The Bible, the accepted 66 book canon from Genesis to Revelation, is God’s written revelation to man, given by the Holy Spirit.(1 Cor. 2:7-14; 13:8-13; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; Rev 22:18-19 )
The Bible is:
Verbally inspired in every word.“Inspiration” comes from the Greek term, theopneustos, which literally means, “God breathed.” (2 Tim. 3:16)
Absolutely inerrant in the original documents.
Infallible. (Matt. 5:18)
God spoke in His written Word by a process of dual authorship.The Holy Spirit superintended the human authors that, through their individual personalities and different styles of writing, they composed and recorded God’s Word to man. (1 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20-21)
There is only one true interpretation of scripture, but many applications.The meaning of scripture is to be found through a literal grammatical-historical method of interpretation under the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit.(John 16:13; 1 Cor. 2:7-15; 1 John 2:20)
The Bible constitutes the only infallible rule of faith and practice. (John 16:12-13; 17:17; Heb. 4:12; 2 Pet. 1:20-21)
God as a Trinity
There is one living and True God. (Deut. 6:4; Isa. 45:5-7; 1 Cor. 8:4).
He is an infinite, all-knowing Spirit. (Jn. 4:24)
He is perfect in all His attributes.
He is one in essence, eternally existing in three Persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14)
Each Person equally deserves worship and obedience.
God the Father
God the Father is the 1st Person in the Trinity.
He orders and disposes all things according to His own purpose and grace.(Ps. 145:8-9; 1 Cor. 8:6)
He is the creator of all things. (Gen. 1:1-31; Eph. 3:9)
He is the only absolute and omnipotent Ruler in the universe, sovereign in creation, providence, and redemption.(Ps. 103:19; Rom. 11:36)
He continually upholds, directs, and governs all creatures and events. (1 Chron. 29:11; Dan. 4:34-35)
In His sovereignty:
He is neither the author nor approver of sin. (Hab. 1:13; Jn. 8:38-47)
He does not abridge the accountability of moral, intelligent creatures. (1 Pet. 1:17)
He has graciously chosen from eternity past those whom He would have as His own. (Eph. 1:4-6)
Saves from sin all those who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
He possesses all the divine excellencies of deity:
Self-existence (Jn. 5:26)
Immutability (Heb. 13:8)
Holiness (Heb. 7:26)
Omnipotence (Mt. 28:18; Rev. 1:8)
He therefore is coequal, consubstantial, and coeternal with the Father. (Jn. 10:30; 14:9)
Jesus is God. (Jn. 1:1-3, 14; 1 Tim. 3:16; Heb. 1:3)
He is the virgin born Son of God, begotten by the Holy Spirit through the virgin
Mary.(Isa. 7:14; Lk. 1:35)
In this incarnation (God becoming man), Christ surrendered only the prerogatives
of deity, but nothing of divine essence. (Phil. 2:5-8; Col. 2:9)
Jesus Christ is the God-Man, representing humanity and deity in indivisible oneness. (Micah 5:2; Jn. 14:9-10; Col. 2:9)
Our Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through the shedding of His blood and the sacrificial death on the cross. (Jn. 10:15; Rom. 3:24; 5:8)
Our justification is made sure by His literal and physical resurrection from the dead. (Matt. 28:6; Lk. 24:38-39)
In Jesus Christ’s resurrection, God confirmed the deity of His Son and gave proof that God has accepted the atoning work of Christ on the cross. (Rom. 1:4; 4:25; 6:5-10)
He is now ascended to the right hand of the Father, where He now mediates as our Advocate and High Priest. (Rom. 4:25; 8:34; Heb. 7:25; 1 Jn. 2:1)
Jesus Christ is:
Mediator between God and
Man. (1 Tim. 2:5)
Head of His body the Church. (Eph. 1:22; 5:23)
The Coming Universal King, who will reign on the throne of David.
(Isa. 9:6; Lk. 1:31-33)
Final Judge of all who fail to place their trust in Him as Lord and Savior.
(Matt. 25:14-46; Acts 17:30-31)
God the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Trinity.
He possesses all attributes of personality and deity:
Intellect (1 Cor. 2:10-13
Emotions (Eph. 4:30)
Will (1 Cor. 12:11
Eternality (Heb. 9:14)
Omnipresence (Ps. 139:7-10)
Omniscience (Is. 40:13-14)
Omnipotence (Rom. 15:13)
He therefore is co-equal and consubstantial with the Father and the Son. (Mt. 28:19; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Cor. 13:14; Heb. 10:15)
His sovereign activity includes:
Creation (Gen. 1:2)
Incarnation (Mt. 1:18)
Written revelation (2 Pet. 1:20-21)
Work of salvation (Jn. 3:5-7)
Broad scope of His divine activity includes:
Convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. (Jn. 16:7-9)
Transforming believers into the image of Christ. (2 Cor. 3:18)
He is the Supernatural and Sovereign Agent in regeneration. (1 Cor. 12:13; Titus 3:5)
The Holy Spirit:
Indwells (Rom. 8:9)
Sanctifies (1 Pet. 1:2)
Instructs (1 Jn. 2:20, 27)
Empowers for service (2 Cor. 3:6)
Seals them unto day of redemption (Eph. 1:13)
God created the world and all of life during six, literal twenty-four hour days as described in the opening chapters of Genesis. (Gen. 1-2; Exodus 20:8-11)
The Hebrew word yom is translated “day” 95% (1200 times in the KJV yom is translated “day,” only 65 times translated “time.”
When yom means “time,” it usually the adjective “long” before it.
With a number yom means “day.”
Genesis uses “evening and morning” (over 100 times in O.T.)
Olam means “age.”
Man was the pinnacle of God’s creation, giving him power over all other aspects of creation. (Gen. 1:26-27)
Creation was ex nihilo, “out of nothing,” an instantaneous creation by the verbal authoritative decree of God.
God directly and immediately created man in His image and likeness. (Gen. 1:26-27; 5:1; 9:6; James 2:9)
Man was created free from sin with a rational nature, intelligence, volition, self-determination, and moral responsibility to God.(Gen. 2:7, 15-25)
God’s intention in the creation of man was that man should glorify God (Isa. 43:7; Col. 1:16; Rev. 4:11)
Adam’s sin of disobedience to God’s revealed will and Word of God (1 Tim. 2:13-14), man:
Lost his innocence. (Gen. 3:7-19; 3:23)
Incurred the penalty of spiritual and physical death. (Gen. 2:16-17; 6:23)
Became subject to the wrath of God. (Gen. 3:1-19; Jn. 3:36)
Became inherently corrupt and utterly incapable of choosing or doing that which is acceptable to God apart from divine grace. (1 Cor. 2:14; Eph. 2:1-3; 1 Jn. 1:8)
All men were in Adam and therefore a nature that has been corrupted by Adam’s sin has been transmitted to all men of all ages, except Jesus Christ.All men are therefore sinners by nature, by choice, and by divine declaration.(Ps. 14:1-3; Jer. 17:9; 3:9-18, 23; 5:10-12).
Man’s salvation is therefore, wholly of God’s grace through the redemptive work of our Lord Jesus Christ.( 5:10-11; Eph. 2:8-10)
Salvation is wholly of God by grace on the basis of the redemption of Jesus Christ, the merit of His shed blood, and not on the basis of human merit or works. (Jn. 1;12; Eph. 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Pet. 1:18-19)
1.Regeneration is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit by which the divine nature and divine life are given. (Jn. 3:3-7; Titus 3:5)
It is instantaneous and is accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God (Jn. 5:24; Rom. 10:14, 17; James 1:18), which produces (Jn. 1:12-13; 1 Jn. 5:1) repentance, as well as faith in Christ, as enabled by the Holy Spirit (Acts 11:18; Eph. 2:8-10; 2 Tim. 2:25).
Good works, manifested in righteous attitudes and righteous conduct, are the inevitable demonstration of true regeneration. (Ezek. 36:26-27; 1 Cor. 6:19-20; Eph. 2:10; 1 Jn. 3:4-9)
1.Election is an act of God by which, before the foundation of the earth, He graciously chose in Christ all those whom He regenerates, saves, and sanctifies.(Rom. 8:28-30; Eph. 1:4-11; 2 Thes. 2:13; 2 Tim. 2:10; 1 Pet. 1:2)
2.Sovereign election does not contradict or negate man’s responsibility to repent and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (Ezek. 18:23, 30, 32; Ezek. 33:11; Jn. 3:18-19, 36; 5:40; 2 Thes. 2:10-12)
3.Since sovereign grace includes the means for receiving the gift of salvation as well as the gift itself, sovereign election will always result in what God determines.(Jn. 6:37-40, 44; Acts 13:48; Rom. 8:28-30)
4.The unmerited favor that God grants to totally depraved sinners is not based upon any initiative of the sinner or on God’s anticipation of what that sinner might do by their own will.This unmerited favor is based solely on God’s sovereign grace and mercy.(Eph. 1:4-11; Titus 3:4-7; 1 Pet. 1:2)
5.Election is exercised in harmony with God’s other attributes, such as His omniscience, justice, holiness, wisdom, grace, and love.(Rom. 9:11-16)
1.Justification is an act of God (Rom. 8:33) by which He declares righteous those who, through faith in Jesus Christ, repent of their sins (Is. 55:6-7; Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 11:18; Rom. 2:4; 2 Cor. 7:10) and confess Him as their sovereign Lord (Rom. 10:9-10; 1 Cor. 12:3; 2 Cor. 4:5; Phil. 2:11).
2.This righteousness is apart from any goodness or virtue of man. (Rom. 3:20; 4:6)
3.This righteousness involves the imputation of our sins to Christ (Col. 2:14; 1 Pet. 2:24) and the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to us (1 Cor. 1:30; 2 Cor. 5:21).
1.Every believer is sanctified (set apart) unto God by justification and declared holy.This is referred to as positional sanctification and should not be confused with progressive sanctification.(1 Cor. 1:2, 30; 6:11; 2 Thes. 2:13; Heb. 2:11; 10:10, 14; 13:12; 1 Pet. 1:2)
2.There is also a progressive sanctification by which the state of the believer is brought closer to the standing that the believer has positionally through justification.This is a life that is lived in increasing holiness and conformity to the will of God, becoming more and more like Jesus Christ, made only possible through the empowering of the Holy Spirit.(Jn. 17:17, 19; Rom. 6:1-22; 2 Cor. 3:18; 1 Thes. 4:3-4; 5:23)
3.This then, presents the believer with a daily struggle—the new creation in Christ battling against fleshly desires.This struggle follows the believer throughout his earthly life and is never completely ended.Therefore, eradication of sin is not possible, but the Holy Spirit does provide victory over sin. (Gal. 6:16-25; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:9-10; 1 Pet. 14-16; 1 Jn. 3:4-9)
1.All those who are regenerated are securely kept by the power of God and are thus secure in Christ forever.(Jn. 5:24; 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom. 5:9-10; 8:1, 31-39; Eph. 4:30; Heb. 7:25; 13:5; 1 Pet. 1:5; Jude 24)
2.This assurance of salvation however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for sinful living and carnality.(Rom. 6:15-22; 13:13-14; Gal. 5:13, 25-26; Titus 2:11-14)
1.All who are regenerated are immediately placed by the Holy Spirit into one united spiritual Body, the church (1 Cor. 12:12-13), the bride of Christ (2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 5:23-32; Rev. 19:7-8), of which Christ is the Head (Eph. 1:22; 4:15; Col. 1:18).
2.The church is distinct from Israel as the Bible clearly distinguishing natural Israel from the church. (Acts 4:8, 10; 1 Cor. 10:32)
3.The establishment of local assemblies is clearly taught. (Acts 14:23, 27; 20:17, 28; Phil. 1:1; 1 Thes. 1:1; 2 Thes. 1:1)
4.Members of the one spiritual Body are directed to associate themselves in local assemblies. (1 Cor. 11:18-20; Heb. 10:25)
5.The local church is an autonomous organization, free from any external authority or control. (Titus 1:5)
6.The purpose of the local church is to glorify God (Eph. 3:21) by:
a.Building itself up in the faith (Eph. 4:13-16)
b.Instruction of the Word (2 Tim. 2:2, 15; 3:16-17)
c.Fellowship (Acts 2:47; 1 Jn. 1:3)
d.Keeping the ordinances (Luke 22:19; Acts 2:38-42)
e.Advancing and communicating the gospel to the entire world (Matt. 28:19; Acts 1:8; 2:42)
7.The two ordinances of the local church are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. (Acts 2:38-42)
a.Baptism is by immersion (Acts 8:36-39), signifying a solemn testimony of a believer showing his faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior, and his union with Him in death to sin and resurrection to a new life (Rom. 6:1-11).Baptism also is a sign of identification with the local church (Acts 2:41-42).
b.The Lords Supper is a commemoration and proclamation of Christ’s death, where the elements are only representative of the body and blood of Christ.(1 Cor. 11:24-26)
1.Two kinds of gifts were given to the early church:miraculous gifts and ministering gifts.
2.Miraculous gifts (including divine revelation, healing, the gift of miracles, speaking in tongues, the interpretation of tongues, etc.) were given temporarily in the apostolic age for the sole purpose of authenticating the apostle’s message.(2 Cor. 12:12; Heb. 2:3-4)
3.Now that the New Testament is complete, Scripture alone becomes the sole test of one’s testimony, leaving the miraculous gifts as no longer necessary to validate a man or his message. (1 Cor. 13:8-12)
4.The Miraculous gifts have ceased and are no longer in operation today.
5.Ministering gifts, given to equip believers for edification of others, are the only gifts still in operation today.
ANGELS AND SATAN
1.Angels are created beings, created to serve God (Luke 2:9-14; Heb. 1:6-7; Rev. 5:11-14) and are not to be worshipped (Rev. 19:10; 22:9).
2.Satan was a created angel and incurred to judgment of God when he rebelled against his Creator. (Is. 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:11-19)
3.Satan is the author of sin and introduced sin onto the human race. (Gen. 3:1-15;
2 Cor. 11:3, 13-15; Rev. 12:9)
4.Satan is the enemy of God and man. (Is. 14:13-14; Matt. 4:1-11; Rev. 12:9-10)
5.Satan has been defeated by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. (Rom. 16:20; 1 Cor. 15:54-57; Col. 2:14-15; Rev. 1:18; 20:10)
1. Believers in the church age will be raptured by Christ before the seven year tribulation period. (1 Thess. 4:16; Titus 2:13).
2. Following the rapture of the church, God's righteous judgments will be poured out upon the earth for seven years. (Jer. 30:7; Dan. 9:27; Rev. 16).
3. The seven year tribulation will come to an end with the physical return of Jesus Christ. (Matt. 24:27-31; 25:31-46; 2 Thess. 2:7-12) at which time He will establish the promised messianic kingdom (2 Sam. 7:9-17; Ezek. 37:21-28).
4. At the close of the millenial kingdom, (a) there will be a final judgment of all the unsaved who will then be sentenced to an eternal conscious punishment in the lake of fire (Matt. 25:41; 2 Thess 1:6-10; Rev 20:11-15) and (b) all believers will enter the eternal state of glory with God (Rev. 20:15; 21:1-27; 22:1-5).