1. The Bible is the infallible Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is empowered by God, the authority, and it is a guidebook to every day living.
a. Timothy 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
b. 2 Peter 1:20-21 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
2. In one eternal God who exists as three separate persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
a. John 10:30 - I and my Father are one.
b. Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
3. Jesus is the Son of God, (Luke 3:22), He was born of a virgin (Matthew 1:23), He lived a sinless life (2Corinthians 5:21), and performed miracles (John 4:46-54; John 20:30-31). He died on the cross, rose from the dead on the third day (Matthew 28:5-7; Matthew 17:23), and is seated at the right hand of God (Ephesians 1:20).
a. Luke 3:22 - And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”
b. Matthew 1:23 - Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel which is translated God with us.
c. Corinthians 5:21 - For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
d. John 4:46-54 - So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and implored Him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.” The nobleman said to Him, Sir, come down before my child dies! Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your son lives.” So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way. And as he was now going down, his servants met him and told him, saying, “Your son lives!” Then he inquired of them the hour when he got better. And they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” So the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives.” And he himself believed, and his whole household. This again is the second sign that Jesus did when Her had come out of Judea into Galilee.
e. John 20:30-31 - And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.
f. Matthew 28:5-7 - But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. “He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. “Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And , go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.
g. Matthew 17:23 - and they will kill Him, and the third day He will be raised up.
h. Ephesians 1:20 - Which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places.
4. In personal salvation through the shed blood of Jesus. If we confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in our heart that God raised Him from the dead, we will be saved.
a. 1John 1:7 - But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
b. Romans 10:9 - That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
5. In water Baptism,(Matthew 28:19; Acts 8:38), the baptism of the Holy Spirit (as separate from the new birth), in speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives utterance (Acts 2:4), in the gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:7-11), the five fold ministry (apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher) Ephesians 4:11, and the evidence of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
a. Matthew 28:19 - Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
b. Acts 8:38 - So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.
c. Acts 2:4 - And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
d. 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 - But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all. For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.
e. Ephesians 4:11 - He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers.
f. Galatians 5:22-23 - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control. Against such there is no law.
6. In Sanctification through the Word of God and by the Holy Spirit. This is the ongoing process of allowing God’s character to be developed in us, which includes personal holiness and purity of heart and life.
a. John 17:17 - Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.
b. 2 Thessalonians 2:13 - But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.
c. 2 Corinthians 7:1 - Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
7. In divine healing, through faith in the name of Jesus Christ. Healing is included in the Redemption and is for all people today.
a. Isaiah 53:4-5 - Surely He has borne our grief’s and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.
b. Matthew 8:16-17 - When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He castout the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet saying: “He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.”
c. 1 Peter 2:24 - Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness – by whose stripes you were healed.
8. The true church is composed of all born-again believers in Christ regardless of denomination affiliation.
a. Romans 10:9 - That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
9. All born-again believers have been commissioned to share the complete gospel to the world.
a. Mark 16:15 - And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”
10. In the imminent return of Jesus who will take those who accepted Him as Lord and Savior to heaven for eternity. Those who have not accepted Him will join Satan and his host in eternal punishment in hell.
a. 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 - For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
11. God ordained the covenant of marriage to be between one biological man and one biological woman.
a. Genesis 1:27-28 – So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
2:23-25 – And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones
And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
c. Matthew 19:4-5 – And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?
d. Mark 10:6-8 – But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh.
e. Lev. 18:22 – You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.
f. 1 Cor. 6:9-10 – Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.
g. Romans 1:24-27 – Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
12. God ordained the covenant of marriage to be a permanent union.
a. Matthew 19:6 - So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”
b. Mark 10:9 - Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.
13. God ordained the covenant of marriage to produce spiritual unity between husband and wife.
a. Genesis 2:24 – Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
b. Mat. 19:5-6 – and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”
c. Mark 10:8 – and the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh.
d. Eph. 5:31 – “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”
14. God ordained the covenant of marriage to provide for the procreation of children.
a. Gen. 1:28 – Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
15. God ordained the covenant of marriage to be a picture of His relationship with us.
a. Eph. 5:22-33 - Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.