A) The Bible is the only source of revelation for a believer, and all real life change comes from an illumination of His Word.
i) 2 Timothy 3:16 – All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God might be complete, equipped for every good work.
ii) Heb 4:12 – For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
iii) 2 Peter 1:20-21 – . . . knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
B) God is triune, existing as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit living in perfect unity as one God.
i) Gen 1:26 – Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness,“
ii) Matt 28:19 – Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
iii) John 1:1 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
C) Jesus is everything that God wanted to say to a lost and dying world. He is the fullness of God, and the mediator by which we have an advocate with the Father. It is Him we proclaim, and not ourselves, and we declare Him to a world in dire need of God’s great rescue plan.
i) Acts 4:11-12 – This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
ii) 1 Cor 8:6 – Yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.
iii) 2 Cor 4:5 – For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.
D) The church, or “called out ones”, is everything that God is doing on earth. His work is to demonstrate His glory by taking a broken and messy group of believers and transforming them into the likeness of Christ. The church is never without problems, but it can thrive in an environment without pretense. We approach Christ in order to be made clean, but we don’t make ourselves clean in order to be saved. It is precisely this saving work that sanctifies the church and presents us holy and blameless before God.
i) Ephesians 1:22 – And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church. . .
ii) 1 Tim 3:15 – If I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth.
iii) Heb 10:24-25 – And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
E) The Gospel is the good news that was preached throughout the entire Bible, and by which we are both saved and being saved. All maturity is reached in hearing and doing what His Gospel has proclaimed. We don’t graduate our need for the gospel, rather, we see its fruit increasing in applying it to all areas of our heart, through the work of the Holy Spirit, and teach it to others with insight and clarity.
i) Gal 3:8 - And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.”
ii) Rom 1:16 - For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
iii) 1 Cor 15:1-2 - Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.
F) When we are saved, having passed through the gate of self denial, and embraced Jesus Christ as Lord, the Holy Spirit puts His seal upon us (Eph 1:13). We are led to know Christ through the Holy Spirit’s indwelling presence, and we are then empowered to live righteously. Jesus said He must leave the disciples so that He could send the Holy Spirit. It is this glorious truth that frees us from striving for God’s approval out of human effort while we rely on the Spirit of Christ and His work in us.
i) John 16:13 - When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
ii) Rom 8:9 - You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
iv) Eph 6:17 - . . . and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God . . .
G) God created man to be in community and relationship, both in His church and in the union between man and woman. Marriage has been created, and given, as a covenant between one man and one woman, to demonstrate the powerful picture of Christ and the church. Marriage is a reflection of Christ and the church, rather than Christ and the church a reflection of marriage. We can live a Holy Spirit empowered marriage knowing that both man and woman get to watch the Gospel at work, through the man laying down his life for his wife, and in the woman submitting to a husband’s leadership in the home. When this is seen at work, it is neither domineering nor oppressive, but, instead, a glorious picture of grace.
i) Matt 19:4-6 – “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female’, and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”
ii) Eph 5:31-33 – “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
iii) 1 Cor 11:3 – “But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.”