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Christian Doctrine

Christian Doctrine

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Published by Kris Van Houten
Learn about the basic beliefs of Christianity. These are not arguments of defense, but descriptions of doctrine. For more information see my website or email me.
Learn about the basic beliefs of Christianity. These are not arguments of defense, but descriptions of doctrine. For more information see my website or email me.

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CHRIST
The Gospel
Jesus is by far the most controversial, most loved and most hated man who ever lived. The namefrom the Old Testament that means 'Yahweh God is salvation' is also the most popular cuss word inall of Western society. He never traveled more than a few hundred miles from home, never held apolitical office, never wrote a book, never married, never had sex, never attended college, and nevervisited a big city.
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Yet this man from Galilee fulfilled hundreds of prophecies and performed countless miracles inorder to show that he is exactly who he said he is. Which is, God in a human body (John 1:1, 14) whocame to save the sinners (Romans 5:8) by living a sinless life (1 Peter 2:22; 1 John 3:5) and dying onthe cross (Luke 23:33) only to rise three days later (Luke 24:6-7) to show that death cannot stop him.His death served as the sacrifice that was needed in order to turn away the wrath of God from us(1 John 2:2; 1 Peter 2:24). It is only by believing in him and receiving his gift, that our sins will beforgiven so that we may come to the Father (John 1:12-13; 3:16; 14:6) and inherit eternal life (John3:36).
We are Sinners...
The Bible tells us that everyone has sinned (Romans 3:23), but is that really true? To find out, justask yourself the following questions. Have you ever:
Lied?
Even the white ones count.
Stolen?
Taking the good pens from work is considered stealing.
Disobeyed your parents?
You knew the curfew was 11:00 PM.
Used God's name in vain?
God's last name is
not 
dammit.
Worshipped any other Gods?
How man hours a day do you play video games?
Lusted after someone?
It's still wrong even if she's a 10.
Had sex outside of marriage?
Yes, I know everyone else is doing it, you shouldn't be.
Hated someone?
How bout that driver you gave the finger to today?
Broken the law?
How fast were you driving?
Cheated?
That test wasn't meant to examine your stealth skills.If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, then you have broken laws that were set in placeby God himself; and just like when we break the laws set in place by our government, there is apenalty we must pay. With our judicial system,
if we are found guilty 
, the consequences may include afine, time in jail, or in extreme cases being put to death. With our God,
we will be found guilty 
and thesentence is much more severe and results in us spending eternity in hell.
The Gospel Offer
The Gospel is not a collection of books, or even a type of choir which includes a bunch of excitedpeople in long robes swaying back and forth while clapping their hands in unison. It is the messagewhich tells the story of God who came to us as the man Jesus. More to the point, it is the story of hislife, death, and resurrection which alone can save us from what we deserve, by offering us what wecan never earn.
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Jesus alone is the only person in all of history who is not guilty of breaking the laws of God. As aresult, he is the only one who can intervene in our guilt, and this is exactly what he did when he diedon the cross and rose three days later.To put it into an analogy, imagine you are guilty of treason and on the day you are to be sentencedto execution, Jesus walks into the courtroom and offers to take the punishment in your place. After abrief of exchange of words, the judge turns to you and says, "I am willing to allow this if you are willingto accept it, otherwise it's life in the cell for you."You look over to Jesus and ask, "how can I ever repay you for this?"He simply replies, "there is nothing you can give, so what I offer, I offer for free. You only have toask."If you would like to receive the gift of salvation that only Christ has to offer, you may pray thefollowing prayer:
Lord Jesus, I acknowledge that I have sinned against you. I am in no way perfect and therefore cannot please you as a result of my own efforts. What I deserve is judgement for my sins and not rewards for my attempts to be good.Jesus, I ask you to forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me and make me right before your eyes.I accept and trust in what you have done for me on the cross. I receive you as Lord of my life and the savior of my soul. Save me Jesus. Amen.
If you just prayed the above prayer, welcome to the family! Pleasecontact usto let us know aboutyour decision to follow Christ and to answer any questions you may have.
There Is No Other Way 
Faith is only as good as who you put it in. The false definitions of Jesus by groups such as theMormons (Jesus is the half-brother of the devil), Jehovah's Witnesses (Jesus is an angel who wasmade into a man), Muslims (Jesus was just a prophet), and New Agers (Jesus was a man who was intune with the divine consciousness) cannot save you from your sins. Only faith in Jesus as he isdescribed in the Bible - the original record - can save you from the consequence of your sins (John14:6).
Resources
1.Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears, Vintage Jesus: Timeless Answers to Timeley Questions(Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2007), 15
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