Bible The inspired word of God, breathed out by God. The Bible is free from errors and contradictions. God’s thoughts were transcribed by various men in their own vocabulary, culture and writing style. The bible contains 66 books and was written by approximately 40 different authors over the course of 16 centuries. It is the account of God’s creation, His purpose, and His redemptive work, and His plan to eradicate sin. The Bible begins with the Old Testament and includes the covenant between God and Abraham and the promise of the coming Messiah. The New Testament in the bible is the fulfillment of that covenant and establishes the new and everlasting covenant between God and mankind through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ. Both the new and old testaments contain prophecies that were fulfilled in Christ, and some of which will be fulfilled beginning with the period just prior to Christ’s return to earth. The bible ends with God’s plan to permanently deal with sin and bring about a new heaven and earth.
God is the only Supreme Being, He is the creator of everything and He spoke the universe into being. He has always existed, He has no beginning and no end. He is Holy, Eternal, Omnipotent, Omnipresent, and Omniscient. He is Love, Light; Spirit, Faithful, Just and True. He is to be worshiped, praised, loved, served, proclaimed, believed, and revered. (Isaiah 43:10; 44:6; 44:8; 1 Tim. 1:17); (Psalm 90:2);( Rev. 4:8); (Isaiah 57:15); (Jer. 32:17, 27); (Psalm 139:7); (1 John 3:20); (1 John 4:8, 16); (1 John 1:5); (John 4:24); (Psalm 117:2); (Isaiah 40:12, 22, 26);(Gen. 24:26; Ex. 4:31; 2 Chron. 29:28; 1 Cor. 14:25;Rev. 7:11);(Matt. 4:10; 1 Cor. 6:19; Phil. 3:7; 1 Thess. 1:9; Heb. 9:14);(Matt. 28:19f.; John 14:15f.; Acts 1:8)
Man was created by God from dust, women was created from the rib of the first man, Adam. God created man in His likeness for love and fellowship with Him. Man rebelled against God, the consequence of which brought a curse of death to man and his descendants, and eternal separation from God. Genesis 1:27; Genesis 2:7; Genesis 2:22; Genesis 3:6-7; Genesis 3:23-24
Jesus Christ is the son of God and is God, who was born to a virgin and led a perfect, pure, and sinless life. Because the consequence of man’s sin is death, Jesus served as substitution for mankind and died a sacrificial death to pay for man’s sin. Mankind can be reconciled with God and enjoy eternal life in the kingdom of God by His grace through faith in Christ. Jesus Christ defeated death and rose from the dead 3 days after being crucified. He rose from the dead in His physical body where He spoke, walked, and ate with many people for the next 40 days. He ascended into heaven in view of his disciples and will return to earth as He promises in His word, and will rule over His kingdom. Jesus Christ is head of His church and shares His headship with no one. He alone intercedes for us as our high priest. Luke 1:31-33; Luke 1:34-35; Phil. 2:5-11; 2Cor. 5:21; Romans 6:23; Matt 27:30-31; Luke 23:46; Matt 27:65-66; Matt 28:6-7; Luke 24:39-40; Luke 24:42-43; Acts 1:9-11 1Peter 3:18; 1 Pet. 2:22; Eph. 2:8; Col. 2:9; 1 Tim. 3:16;Heb. 1:5-13; John 1:1-3, 14); (Heb. 6:20; 7:25).
Holy Spirit The Holy Spirit takes up residence in a believer when they have received the precious gift of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify Christ, to convict us of sin, regenerate the believer, guide, instruct, indwell, and empower Christians for godly living and service. We can stifle the Holy Spirit by willful and unrepentant sin that will retard the sanctification process and quench the voice of the Holy Spirit to the believer. When a Christian quenches the Holy Spirit, the only remedy is to come into agreement with God about the willful act of disobedience without making excuses, to stop committing the offence, and to confess the sin to God and man. The results of the work of the spirit in a believers life is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, and are evident in the lives of believers who do not stifle the Holy Spirit, and can be noticeably absent from those who are in a state of sin. Acts 2:38; 1John 5:6; John 14:26; 1Thess 5:19; Eph 4:30-32; Gal 5:22-23;
Trinity –There is one God in whom are three eternal, distinct, simultaneous persons–the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. All three are the one God, coeternal, and coequal. Isaiah 44:6, 8; 45:5; Gen. 1:26-27; 3:22; Matt. 3:17; 28:19; Luke 9:35; 2 Cor. 13:14
Salvation is a free gift from God by His grace and mercy. Humans cannot earn salvation. Salvation cannot be obtained by being ‘good’, by performing or being involved in rituals, or by being a member of a particular denomination. Through faith in the atoning death of Jesus Christ, we are declared righteous by God. Salvation is a gift from God that he gives to a believer only once and it is eternal. We cannot lose our salvation, however, through sin, a Christian can lose his/her fellowship, joy, power, and reward. When we are saved we are marked by God. The mark or sign of our salvation is the Holy Spirit who resides in us beginning with the moment we are saved. We become a new creation in Christ when we receive the Holy Spirit and do not seek to remain in sin but to resist sin and overcome it. Those who are not justified by faith in Christ and the blood of Christ will face eternal, conscious, and agonizing judgment and spend eternity away from the presence of God. Eph. 2:9; John 3:16: 2 Thess. 2:13; Eph 1:12 Rom. 3:20; Rom. 3:22-24; Rom. 3:28; Rom. 4:1-6; Rom 5:1-2; Gal 2:16; Gal. 2:21
Sanctification is the process by which Christians are being transformed to be more like Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is a process that continues all of a believer’s earthly life and is the result of salvation–not a cause of it, and is not a contributing factor to it. Sanctification does not maintain a believer’s salvation since salvation is eternal. 1 Thess. 4:7; Eph. 2:10; 1 Peter. 3:15; 2 Tim. 2:25;
Baptism is an outward sign that a believer is born as a new creation in Christ, or is ‘born again’. It is a sign that a Christian has committed his/her life to Christ and is an important act of obedience. Baptism is not necessary for salvation and without faith it is meaningless. It is an outward manifestation of an inward reality of trust in the sacrifice of Christ, of conversion, and of identification with Christ. The act of water baptism cannot save anyone. We are made right before God by faith–not by faith and baptism. Matt 3:14-15; 1Peter 3:21; Rom. 3:28-30; 4:3, 5; 5:1; Acts 2:38; Acts 2:41