I. The Scriptures
The Holy Bible was written by men who were divinely influenced. The Holy Bible is God's
explaining Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine teaching. God is the author.
Salvation is its purpose. Truth, without any mistakes, is its substance. For these reasons, all
Scripture is completely true. All Scripture is completely correct.
There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal
Being. He is the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is neverending
in purity. God is perfect. God is all powerful. God is all knowing. He knows about
all things in the past, present, and future.
A. God the Father
God as Father rules with kind care over His universe, His creatures, and human history
according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful. He is all knowing. He is all
loving. He is all wise.
B. God the Son
Christ is the never-ending Son of God. In His life as Jesus Christ, He was brought into being
by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus completely showed and did the will of
God. He became a human being with all the stress and needs of human beings. He identified
completely with humans. Even though He was human, He had no sin. He respected the
divine law. He personally obeyed God. When He died for others on the cross, He made a
way for the salvation of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body.
C. God the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit is completely divine. He influenced
holy men of Bible times to write the Scriptures. By explanation He allows men to understand
truth. He honors Christ. He shows men their sin. He shows men the worthiness of Christ. He
shows men their punishment. He calls men to the Saviour. He is the source of rebirth. At the
moment of rebirth, He takes every believer into the Body of Christ.
Salvation includes the whole man. Salvation is given to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord
and Saviour. Jesus Christ by His own blood brought never-ending salvation to the believer.
Salvation includes being accepted just as you are when you turn from your sin. Salvation
includes being set apart for His work. Salvation includes being made to worship God.
There is no salvation without personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
4. God's Purpose of Grace
Becoming one of God’s children is the caring work of God. He accepts us just as we are.
He sets us apart for His work. He wants us to be with Him and to worship Him forever.
God’s kind plan does not deny the free will of man. God’s plan includes all the ways to
accomplish this. God’s plan is the great evidence of God's most excellent goodness. God’s
plan is very wise, holy, and cannot be changed. God’s plan does not include boasting. God’s
plan encourages humility.
5. 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. Baptism is the picture of the believer's faith in
a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour. Baptism is a picture of the believer's death to sin, the
burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in a new life in Christ Jesus. Baptism
shows the believer’s faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Baptism is required before
church membership. Baptism is also required before taking the Lord's Supper.
The Lord's Supper is a picture of obedience. Church members eat the bread and drink the
fruit of the vine. They remember the death of the Redeemer. They look forward to His
6. The Lord's Day
The first day of the week is the Lord's Day. It is a Christian custom to recognize this day
regularly. On this day Christians celebrate the resurrection of Christ from the dead. This
day should include worship and spiritual commitment, both public and private. Activities on
the Lord's Day should agree with the Christian's sense of right and wrong under the Lordship
of Jesus Christ.
7. Evangelism and Missions
It is the job and honor of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus
Christ to try to make disciples of the people from all nations. The new birth of man's spirit by
God's Holy Spirit means the birth of love for others. Winning the lost world to faith in Jesus
Christ depends on all believers. Making disciples is a Christian duty for the person who has
already accepted Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord.
8. The Family
God has planned the family as the first institution of the world. It is made up of persons
joined to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.
Marriage is the joining of one man and one woman with the promise of being faithful to one
another for a lifetime. Marriage is God's special gift. Marriage shows the union between
Christ and His church.
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