God. It is essential to learn how to study God’s Word for themselves with the goal of knowing God. My own life is to be an example of one who continually seeks to know God and relate to him. Knowing God – it is the greatest pursuit in life.
“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I shall know fully just as I also have been fully known.” I Corinthians 13:12
Knowledge of God during our brief stay on earth is incomplete. We may only see the bare outlines of that which the Holy Spirit illumines in our hearts of the Person of God in Jesus Christ (I Corinthians). Perfect knowledge of God – the pure beauty and intimacy of an experiential sharing of communion with our Creator – will occur in heaven. Until then, we hope for what we do not see and with perseverance we eagerly wait for it (Romans 8:25).
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him!” I Corinthians 2:9
Statement of Faith Integrating Motif and Outline — Copyright © 1993 – 2017 Catherine Martin — Quiet Time Ministries. All Rights Reserved.