13 April 2019

The New Christian's Handbook Part 4


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 4

Basic Doctrine

B1 Statement
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.
C8 Statement 8: I believe in the Holy Spirit: (further study)
D1 Acts 5:3-4 NKJV But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? 4 While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.
D2 Acts 13:2 NKJV As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, "Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.
D3 1 Corinthians 2:13 NKJV These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
C9 Statement 9: I believe in the holy Christian church: the communion of saints:
D1 I believe in the holy Christian church (further study)
E1 1 Corinthians 12:12-14 NKJV For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body--whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free--and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many.
E2 Romans 12:4-5 NKJV For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.
D2 the communion of saints: (further study)
E1 1 John 1:3 NKJV that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
E2 John 14:23 NKJV Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.
E3 1 Corinthians 1:9 NKJV God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
C10 Statement 10: The forgiveness of sins: (further study you might want to scroll down. Also see here)
D1 Ephesians 1:7 NKJV In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace
D2 Hebrews 10:17-18 NIV Then he adds: "Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more." And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.
C11 Statement 11: The resurrection of the body: (further study here and here)
D1 1 Corinthians 15:12-13 NIV But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.
D2 Romans 6:5 NKJV For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection.
D3 John 5:28-29 NKJV Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice "and come forth--those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.
C12 Statement 12: And the life everlasting. Amen: (further study)
D1 John 6:40 NRSV This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.
D2 John 3:36 NRSV Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but must endure God's wrath.
B4 Questions
C1 Define the term (each line) in your own words.
C2 Do the Scriptures offered explain and give reasonable credence to the statements? Explain.
C3 How does knowing the creed and what it means helpful to your Christian faith?
C4 If any of the creed is not believed, can that person be a Christian? Explain.

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