* That "all Scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work". (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
* That God is Almighty and Creator of all things. He has always existed and will always exist. "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, who was and who is to come, the Almighty." (Revelation 1:8)
* That in one God there are three distinct personalities - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each member of the Trinity was at the creation of all things and involved in the creation of all things. Speaking of Jesus, John said, "No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father's side, has made him known." (John 1:18)
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (John 1:1)
* That Jesus Christ was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:20), born of the virgin Mary (Luke 1:26-38), was totally without sin (Hebrews 4:15) which made Him the only acceptable sacrifice to atone for the sins of the world (1 Peter 2:24). That He died and rose again (1 Thessalonians 4:14) and is seated at the right hand of the Father (Acts 2:33) where He makes intercession on our behalf (Romans 8:34)
* That "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23) and "if we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us." (1 John 1:8)
* That sin separates us from God and we can only be reconciled through faith and belief in Jesus Christ and His work on the cross. (Romans 3:22-26)
* That salvation is an act of grace on the part of God and is made available to all mankind. "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God." (Ephesians 2:8)
* That although we can do nothing to earn our salvation or deserve the grace of God, we have three responsibilities. We must believe that Jesus is the Son of God, who paid the price for our sins through His death on the cross, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16). We must repent of our sin, which is to turn away from the things that are not pleasing in God's sight, and turn to Him instead. "Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins." (Acts 2:38a). And we must receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior - receive His gift of grace, "Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God" (John 1:12)
* That Jesus Christ is coming again in glory. "Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him." (Revelation 1:7a)
* That "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved", and with salvation comes freedom and life. As Jesus said, "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." (John 10:10b).
* That everyone who has received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour is indwelt with the Holy Spirit and born again (John 3:3-8) and it is the Holy Spirit who gives us the power to live a holy life and carry out the ministry of Christ on this earth. "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8)
* That the Church is the instrument God has chosen to carry out His work on earth, and to help build His Kingdom. That it is not a building, but the people who are united as brothers and sisters in Christ - working together to see His name exalted. That Christ's love for the Church should be our love for the Church. "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her." (Ephesians 5:25)
* That the Church is to act as one Body with Christ as the Head (Ephesians 1:22-23), and that every member of the Body has a vital part to play. Every believer has been given gifts for use within the Body and we're responsible for using our gifts for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 12)
* That there is one ministry that every believer has been called to, no matter who they are, no matter what their giftings.  "All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation." (2 Corinthians 5:18-19) That we are to take the hand of the lost and unite them with God's outstretched hand of grace.
* That "if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" (2 Corinthians 5:17)
"Great is the LORD, and most worthy of praise"
~ Psalm 48:1a NIV ~
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