What do you believe? Why? Have you ever thought about what you mean when you say things like “I believe in God” or “Jesus died for me”? Why does it even matter? Aren’t we all just supposed to try and be good people anyways?
Throughout the bible, one of the primary warnings the church receives is to be wary of false teachers and to cling to sound doctrine. This is such an important warning because what we believe and why has a substantial effect on who we are and how we live out our faith.
Our salvation, our relationship with God, our legacy, our eternity are all built on our doctrine-or what we believe. You may say well I don’t have a doctrine, but the truth is we all do, whether we realize it or not. We are going to take 8 weeks and dig into what scripture and the church believe about who we are, who God is and what it means to follow Christ. As we anchor ourselves in who we are take huge steps into who we are called to be.
Jackie Hill Perry - 1:36 minutes
What is God?
ANSWER: God is the creator and sustainer of everyone and everything. He is eternal, infinite, and unchangeable in His power and perfection, goodness and glory, wisdom, justice, and truth. Nothing happens except through Him and By His will.
VERSE: Psalm 86:8-10, 15 8 There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. 9 All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name. 10 For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God.
How many persons are there in God?
ANSWER: There are three persons in the one true and living God: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. They are the same in substance, equal in power and Glory. VERSE: 2 Corinthians 13:14
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Don Carson - 2 minutes
Kevin DeYoung - 4 minutes
Who is the Redeemer?
ANSWER: The only Redeemer is the Lord Jesus Christ. The eternal Son of God, in whom God became a Man and bore the penalty for sin (your sin), himself.
VERSE: 1 Timothy 2:5
2 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. 7 For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
Mark Dever - 2 minutes
Thabiti Anwalye - 3 minutes
How and Why Did God Create us?
God created us male and female in his own image to know him, love him, live with him, and glorify him. And it is right that we who were created by God should live to his glory.
Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
John Piper - 3 minutes
What is our only hope in life and in death?
ANSWER: That we are not our own, but belong, body and soul, both in life and in death, to God and to our savior Jesus Christ.
VERSE: Romans 14:7-8 7 For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. 8 For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.
Tim Keller - 2 minutes
Allistar Begg - 2 minutes
What is Sin?
ANSWER: Sin is rejecting or ignoring God in the world he created, rebelling against him by living without reference to him, not being or doing what he requires in his law—resulting in our death and the disintegration of all creation.
VERSE: 1 John 3:4 Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.
John Lin - 3 minutes
Allistar Begg - 3 minutes
How is the Bible to be read and heard?
ANSWER: With diligence, preparation, and prayer; so that we may accept it with faith, store it in our hearts, and practice it in our lives.
VERSE: 2 Timothy 3:16–17 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
Kevin DeYoung - 4 minutes
What is the Church?
ANSWER: God chooses and preserves for himself a community elected for eternal life and united by faith, who love, fol- low, learn from, and worship God together. God sends out this community to proclaim the gospel and prefigure Christ’s kingdom by the quality of their life together and their love for one another.
VERSE: 2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.
John Yates - 3 minutes
What Hope Do We Have in Eternal Life?
ANSWER: It reminds us that this present fallen world is not all there is; soon we will live with and enjoy God forever in the new city, in the new heaven and the new earth, where we will be fully and forever freed from all sin and will inhabit renewed, resurrection bodies in a renewed, restored creation
VERSE: Revelation 21:1–4 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
Tim Keller - 2 minutes