What does the Bible say about…..?

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What does the Bible say about the Bible?

  • The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man.
  • It is God’s Word to us, there are no errors or contradictions in the Bible. 
  • All Scripture is totally true and trustworthy and authoritative. 
  • If my beliefs are different from what the Bible clearly and plainly teaches, then the Bible is right.
  • All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.

What does the Bible say about God?

  • There is one and only one living and true God.
  • God is all powerful, all knowing, and ever present.
  • God is Love.
  • God is Spirit.
  • To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience.
  • The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

Who are the Three Persons of the Godhead? (Trinity)

God the Father

  • God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace.
  • He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise.

God the Son

  • Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin named Mary.
  • Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin.
  • Jesus is 100% God and 100% Man.
  • Jesus died for our sins, was buried and on the third day, rose back to life.
  • He is now seated at the right hand of God.

God the Holy Spirit

  • The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine.
  • The Holy Spirit is a Person, not an it.
  • He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures.
  • He illuminates scripture so that people can understand.
  • He lives in those who believe in Christ.
  • He gives them the ability to follow Christ.

What does the Bible say about Man?

  • Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image.
  • He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation.
  • Man is designed to glorify God and finds his greatest joy in this.
  • Man was created innocent of sin but by his free choice sinned against God.
  • All people are born with a natural inclination to sin. It is man’s nature.
  • Man is under the penalty of sin which is eternal damnation in Hell.
  • Only the grace of God can save people and bring them into a holy fellowship with God and enable people to fulfill their original design.
  • All people deserve full dignity, respect and Christian love. 

What does the Bible say about Salvation?

  • Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
  • Jesus made provision for the salvation of people by his substitutionary death on the cross. 
  • Jesus’ death on the cross and the shedding of his blood saves people who believe in Him.
  • Jesus died for our sins, was buried and on the third day, rose back to life.
  • He is know ascended into Heaven and sits at the right hand of God.
  • There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.

What is salvation?

In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification.

Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God’s grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal of the sinner.  God declares that the sinner is now just as if he had never sinned.  Justification brings the believer unto a relationship of peace and favor with God.

Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God’s purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. It is the process of God making the sinner just as if he’d never sinned.

What is the Church?

  • A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers.
  • These  believers freely covenant together in fellowship and faith in Christ.
  • They are the church even when they are not meeting together.
  • They observe two ordinances; the Lord’s Supper and Baptism.
  • They have two officers; pastors and deacons.
  • They seek to share the Gospel with all people.
  • Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ in a democratic process.
  • The New Testament speaks also of the church as the Body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation.

What is baptism and the Lord’s Supper

  • Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
  • It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus.
  • It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord’s Supper.
  • The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.
  • People are not saved by these two ordinances.

What happens in the end?

  • God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness.
  • The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment.
  • The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.

What is the mission of the church?

  • It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations.
  • The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded the preaching of the gospel to all nations.
  • It is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by verbal witness undergirded by a Christian lifestyle, and by other methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ.

 

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