What we Believe / Foundations Bible Study
Week 1: Bible, Trinity, Jesus Christ, and Salvation
Week 2: Sanctification/Growth, Holy Spirit, Church, Ordinances of the Church
Week 3: Healing, Heaven/Hell, Jesus is Coming Back
Week 1: June 2, 2021
The Bible: The Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. In its original writing, it is inspired, infallible and inerrant. The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Peter 1:21)
Book of 66 different books
Written by 40 people
Over a period of 1,600 years
Over 500 prophecies in the Old Testament with many fulfilled in the NT and more to be fulfilled in the future.
Foundation of what we believe. Guidance for what we do.
1. How would you describe the Bible in your life?
2. What are some “go-to” Scriptures in your life?
3. How would you respond if someone challenged you that this is an old and dead book? Why read it over and over again? Why base your life around it?
The Trinity: There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These tco-equal and co-eternal. The terms “Trinity” and “persons” as related to the Godhead, while not found in the Scriptures, are words in harmony with Scripture, whereby we may convey to others our immediate understanding of the doctrine of Christ respecting the Being of God, as distinguished from “gods many and lords many.” We therefore may speak with propriety of the Lord our God who is One Lord, as a trinity or as one Being of three persons, and still be absolutely scriptural. (Matthew 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14, John 14:16-17)
God the Father – in heaven
God the Son – at the right hand of the father
God the Holy Spirit – with us
1. How would you describe the Trinity to a 5-year-old?
2. What can we know about God through the trinity?
Jesus Christ: Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He was born of a virgin (making him the Son of God), lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for mankind and thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory. (John 1:1,14, 20:28; 1Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; 1Timothy 2:5).
Salvation: We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ; His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human efforts. We needed a Savior because man, by voluntary transgression, fell. Man sinned. The Scriptures show us that when a person admits they have sinned, believe in their heart, and confess Jesus is Lord, they will be saved. Salvation is attainable for all people who believe! (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22, 1 John 1:9).
The person of Jesus is what makes our faith different from any other faith. What Jesus did for us on the cross is the lynch pin for our faith and salvation. Many faiths such as Islam or Mormons or Jehovah Witness believe that Jesus was a good man, a prophet. The difference between Christians is that we believe Jesus is the Son of God. Part of God, part of the Trinity…who we worship. We can pray to Him. He saved us. He is the one who brings salvation.
John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
1. What makes our faith different from any other faith? (Jesus, that Jesus is the only way)
2. Why is Jesus so important to us?
3. How would you describe your relationship with Jesus?
June 9, 2021
We are continuing our talk on the Fundamentals.
The foundation of what we believe.
Read the Passage.
5-minutes of Insight
End with some discussion about the Holy Spirit.
Read Acts 2:1-21.
Who is the Holy Spirit?
Jesus calls him the Advocate or the Helper.
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
He is also described as the Healer, the Comforter, the Guide.
We know he is part of the Trinity.
The Spirit of God is the one who fills us, who helps us understand the Scripture, who guides us in our life.
You may have heard some of these terms:
Baptism in the Holy Spirit
Gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12, Ephesians 4)
Filled with the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit vs. Holy Ghost
Here’s what I know about the Holy Spirit.
1. The Holy Spirit is the one who guides us.
2. The Holy Spirit is the source of our power.
3. The Holy Spirit is accessible to all who believe in God.
When you read this passage, what was the author’s motivation for writing this?
What happened in this passage?
Who was the Holy Spirit at this time?
What can we learn from this passage?
What does the Holy Spirit mean to you?
How has the Holy Spirit impacted your life?
Have you been baptized with the Holy Spirit?
End in Prayer