- Scripture- Scripture is inerrant therefore has the final authority on all things pertaining to life and godliness
- Trinity- There is one God existing in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit
- Holy Spirit- The Holy Spirit indwells, guides, comforts, seals and empowers believers
- Man- Man was created to have perfect union with God but through one man’s disobedience both spiritual and physical death were introduced resulting in separation from God
- Cross- The Son of God, Jesus Christ, died for all sin to make a way for man to have unity with God
- Justification- Through faith in Christs death the penalty for all sin has been paid and man is declared not guilty
- Sanctification- Faith resulting in action continues to grow through the help of the Holy Spirit until we are made complete when Christ returns
- Church- The church universal is Christ’s bride consisting of all believers throughout history, the church local consists of believers coming together for a common goal including growth as a church body and individual growth in all things with the end goal of glorifying God
The Bible is the only book that is inspired. The definition of inspired is God-breathed. God gave the authors what to say, but their own personalities came out in writing it down. Without destroying the human author’s individuality, literary style or personal interest, God’s complete and connected thought toward man was recorded.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:20-21
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the sea” Genesis 1:26
The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible to them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” Genesis 11:6-7
In both of these verses God is referring to Himself in the plural form. Colossians 1:15-23 talks about Jesus being creator and redeemer and how “God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him (Jesus) and through Him”. Yet in Deuteronomy 6:4, Moses proclaims to Israel “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.” Since the Bible is inherent and is not contradicting, this can only mean that God exists as three in one. God the Father chooses us to be His children in Ephesians 1:4 and 2 Thessalonians 2:13, God the Son redeems us, Galatians 3:13, and God the Holy Spirit seals and commits us. (Ephesians 1:3-14) God is three persons but only one God. However, there is a divine order. God the Father sent the Son and God the Son sent the Holy Spirit. The three persons of God are equal to one another, yet have their own distinct functions and roles. One is not inferior to the other.
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the trinity. He is equal to God the Father and God the Son in function and importance. The Holy Spirit helps the unbeliever to understand that unbelief in Jesus and not accepting Him as their Lord and Savior is the only thing that keeps them from eternal life and free from judgment. John 3:18 states, “he who does not believe has been judged already.” For the believer the Holy Spirit regenerates John 3:3-7 and in Titus 3:5. It shows that the Holy Spirit is specifically the regenerator. The Holy Spirit also: indwells (John 7:37-39, Acts 11:11-17, Romans 5:5, 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20), seals, (Ephesians 4:30), and baptizes (1 Corinthians 12:12). His other functions include but are not limited to illumination, guiding, encouraging, interceding and counseling (John 16:12-15, Romans 8:14, Acts 9:31, Romans 8:26-27, John 14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:7). The Holy Spirit guides Christians through: the Word of God, prayer, counsel and circumstances. Yielding to the Holy Spirit starts with yielding (obeying) the Word of God and learning the truth. As you learn the truth the Holy Spirit helps you understand it and ultimately to obey it. The Holy Spirit can give guidance based on Scripture and reveal the principles of Scripture in any situation. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Man was created perfect, but with the capacity to sin. The first man, Adam, did sin and as a result man is depraved. When Adam and Eve sinned they became subject to both spiritual and physical death (Genesis 2:17). Eve was given the curse of pain in childbirth (Genesis 3:16) and Adam was given the curse of hard labor working the earth which now consisted of thorns and thistles to bring forth his food. These four changes: spiritual death, physical death, pain in childbirth, and working the soil has all been passed on to all of mankind through imputation.
God is just and requires payment for the sin against Him. Since man cannot satisfy God’s wrath, Christ died as a substitute for all sinners (Isaiah 53:5-6; 1 Peter 2:24). The Son of God is the perfect and only sacrifice that could satisfy God’s wrath for man’s sin for an eternity for those who choose to submit to it. His death and resurrection free us from condemnation (Matthew 20:28). Christ’s death also brought redemption to man. Christ bought us with a price and set us free from sin. (1 Corinthians 6:20).
Justification is the judicial act of God to declare one righteous who has put their faith in Christ and they are now free from guilt and punishment. Although man is declared guilty and clearly deserves to be punished for his sin, because he put his faith in God he is declared not guilty and righteous. We are saved by faith not by observing the law or what is more commonly known today as works (Romans 3:28; Galatians 2:16). James 2:14-26 talks about faith without works are dead. This is not genuine saving faith but merely an acceptance of truths without trusting in Christ as Savior.
Sanctification is instantaneous (past), progressive (present), and complete (future) (1 Corinthians 6:11). When a person believes in Christ they are not only instantly justified, but also instantly sanctified. They are separated from sin and separated unto God. Sanctification is an act, but with this act is the idea of growth until completion. (2 Peter 3:18) We are to keep growing in our Christian life (1 Thessalonians 3:12). Becoming Holy is not a fast process, it happens little by little (Phil 4:10-16) One day the Christian will be whole in every aspect of his being in body, soul, and spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:23). This complete sanctification will happen when Christ comes (1Thessalonians 3:13).
The Church Universal can be defined as all believers through all history, throughout the entire world no matter what ethnicity. This is known as the body of Christ with Christ as the head. The Church Local can be defined as consisting of people whether men, women or children meeting together regularly for specific purposes. As believers we are placed into the church for our spiritual guidance and well-being (Ephesians chapters 2, 4, and 1 Timothy 5). In the church we are to build each other up and heed to its authority. It is the sole place of authority and accountability through teaching for believers. The church first and foremost is to teach. All through the book of Acts we see the importance of teaching. Paul urges Timothy to teach (1 Timothy 1:3, 4:11, 6:2). The church is also called to counsel: to admonish through the Elders (Acts 20:31); to admonish with encouragement (1 Thessalonians 5:12-15); to admonish as a brother (2 Thessalonians 3:14-15), to admonish with all wisdom (Colossians 1:28, 3:16), and to counsel one another (Romans 15:14). The church is to equip the saints. 2 Timothy 3:15-16 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
- Teaching-what are God’s standards
- Rebuking-where you fall short of those standards
- Correcting-getting out of the sinful situation
- Training-how to avoid getting in the sinful situation
The church’s authority is established by Christ for Biblical purposes. Finally, the church is to send out people to make disciples of all men. (Matthew 28:18-20)