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Course #38 - A summary of Bible Doctrines
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1. The Gospel
This is the Good News of the Kingdom of God which is to be setup on the
earth. This message is to be found in the Old Testament and the New Testament.
Genesis 22: 17, 18
2. The Bible is the Word of God
The 40 writers of the 66 books were inspired by God.
2 Peter 1:21
3. God was the Creator of the world
Everything on the earth was made by God for the benefit of the human
race, with the intention that the earth would be filled with His glory.
Jesus Christ is the centre of God's purpose.
Genesis 1; 1
Numbers 14: 21
Psalm 103: 8-11
Isaiah 45: 18
4. Jesus will come back to the earth
He was born nearly 2000 years ago to preach the Gospel and to give his
life as the "Lamb slain from the foundation of the world'"
He is now in heaven but he will return, as the King of the earth.
Matthew 25: 31-34
Acts 1: 10-11
Acts 3: 20, 21
Revelation 22: 20
5. The return of Jesus is very near
Bible prophecy is being fulfilled and there are many signs today that
the coming of Jesus is near. For example: the Jews and the State of Israel;
immorality; terrorism; hunger; plagues and earthquakes.
Luke 21: 10-11
Luke 21: 24-33
2 Timothy 3: 1-5
6. The kingdom of God will be on the earth
This is the central message of the Bible. The Kingdom we pray for in
the "Lord's Prayer" will have its centre in Jerusalem in Israel,
where Jesus will reign for 1000 years over the nations at peace. After
that, there will be no more sin and death.
Isaiah 24: 23
Jeremiah 3: 17
Micah 4: 1-8
Revelation 11: 15
7. God made promises to Abraham
Abraham, because of his faithful obedience to God, was promised that
he and his family (the Jews) would possess the land of Israel and that
one of his descendants (Jesus) would be king of the world.
Genesis 12: 1-3
Genesis 15: 5, 6
Genesis 22: 15-18
Galatians 3: 8, 16, 29
8. The Jews are God's people
They were to be witnesses to God's existence and power. But they disobeyed
and so were scattered all over the earth. The Bible foretold that in "he
last days" they would return to the land of Israel.
Isaiah 11: 11, 12
Isaiah 44: 8
Ezekiel 37: 21, 22
Romans 9: 3-5
9. Jerusalem will be the centre of the earth
Jesus was a Jew. Many of the descendants of the Jews who crucified Jesus
will accept him as their Messiah. Jerusalem will be the capital of the
Kingdom of God and Israel will be "the head of the nations".
Travellers from every country will visit Jerusalem to worship.
Jeremiah 3: 17
Micah 4: 1, 2
Matthew 5: 34, 35
10. God made promises to David
King David was told that he would have a descendant who would sit on
his throne for ever. This was a prophecy about Jesus.
2 Samuel 7: 12-16
Luke 1: 30-33
11. Jesus is the Son of God
He was born by the operation of the Holy Spirit on his mother Mary.
In this way he was both "Son of God"and "Son of
man". Jesus always spoke of his Father (God) as being "greater
than I" There is nothing in the Bible to suggest that Jesus was
Matthew 1: 20-25
John 14: 28
Romans 1: 3, 4
Galatians 4: 4
12. Jesus lived a sinless life
Although he was human, Jesus was the Son of God, and therefore able
to overcome all temptations and he lived a perfect life. He set an example
for all his followers.
Isaiah 53: 5, 12
2 Corinthians 5: 21
1 Peter 2: 22
13. Jesus died on the cross for us
He had to die, like all men, because he was a descendant of Adam. But
because he was without sin he was a perfect sacrifice (the "Lamb
of God") in his death. Because of this he is able to take away
the sins of those who, in a sense, die with him in baptism.
John 1: 29
John 3: 16
Galatians 1: 4
14. Jesus was raised from the grave
Because he did no sin "the grave could not hold him"
God was right to bring the only righteous man back to life. The Lord Jesus
Christ was the "firstfruits" - the guarantee that those
who are "in Christ" will rise from the dead at his return.
Acts 2: 24
Acts 17: 31
1 Corinthians 15: 22, 23
15. The Holy Spirit is the power of God
God's power is evident in all of His creation. When God uses His spirit
for special purposes it is called the "Holy Spirit". The Holy
Spirit cannot act separately from God; it has no separate existence but
is simply God's power.
Luke 1: 35
Acts 10: 38
2 Peter 1: 21
16. The wages of sin is death
Death is the punishment for sin in the human race. Since Adam was disobedient
in the beginning, all have sinned (except Jesus) and so all have died.
All men and women will perish in the grave unless they learn the purpose
of God, and be baptised into the saving name of Jesus Christ.
Genesis 3: 17-19
Romans 5: 12
Romans 6: 23
17. The gift of God is eternal life
We cannot earn eternal life. But God, in His love, has promised to give
it to those who believe His Word, trust in the Lord Jesus and strive to
do His will.
John 17: 1-3
Romans 2: 6-8
Romans 5: 15
Romans 6: 23
18. There will be a resurrection of the dead
John 5: 28, 29
1 Corinthians 15: 12-19
2 Timothy 4: 1
19. There will be a judgement
Those who have been baptised must stand before Jesus at his return to
the earth, either to be punished by final death or to be rewarded with
everlasting life. There will also be stern judgements on the people of
the earth who will oppose Jesus at his return.
Daniel 12: 1, 2
John 5: 28, 29
2 Corinthians 5: 10
2 Thessalonians 1: 7-9
20. Living for ever
Those who are granted eternal life will have the privilege of serving
the Lord Jesus on the earth and, under him, will rule the mortal people.
The mortals will eventually die and be raised again for judgement at the
end of the 1000 years; but the "saints" will enjoy perfect health
and happiness while they preach "the everlasting Gospel" and
make the earth a wonderful place to live in.
Psalm 37: 9-11, 22
Daniel 7: 27
Revelation 20: 4-6
21. The angels are God's messengers
God made the angels to be His servants for ever. They never die and
they carry our God's instructions in the universe. They also watch over
those on earth who are called by God to be His "saints".
Exodus 23: 20, 21
Psalm 103: 20
Hebrews 1: 13, 14
22. The devil and satan
In the Bible the "devil" describes the power of sin which
is in all men and women. Those who oppose the will of God are sometimes
called "satan" There is nothing in the Bible about an evil angel
or god, outside of a person, which tempts them to sin.
Matthew 16: 23
John 8: 44
Acts 10: 38
James 1: 14
23. We must all repent
God requires that we recognise our sins, are sorry for them, and try
to live differently in the future. We cannot hope for salvation unless
we do this. Repentance means a whole new way of life, following Jesus.
Psalm 51: 1-10
Matthew 4: 17
Luke 13: 1-5
Acts 3: 19
24. Adult baptism in water
This is absolutely essential, but we have to understand and believe
the teachings of the Bible and the commandments of Jesus before we
can be baptised. Baptism is a symbol of dying with Christ for our sins
and rising again to a new life.
Matthew 28: 19, 20
Mark 16: 16
Acts 2: 38
25. Christians do not fight
A follower of Christ cannot use force nor join in military service or
the police force. He must "love his enemies" as well as
Matthew 26: 52
Luke 6: 27--29
Romans 13: 1, 2
26. Christian marriage
The Bible is very clear that God intended a man to have only one wife,
and for the couple to bring up a godly family. In accordance with this
ideal a Christian should not seek divorce, nor indulge in polygamy.
Genesis 2: 21-24
Matthew 19: 3-6
Hebrews 13: 4
27. Our duty to the State
Christians obey all the laws of their country, unless they conflict
with the laws of God. Because they are citizens of the Kingdom of God they
cannot give their time and energy to the politics of any worldly government.
It could be that we might find that we were fighting against God.
28. Christians can pray for forgiveness of their sins
This is one of the privileges of being "in Christ" (that is,
baptised). The Lord Jesus is in heaven, acting as a priest for his followers
and asking God to forgive their weaknesses.
Matthew 22: 17-21
Romans 13: 1-7
1 Peter 2: 17
Philippians 4: 6
1 Timothy 2: 5
Hebrews 7: 24-26
1 John 1: 9
29. Daily Bible reading is necessary
Bible reading is like taking daily food. God talks to us through His
Word. We learn from the examples of the Scriptures and there are passages
to suit all our problems and needs.
Psalm 119: 97, 98
Acts 17: 11, 12
2 Timothy 3: 16, 17
30. Communion with the death of Jesus
True Christians remember the death of Jesus by "breaking bread"
and "drinking wine" every week, as Jesus instructed at the Last
Supper. This memorial includes the promise that the disciples of Jesus
will share meals with him in the Kingdom of God.
Mark 14: 22-25
1 Corinthians 11: 23-28
31. True fellowship
This is something that can only be shared by those who believe and practise
the same true Bible doctrines as taught by the Lord and his followers in
the first century. Christadelphians have a wonderful fellowship with many
brothers and sisters throughout the world.
John 17: 16-18
Acts 2: 41, 42
Hebrews 10: 24, 25
1 John 1: 3-7
32. The call of the Gospel
God is calling people from around the world, to follow Jesus and to
prepare for his coming Kingdom.
Matthew 16: 24-26
Acts 15: 14
1 Corinthians 1: 26, 27
Galatians 3: 27-29
Will you respond to this call?
Final verses to memorise: Acts 17:30,31
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"And the times of this ignorance God winked at:
but now commandeth all men every where to repent: because he hath appointed
a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that men
whom he hath ordained; where of he hath given assurance unto all men, in
that he hath raised him from the dead."
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