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May 17, 2014, 7:59 AM

Christianity 101 Sermon Series


Beginning Sunday, we will begin a new sermon series that will cover the "Essentials" of the Faith.  Although there are seven formally listed, there are really eight.  You have to begin at the foundation:  The Word of God.  That is where it all begins for the Christian:  God has spoken, and His Word is Truth (John 17:17).

This list comes from the Constitution (Vol. 2) of our new denominational home, The Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC).

This Sunday, we will cover the "Introduction" to the Essentials: The Infallible Word of God.

Here it is...

Essentials of Our Faith

All Scripture is self-attesting and being Truth, requires our unreserved submission in all areas of life.

 

The infallible Word of God, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is a complete and

unified witness to God’s redemptive acts culminating in the incarnation of the Living Word, the Lord

Jesus Christ. The Bible, uniquely and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, is the supreme and final

authority on all matters on which it speaks.

On this sure foundation we affirm these additional Essentials of our faith.

 

 

1. We believe in one God, the sovereign Creator and Sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect and

eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To Him be all honor, glory and

praise for ever!

2. Jesus Christ, the living Word, became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit

and His virgin birth. He who is true God became true man united in one Person forever. He died

on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. On the third day He arose bodily

from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is

our High Priest and Mediator.

3. The Holy Spirit has come to glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to our hearts.

He convicts us of sin and draws us to the Savior. Indwelling our hearts, He gives new life to us,

empowers and imparts gifts to us for service. He instructs and guides us into all truth, and seals us

for the day of redemption.

4. Being estranged from God and condemned by our sinfulness, our salvation is wholly dependent

upon the work of God’s free grace. God credits His righteousness to those who put their faith in

Christ alone for their salvation, and thereby justifies them in His sight. Only such as are born of

the Holy Spirit and receive Jesus Christ become children of God and heirs of eternal life.

5. The true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ and the

sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit are united together in the body of Christ. The Church finds

her visible, yet imperfect, expression in local congregations where the Word of God is preached

in its purity and the sacraments are administered in their integrity, where scriptural discipline is

practiced, and where loving fellowship is maintained. For her perfecting, she awaits the return of

her Lord.

6. Jesus Christ will come again to the earth–personally, visibly, and bodily–to judge the living and

the dead, and to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”

(Rev. 22:20)

7. The Lord Jesus Christ commands all believers to proclaim the gospel throughout the world and to

make disciples of all nations. Obedience to the Great Commission requires total commitment to

“Him who loved us and gave Himself for us.” He calls us to a life of self-denying love and

service. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God

prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Eph. 2:10)

 

These Essentials are set forth in greater detail in the Westminster Confession of Faith.

 

In Essentials ...................... Unity

In Non-Essentials ............. Liberty

In All Things ..................... Charity


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