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Core Truth

October 12, 2012

Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, she raises her voice in the public square; on top of the wall she cries out, at the city gate she makes her speech,

“How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? Proverbs 1:20

Hello All,

A couple weekends ago Tara and I went to a small Bible based nondenominational church in Dubuque called New Life Church. It was a great message with a pure loving pastor. It was also special because it was the first time my dad and I had been to church in about twenty five years. The reason I wanted to write about this experience is as I was reading the brochure they gave us at the door I noticed that they broke down truth really well. It was simple, logical and clear. So I held on to that so I might rewrite it for you here.

About God

GOD is the creator of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one GOD.

About Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Son of GOD. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.

About the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of GOD. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under His guidance daily.

About the Bible

The Bible is GOD’S word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth and living. Because it is inspired by GOD, it is the truth without any mixture of error.

About Human Beings

People are made in the spiritual image of GOD, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme objects of GOD’S creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward GOD called “sin”. This attitude separates people from GOD and causes most problems in life.

About Salvation

Salvation is GOD’S free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works (aka being a good person). Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as GOD’S offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and trust in Jesus we are saved. Eternal life begins at the moment one receives Jesus Christ into their heart sincerely.

About Eternal Security

Because GOD gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved you can not “lose” it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of GOD, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of GOD that gives us this security.

About Eternity

People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from GOD by sin, or eternally with GOD through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from GOD is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. (2 Timothy 4:3)

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