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The Authority of the Bible and the Doctrine of the Trinity
The purpose of these classes is to strengthen Christians in the faith. We are going to be studying the Word of God together, believe that your life will be changed as a result. We will be laying a doctrinal foundation for Christian growth and maturity. The things we will be dealing with are essential to the Christian faith. Whatever God says in His Word is right, whether it has to do with marriage, the home, or business; His Word is right. Now whatever your final authority is in life, that is your god. People many times have good ideas, but what is really important is: What does God say? Because God is never wrong. On any given subject, whatever your final authority is, that is your god on the subject. As Christians, the Bible must be our final authority on everything. It is our rule and guide for living. God gives instructions concerning all areas of our life. This is God’s revelation to man. This is God’s will revealed to us. The word Bible means book. It contains sixty-six separate books of various literary forms, such as letters, history, narrative, epic poetry, song lyrics, and apocalypse, but all with one theme. God compiled this book over a period of 1500 years, from 1400 B.C. to A.D. 100. Its forty authors included shepherds, fishermen, warriors, priests, prophets, kings, a physician, a scholar, and a cupbearer. Such a diverse literature of truth affecting every generation of every culture, nation, and tribe could only be put together by the hand of God.

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The Deity and Mission of Jesus
INTRODUCTION We’ve talked about the Bible being the Word of God, and we talked about the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. I want to move on now to another central truth of Christianity: We believe in the virgin birth and the deity of Jesus Christ. We are going to look at several Scriptures that talk about the preexistence of Jesus Christ: that He preexisted as God the Son. “Who has ascended into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son’s name, if you know?” (Proverbs 30:4) Now the answer to these questions obviously is God. God has established all the ends of the earth. But it asks an interesting question: What is His Son’s name? God has a Son.

Salvation, Heaven and Hell, and Christ’s Return
We ended last session by sharing what God has done to redeem mankind to Himself. He sent His only begotten Son to be a ransom for us. The Bible says there is no other means of salvation. Religion does not save people. Religious works do not save people. Faith in the Son of God does save people. Look with me at John 14:6. “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life: no one comes to the Father, except through me.’” Jesus said He was the way, the truth, and the life. And He said no one comes to the Father, except through Him. If we believe anything that Jesus said, we must believe that. There are not many ways to God. There is one way to God: through Jesus Christ.

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
Jesus spent much time teaching about the Holy Spirit. Every believer in Jesus Christ should be familiar with His ministry. When Jesus talked about the Holy Spirit, He always referred to Him as a person. He never referred to Him as an object or some sort of a force. The Holy Spirit is grieved when we don’t realize He is a person. He is not here just to do things for us, but He is a person to be recognized. The Bible even speaks of having fellowship with the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:14). God dwells in the Christian by the Holy Spirit. It is important to know the Holy Spirit.

Divine Healing
You cannot read for very long in your Bible without finding God healing people. In Exodus 15:23-26, God revealed something about Himself to His people: God reveals Himself as The Healer. God is by nature a healer. God is by nature a Healing God. If God was a healer then, He must be a healer today. If He was a physician then, He must be a physician today because He does not change (Malachi 3:6).

Church Ordinances
An ordinance is a prescribed practice, such as a religious rite. Jesus gave ordinances to the Church, not as rituals or rules, but as methods for helping us act out our faith. Each ordinance is a physical demonstration of a spiritual grace. In this lesson, we will be dealing with ordinances of the Church. Jesus received all authority in heaven and earth and then commanded His disciples to go into all the world, to preach the Gospel, and to baptize those that believed. This is a command of Jesus, and those that believe in Jesus Christ should be concerned with obeying His commands (Matthew 28:18-19).

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