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Core Beliefs Mini Book


Calvary's Core Beliefs

Calvary's Core Beliefs

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  • 1. We Believe...
  • 2. We Believe… These simple statements identify the three core beliefs The Bible is God’s trust- we hold at Calvary. There are worthy message for all many other truths we hold tightly to, however we believe people. these three are the most crucial. Jesus is the only way of salvation. Everyone in the world needs to hear God’s story. Calvary’s doctrinal statement can be obtained by contacting the church office.
  • 3. The Bible tells God’s story beginning with The creation of the world. The Bible explains that suffering is a result of Humanity’s rejection of God. The Bible is God’s trustworthy message The Bible explains God’s plan to for all people Restore his broken relationship with humans.
  • 4. Simple Keys for The Bible is: Studying the Bible 66 books written by several different authors over a period of a few thousand 1. Set aside a regular time to read. years. 2. Ask God to help you understand His The most well-preserved and well-read Word. book in the history of the world. 3. Keep a journal. Write down the An accurate record of the history of the things that stick in your mind. Jewish people. 4. Let yourself be changed. Several true accounts of the life of Jesus Christ. A collection of letters written by Jesus’ closest friends to those who had become followers of Jesus.
  • 5. Humans were created with the ability to • experience ideal relationships with God and with each other. Our choices to reject God’s “way of life” • severs our relationship with Him, deeply wounds our relationships with each other, and causes us to forfeit our “right” to live in God’s creation. God came to earth in the person Jesus. He • lived a full life as a man, yet never sinned. At the end of his life he was wrongly ac- cused, condemned and sentenced to die. Being without sin, Jesus was the only per- • son to ever die an undeserved death. Because he was a man, Jesus’ death was • Jesus is the efficient as a substitute for those deserving death. Because he was God, his death was only way of salvation. sufficient to restore all creation to relation- ship with God.
  • 6. Jesus said about himself: You can only be restored to relationship with God by: “I am the way, the truth, and the Accepting Jesus’ sacrificial life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) death as a substitute for your deserved judgment. “He who believes in me, believes Accepting Jesus’ sinless life not in me but in Him who sent as a substitute for your me.” (John 12:44) sinful life.
  • 7. Jesus was the perfect representative • Everyone in the world of God on earth. (Heb.1:3) We can understand God’s message • needs to hear God’s by understanding Jesus’ message. message Jesus message included two crucial elements: Relieving Suffering Redeeming Sin
  • 8. Relieving Suffering: Redeeming Sin: God loves humanity, and it hurts Him when we God is passionate about restoring the broken suffer. The mission of those who represent God to relationship between Himself and His creation. He the world is to relieve suffering whenever possible. has entrusted us to share the good news that His Son has made restoration possible. “Then the King will say to the people on his right, ‘Come, my Father has given you his blessing. Receive Then Jesus came to them and said, “All power in heaven the kingdom God has prepared for you since the world and on earth is given to me. So go and make followers was made. I was hungry, and you gave me food. I was of all people in the world. Baptize them in the name of thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I was alone the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach them and away from home, and you invited me into your to obey everything that I have taught you, and I will be house. I was without clothes, and you gave me some- with you always, even until the end of this thing to wear. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in age.” (Matthew 28:19,20) prison, and you visited me.’ “Then the good people will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and give you food, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you alone and away from home and invite you into our house? When did we see you without clothes and give you something to wear? When did we see you sick or in prison and care for you?’ “Then the King will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, any- thing you did for even the least of my people here, you also did for me.’ (Matthew 25:34-40)
  • 9. So... What Now? Who is Jesus to you? What is your life’s mission? Is he a really good guy that lived a Are you out to get as much as long time ago and said and did possible, as quickly as possible, so interesting things? you can be secure as possible? Is he a mystical figure in history Are you enjoying life, having fun, that you don’t really understand, doing “whatever feels good?” but want to know more about? Are you seeking to follow Jesus’ Is he your only hope in life and death? example by relieving suffering and redeeming sin?
  • 10. How Can I Learn More? Partner with a LIFEGroup • The best environment to “learn” about Christianity is within a group. Learning with others helps promote follow-up activity. “Head knowledge” is great, but if it isn’t lived out, it is meaningless. James 1 says, “Do not merely listen to the Word and so deceive your- What is Your Next Step? selves. Do what it says.” Learning about God in a community will help you take action on the things you are learning. Launch your Journey by attending Link-Up Commit to attending Celebration • Gatherings Partner with a LIFEGroup Every Sunday, the Calvary family comes together to celebrate our new life in Use your gifts to Serve others Christ. Each of these celebration gatherings features a time of teaching from the Bible. Committing to attend these weekly gatherings Assume Christ’s mission and Engage will quickly help you develop your Christian the world around you faith.