Our Catechism

A study and scriptural evaluation of Christís Churchí Statement of Faith.

WE BELIEVE:

a) the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

We begin our scriptural evaluation of this first tenet looking at II Timothy 3.15-17.

Next, letís look at I Thessalonians 2.13.

Finally, letís turn to II Peter 1.20-21.

b) there is one Godhead; eternally existent in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We begin with Paulís salutation to the church at Corinth, the last verse in Second Corinthians.

II Corinthians 13.14.

Ok, letís start with Mary and her visit from the angel.

Luke 1.30-35 (35)

And letís see what Jesus had to say about the three parts of the Godhead.

John 14.16-21 (16) & 15.26

Then letís see what Jesus included in His final instructions to the disciples as to what they should teach.

Matthew 28.16-20 (19)

c) in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father and in His personal return in power and glory.

Letís take it one item at a time, beginning with His virgin birth. Matthew 1.22-25 & Luke 1.26-35

Now about Him living a sinless life. Hebrews 7.26 & I Peter 2.21-22

The Gospels are full of His miracles, letís look at what Peter said in Acts 2.22.

He was our substitute, dying that we might have Eternal Life. I Corinthians 15.3 & II Corinthians 5.21

And He rose from the dead! I Corinthians 15.4 & Matthew 28.6 & Luke 24.36-46

He ascended and Heís coming back...Matthew 16.27, Acts 1.9-11 & 3.19-21, I Thessalonians 4.13 -17

d) for the salvation of lost and sinful mankind; regeneration by repentance, confession of sin, and acceptance of the Lordship of Jesus Christ is absolutely essential.

All of humanity is sinful. Romans 3.23

Salvation brings regeneration by grace, not works, through faith. Ephesians 2.8-9, Titus 2.11 & 3.5-7

Repentance is necessary for forgiveness. Luke 24.47

Confession is not only of sin but also of acceptance of Jesus as Savior and Lord. Romans 10.9-13

His Lordship over our lives will be shown by how we live. II Corinthians 5.14,15,17 & Galatians 5.24

e) in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

The Holy Spirit enables us to live a life of overflowing fullness. John 7.37-39

The Holy Spirit gives us boldness to be Christís representatives. Acts 1.1-8; 4.8-13; 4.31

The Holy Spirit is "one called alongside to help," the paracletos. John 16.5-15

f) in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost: of them who are saved unto the resurrection of life, of them who are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

Jesus said there would be a resurrection of the dead leading to a judgment separating those resurrected according to their deeds. John 5.25-29

Paul addressed Felix, the governor, on the subject of "a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked." Acts 24.14-16

Jesus said that when He comes back he will judge all according to their works. Matthew 25.31-46

Paul also spoke of the judgment seat of Christ. II Corinthians 5.10

John saw a collage of these events and recorded them. He spoke of the judgment which was according to the "things which were written in the books, according to their deeds." Revelation 20.11-15

NOTE: It is difficult to correlate the events chronologically between Rev 19&20, I Thess 4.13-18, Mt 24.3-41, Mt 13.36-43 & 49-50, Mk 13.4-27, Lu 17.22-37, II Thess 2.1-12, and II Pet 3.3-14. Since there is no clear explanation of the sequence of events, we must leave all that up to God. It is enough, as Paul said in II Cor 5.10-11, to know "the terror of the Lord," that is...there will be a judgment day for each and for all.

g) in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, that body of believers constituting the holy and universal church of the redeemed.

The Church is established and built by Jesus. Matthew 16.18

God gave Jesus authority over the Church. Ephesians 1.22-23

The Church is one "body." I Corinthians 12.12-14 & 27-28

The primary purpose of the Church is to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son. Ephesians 4.11-16

h) that the Holy Spirit has blessed the Church with spiritual gifts of ministry through its various members for the purpose of building up the Body of Christ and adding to its number those being saved.

The Holy Spirit is the active agency in convicting the sinner of sin and revealing Christ to the sinner.

John 15.26 & 16.7-8

The Holy Spirit, present and active in bringing the sinner to God is the Gift of God who builds the Church.

Acts 2.37-47

The Holy Spirit, Who brought us to God, is the agency through Whom we can be established in the Will of God and conformed to the image of His Son, established in His Love. Romans 8.26-39

The Holy Spirit, uses varieties of gifts, ministries and effects given to the Body as He Wills for the common good, the edification, of the Body - the Church. I Corinthians 12.4-12, 27-30 & 14.1-12

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Christ's Church

 

a non-denominational community church

 

525 West 15th Street

 

Fayetteville, Arkansas  72702

 

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