About the Bible
The Bible is the infallible Word of God and the authority for salvation and Christian living. It is the source of guidance for every living soul, saved and unsaved. It is for correction, inspiration, and instruction in righteousness.
"And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." ( II Timothy 3:15-17)
God’s word is a lamp for our feet and a light for our path (Psalms 119:105).
The Bible is our only source for truth and instruction on salvation. We encourage Christians to read and use Christian resources, but the word of God must be the absolute authority for instruction on salvation, righteousness, etc.
There is one God, who has revealed Himself as our Father, in His Son Jesus Christ, and as the Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ is God manifested in flesh. He is both God and man. Man according to the flesh and God according to the Spirit
Deuteronomy 6:4 "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD"
Ephesians 4:4-6 "There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all."
Colossians 2:9 "For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily."
I Timothy 3:16 "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory."
As a man, he cried, he felt pain, he slept, he hungered, he thirsted; as God, he healed the sick, raised the dead, and forgave sin. He was born of Mary and conceived by the Holy Ghost. It was this union of man and God that Jesus broke the law of sin and death and made it possible for mankind to receive redemption.
About Sin and Salvation
Everyone has sinned and needs salvation. Salvation comes by grace through faith based on the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Romans 3:23-25 "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God."
Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Ephesians 2:8-9 "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."
Sin separates man from God. Since sin’s requirement is death, there had to be a perfect sacrifice to pay man’s debt to sin. Jesus Christ never sinned because he was not born with the nature of sin that would have been inherited from an earthly father. Instead, he received a sinless nature and willingly sacrificed himself to save all of humanity.
About the Gospel
The saving gospel is the good news that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and rose again.
II Thessalonians 1:8 "In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ"
I Peter 4:17 "For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?"
We obey the gospel by repentance (death to sin), water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ (burial), and the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the initial sign of speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance (resurrection)
I Corinthians 15:1-4 "Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures"
Acts 2:4 "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance."
Acts Chapters 37 though 39
Romans 6:3-4 "Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life."
Peter preached this very message the day the Holy Ghost was given in Acts 2:38. When the crowd asked him what they should do, he said, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” What Peter told them, corresponds to Jesus instruction to the disciples to teach repentance (Luke 24:47), water baptism (Mark 16:16), and the infilling of the Holy Ghost (Luke 24:49).
About Christian Living
As Christians we are to love God and others. We should live a holy life inwardly and outwardly, and worship God joyfully. The supernatural gifts of the Spirit, including healing, are for the church today.
II Corinthians 7:1 "Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
Hebrews 12:14 "Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord"
I Corinthians 12:8-10 "For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues
Since sin separates man from God, we strive to live a life of separation from sin. We strive to stay away from those elements that would tempt us to sin and stray from God’s presence. When Paul was in Corinth, he wrote a letter to the Romans instructing them to avoid sin. Just because we are saved does not mean we can live in sin
About the Future
Jesus Christ is coming again to catch away His church. A term known as the “rapture” is the event mentioned by Paul where the saved will be changed to be like Christ and caught away into the heavens to be with Him.
I Corinthians 15:52 "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed."
In the end will be the final resurrection and the final judgment. The righteous will inherit eternal life, and the unrighteous eternal death.
I Thessalonians 4:16-17 "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."
Revelation 20:11-15 "And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."
There are many prophecies concerning the end of times recorded in Daniel, Revelations, and other books. The children of God will not partake in most of these events. The church’s place is to equip the saved and educate the lost so that all can come to repentance and follow after Jesus Christ.