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God

There is only one God and there is no other. This one God is made known to us in three persons: the Father, the Son who is our Lord Jesus the Messiah, and the Holy Spirit. There is no limit to His power. He knows all things, past, present, and future. He is present in all places. And He is good- perfectly so. There is nothing in Him that does wrong or evil. He knows all about sin but has never sinned. He passionately loves us.

The Truth

This God has clearly revealed Himself through the collection of sixty-six books and letters we call the Bible. It is at the heart of all we can truly know about God and it is the filter through which all other knowledge about Him and His creation must pass. Though we read copies of copies of original texts, we hold that what we have today is perfectly reliable and completely true as the Word of God.

The Sin

The first man was created by God, a creature without sin. But through one act of disobedience to God, he introduced sin to all this world- every part of it, including us. Since that first sin, every person thereafter, to this very day, chooses their own will over His. In the words of the Bible, "There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins," and "There is no one righteous not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one." *

The Day

As certain as rising of the sun, there will come a day when all of us will stand before God and give an account to Him of everything we have done and not done. If our lives will have been perfect in complete, selfless obedience to God, we will enter into life forever with Him. This is what the Bible calls heaven. If there is a blemish on our lives; if like the first man, we have disobeyed God even once, then our destiny is life forever apart from Him. This is what Jesus called hell, eternal condemnation, the place of torment and anguish that will never end. **

The Way

This is absolutely amazing! God has made a way for every human being to be able to stand before Him on that day and be blameless, perfect, without blemish. And this way, remarkably, involves nothing that we can do. The way is by placing our faith in the blood of Jesus, the Son, on the cross as the instrument that forever turns aside the just wrath of God upon us. This salvation from the penalty of our sin comes only through faith. As the Bible teaches, "...it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast."***

The Life

Jesus died not only to take the penalty of sin upon Himself, but also to unshackle us from its power. The moment we place our faith in Jesus and in His atoning death and resurrection, we enter into a brand new relationship with God. At that moment, His Holy Spirit enters into our life and begins to change us in a tangible way. As we give Him complete ownership of our lives, He leads us on a journey of transformation that has as its goal, the likeness and reflection of Jesus. The deepest principle that we live by is love: a love for God with everything we are and a love for everyone around us, just as Jesus loved us. All the details flow out of this.

The Family

Other than love, there are no rules or laws that govern the child of God (harder than you think). But the first believers in Jesus took part in two rituals. The first they did once. The second for the rest of their lives. Every believer in Jesus publicly declared his or her faith and allegiance to Him through being immersed in water (called baptism) right after they believed. Once they were baptized, they entered into a friendship and fellowship with others who believed. These were closer than family. The second ritual was called the dinner of Jesus (or the Lord's Supper or Communion). Each member of the family would remember the death and resurrection of Jesus by sharing some bread together and a cup of wine. The bread was a symbol of Jesus' body. The cup symbolized His blood. And then, they sang together and encouraged and taught each other how to live this new life. And, of course, they loved each other as Jesus had loved them. That has not changed in two-thousand years.

The End

Jesus, the Son, is returning again. He will come, and very soon, and at an unexpected moment. And that moment is all joy for us who walk with and wait for and live in Him. And "so we make it our goal to please him." ****

* Ecclesiastes 7.20, Romans 3.10 - 12
** Romans 2.6 - 13; Matthew 10.28
*** Romans 3.23 - 26; Ephesians 2.8 - 9
**** 2 Corinthians 5.9
Pradeep Rendall  | July 25 2013
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