The Fundamentals of Faith
The Trinity — The Triune Nature of the Godhead: This year we will begin a new twelve part series on the basics of the Christian Faith. I have chosen to begin with a brief look at the doctrine of the Trinity.
The Bible: The Bible; (both Old and New Testaments) are the inspired, inerrant, authoritative, Word of God. The Bible is sufficient to provide us with all that pertains to truth, life and Godliness. There are no other sacred writings or revelations inspired by God. Many claim to have inspired texts other than the Bible (additions, parallels, companions, interpretations, included) but there is yet to be one proven true. Furthermore, every one tested has miserably failed.
The Nature of Man: We are now in the third month of study on the basic teachings of the Christian faith. In January we examined the doctrine of the Trinity, last month the authority of the Bible and this month we will examine the nature of man. Please keep in mind - these examinations are brief, and cursory. Whole libraries have been written on this subject. The intention here is to set a foundation for further study.
The Gospel: Last month we looked at the Nature of Man. We considered the Biblical explanation of man’s sinful nature, his separation from God and his responsibility for sin. We discovered that man, in and of himself, has nothing to offer God in exchange for his soul, and that we will spend eternity in hell, separated from God, unless we embrace the provisions provided us in Jesus Christ - our Savior. (Salvation is freely offered to all through the grace of God, by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.)
The Church — Part 1: Last month we examined the message of the gospel. (Available on- line at: www.goodnewsnorthwest.org.) If you read it and have made the decision to make Jesus your Lord and Savior, the result of your decision is the gift of eternal life: life forever in the presence of the Lord. The Gospel of Luke says, “there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repents.” (Luke 15:10) Simply stated, that means there is a celebration in heaven over you because you have chosen to serve the Lord.
The Church — Part II: Last month we examined the message of the Gospel and discovered that those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ are born again. (Available on-line at www.goodnewsnorthwest.org) We are “called out” of darkness, sin, and death; and “called into” fellowship with the Lord. As born again believers, we join others and form a spiritual family. This Family of believers is called the Church. The church is not an organization developed and led by men but is a living organism lead by and built by the Lord Himself. Jesus said, “I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18)
The Church — Part III:
Last month we examined the fact that those who are born again are made
into a body of believers called the Church. The Church (noun) is the Lord’s
work and we, as His workmanship, are called to be vital and active in
the world today. We are one body, designed to serve one another and cooperate
for the overall health of the same.
The Holy Spirit (In the Church Age) Over the past several months we have been studying a few basic teachings from the Bible. We are calling this series “The Fundamentals of the Faith.” For three months we studied the Church. We studied what it is, discovered how one becomes a part of it, looked at its function in the world, and our responsibility for involvement in and commitment to a local church fellowship. This month I want to examine the work of the Holy Spirit in what we refer to as The Church Age