Doctrine1

ABOUT THE BIBLE

The Bible is the one and only, infinite God´s revelation to His finite Creation. Without His revelation, we would be groping around in the dark inventing false gods conjured up in our own imaginations. It was penned by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error. It is the ultimate source of truth and authority for Christian beliefs and living. It gives us all the information we need to faithfully live out what God wants us to think and do.

2 Timothy 3:16-17All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

 2 Peter 1:20-21 – knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 119:105,160 – Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path…. The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.

 Proverbs 30:5 – Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.

 

ABOUT GOD

God is the ONE Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons known as “the Trinity”: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These are three distinct persons who are co-equal and co-eternal and are still one God.

Deuteronomy 6:4Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.”

 Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 

Psalm 90:2 – Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

Matthew 28:19 – Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit

Genesis 1:26a – Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…”

1 Peter 1:2 – according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you.

2 Corinthians 13:14 – The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

 

ABOUT MAN (male and female human beings)

Man is made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character and spread His life-giving rule throughout creation. They are the supreme object of God´s creation. Although they had tremendous potential for good, they have become spiritually dead through humanity’s ongoing rebellion against the holy, infinite, perfect, eternal God. Consequently, if they are going to know God and be restored to Him, God has to make them spiritually alive through the power of the Holy Spirit by His will.

Genesis 1:26-27 – Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

 Romans 3:10-12; 23 – “None is righteous, no, not one; 11 no one understands; no one seeks for God. 12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”   … for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

 Romans 5:12-13 – Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— 13 for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law.

Psalm 8:3-6 – When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet

Isaiah 53:6a – All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way

Isaiah 59:1-2 – Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.

 

ABOUT ETERNITY

Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally under the wrath of God separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence not just states of being or mind.

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Matthew 25:34,41,46 – Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world…. “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels…. And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Hebrews 9:27b – it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment

Revelation 20:15 – And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

1 John 5:11-12 – And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

 

ABOUT SALVATION

Salvation is an infinitely expensive gift offered freely from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement, good works, right thinking, or an absence of desire. Jesus Christ (the holy, infinite, eternal, perfect Son of God) is the only, singular, sole, narrow, exclusive payment for sin. Jesus Christ is the only One with the singular, sole, narrow, exclusive authority to forgive sin. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God´s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin´s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.

Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 Ephesians 2:8-9 – For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

John 14:6 – Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Romans 8:1 – There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

 John 1:12-13 – But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. 

Titus 3:5 – he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit

Romans 5:1 – Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 

 

ABOUT JESUS CHRIST

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-eternal and co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life in historical space and time and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a wooden Roman cross. Before dying on the Cross, He absorbed the full weight of the wrath of God against the sins of humanity. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven´s glory where He now reigns in authority over all things, people, places and times. Jesus will return again to reign as King of kings, and Lord of lords.

John 1:1-5 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

1 Corinthians 15:3-6 – For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.

2 Corinthians 5:21 – For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Matthew 1:22-23 – All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel”

Isaiah 9:6 – For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty GodEverlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

John 14:10 – “Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works.”

Hebrews 4:14-16 – Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Acts 1:9-11 – And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

 

ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to open people’s eyes to their sin and make them aware of their desperate need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, power for doing what is right, and gifts for building of the Church of Jesus Christ. The Christian seeks to live under the authority of God’s Word (the Bible) by the Holy Spirit every moment.

John 16:7-13 – “Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgmentconcerning sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; 11 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. 12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.”

1 Corinthians 12:4-7 – Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

John 14:16,17 – “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.”

2 Corinthians 3:17 – Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Acts 1:8 – “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

1 Corinthians 2:12 – Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.

1 Corinthians 3:16 – Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?

Ephesians 1:13 – In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,

Galatians 5:25 – If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.

 

ABOUT BAPTISM

Baptism by immersion in water is a symbol God commands in the New Testament for those who have personally accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Its purpose is for the individual believer to volitionally identify with Jesus Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection by that Christian’s own choice. It is also a symbolic picture of the Christian’s own personal death to the slavery of sin, burial of the old self, and the commitment to walk in the new life given by Christ. Baptism does not save a person because that would be salvation by works and not by faith.

Matthew 28:19-20 – “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Roman 6:1-4 – What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

Acts 2:41 – So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.

Acts 8:12 – But when they believed Philip as he preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.

Ephesians 2:8-9 – For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

 

ABOUT LORD’S SUPPER (COMMUNION)

As with Baptism, Lord’s Supper (or Communion) is a symbolic act to be observed only by those who have genuinely become followers of Jesus Christ. Partaking of this ordinance symbolizes the breaking of Christ’s body and shedding of His blood on our behalf. Christians should take Communion with an attitude of humility and self-examination, as a symbol of our continued dependence on Christ’s grace, and our unity with other believers.

1 Corinthians 11:23-25 – For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Matthew 26:26-29 – Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, 28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

John 6:53-57 – The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”53 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 55 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.56 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me.”

1 Corinthians 10:16-17 – The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? 17 Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.

1 Corinthians 11:27-31 – Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. 30 That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.31 But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged.

 

ABOUT PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS (Can I lose my salvation?)

Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security. Faithfulness is the result of salvation; salvation is not the result of faithfulness, as that would be salvation by works.

John 6:37-40 – “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

John 10:29 – “My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.”

Philippians 1:6 – And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

1 John 2:19 – They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.

Romans 8:38-39 – For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 – Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.

 2 Timothy 1:12 – which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.

Hebrews 7:25 – Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

Hebrews 10:10,14 – And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all….14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.

1 Peter 1:3-5 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.