I was recently asked to provide five basic beliefs which summarize my Christian faith. After much thought, I arrived at these five central Christian truths.
The Inspiration and Sufficiency of Scripture – The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, and are the only sufficient, certain and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith and obedience. We must trust the Bible as God’s Word or our faith has no foundation.
The Triune God – There is one God, revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being.
The Person and work of Jesus Christ – Jesus is the Jewish Messiah and the royal descendant of David, the virgin-born son of Mary, the only sinless person who ever lived, and the eternal Son of God – being literally God in human form. Jesus preached and performed miracles for three years, was arrested and crucified in Jerusalem, rose from the dead three days later, and ascended to heaven from where he will soon return to earth. Jesus provides the only means of salvation for us; the atonement provided by the death and resurrection of Jesus. This free gift of redemption is available for all who believe.
The Sovereignty of God – God is in control of human history and is guiding human history to the foretold culmination of the return of Jesus, the final judgment, and the restoration of creation. Without realizing that God is in control, we have no hope in the world and will never make sense of apparent evil (Gen. 50:20; Rom. 8:28).
The True Church and Her Mission – Jesus is the head of the Church, which is composed of all believers. According to His commandment, Christians are to associate themselves into local churches, and each local church possesses authority and responsibility to worship, administer the ordinances, and fulfill the Great Commission.