A Summary of what a Christian Believes
  1. There is one God, the Lord God Jehovah also called the Lord God Most High, and the God of heaven, who is triune, being God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit (trinity). The name of God is “I Am”. God is holy.
  2. God is revealed in Scripture (called the Bible, Cannon or Word), both Old and New Testaments.
  3. The Bible was divinely (supernaturally) inspired, God breathed, inerrant, infallible and plenary. The Bible is complete, and was provided to all people for our learning, that we might have hope, for it gives understanding of the salvation of God; that is, the Bible contains all that is needed to be saved and to have a relationship with God.
  4. Interpretation of Scripture is not a private affair, but by Scripture only, enlightened by the Holy Spirit only.
  5. The Lord Jesus Christ is the son of God, and he is one with God. Jesus is also known as Yeshua. He is deity, existing before the foundation of the world, but took on the form of a man, born into the world by a virgin birth.
  6. The Holy Spirit is a person; He was sent to the world after the Son returned to heaven in order to convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: 
  7. God created all things, including the world in six days and rested on the seventh as taught in Scripture.
  8. God created humans in His image and all have an everlasting spirit which is located in the soul of a living person (only humans have souls). A person’s soul will be with God if they believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, else they will be cast into hell, when they die.
  9. The purpose of all people is to glorify God. God delights in our prayers and He delights in our obedience and dependence upon Him.
  10. Sin entered the world by one man, Adam, and so did death. Adam’s sin corrupted all of creation. This means that all humans born from that day are separated from God because all inherit a sinful nature, therefore, all require a means to be saved. The Bible says that the heart of all people is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.
  11. The Holiness of God demands perfection. As a consequence, sin must be punished by death, which is eternal separation from God; it is not annihilation.
  12. Following death, the body will be resurrected – either to judgement and everlasting punishment or to everlasting life.
  13. Salvation from death (and eventually hell) can only be obtained by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ (Yeshua), the Messiah and Son of God. This is because humans cannot pay for the sins they have committed – they are too sinful.
  14. Salvation is by grace alone which Christ performed perfectly and is the only acceptable substitutionary atonement, that is, propitiation which blots out God’s view of our sin forever. Christ therefore died in our place as punishment for our sins in order that we do not need to die. We have a choice of accepting this atoning sacrifice - a choice all people have
  15. Jesus Christ paid for our sins (it is said he redeemed us) by suffering and being crucified on a cross and having his blood drained from his body, thus dying, because the wages of sin is death and is the only way that redemption can be made. His body was placed in a grave in Jerusalem.
  16. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, incarnate, is a man born of a virgin, was killed by crucifixion on a cross but he did not remain dead. Rather, he rose bodily on the third day (resurrection) after being killed and entered heaven (bodily) after being seen by many for a period of 40 days, and is now seated on the right hand of the Father – the Lord God Most High - in heaven.
  17. It is only by faith in Jesus Christ can a person be saved. Salvation comes from believing on Jesus Christ, who offers eternal redemption, which is underserved and cannot be paid for, therefore is called grace. Christians are called ‘believers’ for this reason.
  18. Once a person believes on the Lord Jesus Christ, a person is born again, or in other terms, regenerated, which is imparting a new life. The Holy Spirit from that time forth dwells within the born-again person.
  19. As a consequence of believing in the Lord Jesus Christ that person will repent of their sins through confession to Jesus Christ. Christians believe the Holy Spirit provides the means to do this.
  20. Faith is demonstrated in our works - what we do and say. On the other hand works cannot save us, only faith.
  21. The duty of a Christian – one that is saved by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ – is to be holy, for we all are to be holy as God is holy. In doing so Christians love the Lord our God, and loves those in our community and beyond (our neighbour). In the first a Christian desires to do the pleasure of God the Father in all things, and in the second the Christian sees the needs of the community and responds.
  22. Forgiveness of sins only comes from the Lord Jesus Christ – no man can do this.
  23. God predestines born-again people to be conformed to the likeness of Jesus Christ, all of whom He knows in His foreknowledge (or full knowledge). Predestination guarantees glorification of saved people – a person’s salvation is eternally secure in Christ.
  24. Adam was deceived by the Devil, also called Satan, a fallen angel. Satan exists and with his angels continues to plague the world.
  25. Hell was prepared for Satan and his angels, but will be used for those that do not believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Until that time the souls of those who have died, having rejected Jesus Christ, are in Hades; those who were born-again (i.e. saved) by faith are in Paradise.
  26. The Church is the Bride of Christ, redeemed by the blood of Christ, as a people to be gathered unto Himself. Only those that personally believe the Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and have repented of their sin, are part of the Church, the Bride of Christ.
  27. Christ is the head of the Church – no person can substitute this.
  28. Of ordinances, the Lord’s Supper it to be taken regularly by believers only, until the Lord himself comes for His Church. Baptism taken in obedience is a symbol of a believer’s death and resurrection to new life.
  29. Christ is coming soon to gather the Church unto himself – which the world will not see – the Church waits for this day called the rapture. This occurs at the fullness of the times, which is the time when all that are to be saved, have been saved.
  30. Jesus Christ’s role in heaven is as high priest, advocating for Christians before the Father. Jesus Chris is also a king, but does not exercise this role – but rather he sits at the right hand of God the Father in heaven, being the mediator of the new covenant. In due course after he comes to take his church to heaven he will rule as King, first in Heaven then in Jerusalem on the Throne of David.
  31. Dispensations describe well the counsels of the Almighty God in his dealings with mankind. We are currently governed under the dispensation of Grace.
  32. Israel has not ceased to exist but in the days of the tribulation, after the Church is taken to heaven, a remnant (small number) will believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (Yeshua) as their Messiah, and will arise and go and evangelise the nations (as Jesus has commanded). The re-birth of Israel after its destruction and dispersal, as prophesied by Jesus, has taken place – she is yet to accept her Messiah.
  33. A tribulation of seven years will follow the rapture of the Church (pre-tribulation) during which God judges in particular Israel along with the Nations because they rejected the Messiah.
  34. Christ Jesus as Messiah will reign for 1000 years (called the Messianic Kingdom) following the tribulation (pre-millennialism, which is “waiting for the Son”) during which time Satan will be locked-up. After this time Satan will be let loose, for a short time, to test the hearts of all people. Following the time of testing those that fail, along with Satan, will be cast into Hell for ever.

 

 

David L Simon (Updated 20 January 2019)
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