BibleSumo is a blog to help Christians love and serve God. We provide access to a weekly Bible study podcast, reviews on various Bible study tools, and written articles on Christian life and doctrine.
Like a sumo wrestler laboring to stay in the ring, we are called to labor in the careful study of God's Holy Scriptures. We pray that this blog will deepen your knowledge of God and strengthen your relationship with him.
My name is Pedro Cheung, and I live in Northern California in the United States. I have been a Christian since 1990. I am married to a beautiful wife, and I have four children.
I work as a full-time physician. I am not a pastor or elder. I’m simply a follower of Jesus Christ who wants to serve Him fully and make Him known.
My family and I currently worship at Grace Bible Church of Pleasant Hill.
Our essential foundational convictions are the cardinal doctrines of the historic Christian faith, expressed by the early Ecumenical Creeds (Apostle’s, Nicene, Athanasian) and held by orthodox churches through the ages. We believe these doctrines express the central truths revealed in Scripture regarding the Triune God and His works of creation and redemption, particularly as they confess the centrality of the Person and saving work of the Mediator Jesus Christ.
In addition to the cardinal doctrines expressed by the early creeds, we hold to those convictions which were recovered by the reformers during the 16th Century Protestant Reformation. These doctrinal concerns can be summarized in the following terms:
• Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone)
We believe that the Scripture alone is our ultimate authority for faith and practice, since it alone is without error and God-breathed. The Word of God through the power and work of the Holy Spirit is sufficient for all things pertaining to life and godliness.
• Sola Gratia (Grace Alone)
We believe that all men have sinned in Adam’s disobedience and therefore, stand condemned before God and have wholly lost all ability of will to perform any spiritual good necessary for salvation. Therefore, in the salvation of sinners, the convicting, regenerating work of the Holy Spirit is absolutely necessary. Salvation is entirely of the grace of God and is not caused by any merit of our own or from anything foreseen in man.
• Sola Fide (Faith Alone)
We believe that men are justified by faith alone and not by works in addition to faith. Yet, the faith by which we are saved is a living faith which works through love. This living faith is empowered by the Holy Spirit who indwells every believer. As a result, the Christian is enabled to live a godly life, minister in the Body of Christ, and evangelize.
• Solo Christo (Christ Alone)
We believe in the deity and full humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His present, as well as future victorious kingdom, and in His personal, visible return in power and glory.
By His fulfillment of the Law and obedience unto death on the cross, He did fully discharge the debt of all those that are justified by faith in Him. There is salvation in no one else since His work and merit alone provide for our righteousness before a holy God; not by infusing righteousness in us, but by pardoning our sins, and by accounting and accepting our persons as righteous.
• Soli Deo Gloria (To God Alone Be the Glory)
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three Persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is all-powerful and all-knowing. Because He is the author and finisher of our faith it is our ultimate and overarching purpose to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Every act in the life of the church and each individual Christian is to be brought under His lordship and carried out to His glory.
Taken from Grace Bible Church of Pleasant Hill.