THE BASICS OF CHRISTIANITY
TEXT: HEB. 6: 1-3, LUKE 6: 47-48.
A foundation is that basic part of a structure that provides strength and stability. The six foundational teachings of Christianity are listed in Hebrews 6: 1-2.
REPENTANCE FROM DEAD WORKS
Repentance is a change of mind and attitude leading to a change of action (2 Chr 7: 14)
A dead work is anything we do which is devoid of the life of God. (Heb. 9:14)
The marks of true repentance are
(a) Godly sorrow (2 Cor. 7:10);
(b) Confession of sin (1 John 1:9);
(c) Forsaking sin (Proverbs 28:13);
(d) Hatred of sin (Ezek. 20:43-44)
Repentance is an attitude of the heart essential to our on-going relationship with God.
FAITH – Faith is absolute trust in God (Heb. 11:1)
Without faith, it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6).
Faith is a gift from God (Eph. 2:8)
Faith comes by hearing (Rom. 10:17).
Our faith should grow just as a seed grows (Rom 1:17)
With faith, all things are possible. (Matt. 17:20)
BAPTISMS – There are three (3) major baptisms:
Baptism into the body of Christ – Done by the Holy Spirit at Salvation. (1 Cor 12:13)
Baptism in Water – Identification with the death, burial and resurrection of Christ and a public declaration for Him. Immersion by water in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Rom. 6:3-4, Matt. 28:19)
Baptism in the Holy Spirit – can be received by laying of hands. (Acts 19: 1-6)
LAYING ON OF HANDS – Placing hands upon the body of another person for a definite spiritual purpose.
It had a lot of significance in the old testament (Lev. 1:1-4, Gen. 48:14, Deut. 34:9)
(a) To impart healing (Luke 4:40, Mark 16:17-18)
(b) To impart baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 19:6)
(c) To impart spiritual gifts and blessings (Rom. 1:11, 1 Tim. 4:14, 2 Tim. 1:6)
(d) To set people apart for specific assignment (Acts 13:2-3).
However, care should be taken in the laying on of hands. (1 Tim. 5:22).
RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD – It means raising up or rising up (1Cor. 15:16-18)
(a) Some people were raised from the dead (John 11:1-45).
(b) Jesus Himself was raised (Matt. 28:6)
(c) Future resurrection is coming (1 Thess. 4:16-17).
(d) Believers will be raised (1 Cor. 15: 42-44)
(e) Resurrection day is reward day (1 Cor. 3:10-15).
ETERNAL JUDGEMENT – There is eternal blessing in heaven as well as eternal judgment in hell.
Some teachings on eternal judgment are unscriptural – annihilation, purgatory, universal reconciliation.
Saints will be judged (Rom. 14:10-12).
Sinners will be judged (Rev. 20:11-15).
Eternal judgement is eternal separation from God (Matt. 18:8-9, 25:41-46).
Therefore, we must make the salvation of our souls our priority. (Matt. 28:18-20).
“Christianity is not a myth, it is a way of life”