God is the Creator of all things (Genesis 1:1-31, John 1:3, Romans 11:36, Colossians 1:16).
God is eternal in three persons- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16-17, Matthew 28:19-20, 2nd Corinthians 13:14).
God sent His only Son, Jesus, to this earth (Galatians 4:4, as both God and man) by a virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:18) to live His life perfectly (Hebrews 4:15, 1st Peter 2.24), to die on the cross sacrificially (1st Peter 2:24, 3:18), to raise three days after His death (Matthew 28:1-10, Romans 1:4-5), and to ascend back to the Father all for His glory (Acts 1:9).
Jesus will return at an appointed time that God has already set aside (Matthew 24:43-44).
The Bible is the inspired Word of God (2nd Timothy 3:16).
Sin is real (Romans 3:23, James 4:17). We all have to deal with it. It separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2). Because of God's grace (Ephesians 2:8-9), He calls us to Him to be restored (1st Peter 5:10). Our response is to believe (Mark 5:36, John 3:16) confess His good name (Matthew 16:13-20, Acts 19:18, Romans 10:9), repent from our sins (Acts 3:19, 2nd Corinthians 7:9-10), and be immersed (Matthew 3:13-17, Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 2:38). We then move towards living a life of joyful obedience trusting in the Father's ways (Psalm 112:11, Romans 6:17).
Communion is an important part of our weekly gathering (Acts 20:7). We take a piece of bread and a cup of juice to remember not just what Jesus has done for me, but what He has done for us (Luke 22:19-20).
We have elders as our spiritual leaders (1st Timothy 3:1-7) and deacons to fulfill the physical needs of the church (Acts 6:1-6, 1st Timothy 3:8-13).
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The Relationship Between Faith And Works
James talking about faith and works...
Paul talking about faith and works...
Romans 3:27-30, 4:1-5-Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, since God is one-who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith…
What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. And to the one who does not work but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness,
Romans 3:19-21-Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. For by works of the law no human being will be justified in His sight, since through the law comes the knowledge of sin.
Ephesians 2:8-9-For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Romans 3:31- Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
2nd Corinthians 5:17-Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Galatians 5:6, 13-14-For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love…
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Galatians 5:16-25-But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.
Ephesians 2:10-For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Jesus talking about faith and works...
Matthew 7:21-23-Not everyone who says to Me, "Lord, Lord," will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to Me, "Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and cast out demons in Your name, and do many mighty works in Your name?" And then will I declare to them, "I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness.”