FAITH ESSENTIALS

The essentials of the faith are the core doctrine that Christian's should know and understand about God and the Bible. For example, that the Bible (Old and New Testament) is all pointing to Jesus who is fully God, not a prophet or messenger. Here are some essentials to know below,

  1. The Unity of God. Specifically, monotheism, there is only one God. God is the uncreated creator. "I am the first and  am the last." (Isa 44:46). 
     

  2. The Inspiration of Scripture - it is God breathed. God used man to write His book, with the same consistent message and no contradictions. No man could ever orchestrate such a unified book with 40 Authors over thousands of years and be all about Jesus. "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,"(2 Timothy 3:16).
     

  3. The World is Fallen - Sin has corrupted the world and the consequences are of it results in separation and suppression of God. "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," (Romans 3:23). We need a Saviour because we cannot get rid of this ourselves. Our offence is to God so only He can forgive our offence against Him, not man. God provided a practical removal for sin that would satisfy His just nature. "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:8-9). God is perfectly just and therefore must deal with every sin. A loving God holds people accountable, just like a good judge does in our judicial system - he wouldn't let people get away with their transgressions without punishment.
     

  4. To Read the Bible as a whole - The Bible is not just a dictionary for when you have a problem that 1 or 2 verses can satisfy, the power in the Word of God is the entire redemption story from start to finish. The message of constant hope that we may be redeemed despite our failures. Jesus is the one that doesn't fail, He is the only sacrifice worthy. 
     

  5. Christ's sinless perfection - The sacrifice given to God has to be perfect. Because God is holy, it would not be just of him to let sin pass unpunished. Jesus needed to bear the full wrath of God. When we believe in Jesus we receive imputed righteousness, that is, we can now appear before God with Jesus’ righteousness rather than our own. "And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption". (1 Corinthians 1:30). In Genesis 22:8 God says that He will provide this sacrifice for us, in His son who was sinless. We now stand before God reconciled, redeemed, justified and forgiven. Praise God!
     

  6. God is Sovereign - God is the supreme authority and all things are under His control. God’s sovereignty over all things does not require that mankind be without the ability to make choices. Rather, God’s sovereignty ensures that the outcome of mankind’s decisions conforms to His will in the end, (Ephesians 1:11). Therefore, mankind possesses a free will to make choices in defining the path in life, nevertheless God's will sets the destination for our path, so that in the end we remain accountable for the path we chose. "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28). Take heart because he has overcome he world. If God says to believe in Jesus, we must!
     

  7. The Resurrection - Jesus death and resurrection is essential for a person to be saved. He fulfilled His first promise and will fulfil it again with the promise of a New World. 
     

  8. Grace through Faith Alone - We rest entirely on God's forgiveness to be saved. We all deserve God's wrath, but by believing in Christ we receive undeserved grace. "Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed,” (John 20:29). Grace is an undeserved gift from God, a gift that must be accepted and responded to. God ordained the way we receive that grace, which is faith alone. "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast," (Ephesians 2:8-9). To believe is to have faith. The Bible gives us no room to boast in receiving it. After receiving it, you will change to a new creation born into a new Holy family, Gods chosen children to glorify Him in all we do. God has come to us before we ever came to Him. 

"The Old Covenant says 'Keep my law and live', the new covenant is 'You shall live, and I will lead you to keep my law.' - Spurgeon

"O Lord, everything good in me is due to you, the rest is my fault." - Augustine

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. 

Romans 12:2

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