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Bethany Baptist Church
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ESSENTIALS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH

These are beliefs that are absolutely essential to the Christian Faith.  Without belief in these fundamental doctrines, a person is not a Christian.

 

I.  THE NATURE OF GOD

         A.  THERE IS ONE GOD (DEUT 6:4; EPH. 4:4-6; 1 TIM. 2:5)

         B.  THERE ARE THREE  PERSONS OF THE GODHEAD

  • The Father (Jn. 6:44-46; Rom. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:2)

  • The Son (Isa. 9:6; Jn. 1:1; 20:28; 1 Tim. 1:6; Titus 2:13; Heb. 1:8)

  • The Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3; Heb. 9:14)

II.   JESUS CHRIST (THE SON)

  1.  HE HAS EXISTED ETERNALLY (JN. 1:1)

  2. IN THE INCARNATION HE WAS FULLY MAN (JN. 1:14; PHIL. 2:7-8)

  3. HE IS FULLY GOD (PHI. 2:6; COL. 1:19; 2:9)

  4. HE WAS MIRACULOUSLY CONCEIVED (LK. 1:34-35)

  5. HE LITERALLY AND BODILY ROSE FROM THE DEAD (LK. 24:39-40)

III.  THE BIBLE

  1.  GOD INSPIRED EVERY WORD THAT WAS WRITTEN BY BIBLICAL WRITERS (2 TIM. 3:16)

  2. GOD PROTECTED EVERY BIBLICAL WRITER FROM MAKING ANY ERRORS (2 PET. 1:21)

IV.  THE DOCTRINE OF SALVATION

  •  S OLA GRATIA

                  Salvation is a sovereign act of God’s grace in which He delivers human                              beings from wrath and judgment and places them in a right standing before                    Him (Eph. 2:8-9).

  • SOLA CHRISTUS

                  Salvation is solely accomplished by the sinless life and substitutionary                              atonement of Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12).

  • SOLA FIDE

                  Salvation is based upon faith alone, there is nothing that human beings can                    do to earn it (Eph. 2:8-9).