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Regarding the Bible

  1. The Bible is inspired by God (2 Tim 3:16-17, 2 Pet 1:21)
  2. The Bible is without error (Psa 12:6, Psa 19:7-8)
  3. The Bible is complete (Rev 22:18-19, 1 Cor 13:8)
  4. The Bible is preserved (Mat 24:35, Psa 119:89, 1 Pet 1:23, 25)
  5. The Bible is our final authority for faith and practice (2 Tim 3:16-17, Rev 22:18-19)
  6. The King James Version of the Bible is the translation of choice. While the King James translation is not directly inspired (the Apostle Paul, for example, did not speak English), the KJV is the faithfully, divinely preserved, Word of God for the English-speaking people.

Regarding God

  1. There is only one true God (Deu 6:4, Psa 83:18, 1 Tim 2:5)
  2. Though there is only one God, God exists in three distinct entities (Gen 1:26, Deu 6:4, Isa 6:8, Isa 9:6, Isa 45:5)
  3. God is without bound or limitation (Gen 1:1, Psa 147:5, Jn 4:24, Jer 32:27)
  4. In addition, the following attributes apply to God:
    1. God is holy (Isa 6:3, 1 Pet 1:15-16, Rev 4:8)
    2. God exists eternally (Deu 33:27)
    3. God is immutable, or does not change (Mal 3:6, Jam 1:17, Heb 13:8)
    4. God is omnipotent, or is all powerful (Gen 1:1, Jer 32:17, Jer 32:27, Rev 19:6)
    5. God is omnipresent, or is everywhere (Psa 139:7-12, Pro 15:3)
    6. God is omniscient, or is all knowing (Psa 139:1-6, Psa 147:5, Pro 15:3)
    7. God is sovereign (Psa 8:3, Rev 19:6)
  5. God the Father is a Spirit, and the Head of the Trinity. As such, God the Father is the director of the Holy Spirit and Jesus. (Jn 8:42, Jn 15:26)

Regarding Jesus Christ

  1. He is God (Isa 40:3 with Mk 1:1-9, Jn 1:1, Jn 5:18, Jn 10:30, Col 2:9, 1 Jn 5:20)
  2. He is the only begotten son of God (Mk 1:1Jn 1:18, Jn 3:16, Jn 3:18, Heb 1:5, Heb 5:5, 1 Jn 4:9)
  3. He was born of a virgin (Isa 7:14, Mt 1:16-25, Lk 1:26-35)
  4. Though fully God, Jesus endured the same temptations as all other mankind (Mt 4:2-10, Mk 1:13, Jn 1:14, Heb 4:15)
  5. Though tempted as man, Jesus remains sinless (Mt 4:1-11, Heb 4:15, 2 Cor 5:21, Heb 4:15, Heb 9:14)
  6. He literally, willingly died on the cross of Calvary to pay the debt of sin for all mankind (Mt 4:1-11, 1 Cor 15:3, 2 Cor 5:21, Heb 4:15, Heb 9:14, Heb 9:28, 10:10)
  7. After His death, Jesus overcame death and ascended into Heaven where He now intercedes for believers (Jn 20:27-28, Lk 24:36-43, Mt 27:62-66, Mt 28:6, Acts 1:3, Acts 1:9-11, 1 Cor 15:3-8, Heb 4:14, Heb 7:25, 1 Pet 3:22)

Regarding the Holy Spirit

  1. The Holy Spirit is God (Jn 14:16-18, Acts 5:3-5)
  2. The Holy Spirit is not simply a force or influence, but rather exhibits the characteristics of a person (Ps 139:7-10, Lk 1:35, Acts 5:3-4, Rom 15:30, 1 Cor 2:10-11, 1 Cor 2:13, 1 Cor 3:16, 1 Cor 12:11, 2 Cor 13:14, Eph 4:30)
  3. After salvation, the Holy Spirit indwells, fills, guides, teaches, and comforts the believer (Jn 16:8-11, 1 Cor 3:16-17, 1 Cor 6:19-20, Eph 1:13-14, Eph 5:18, Rom 8:14, Rom 8:16, 1 Cor 2:12-14, Titus 3:5-6)
  4. The Holy Spirit provides gifts to be used to bring Glory to Jesus and God the Father, however many of the sign gifts (such as speaking in tongues) are no longer in use by the Holy Spirit (Rom 12:6-8, 1 Cor 12:1-11, 1 Cor 13:8, 1 cor 14:22, Eph 4:11, 1 Pet 4:10)

Regarding Man

  1. Note: for this topic, the phrase all men shall be understood to mean all men born as a result of a union of a man and a woman and therefore will exclude Christ.
  2. Adam was created in the image of God, without sin, but willingly choose to sin. (Gen 1:26-31, Gen 3:6, Gen 9:6, 1 Tim 2:14)
  3. Adam (and as a result) all mankind is a tri-partite being consisting of a body, soul and spirit (Gen 2:7, 1 Th 5:23, Heb 4:12)
  4. As a result of Adam’s sin, all men are born as sinners. (Rom 5:12, 1 Jn 1:8)
  5. Because all men are born sinners, all men (apart from salvation) are spiritually dead and condemned by God (Jn 3:18, Rom 6:23, Eph 2:1)

Regarding Sin

  1. All sin is falling short of the Glory of God (Rom 3:23, 1 Jn 5:17)
  2. Sin originated with Lucifer (Isa 14:12-15)
  3. Physical death, spiritual death and separation from God are some of the results of Adam’s sin. (Gen 3, Jn 3:17, Rom 5:12)
  4. By nature, men are sinners (Rom 3:10, Rom 3:23, Rom 5:12)
  5. Christians can choose not to sin (Psa 119:11, Jn 5:14, Jn 8:11, 1 Cor 6:13, Eph 6:11)
  6. Sin, in the Christian’s life, interrupts fellowship with God (Psa 66:18, 1 Jn 1:5-10)

Regarding Salvation

  1. In eternity past, God saw the destiny of man (sin), and devised a plan by which mankind could be saved from the penalty of his sin (Rom 8:29-30, Rev 13:8)
  2. God demanded the shedding of blood for the payment of sin – to purchase salvation (Exo 12:13, Rom 6:23, Heb 9:22)
  3. Salvation is available to all men (Isa 55:1, Jn 3:16, Jn 12:32, Rom 10:13, Rev 22:17)
  4. Salvation is a gift which must be accepted or refused (Isa 55:6, Mk 1:15, Jn 1:12-13, Rom 10:9-10, Eph 2:8-9, 2 Tim 2:25)
  5. Salvation is:
    1. By grace (Isa 64:6, Rom 3:24, Eph 2:8-9, Col 1:4-6, 2 Tim 1:9, Tit 2:11, 3:5-7)
    2. Through faith (Jn 1:12, 3:16, 3:36, 5:24, 6:47, Rom 3:28, Gal 2:16, Eph 2:8)
    3. Through faith in Jesus Christ (Jn 14:6, Acts 4:12, Rom 1:16, Rom 3:22, 2 Tim 3:15)
  6. When a person is saved, he is:
    1. Justified (Rom 3:24)
    2. Redeemed (Gal 3:13, Tit 2:14)
    3. Reconciled (Rom 5:10)
    4. Adopted (Rom 8:15)
    5. Baptized with the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:5, Acts 1:8, Rom 8:9)
    6. Sanctified (1 Cor 6:11)
    7. Sealed (Eph 1:13)Changed (2 Cor 5:17, Acts 9:1)
  7. Salvation is eternal (Eph 1:13, Eph 4:30, Jn 5:24, Jn 10:28-30)
  8. The shed blood of Christ was sufficient for the salvation of all mankind (Acts 20:28, 1 Pet 1:18-19, 1 Jn 2:2, Rev 1:5,Rev 7:14)

Regarding the Church

  1. The head of the church is Christ (Eph 5:23-24, Col 1:18)
  2. The Local Church is: an assembly of:
    1. Saved, baptized believers (Acts 2:41-47, 1 Cor 12:13)
    2. In one geographic location (Acts 8:1, 1 Cor 1:2, 1 Thes 1:1, Rev 1:4)
  3. The local church is to be self-governing
  4. The purposes of the church are:
    1. Worship (Acts 2:47)
    2. Evangelism (Acts 13:1-5, Mt 28:18-20, Acts 1:8)
    3. Discipleship (Acts 2:42, Acts 15:35, Col 3:16)
    4. Exhortation (10:23-25)
  5. The church is to oversee the two ordnances: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. These ordinances are, in no way, by themselves, capable of changing a man. They are only symbolic in nature.
  6. Baptism – to be administered to those professing a saving faith in Jesus (Acts 2:41; Acts 8:36-38; Acts 16:14-15)
  7. The Lord’s Supper or The Lord’s Table
    1. Taken in remembrance of Christ (1 Cor 11:24-25)
    2. Is a proclamation of the inevitable return of Christ (1 Cor 11:26)

Regarding the End Times

  1. The church will be raptured before the tribulation and before the millennial reign of Christ (1 Thes 5:9, 2 Thes 2:3, Rev 4:1)
  2. After the rapture of the church, there will be a judgment of the saints of God. At this judgment all Christians will be judged according to their works. Based on their works, some will receive rewards and some will not.( 1 Cor 3:13-15, 2 Cor 5:10)
  3. After the rapture of the church, there will be a seven year period of tribulation on Earth. (Dan 9:27)
  4. During the tribulation, those who refused salvation prior to the rapture will believe a delusion and will not be saved. (2 Thes 2:8-12)
  5. The tribulation will terminate with the defeat of the Earth’s armies at the battle of Armageddon (Mt 24:29-31, Rev 19:11-21, Dan 7:13-14)
  6. After Armageddon, Christ will set up His reign on Earth for 1,000 years (Isa 65-66, Rev 20-21)
  7. At the conclusion of the millennial reign, Satan will be loosed for his final rebellion. Upon his defeat, he will be cast into the lake of fire along with those judged at the Great White Throne (the unsaved) (Isa 65-66, Rev 20-21)
  8. Finally, God will create a the New Heavens and Earth. The saved will live on this new creation in the presence of God forever. (Isa 66:22, Rev 21, Ezek 48:35)

Regarding Angels

  1. Angels are an innumerable host of beings created by God to magnify God, praise God, worship God, and to do the bidding of God (Ezek 28:13-14, Ps 148:2, Phil 2:9 – 11, Heb 1:6, Heb 12:22, Rev 5:11, Col 1:16)
  2. Though they may occupy flesh, angels are created as spirit beings (Eph 6:12)
  3. Angels are not to be the object of worship (Col 2:18, Rev 19:10, Rev 22:9)
  4. Holy angels minister in the lives of men (Gen 19:1-16, Mt 4:11, Heb 1:14)
  5. As a result of his pride, Lucifer chose to disobey God, and led a countless multitude of angels in revolt (Isa 14:12-17, Rev 12:3-4)
  6. Now, Satan and his demons are active in the world to bring about evil and cause disbelief in God (Rev 12:12, Rev 12:17)
  7. Satan is a liar and the father of lies (Jn 8:44)
  8. Satan blinds the mind of those who are lost (2 Cor 4:4)
  9. Demons can possess the bodies of men and animals (Mk 5:12, Acts 16:16-18)
  10. Demons cannot possess the bodies of believers (Eph 6:10-18, 1 Cor 6:19, Eph 1:13-14)