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We will look at the essential role of the Scriptures, which are God’s revelation to us. The Sacred Scriptures is the only completely reliable source of truth about God. The Sacred Scriptures is our source to examine what they teach about God, humankind, and the church. We will concluded the study by examining what the Sacred Scriptures teaches about the future (Eschatology) and God’s ultimate plan for both humankind and the world.
The Bible is the only solid point of reference in the world of humankind. Since the Bible is so important to us, it must be the starting point of any legitimate doctrinal study. The other doctrinal truths that we will examine are built on the foundation of the Scriptures. In this unit on basic doctrine, we will begin with the Scriptures and establish the truth that the Scriptures are God’s Word to us. We will show why we believe in the divine inspiration of the Scriptures. The Bible is the most important book in history. No other book in the history of humankind has had such a revolutionary influence, has so decisively affected the development of the Western world, or has had such a worldwide effect. Clearly, the Bible is different from all other books. Whereas all other books are written by humans to humans, the Bible is from God to humankind. We believe the Bible is the Word of the living God. In this chapter, we will examine how we got the Scriptures, why we believe they are from God, and why we believe they are the true authority for our lives.
Many people around the world worship a number of different gods. One thing that separates Christianity from most other belief systems is our belief that there is only one God who is over all creation. However, it is not enough to simply believe that God is; Christians must also have a clear understanding of what God is like. To truly trust God, we need an accurate understanding of His character. In this chapter, we will attempt to learn something of what God is like. We know that is an impossible task since we cannot know or understand everything about God. If we could, He would not be God. However, God has revealed something of Himself, and what He has revealed is true. We will focus on God’s partial yet awe inspiring revelation of himself.
The most important person who ever walked on the face of this earth is Jesus. His birth is so important that it has split history into two parts and serves as the basis for the calendar most of us use to this day. History tells us that Jesus was a first-century Jew who lived in Israel during the reign of Tiberius Caesar. No one of serious academic achievement would truly deny that Jesus lived. The question they ask is, “Who was He?” The identity of Jesus provides the dividing point between Christianity and all other religions. Many are willing to give Him some honor, teaching that He was a prophet or a great man. However, Christians teach that Jesus was more than a man. He is God. This chapter will examine what the Bible teaches about Jesus. First, we will look at the person of Jesus and show that He is both God and man. Second, we will look at the work Jesus came to do. Finally, we will examine five commonly misunderstood phrases about Jesus.
In the the fall of Humanity Adam’s sin is the key event. To clearly understand the cause and significance of Adam’s sin, we will examine other events that contributed to Adam’s fall. We will study the source of sin, the creation of humanity, and the way in which sin blocks God’s purpose for all people. The study of sin is important because sin has serious consequences. Sin does not just affect humankind; it affects all of creation. Because even the smallest sin brings eternal judgment, it is imperative for us to find a solution. The only solution to sin is the death of Jesus on the cross.
Throughout history, people have tried to address the problem of spiritual death by using education, government, religion, and other means to give the appearance of life when they are actually dead inside. No earthly power can restore life to that which is dead . We need a source of salvation. Salvation means “deliverance or rescue from danger.” God has provided a way to save us from sin, deliver us from death, and restore life. In this chapter we will look at God’s provision for salvation, the benefits of salvation, and the road to salvation.
Jesus instituted the ordinance of communion on the night He was betrayed. The Lord’s Supper, consists of two elements: bread and the fruit of the vine. They are symbols to express our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4), a memorial of His suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26), and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26). The Lord’s Supper it is to be observed by all believers “until He comes.” Communion commemorates; the past, present, and future. We observe this ordinance often, as a reminder of our daily need for Christ.
Before Jesus returned to heaven, He told His followers about the Holy Spirit and commanded them to wait in Jerusalem for “power from on high” (Luke 24:49). He promised that they would be baptized with the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:5), receiving power to be witnesses (Acts 1:8). Jesus knew that the baptism in the Holy Spirit was essential for the believers. The first Christians obeyed Jesus’ command and waited in Jerusalem until they were filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4). We believe that the baptism in the Holy Spirit is essential for us to be effective witnesses for Christ. This chapter will provide a biblical foundation for Pentecostal teaching on the baptism in the Holy Spirit—basic truths about the baptism, the evidence of the baptism, and how to receive the baptism.