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CHRISTIAN BELIEFS 2
 

SALVATION
The penalty for sin is death, but salvation is the means by which God saves mankind from the penalty of sin so that he may be given eternal life. Working through His Son, Jesus Christ, the salvation process includes oneís calling, repentance, baptism, justification, receiving of the Holy Spirit, then living a life of faith and obedience, and finally, birth into Godís Kingdom as a spirit being. Salvation is a gift freely given through grace by God, with our ultimate reward given according to our works.
Matthew 16:27; John 3:16-17; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 6:1-2

FAITH
Faith is the absolute knowledge that God exists and that He can and will fulfill His promises. Faith is necessary for salvation, of which, the basic elements are courage, action, and risk.
Romans 1:17; 10:17; Ephesians 3:17; Hebrews 11:1-2; James 2:22-24

REPENTANCE
Repentance is the act of acknowledging oneís sins, and then resolving to fully obey God and then is manifested by positive change. It begins when God openís a personís mind to see himself/herself in comparison with God and His law. True repentance is the first step toward reconciliation with God, and therefore ultimate salvation.
Acts 2:38; Acts 3:19-21; Acts 8:22; I John 3:4

BAPTISM
Baptism is a ceremony, symbolizing the renunciation of the past sinful way of life, the burial of the old man in a watery grave, and the emergence of a new, spirit-led person living with Christís mind and following in His footsteps. The ceremony can only take place after true repentance and acceptance of Christís sacrifice, then by full immersion, or sprinkling on, or pouring on of water in the symbolic watery grave. After this ceremony, and as a result of all these actions, one receives the baptism of the Holy Spirit through the laying on of hands.
Matthew 3:13-16; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:1-8; Colossians 2:12

LAYING ON OF HANDS
The laying on of hands is an act performed for the receiving of Godís Holy Spirit after baptism, at ordinations, anointing of the sick, or for other special purposes.
Matthew 19:13-15; Acts 6:5-6; Acts 8:17-18; Acts 13:3; I Timothy 4:1-4; Hebrews 6:2

KINGDOM OF GOD
The Kingdom of God is the government of God ruled by the family of God. It will be the world ruling government set up by Jesus Christ upon His return. Jesus Christ will be the King of Kings and will rule for all eternity with the resurrected spirit-composed saints ruling with Him. In the New Testament, the Kingdom of God is referred to as a "mystery". It was first preached and explained by Christ, then by His church. The Kingdom of God will be established on earth for a thousand years following Christís return. It shall be complete when New Jerusalem and God the Father come down out of heaven to dwell on the new earth.
Mark 4:11; Revelation 5:10; Revelation 20:4; Revelation 21:1-3, 7, 10

 

 

 
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