Basic Beliefs

    

Basic Christian Beliefs

Essentials

The Trinity. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are equal, pre-existent, eternal, yet one in nature and purpose. (Gen 1:1-2, Matt 28:19-20, John 1:1-3, John 14:16,)

Salvation comes only by grace through faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. (Eph 2:8-9, Rom. 3:23, Rom 6:23, 1 Jon 5:10-13)

Once one receives the gift of Gods grace, the Holy Spirit enables him/her to live a life of service and honor to God. This is the result of Salvation, not the cause of it. (Eph. 2:8-10, Romans 8:1-6, John 15:1-5)

Baptism of believers is the first public demonstration of faith in Jesus Christ. (John 3:5, Acts 2:38, Matt. 28:19-20)

Each person receives spiritual gifts (at least one) at baptism. All gifts are to be used for the building up of the church in unity and function. (1 Cor. 12-14, Rom. 12:4-8, Eph 4:12-16)

The Bible is God’s authoritative and reliable word. All other “truths” are tested by the Scriptures. (1 Tim. 3:15-17, Heb. 4:12-13, 2 Peter 1:19-21)

We expect a literal second coming of Christ in the clouds of heaven. (Mt. 24:27, I Thess 4:13-18, Mt. 26:64).

Those who receive the gift of eternal life will be taken to a literal heaven in the next life. (John 14:1-3, Rev. 21:1-4, Matt 25:46)

Those who refuse it will experience eternal separation from God which the Bible calls hell. (Rev. 20:11-15, Mt. 10:28, Mt. 25:41-46)

Christians are expected to support the work of God by giving generously. (Mal 3:8-10, 1 Cor 9:6-7, Mt 6:19-21)

Protecting the unity of the church is expected of all believers. (John 17, Phil. 2:1-11, Eph. 4: 30-32, Col 3:12-16, Jn. 15:12)

Christians are to follow Jesus’ three great commands to love God, love each other, and reach the world for Him. (Mt 22:34-38, Mt 22:38-40, Mt. 28:19-20)

Non-essentials

Exact timing or interpretation of prophetic events

Foods, holy days, rituals, worship styles, dress codes

Fine points of theology

Anything that has the potential to divide or causes arguments outside the basics of the faith.