The Bible is the inspired Word of God. It is true for all people, at all times. It is the foundation of our beliefs as Christians.
II Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
God and The Trinity
God is triune, meaning that God,the Father; his Son, Jesus Christ; and the Holy Spirit are three in one.
Matthew 28:19 Go, therefore and make disciples of all the nations in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
II Corinthians 13:14: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.
Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, born of the Virgin Mary conceived of the Holy Spirit. He was fully God and fully man, yet He was without sin. He died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins, was buried, resurrected, and ascended into Heaven and He is coming again. Every Christian has direct access to God through Jesus Christ.
Matthew 1:18 18Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit.
Philippians 2:5-7 5Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.
Matthew 28:5-6 5The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. 6“He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. 11They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.”
John 14:6-7 6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
It is the Holy Spirit that draws mankind to God. The Holy Spirit dwells within each Christian, giving strength, guidance, and wisdom to live out our faith. He intercedes in prayer on our behalf.
John 16:7-11 7″But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. 8″And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; 9concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; 11and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.
Romans 8:26 26In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
The Fall of Mankind
God created Adam and Eve as the first man and woman on earth, and made them in His image. They disobeyed Him and sin entered the world. Therefore, we all have a sin nature and are in need of salvation.
Genesis 1:27 27God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death spread to all men, because all sinned.
It is through the death of Jesus Christ on the cross that we are redeemed from our sins and saved from the penalty of our sins.
Titus 2:13-14 Looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself up for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.
Ephesians 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.
Saved by Grace
Salvation is a gift received by grace, through faith and repentance. It is a gift that cannot be earned or merited.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Repentance and Acceptance
Through repentance of sins and acceptance of Christ, we are justified from our sins and saved.
Romans 10:8-10 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,”that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
The New Birth
Following salvation, a Christian is now a new creation whose desires should be for the things of righteousness.
II Corinthians 5:17 17Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
Galatians 2:20 20“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
The Christian seeks righteousness and holiness in their daily life.
I Peter 2:24 24and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.
II Corinthians 7:1 1 Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
Baptism and Communion
Christians are to respond in obedience to God’s command to be baptized with water. Water baptism is a public display of a Christian’s faith following salvation. We remember His sacrifice by partaking in communion.
Romans 6:4 4Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
I Corinthians 11:23-25 23For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
The universal church is the body of individual believers, of whom Christ is the Head. The local church is body of believers who come together to worship God, fellowship together, and be discipled in our faith.
I Corinthians 12:27 27Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.
Ephesians 1:22-23 22And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, 23which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
Acts 2:42, 46-47 2They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 46Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, 47praising God and having favor with all the people And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.
Hebrews 10:24-25 24And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
All of mankind, living and dead, will stand before Christ in judgement, to receive eternal life in Heaven or eternal death in Hell.
I Peter 4:5 5But they will give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
John 5:28-29 28“Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice, 29and will come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.
Matthew 25:46 46“These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Heaven is a real place where Christians will live eternally and dwell in the presence of God.
John 3:16 16“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
Revelation 7:15-17 15“For this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them. 16“They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat; 17for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and (I)God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”
Revelation 22:5 5And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever.
Revelation 21:4 4and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.
Hell is a real place of eternal separation from God, where all who reject Christ will be for eternity. It is described as a place of eternal fire and everlasting destruction.
Revelation 20:10, 15 10And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. 15And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
Matthew 25:41 41“Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels.
II Thessalonians 1:9 9These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.
The Great Commission
As Christians, we are commanded by Jesus Christ to share our faith with others, to make disciples through baptism and teaching.
Matthew 28:18-20 18And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 9“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”