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What is Christianity and what do Christians Believe?

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What is Christianity and what do Christians Believe?

  1. 1. What is Christianity and what do Christians Believe?
  2. 2. God We believe in one God, who is the all- powerful, all- knowing, ever- present, eternal Being that created and sustains the universe and everything in it. The Bible teaches us that "God is a spirit" (John 4:24) and "God is love" (1 John 4:8). We believe that He loves and cares for each person with an eternal, unending love, and seeks to bring every man, woman, and child into a personal relationship with Him.
  3. 3. Jesus God's love for the world was so great that He gave His one and only son, Jesus Christ, to bring salvation to the world (John 3:16) and to teach humankind about His love. Jesus is the manifestation of the love of God, and He suffered the death of crucifixion in order to atone for the sins of humanity, so that humankind could be reconciled to God (Isaiah 53:4-6). Three days after His death on the cross, Jesus was resurrected, and 40 days later, He ascended into Heaven (Acts 1:3). He will return to the world in the future to establish His kingdom of love and righteousness on Earth (Revelation 11:15).
  4. 4. Having received the gift of salvation, the believer is saved forever; after death, his or her soul will live forever in Heaven. Salvation by Grace Salvation (redemption from sin) is a gift of God's love, mercy, and forgiveness, and can only be attained through belief in Jesus.
  5. 5. The Holy Spirit Before Jesus ascended to Heaven, He promised to send the Holy Spirit to His followers, to strengthen and guide them in their spiritual lives and relationship with God, and to remain with them always (John 14:16). Any believer can receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit, simply by asking God for it.
  6. 6. The Word of God God's Word is the cornerstone of our beliefs and practices. We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, written by men of faith who were inspired by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21). God's Word explains His plan for humankind, teaches us how to live in harmony with God and others, guides our actions and decisions, and is essential to our spiritual strength and growth.
  7. 7. Faith The Bible says that God honors and rewards those who draw near to Him in faith (Hebrews 11:6). Faith grows and is strengthened through the study of God's Word (Romans 10:17), and a living faith is one that is translated into action (James 2:17). We believe that our faith should be integrated into every aspect of our lives and interactions with others. "The just shall live by faith" (Romans 1:17). As we commit our lives, hopes, and future into His loving hands, we trust that God will fulfill His promises to us. He will cause everything that those who love Him encounter in life to ultimately work together for their good (Romans 8:28).
  8. 8. Living a Godly Life We believe that the life of a Christian should be a living example of God's love, both in word and in deed. Our lives should manifest the spiritual virtues enumerated in the Bible, such as love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
  9. 9. Communicating with God Prayer is the means by which we communicate with God. Through prayer we manifest our dependence on God; we express our praise and gratitude to Him; we present our petitions for our needs and the needs of others. We believe that God seeks to communicate with people. He desires to be a close presence in each person's life, and to provide guidance, encouragement, and instruction. He speaks to the hearts of all who seek Him. The ability to receive direct messages from God is referred to in the Bible as the gift of prophecy.
  10. 10. The Great Commission Christians are commissioned by Christ to share the good news of His love and salvation with others (Mark 16:15). God's love and salvation through Jesus are a gift for all humankind, and are meant to be freely shared with others.
  11. 11. The Community of Faith We believe that the Church is a spiritual entity comprising all who believe in Jesus Christ. The fellowship of Christians is not defined by physical buildings, denominations, or institutions, but rather it is a community of faith, joined together in spirit and in love. "God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24).
  12. 12. God's Law of Love An expert in the Mosaic Law tested Jesus with this question: "'Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?' Jesus said to him, 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." (Matthew 22:37-30) A Christian's actions should be motivated by unselfish, sacrificial love—the love of God for our fellow man.
  13. 13. Angels and Departed Believers Angels are powerful spiritual beings created by God and assigned by Him to watch over humankind. There are many examples in the Bible of their intervention to protect, assist, and deliver messages to God's people, and we believe that they continue to do so today. In addition to angels, God also empowers the spirits of departed believers to minister to and deliver messages to His people. An example of this is found in the Biblical account of the spirits of the departed prophets, Moses and Elijah, appearing and conferring with Jesus (Luke 9:28-31). Paul referred to departed believers as "a great cloud of witnesses" watching over those on Earth (Hebrews 12:1).
  14. 14. Spiritual Warfare We believe that a relentless warfare is being waged in this spiritual realm between good and evil, between God and His good forces and Satan and his evil forces, with each seeking to influence the souls and minds of humankind and the course of history. Christians can play a role in the spiritual warfare through their godly choices and actions that serve to further God's kingdom. The Bible foretells that Satan and his forces will ultimately be defeated and God's plan for humanity will triumph (Revelation 20:1-3,10).
  15. 15. Divine Intervention The Bible records many supernatural acts of God that defy explanation. We believe that throughout history God has intervened in the natural world to supernaturally alter circumstances and conditions, and He continues to do so today in order to manifest His love and power. While Jesus was on Earth, He not only expressed His love to humanity through healing people's hearts and spirits, but He also performed miracles to feed the hungry and to heal people's diseased and crippled bodies. "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8), and we therefore believe that He still performs miracles today. Text and art © TFI. Featured on www.freekidstories.org

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