When you ask someone in the United States if they are a Christian, 85 out of 100 will say yes. If you ask people specifically, if they believe the seven things we're covering, today, less than 10 % would say yes. Don't get me wrong! I'm not saying we must believe these seven things to be a Christian; only one…we must believe in Jesus, the Son of God. It's just that these things are so foundational to belief in Jesus it's hard to believe one without the other. At some point, every follower of Jesus must reconcile any conflicting beliefs with those we're studying today. If we don't, we run the very real risk of being talked out of our faith, or worse, into some enslaving cult. If you believe the building you're in is on fire, you'll be somewhere else quick. If the building's on fire and you don't believe it, you're toast! What we believe is too important to leave to chance.
That's why we're taking a look at the foundations of our faith as followers of Jesus. These statements of the Christian faith are foundations, as well, for www.web-church.com. If you've gone to our Christian Belief Statement page, you're already familiar with these statements. Now, we'll cover some of the Biblical sources of the statement of Christian faith. We don't have time to cover all the Bible has to say on the subject, but we're gonna' cover more Bible today than many of us cover in a year. Here goes!
1. One God exists from everlasting to everlasting and expresses Himself as
Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
a. Mk 12:29 "Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one."
b. Ps 90:2 "Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God."
c Mt 3:16-17 "As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. 17And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."
2. God inspired people to write the Bible (His Word), revealing His loving
plan for each of us:
a. II Pe 1:20-21 "Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. 21For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit."
b. II Ti 3:16 "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."
c. Ro 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
d. Jn 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
3. God created us all in His image and deserves our love and obedience:
a. Ge 1:27 "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them."
b. Mk 12:30 "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength."
c. Jn 14:21 "Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me…"
4. Death entered the world through the decision of one man (Adam), distancing
us from God. Since then, we all fall short from God's glory:
a. Ro 5:12 "Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned."
b. Ro 3:23 "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God"
5. Through the sacrificial death and resurrection of one perfect man, we can
reconnect with God:
a. I Co 15:3-4 "…Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures…he was buried…he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures"
b. Ep 2:6 "And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus"
c. Co 1:19-22 "For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. 21Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation."
Continued at Statement Of Christian Faith-2.
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