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Doctine is a word many people would say is limitting, narrow, and even unimportant. Those who would say this are overlooking the fact that everyone has a doctrine of some kind. Regardless of what one says, he or she will live in a way that reflects what they truly believe. Because doing and believing are so closely linked the apostle Paul instructed Timothy to always be examinig his life and his teaching (1 Tim 4:16). The following are truths that God has reveiled about himself and us. Following any set of rules will never replace what Jesus did by transforming our hearts, but it does allow us to see ourselves and the world the way God sees it.
THE BIBLE: the Word of God, the sixty-six Books of the Old and New Testaments, verbally inspired in all parts, and therefore wholly without error as originally given of God (II Tim. 3:16b; II Peter 1:21).
THE ONE TRUE GOD: existing eternally as three persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Luke 3:22; II Cor. 13:14).
THE LORD JESUS CHRIST: His preexistence and deity, incarnation by virgin birth, sinless life, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven and present ministry, and coming again (John 1:14; Matt. 1:18-23Heb.4:15; II Cor. 5:21; John 1:1-3; Luke 24:36-43; Heb. 4:14-16; Acts 1:11).
THE HOLY SPIRIT: His personality (John 16:7-15); and deity (Acts 5:3-4); and His work in each believer: baptism and indwelling at the moment of regeneration (I Cor. 12:13 ; Rom. 8:9); and filling (Eph. 5:18) to empower for Christian life and service (Eph 3:16; Acts 1:8 ; Gal. 5:22-23).
MAN: his direct creation in the image of God (Gen. 1:26-28), his subsequent fall into sin resulting in spiritual death (Gen. 3:1-24 ; Rom. 5:12), and the necessity of the new birth for his salvation (John 3:3-5).
SALVATION: a complete and eternal salvation by God’s grace alone, received as the gift of God through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work (Eph. 2:8-9 ; Titus 3:5-7 ; I Peter 1:18-19).
THE CHURCH: one true Church, the body and bride of Christ, composed of all true believers of the present age; and the organization of its members in local churches for worship, for edification of believers, and for world-wide gospel witness, each local church being autonomous but cooperating in fellowship and work (Eph. 4:11-16; I Cor. 12:12-13; Eph.1:22-23 ; 5:25-32).
CHRISTIAN LIFE: a life of righteousness, good works, and separation unto God from the evil ways of the world, manifested by speaking the truth, maintaining the sanctity of the home, settling differences between Christians in accordance with the Word of God, not engaging in carnal strife but showing a Christ-like attitude toward all men, exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit, and maintaining a life of prayer, including the privilege, when sick, of calling for the elders of the church to pray and to anoint with oil inthe name of the Lord (James 5:13-18; Rom. 12:17-21; James 5:12; Rom. 12:1-2; I Cor 6:1-8; Gal. 5:22-23; Eph. 5:22 - 6:4; Eph.6:18 ; Phil. 4:6).
ORDINANCES: the Christian should observe the ordinances of our Lord Jesus Christ, which are (1) baptism of believers by triune immersion and (2) the threefold communion service, consisting of the washing of the saints’ feet, the Lord’s Supper, and the communion of the bread and the cup (ICor. 11:23-26; I Cor.11:20-22, 33-34 ; Jude 12; John 13:1-17; Matt. 28:19).
SATAN: his existence and personality as the great adversary of God and His people, his judgment, and final doom (Rev 19:11-20:6; John 12:31; Rev. 12:1-10).
SECOND COMING: the personal, visible, and imminent return of Christ to remove His Church from the earth (I Thess. 4:16-17)
FUTURE LIFE: the conscious existence of the dead , the resurrection of the body, the judgment and reward of believers, the judgment and condemnation of unbelievers, the eternal life of the saved, and the eternal punishment of the lost. (Matt. 25:46 ; Rev. 20:15; Rom. 14:10-12 ; II Cor. 5:10; John 5:28-29; Phil. 1:21-23 ; Luke 16:19-31; Rev. 20:11-15; John 3:16).
THE PRIESTHOOD OF THE BELIEVERS: the privilege granted to followers of Christ equally to baptize converts, approach God freely, partake of communion, offer their body as living sacrifice to God, diligently interpret scripture, declare the praises of God, as citizens of heaven, adopted sons, born of God, following one High Priest. (Hebrews 7:23-8:13 ; Matt 28:19; Heb 4:16; John 6:51-57 ; Acts 2:42; Hebrews 12:18-24; Romans 8:15; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Cor 2:12-14 ; 2 Tim 2:15; 1 Peter 2:9; John 1:13).