I'll be posting a part each day, then when done will post a link to a downloadable pdf that is .
There are many other pamphlets and courses for new Christians that are much better than this, but perhaps this might help, encourage, stimulate, and ground someone in the faith. That is my only intent. This copy is Copyright © 2019 by Len Gane All rights reserved but the pdf download version 10 April 19 only is .
The New Christian’s Handbook Part 3
1. I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
2. And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord:
3. Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary:
4. Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell:
5. The third day he rose again from the dead:
6. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty:
7. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead:
8. I believe in the Holy Spirit:
9. I believe in the holy Christian church: the communion of saints:
10. The forgiveness of sins:
11. The resurrection of the body:
12. And the life everlasting. Amen.
B2 You can read my comments on the Apostle’s Creed here.
B3 Study the material. Look up the Bible verse to know the context. You might want to look up the topic in Torrey's New Topical Textbook . If you go to the link, look up the topic (the first one is God). Hover over the verse and the reference will be readable. You can also find more themes of these topics from Manser’s Dictionary of Bible Themes. For further study with explanations, consider Great Doctrines of the Bible by Evans. If you want more in your study consider the Society of Evangelical Arminians Links and Books.
C1 Statement 1: I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
D1 I believe in God (further study)
E1 Isaiah 44:6 NRSV Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god.
E2 Isaiah 37:16 NRSV O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, who are enthroned above the cherubim, you are God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth.
E3 Deuteronomy 4:34-35 NRSV Or has any god ever attempted to go and take a nation for himself from the midst of another nation, by trials, by signs and wonders, by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, and by terrifying displays of power, as the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your very eyes? 35 To you it was shown so that you would acknowledge that the LORD is God; there is no other besides him.
D2 [I believe in] the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth (further study God, God’s Work, and The Trinity)
E1 Genesis 1:1 NRSV In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth.
E2 John 1:1-4 NRSV In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.
E3 Acts 14:15 NRSV Friends, why are you doing this? We are mortals just like you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them.
C2 Statement 2 [I believe in] And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord: (further study)
D1 [I believe in] and Jesus Christ
E1 Luke 2:11 NRSV to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.
E2 John 20:28 NRSV Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!"
D2 his only begotten Son,
E1 John 3:16 WEL For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, so that anyone believing in him should not perish but have everlasting life.
E2 Proverbs 30:4 GW [To the audience] Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in the palm of his hand? Who has wrapped water in a garment? Who has set up the earth from one end to the other? What is his name or the name of his son? Certainly, you must know!
D3 our Lord:
E1 Romans 1:3 WEL Concerning his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who came from the offspring of David, according to the flesh.
E2 Acts 2:36 WEL "Therefore let the whole house of Israel confidently know that God has made this same Jesus whom you have crucified both Lord and Christ."
C3 Statement 3 Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary:
D1 Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit (further study)
E1 Luke 1:35 PickNT In answer the angel said to her: "Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will hover over you; precisely for this reason the holy One who is to be born will be called 'Son of God'!
E2 Matthew 1:20 NIV But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
D2 born of the Virgin Mary (further study)
E1 Luke 2:5-7 PickNT to enroll himself with Mary, the woman who had been betrothed to him,3 who was pregnant. 6, So it happened that when they got there the days for her to give birth were completed; 7, and she gave birth to her firstborn Son, wrapped Him in pieces of cloth and laid Him in the manger, because there was no room for them in the lodging place.
E2 Matthew 1:25 NIV But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
E3 Galatians 4:4 NIV But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law.
C4 Statement 4: Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell:
D1 Suffered under Pontius Pilate (further study: Jesus’s suffering, Crucifixion, Body of Christ, Prophecies about Christ)
E1 Luke 23:24-25 GW Pilate decided to give in to their demand. 25 He freed Barabbas, who had been put in prison for rioting and murdering, because that's what they wanted. But he let them do what they wanted to Jesus.
E2 John 19:1 NIV Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged.
D2 was crucified, dead, (further study)
E1 John 19:33-34 NIV But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.
E2 Mark 15:43-45 NIV Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body. Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died. When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph.
D3 and buried (further study)
Matthew 27:59-60 NIV Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.
John 19:40-42 NIV Taking Jesus' body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs. At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.
D4 He descended into hell: (further study)
E1 Psalms 16:10 NKJV For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. (Note, it is written “...my soul in Sheol,” and not body in Sheol).
Luke 23:43 NKJV And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise." (Note, some believe that Jesus and the saved criminal went to heaven).
(Also see Ephesians 4:9-10, 1 Peter 3:18-20, Matthew 12:40). “Hell” has 2 compartments as seen in the Lord Jesus speaking of Lazarus and the Rich Man. Lazarus went to a place of comfort, but the Rich Man went to a place of torment. They were in the same place. Each side was separated by a great chasm. Compare Did Jesus Go To Hell?
C5 Statement 5: The third day he rose again from the dead: (further study: here (this is a pdf book by Dr Gary Habermas) and here (Dr. Habermas’ articles and books)).
D1 1 Corinthians 15:3-6 NKJV For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. 6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep.
D2 Acts 10:39-40 NKJV And we are witnesses of all things which He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem, whom they killed by hanging on a tree. 40 Him God raised up on the third day, and showed Him openly.
C6 Statement 6: He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty:
D1 He ascended into heaven, (further study)
E1 John 6:62 NRSV Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?
E2 Acts 1:9-11 NRSV When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. 11 They said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.
D2 and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty (further study scroll down)
E1 Colossians 3:1 NIV Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
E2 Mark 14:62 NIV "I am," said Jesus. "And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.
E3 Romans 8:34 NIV Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died--more than that, who was raised to life--is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
C7 Statement 7: From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead: (further study)
D1 1 Peter 4:5 NKJV They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
D2 2 Timothy 4:1 NKJV I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom.
D3 2 Corinthians 5:10 NRSV For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil.