The Bible is God’s ever living and abiding Word, and through the Scriptures we know that mankind is naturally sinful and eternally lost without hope, except through a repentant faith in the finished work of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son. The Bible also instructs us how we are to live for God, avoid the wiles of the devil, and love others; through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit.
I) The Bible
A) The Bible is God’s Word to mankind. It should be read and interpreted literally and contextually.
B) The Bible is inspired and persevered by God.
C) The Bible teaches us about God; Who He is, His works, and His ways.
D) The Scriptures show us our moral obligation in the sight of God and how it is obtained.
E) We should read, study, meditate on, live by and share God’s Word habitually.
F) The Bible is God’s final authoritative revelation to man.
G) The King James Version of the Bible is God’s preserved inspired Word for English speaking people.
A) The LORD is the one true God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth, and the eternal King over all.
B) He is all powerful, all knowing, ever present, unchangeable, holy, righteous, just, merciful, gracious, loving, and good.
C) He is God in three persons: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit are the three persons of the Godhead.
1) The Father reigns in Heaven being ever worshiped by the heavenly host and will one day judge all men.
2) The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, Jesus Christ the Son of God.
a) He was Virgin born & lived a perfect sinless life.
b) Jesus came to reconcile mankind to God.
c) Jesus fulfilled the will of the Father through his atoning death and resurrection.
d) Jesus is the Head of the Church.
e) Jesus is coming again.
i) First for His Chosen before the Tribulation.
ii) Then, after the time of Jacob’s trouble, to set up His Kingdom.
3) The Spirit is the witness and power of God on Earth.
a) He convicts of sin.
b) He converts the repentant sinner who puts his faith in Christ.
c) He illuminates the Word to the believer.
A) Because of God’s holiness He cannot allow sinfulness into His presence.
B) Since the fall of man in the garden, man has naturally and willfully turned from God, and thus is damned to the eternal judgment of the wrath of God.
1) The lost will stand before God at the Great White Throne Judgment at the last day
2) The lost, after being judged according to the heavenly record, are cast into the lake of fire.
C) Man’s only salvation is through the completed work of Jesus Christ. He paid for our sins and made a way for us to be reconciled to God.
D) Christ will save anyone who believingly turns to Him in faith.
E) Salvation, which is eternal, is by grace through faith and not of works.
F) The assurance of salvation is in the witness of the Spirit and promises in the Scriptures.
IV) Christian Living
A) Keeping the commandments of God in our personal and public lives is paramount, knowing our works will be assessed by Christ at His judgment seat. We are called to live holy lives and do His will, as revealed in the Scriptures.
B) We are to humbly walk in the Spirit of God.
1) First, by striving to live by the word of God. Second, by confessing our sins to God when we do.
C) Christians are to evangelize: we are to proclaim the Gospel to the world.
D) Christians are to be edifying: We are to teach and encourage other believers in the Word of God.
E) Christians are to use their Spiritual gift(s) that God has given them. The variety of the distribution of gifts and talents makes each Christian a unique and necessary member of the body of Christ, the Church.
F) Christians are to live lives separated from worldliness.
G) Christians are to honor all authority structures established by God; in the home, church, and government.
A) Christian duties are to be fulfilled through God’s chosen institution, the Church.
B) Local called out assemblies of believers, under the Authority of Christ and guidance of a Pastor, are to charitably and affectionately work together to fulfill all the commandments of the Word of God.
C) The Church is called to be faithful stand for Bible Truth; correcting those who err and denounce all heretics along with their antichrist heresies.
D) The Church’s ordinances are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. These are chosen symbols to show others and remind ourselves of the work that Christ has done for us.
1) Baptism is the immersing of the believer in water to show his decision to follow Christ and to signify how he is buried and raised again with the Lord.
2) The Lord’s Supper is the fellowship meal of love and unity of believers in which the bread represents the body of Christ that was broken and the cup represents the blood that was shed for us. This is also a time for the believer to reflect on his individual walk with the Lord.
E) The Church’s offices are the bishop (pastor) and deacons.
1) Pastors are to give themselves continually to prayer and ministry of the Word and to guide the church and see that Christ’s flock is fed with the Word and growing spiritually.
2) Bishops are to serve the Church and see that the physical needs of the church are met.
3) The qualifications of bishops and deacons are clearly laid out in the books of First Timothy and Titus.
VII) The Spiritual World
A) The unseen realm of spiritual beings is real and active.
B) The heavenly host of angels, cherubims, and seraphims worship and serve God.
C) The Devil Lucifer, called Satan, rebelled against God through his pride and brought down with him and third of the angels.
D) These evil and seducing spirits, which vary in wickedness and rank, war against the things of God. Since the garden of Eden, Satan has been deceiving, accusing, and troubling mankind.
E) Everlasting fire has been prepared by God for the devil and his angels, and consequentially will be the final destination of the unsaved.
F) The Christian’s defence against spiritual attacks is the power and authority of Christ through the Holy Spirit and Word of God.
VI) Things to Come
A) The catching away of the church, where we as believers will meet Christ in the air, is yet to come.
B) Seven years of tribulation will follow the rapture of the church and God will pour out his wrath on those who choose to follow the Antichrist.
C) Christ will come to the earth to defeat those that oppose Him, have the devil bound and cast into bottomless pit, and establish His throne on the earth for a thousand years. After the thousand years the devil will be released for a little season, and the final rebellion against Christ will be defeated by fire falling from heaven.
D) Those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life will have their works judged by Christ as by fire of what sort they are to determine the believer’s reward.
E) God will judge all the unsaved, those whose names are not written in the Lambs book of life, at the Great White Throne judgment according to their works. They will be cast into the lake of fire.
F) A new heaven and new earth will be created where there will be no more curse, death, sorrow, crying, nor pain. This is the final abode of the servants of God where they will reign in His light eternally.