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Christianity's Core Beliefs

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Jack Hall

on 13 September 2015

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Transcript of Christianity's Core Beliefs

What do I believe about...
Core Beliefs

Knowing and understanding basic Christian beliefs is important for every Christian. People who don't know what the Bible teaches have no ability to distinguish truth from error.
Clarity of Scripture
II Timothy 3:16
The necessity of Scripture means that it is necessary to read the Bible or have someone tell us what is in the Bible if we are going to know God personally.
Christians who have a solid foundation will be more mature, will not be easily led astray, will have better judgement, and will "have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil." (Hebrews 5:14)
Upon what is the Christian's solid foundation built?
Hint: Matthew 7:24
"Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house upon the rock."
The Bible is our solid foundation.
Any responsible look at Christianity, Christian beliefs, or God the Father, Son, Holy Spirit must be based on what God says about the subject. The starting point for such discovery is the Bible.
Authority of Scripture
All the words in the Bible are God's words. Therefore, to disbelieve or disobey them is to disobey God Himself.
The phrase "the Lord said" (or a variation) appears more than 4000 times in the Bible.
The Bible says there are "many ways" in which the actual words of the Bible were written:
Sometimes God spoke directly to the author, as in the Pentateuch or Revelation
At other times, the author based much of his writings on interviews and research, as in Luke
And at other times, the Holy Spirit brought to mind things that Jesus taught, as with the book of John
If God claims that the words of Scripture are His own, then there is ultimately no higher authority one can appeal for proof of this claim than Scripture itself.
Scripture ultimately gains its authority from itself.
Why is it important for the Bible to be the basis for our beliefs?
What role does the Bible have in your Christian walk today?
Necessity of Scripture
If the government outlawed Bibles, what is the ONE verse you would want to make sure you never forget?
Sufficiency of Scripture
Psalm 19:7-14
The Bible contains all the words of God that a person needs to become a Christian, live as a Christian, and grow as a Christian.
Thus, it is in Scripture that we search for God's word to us. And we should eventually arrive at contentment with what we find there.
What is one issue about which the Bible speaks clearly?
What is one issue about which the Bible does
speak clearly?
"Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house upon the rock."
II Timothy 3:16
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