BEARING CHRIST CRUCIFIED AND RISEN

To know Christ and Him crucified

About

Hi, I’m Christopher (Chris) VanDusen (not the children’s book author). I’ve been a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ since November of 2013, when I was 18 years old. I live in a rural area of upstate New York, and I attend the Christian Heritage Reformed Presbyterian Church of Endicott, NY (christianheritagerpc.org). I have an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts (with an unofficial emphasis in philosophy) and I’m a former online student through The Master’s University (masters.edu). I aspire to be a Bible preacher and teacher.

Before I became a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ in 2013, I was a worshiper of pornography, sex, music, and the study of military history. I was saved from these sins when I became a Christian, and now I am passionate about applying, studying, and teaching the Bible. One of the first things I do every morning is study the Bible, and strive to apply it to my life.

I was a member of the First Baptist Church of Whitney Point, NY, from the end of 2013 to December of 2014 (wpbaptist.org). In the Spring of 2015, I became a member of the First Baptist Church of Johnson City, NY (fbjc.org). In March of 2018, I became a part of the Nanticoke Baptist Church in Lisle, NY (nanticokebaptistny.org).

I believe that God the Father sent His Son to earth. Then, His Son became a man, Jesus of Nazareth. God nailed Jesus to a cross, and executed Him for our evil deeds against Him. However, He then physically raised Him from the dead, proving that His justice against sin had been satisfied, and that Jesus was the Judge of all people. God now commands all people to change the way they think about Him, His Son, themselves, and their sins, and to depend only upon Jesus for His forgiveness of their sins. I believe all of this, and I beg you on behalf of the Lord Jesus Christ to make sure that you have been reconciled to God through faith in His Son.

On this blog, I mostly post practical Bible studies.

Personal Statement of Faith

I believe that God the Father sent His Son to earth to become a man without ceasing to be God, that He died for people’s sins, and that He came back to life. Anyone who repents of their sins and trusts only in this God-man, His death for one’s sins, and bodily resurrection from the dead as the only grounds for God’s forgiveness of his sins will be forgiven for past, current, and future sins, given eternal life, and adopted into God’s family.

Further, I believe that the Bible, whether as originally written or sufficiently translated, consists of the words of God, and is God’s Word.

Moreover, I believe that the Bible teaches that people are haters of God from the beginning of their knowledge of Him and morality, that God unconditionally chose those He would save in eternity past, that Christ only died for the sins of those people, that those people are irresistibly born again, and that those people will never cease to have that spiritual life.

Also, I believe that God has one plan in history that is ultimately accomplished in the Lord Jesus Christ, that the Old Testament should be interpreted in the light of the New Testament, that the Old Covenant was designed to be temporary, that the Law of that Covenant is not innately divided into moral, civil, and ceremonial laws, that we are under Christ’s law, and that all active participants in the New Covenant are indwelt by the Spirit (http://crosstocrown.org/article/a-short-primer-on-new-covenant-theology-essentials/).

Finally, I believe that the return of the Lord Jesus Christ will be imminent upon the establishment of an evil world ruler over an apostate people, and that, upon or shortly after His return, the new heavens and the new earth will be created, beginning the eternal age.

Some of the Most Influential Bible Teachers in My Life

  1. Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones, pastor of Westminster Chapel in London (mljtrust.org)
  2. Dr. John MacArthur, Bible teacher of Grace to You ministry (gty.org)
  3. Tim Conway, pastor of Grace Community Church, San Antonio, TX (illbehonest.com)
  4. Dr. Steven J. Lawson, Professor of Preaching at The Master’s Seminary (onepassionministries.org)
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