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Song and Lyrics co-written by Gordon Kennedy and Pierce Pettis sung by Susan Ashton (similar to Garth Brooks):
What makes us Christians? GOD Moves us to act according to GOD’s standards:
“Christianity as a great hall, denominations as rooms” – from C.S. Lewis’ preface to Mere Christianity
Part III of my blog posts on the core of Christianity. The purpose is not to diminish GOD, Jesus or The Holy Spirit; it is to enhance our common purpose to bring Christ to the people. It is only through what GOD wants for us that we can have what is good and lovely on this planet as we await the return of Jesus Christ Our Lord and Savior.
11. Angels, Satan and Demons
Angels are associated with serving GOD in Heaven but some rebelled the most prominent was Satan. Many people know the story about what happened in the Garden of Eden: Satan convinced Eve and Adam they could be like GOD if they ate from the Tree :
Genesis 2:9 ESV
And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Who was this Satan? A fallen angel? An adversary of GOD? See Link:
Demons seem to be associated with Satan and also do evil:
2 Peter 2:4 ESV
For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment;
12. What does it mean to become a Christian?
You can become a Christian quite easily:
John 3:16 ESV
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Living a Christian life is a process; we improve each day we diligently work to that aim but know we will never be perfect here in this life and are always subject to temptation. We are not left to struggle alone:
Acts 2:38 ESV
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
13. What is Election
This is a concept froth with debate: How does one know whether or not they became a Christian by exercising free will were chosen by GOD? We really do not know though some people claim it can be known. You will need to study this tenet on your own. Though we are instructed to accept Jesus there is also scripyure like this:
Ephesians 1:4-5 ESV / 88 helpful votes
Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,
14. What is Death?
If you know some one who has died the definition is clear. If you do not believe in an afterlife that is it (that’s all there is). If you are a Christian you expect to be granted eternal life sometime after death. John 3:16 ESV
Revelation 21:4 ESV
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.”
15. What is the Church?
The Church is NOT a building, not an organization nor a place; The Church is the aggregate of believers in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
Romans 12:5 ESV
So we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
Next Week Core Beliefs IV
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