What We Believe
As Christians, we believe fundamental truths found in the Bible. We believe if God has said it, then it’s fact, and we should listen. At Life Bible Study, we have identified 8 truths vital for every Christian to know and understand.
We call them essential because they convey beliefs that are crucial to every person’s spiritual foundation and growth.
We call them truths because they are perfect and flawless, having never been proven wrong throughout all time.
8 Essential Truths
Only one true and living God exists, perfect in all His attributes, holy in character, and righteous in all His works. He is the Creator of the universe, eternally existing in three Persons—the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—each equally deserving of humanity’s worship and obedience. As the Lord of all creation, God’s power, knowledge, wisdom, and presence ensure His sovereign will is exercised over all nations and kingdoms throughout all ages.
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength (Deut. 6:4-5).
THE BIBLE IS GOD'S WORD
The Bible is God's written revelation to people, divinely given through human authors who were inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is entirely true. The Bible is totally sufficient and completely authoritative for matters of life and faith. The goal of God’s Word is the restoration of humanity into His image.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
PEOPLE ARE GOD'S TREASURE
God created people in His image for His glory. Because people are the crowning work of His creation, God made them stewards over His creation. God created people to live in relationship with Him, so He has given people the ability to communicate with God through prayer. God wants people to lovingly care for each other and He has given families the special responsibility of teaching children about God. God desires for people to live eternally with Him in heaven.
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground” (Gen. 1:26).
JESUS IS GOD AND SAVIOR
Jesus is both fully God and fully human. He is Christ, the Son of God, and is one of the three persons of the Trinity. Born of a virgin, He lived a sinless life and performed many miracles. He died on the cross to provide people forgiveness of sin and eternal salvation. Jesus rose from the dead, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return in power and glory.
The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven (Heb. 1:3).
THE HOLY SPIRIT IS GOD AND EMPOWERER
As a member of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit is God’s presence in the world. The Holy Spirit convicts individuals of sin, baptizes believers into the Body of Christ, uses God’s Word to mature believers into Christ-likeness, and secures them until Christ’s return. Through His indwelling presence and by equipping believers with spiritual gifts, the Holy Spirit empowers us for bold witness and effective ministry as we serve Him.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
SALVATION IS BY FAITH ALONE
Every person has willfully disobeyed God—an act known as sin—thus inheriting both physical and spiritual death and the need for salvation. Salvation is wholly of God by grace on the basis of the shed blood of Jesus Christ and not on the basis of human works. When people repent of their sins by placing their faith in Jesus Christ, they receive forgiveness for sin, abundant life on earth, and the promise of eternal life in heaven.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast (Eph. 2:8-9).
THE CHURCH IS GOD'S PLAN
The Holy Spirit immediately places all people who put their faith in Jesus Christ into one united spiritual body, the Church, of which Christ is the head. The primary expression of the Church on earth is the local gathering of believers. The purpose of the Church is to glorify God by taking the gospel to the entire world and by building its members in Christ-likeness through the instruction of God’s Word, fellowship, service, worship, and prayer.
They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common (Acts 2:42-44).
THE FUTURE IS IN GOD’S HANDS
God is actively involved in our lives and our future. Through His prophets, God announced His plans for the future redemption of His people through the life, death, and resurrection of His Son. With the call of the disciples, God prepared the way for the future of His Church. In Scripture, God promised that Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth to resurrect and judge the saved and unsaved. As the all-knowing and all-powerful Creator and Judge, God can and should be trusted today, and with our future.
Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him (Heb. 9:27-28).