THINGS THAT MATTER
Christianity is about faith in Jesus Christ.
To have a faith that is worth holding to one must know the FACTS.
Faith in Jesus Christ begins and ends with what God says in the Bible.
Jesus Christ is the Living Word of God
The Bible is the Written Word of God
The Bible is God’s written Word given by the Holy Spirit without error in the original manuscripts through selected men. The Bible has absolute authority in all matters of faith and conduct. It is Sufficient in and off itself to make the people of God mature and equipped to do the ministry (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20, 21; John 10:35; Luke 24:46, 47).
There is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons (The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit) who is the creator of all things (Matthew 28:19; Luke 1:35; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Galatians 4:6; 1 Peter 1:2).
GOD THE FATHER
God the Father is infinite, personal, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. He is the sovereign Lord of all. He loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, to save all who will believe in Jesus Christ alone for salvation.
GOD THE SON
The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary and is God in the flesh (John 1:14, 18; Col. 2:9). He lived a sinless life and died a substitutionary atoning death for the sins of all mankind. He was raise bodily from the dead and ascended into heaven where he intercedes for those who call upon Him. He will personally return and establish His eternal kingdom beginning with a 1000 year reign on this present earth (1 Thes. 4:13-18; Rev. 19:11-21; Isa. 9:6, 7; 32:17).
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is God who came from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and coming judgment, to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ at the moment of salvation and is the believer’s abiding helper, teacher and guide. He is God’s guarantee of complete salvation to everyone who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ.
All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Everyone needs a savior. The Lord Jesus Christ is God, who became a man, so that He could die in our place to give us forgiveness of sin. He will return to rule and reign on this present earth and all who believe in Him will be with Him as co-heirs. Man will be saved body, soul and spirit but the Lord Jesus Christ alone.
In Matthew 28: 18-20 Jesus commands all believers to “make disciples.” To make disciples one must BE a disciple. That is, believers are to be followers of Christ, i.e. Christians.
To Make Disciples is the mandate of the Great Commission. There are three parts to making disciples given in the Great Commission: Go, Baptize and Teach. Disciples of Christ are to be G0ing to everyone, all the time, everywhere with the Gospel of Jesus Christ which one must believe to be saved from sin, and Baptizing new believers into the earthly body of Christ, the local church (Water Baptism is the outward sign or testimony that one has been spiritually baptized by Christ with His Holy Spirit into His Spiritual Body, the Church. Water baptism is a public identification with Christ Who has saved them.) and Teaching these disciples to obey the Word of God, so that each one may grow up in the knowledge of Christ and become mature believers and disciple-makers of everybody, everywhere, to the end of time.
All who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ are made members of the household of Christ by the indwelling Holy Spirit. This is a living spiritual congregation of whom Christ is the sole authority. The local church is a physical gathering of believers in Jesus Christ, who have been baptized identifying themselves as disciples of Christ, and associated with other believers for learning the Word of God, worship, service, accountability and fellowship. God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of representing the Lord Jesus Christ in their own community being Ambassadors for Christ.
Everyone who believes on the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sin has God’s life and anyone who does not believe on the Lord Jesus Christ is dead already and will be separated from God forever in the Lake of Fire, the second death, which will take place at the conclusion of the Great White Throne Judgment after the Millennial Reign of Christ (Matt. 3:12; 25:41; John 3:36; Matt. 18:8; 25:46; Rev. 20:10).
The believer in Jesus Christ is eternally secure.
THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST
Following the rapture of the Church before the Second Coming of Christ the single most important event for all believers is the Judgement Seat of Christ. This is where the Church will stand individually before the Lord Jesus Christ Who saved them and equipped him to serve Him to be judged. It is here that an account will be given to the Judge of all the earth for one’s walk of faith or lack thereof demonstrated in their life on earth. This Judgment Seat will be where the New Testament believer’s eternal glory, position in the Millennial Kingdom and rewards are received to the praise and honor of God and His grace. This judgment is for believers only. 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 2, 3; 2 Timothy 2:8-14a, 4:1-8; James 2; etc.