Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Most Important Doctrines of Christianity

There are many groups in the world that believe the Bible and that Jesus is the Messiah. Many of these groups however, deny basic foundations of the Christian faith. Without these doctrines being true, Christendom would have major problems. At the least, I will use two or three Scriptures to support each of these doctrines (II Corinthians 13:1), but sometimes just two or three do not fully express the doctrine. In those cases, I will use several. These doctrines are not put in any particular order.

1. Monotheism- The belief that there is one God. This one God is named Yahweh. Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 44:6; Mark 12:29.

2. The deity of Christ- The belief that Jesus is the very God of Israel made flesh. John 1:1, 14, 20:28; Colossians 2:9.

3. The humanity of Christ- The belief that Jesus is also a genuine human being. Luke 2:52; Matthew 26:39; I John 4:2.

4. The physical resurrection of Christ- The belief in the literal and physical resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20-21; I Corinthians 15:1-14

5. The resurrection of the dead- The belief that the dead will rise, both the saved and lost.  Daniel 12:2; Matthew 22:23-32; I Corinthians 15:20-57

6. The afterlife- The belief that the spirit of man is still conscious after death in heaven and hell. I Samuel 28; Ecclesiastes 12:7; Matthew 24:41; II Corinthians 5:6-8; II Thessalonians 1:9.

7. The substitutionary death of Christ- The belief that Jesus died for our sins. Isaiah 53; Romans 4:25; I John 2:2.

8. The perfection of Christ- The belief that Jesus, unlike us, is without sin. II Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15; I Peter 2:22.

9. Christ's return- The belief that Jesus will return to earth in a literal fashion to reign on earth. Matthew 24:37-51; Luke 1:32-33; Acts 1:11; Revelation 20:2-7, 22:20.

10. The judgment of mankind- The belief that the Lord Jesus Christ will judge mankind. Matthew 12:36; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 20:11-15.

11. The sinful state of man- The belief that mankind is sinful and in need of Jesus Christ's saving power. Psalm 51:5; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:23.

12. The inspiration of the Bible- The belief that the Bible is inerrant and is the word of God. Matthew 5:17-18, 24: 35; Luke 16:17; John 10:35; I Corinthians 14:37; II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21, 3:16.

13. Salvation through faith- The belief that salvation is obtained by faith in Christ. We cannot earn our salvation through good deeds and living righteously. John 3:16; Romans 3:28-30, 11:6; Ephesians 2:8.

14. The New Covenant- The belief that Christians are no longer under the Old Covenant of the Torah, but under the New Covenant of Grace by Jesus the Messiah, who fulfilled the requirements of the Torah. Romans 6:7-8, 6:14; Galatians 3:24-25; Hebrews 4:4-10, 7:12.

15. The deity of the Holy Spirit- The belief that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God Himself and is not an impersonal force. Matthew 10:20; Acts 5:3-4; Romans 8:26-27; I Corinthians 2:10-11.

16. The existence of angels and demons- The belief that there are non-human spirits that are good or evil. This includes Satan. Isaiah 6; Daniel 8:15-27, 10:13; Job 6:1-12; Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 1:11-22, 26-38; Hebrews 1:4-14; Revelation 12:7.

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