About the Bible :
The Bible, both Old Testament and New Testament, is God breathed even in its details. Consequently all of it is to be believed, obeyed, defended and respected. These scriptures are the only infallible writings on earth and therefore must be our only rule of faith. The teachings of men are only true where they agree with the whole teaching of the Scriptures.
God who inspired the Bible has revealed Himself in it so that He may be known.
See: 2 Tim. 3:15,16; Mt. 5:17-19; Prov.30:5-6
About God :
God is one God, but mysteriously three persons who are perfectly equal in nature, power and glory – namely the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit who are eternal, having not been created.
The infinite, eternal and almighty God is holy, wise, just, merciful, compassionate and gracious in all His being and actions.
God is The Sovereign over all things in revealing Himself to men and in their salvation. He has created all things, is controlling and sustaining all things and one day will judge all things.
See: Deut.6:4; Mt.28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; Ps.139; Rev.4:8,11; Col.1:16,17; Rev.20:12,13
About man :
The highest of God’s created beings was Man who was made in the image of God, was sinless and lived in constant fellowship with God.
Adam and Eve being tempted by Satan sinned of their own free will bringing death and condemnation upon the whole human race.
Since this “fall” every man born into this sinful world has been born in sin, separated from God, corrupted by sin and doomed for Hell. However, God in His infinite love and wisdom, planned from all eternity, the only way of salvation for man.
See: Gen.1:26-28; Gen.3; Rom.5:12-21
About Jesus Christ :
The second Person in the Holy Trinity, the eternal Son of God, became total man while remaining perfectly God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary and thus was perfectly sinless.
Jesus Christ lived among men, as man, obeyed the law of God perfectly and then offered Himself to God the Father as the perfect and final sacrifice for sin. He died on Calvary and bore the sin of mankind and the wrath of God, making a full atonement in His blood, redeeming men from the guilt, penalty and the power of sin.
Jesus rose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and is praying on behalf of His people at the right hand of God.
See: Jn:1:1,2,14; Lk.1:34,35; Heb.4:15; Gal.4:4-5; Rom.3:21-26; Mt.28:1-10; Lk.24; Acts 1:9-11
About Salvation :
A person becomes a Christian when he believes savingly in the Lord Jesus Christ as his divine Lord and Saviour. This faith goes hand in hand with repentance.
On believing in Jesus Christ, the sinner has all his sins forgiven. The perfect righteousness of Christ is reckoned to Him, making him perfect and acceptable in the sight of God, although still a sinner in his own experience while on Earth. The Christian should enjoy the assurance of salvation and Heaven.
Having been born again, the individual’s life is changed by the power of the Holy Spirit living in him. The change begins at conversion and is continued throughout life, making the person more and more like Jesus Christ. Holiness is the work of the Holy Spirit, but the Christian must also be involved in striving after it. Therefore it is important that the believer should spend time daily in prayer and in studying the Bible. He should make sure that he attends the preaching of the Word as regularly as he can, and must continually be fighting against sin, in the power of the Holy Spirit.
In this life the Christian will face conflicts with the sinful environment he lives in, with his internal corruption and with the forces of Satan and his demons raging against him.
See: Acts 16:31; Mt. 21:32; Eph.1:7; 2 Cor.5:21; 1 Jn.5:13; 1 Pet.1:2; 2 Pet. 3:18; Rom. 8:13; l Thess. 5:17; Heb. 10:25; Eph. 6:10-12; 2 Tim. 3:12; Rom. 8:13; Eph. 6:10-12; 1 Jn. 2:15-17
About the Holy Spirit :
The Holy Spirit came from Heaven as another Comforter on the day of Pentecost. He brings Jesus Christ near to mankind, glorifies Christ and applies His death savingly to mankind.
The Holy Spirit – the third Person in the Holy Trinity – dwells in believers, sanctifying them and guiding them. He lives in the Church making its worship and ministry real. Sometimes in His sovereign grace He falls upon people bringing Revival to them.
The Holy Spirit affects the world by bringing man a conviction of his sin and convincing him of God’s righteousness and of the judgement to come.
See: Acts. 2:1-21; Jn. 16:7-14; Rom. 8:9-17; 1 Pet. 1:2; Rom. 88:14; 1 Cor. 3:16; Acts 10:44-48; Jn. 16:7-11
About the Church :
The Church is the whole community of believers, both those in Heaven and on Earth, and is the Body of Christ. For the proper functioning of His people, God has by the Holy Spirit given gifts to men for the guiding and strengthening of His people, to bring them to maturity and enable them to serve Him correctly.
The prime work of the Church is to glorify God in all things. To do this the Gospel must be preached so that sinners may be saved and brought into the church; and the whole of the Scriptures must be expounded so that the people of God might live in submission to God’s Word and respond suitably.
The leaders of the local church (elders and deacons) must lead the Church by ensuring that the Word of God is faithfully preached, that the Ordinances of God are employed and that the people of God are disciplined according to the teachings of the Bible. However, they must not lord it over the Church of God.
See: Eph. 4:11-13; Mt. 28:19-20; 1 Tim. 4:9-16; Mt. 18:15-20
About the Ordinances :
The only ordinances which God has commanded to the Church by Jesus Christ as visible signs of its faith are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. These have no power in and of themselves to do good, Christ himself having made the only sacrifice necessary for the forgiveness of sin and that having risen again from the dead is alive for ever more. But, being tangible, they do help a Christian’s faith.
Baptism. When a person is baptised with water he is declaring that he is united with Christ in His death and resurrection witnessing to God’s saving grace in Christ and so has finished with his old life and is now living a new life by the power of God.
The Lord’s Supper, or communion service is when the Church together remembers the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ. The bread eaten is simply a picture of Christ’s body which was broken on Calvary and the wine is a picture of His blood which was shed, making salvation for mankind. The communion is not a sacrifice for sin in itself nor is there any change in the substance of the bread and the wine.
When a person partakes of these ordinances (Baptism only once, the Lord’s Supper regularly) he is showing that he believes in the things these represent, that he enjoys the results of them and that he is united to everyone else who is a believer.
See: Mt. 28:19; l Cor. 11:24; Col. 2:12; 1 Cor. 11:17-26; 1 Cor. 11:27-34
About the Devil :
Satan, the chief of the fallen angels is powerful, but his power is limited by Almighty God. He, with all his hordes, will be finally condemned to the lake of fire for eternity. However, now he attacks God by trying to destroy God’s image in Christians by tempting them to sin.
See: Ezekiel 28:12-19; Mt. 25:41; 1 Thess. 3:5
About the Second Coming :
When Jesus Christ returns in bodily form from Heaven (the Second Coming) the dead in Christ shall rise to meet Him in the sky, then the believers still living will be caught up to be with Him. After this the Day of Judgement will begin.
See: 1 Thess. 4:13-18
About the Resurrection and Final Judgement :
At this time believers will be clothed with perfect eternal bodies and will be welcomed into Heaven to dwell with God in the new Heaven and Earth, and to experience the joy and bliss of salvation.
Unbelievers will be judged by Jesus and be cast out of the presence of God with Satan and his angels to eternal punishment and torment in the second death – the lake of fire also called Hell, from which there is no escape.
On this day the justice and mercy of God will be revealed and all creation will glorify Him, both in Heaven and Hell, and affirm that the Judge of all the earth has done right. Our God will be worshipped, praised and glorified for all eternity which is His right.
See: 1 Cor. 15:51-53; Rev. 21:1-8; 1 Cor. 6:14; Jn. 20; Rev. 20:11-15
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