Statement of Faith - What We Believe
We Believe The Bible To Be The Inspired, Infallible, Authoritative, And Inerrant Word Of God (II Timothy 3:15-17, II Peter 1:21).
We Believe There Is One God, Eternally Existing In Three Persons: The Father, Son And Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:1, Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19, John 10:30).
We Believe In The Deity Of Christ (John 10:33); His Virgin Birth (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:34-35); His Sinless Life (Hebrews 4:15, 7:26); His Miracles (John 2:11); His Vicarious And Atoning Death (1 Corinthians 15:3, Ephesians 1:7, Hebrews 2:9); His Resurrection (John 11:25, I Corinthians 15:4); His Ascension To The Right Hand Of The Father (Mark 16:19); His Personal Return To Earth In Power And Glory (Acts 1:11, Revelation 19:11-16).
We Believe God the Fathers is Unquestionably Displayed in the Compassion and Love of Jesus for the Sinner. We Believe that in Seeing Jesus Actions in the Scriptures, We Have Clearly Seen the Father's Nature, His Undeniable Love and Desire to Save Us is Displayed Fully in Jesus Himself (John 5:19, John 14:9, John 8:19, John 12:45, Col 1:15, Heb 1:3). We Believe God's Desire is That None Be Lost, That ALL Repent (Change Their Mind and Believe) Onto Eternal Life.(Ezek 18:33, 1 Tim 2:4, John 3:17, 2 Peter 3:9, Titus 2:11).
We Believe That the Most Accurate Picture of God the Father's Desire, Thoughts and Love for Mankind, is Presented by Jesus Himself, in The Father Described in the Story of The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32).
We Believe In The Absolute Necessity Of Regeneration By The Holy Spirit For Salvation Because Of The Exceeding Sinfulness Of Human Nature, And That All Are Justified On The Single Ground Of Faith In The Shed Blood Of Christ, And That Only By God's Grace Through Faith Alone Are We Saved (John 3:16-19; 5:24, Romans 3:23; 5:8-9, Ephesians 2:8-10, Titus 3:5). We Believe the Bible When it Teaches There is Only One Way a Person is made Righteous (Right with God), by Faith HERE and HERE.
We Believe In The Resurrection Of Both The Saved And The Lost; Those Who Are Saved Unto The Resurrection Of Life, And Those Who Are Not Unto The Resurrection Of Judgment (John 5:28-29).
We Believe In The Spiritual Unity Of The Believers In Our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 8:9, I Corinthians 12:12-13, Galatians 3:26-28).
We Believe In The Present Ministry Of The Holy Spirit By Whose Indwelling The Christian Is Enabled To Live A Godly Life (Romans 8:13-14, I Corinthians 3:16, 6:19-20, Ephesians 4:30; 5:18).
We Believe That We As Christians Are Examples Of The Love Of God In This World. It Is This (agape) Love That We Desire To Possess. (1 John 4:16-17).
We Believe It Is The Mandate Of The Whole Church To Go Into The Whole World And To Preach The Gospel To Every Living Creature. (Mark 16:15, Matthew 28:19-20)
A VISIONARY START
Ours is a collective history of multiplied blessings. The very act of developing a faith-based writers' website was probably the best lesson in faith our management team has experienced.
The initial website design seems like a vision too small in retrospect. In 2000, FaithMania.com made its debut on the worldwide web. Christian writers were encouraged to be the driving force of a site designed for and by Christians. The original design was intended for a small cast of writers to showcase their wordsmithing capabilities, while making the site one which visitors wanted to return to time and again.
The downside to the original design was that each article had to be uploaded manually by our staff. As the site began to grow, it was clear there was something bigger at work and if the site grew much larger we wouldn't be able to keep up with submissions. It really was no burden when a few articles needed to be placed on the site, but when dozens of articles began pouring in from the growing stable of writers, it was clear the pressure on the site design had reached critical mass.
As the vision enlarged, so did the plans for a new website that would mirror the growing desire to assist Christian writers in their pursuit of excellence.
A NEW DEBUT
Within a year of the launch of FaithMania.com, a new website with a plan for expanded growth was launched. FaithWriters.com provided the architecture to allow automatic author submissions to a comprehensive subject menu. Yet even this advance would not be enough to contain the member-inspired growth of FaithWriters.com.
By the summer of 2002, the writers who had made FaithWriters.com a "home on the web" inspired the launch of a message board that has since seen multiple thousands of posts.
As technology advanced so did the features available to FaithWriters.com members. What began as a site for as many as one hundred members now has tens of thousands of members that are able to gain access to information and encouragement--something many have never experienced before.
A VISION SET FREE
Within three years of the launch of what is now known as FaithWriters.com, marketing campaigns were developed and new features added to assist our growing membership. No longer was FaithWriters.com simply a place to have your work read by others. It was becoming a clearinghouse of information and opportunities. Contact information became available for writers seeking to connect with magazine and book publishers. Articles and resources were unveiled that made it possible for writers to grow in their skills and confidence. Private Messaging services were added to allow publishers to target writers with publishing opportunities.
A weekly Writing Challenge was unveiled in 2003, which has resulted in more than a dozen quarterly anthologies filled with roughly 100 original articles in each volume, with many more to come. Many of these authors have gone on to additional publishing success, while some are already established
- July 2002: 129 members.
- July 2002: Members' Message Boards added.
- January 2003: Writers' Resources added.
- February 2003: E-Books added.
- April, 2003: Private Messenger and EZ Site Builder added.
- June 2003: Author Tracking and My Favorites added.
- December 2003: Chat added.
- December 2003: The official Writing Challenge added.
- May 2004: Interactive Writing Courses added.
- June 2004: Local writing groups added.
- July 2004: FW 500 implemented.
- September 2004: 8,000 members.
- September 2004: FaithWriters' Magazine goes live.
- September 2004: First book published.
- October 2004: Addition of Submission Tracker.
- November 2004: The Critique Circle added.
- December 2004: Sign up of member number 10,000 -- Scott West.
- May 2006: Addition of FaithWriters for Kids.
- May 2006: Addition of the FaithWriters' eBook store.
- August 2006: First Annual FaithWriters.com conference announced.
- September 2006: Free Reprint Article feature unveiled for e-zines and print publications to utilize.
- October 2006: Guided Online tours of FaithWriters.com's most popular features.
- June 2009: 40,000 members.
- January 2010: Complete redesign of the FaithWriters' website. Gold Members' area added.
The continued growth of FaithWriters.com is a direct result of our members' enthusiastic support and interest in seeing the life-changing message of Christianity spread through the use of their writing skills via the web. With worldwide membership, it is clear to see that FaithWriters.com has become the premier destination of Christian writers on the web.
We believe FaithWriters.com has become a dependable source for the content needs of editors through a variety of faith-based publications.
We have always been sensitive to the needs and suggestions of our members, and we continue to listen to members as they assist us with new ideas for improving the services of FaithWriters.com.
Ultimately, we best understand the future by observing the past. God has brought us a long way from the humble beginnings of FaithMania.com. We are content to strive to do our best and watch to see what God does next.