Friday, June 24, 2005

The Foundation of Christ

Hebrews 6

1 THEREFORE LET us go on and get past the elementary stage in the teachings and doctrine of Christ (the Messiah), advancing steadily toward the completeness and perfection that belong to spiritual maturity. Let us not again be laying the foundation of repentance and abandonment of dead works (dead formalism) and of the faith [by which you turned] to God,

2 With teachings about purifying, the laying on of hands, the resurrection from the dead, and eternal judgment and punishment. [These are all matters of which you should have been fully aware long, long ago.]


Oftentimes, I am asked about my Statement of Faith. What is it that you believe, I am often asked. In essence, I believe EVERY believer should focus on the Doctrines of Christ, according to the Scriptures. Sure, there are other things we believe. If it's in the Word of God, it is so! Nevertheless, there is a foundation that must be upheld by every believer. That foundation consists of six basic beliefs...

1) Repentance from dead works (we are saved by grace, rather than works of the law)
2) Faith toward God (without faith, it is impossible to please God)
3) Baptisms (water baptism and the baptism of the Holy Spirit)
4) Laying on of hands (the laying on of hands for healing, deliverance and ordination)
5) Resurrection of the dead (the dead in Christ shall rise, just as Jesus did)
6) Eternal judgment (we all face eternity, either with our Father in Heaven, or in eternal damnation - hell)

So, let's be sure we COVER THE BASICS! Amen?!

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