Knowing God
God is love, and everyone needs Jesus Christ. All were born in sin, and the just payment for that sin should be our death – but through faith in Christ, everyone may freely receive new life. We must know Christ personally, and this relationship with him and faith in him are seen in how we live, and seen through our love and actions. This new life, this salvation, is received by faith through grace. It is not earned in any way, it is a gift from God, which we receive when we acknowledge our belief in him. (1 John 4:16, John 3:16, Romans 3:23-24, Psalm 51:5, Romans 5:12, Romans 6:23, John 3:15, 2nd Corinthians 5:17, Matthew 7:23, 25:31-46, James 2:26, 1st Corinthians 13:13, Ephesians 2:8, Romans 10:9-10.)

Jesus commissions his disciples to go into the world and preach this good news to all nations and thankfully, when he ascended to the Father, he sent the Holy Spirit to us so that we would not be alone, and so that we would be empowered to do his work. Baptism in water is an outward symbol of an inward change. God’s Spirit empowers believers to do his will. (Matthew 16:15, John 17:20, John 16:7, John 14:26, 1st Peter 3:21, Colossians 2:12).

True religion is demonstrated in our care for the least of these, the widow and the orphan and in not letting the world spoil us. People need to hear the message of Christ, and thankfully, it is in God’s character to call his people to a task before they are even born. He reminds us that Christ’s followers are God’s handiwork (handiwork in the original greek: “poemia” meaning masterpiece, artwork), and that we are created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. He equips his church for the labor. (James 1:27, Romans 10:14-15m Jeremiah 1:5, Isaiah 49:1, Galatians 1:15, Ephesians 2:10).

The Bible
God’s word is vital in our spiritual growth. It is a lamp to our feet All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. Even our own words are important and we must use them wisely. Life and death are in the power of the tongue and Christ calls us to live out our faith in our conversations. Words move mountains. (1 Peter 2:2, Hebrews 5:12, Psalm 119:105, 2nd Timothy 3:16, Proverbs 18:21, Mark 11 :12-14, 20-25).

The Bible tells us a time is coming when there will be no more tears. Jesus is coming again and there will be a judgement day, with a resurrection of the just to a place with him in heaven, and a resurrection of the unjust to a place of separation from him in the lake of fire. Until we go to Christ or he comes again, he tells us to serve him, watching for him. Daily his followers are to abide in him, and to let his love flow through our lives and so bear fruit in and for him. This is to God’s glory and shows that we are his disciples. Jesus gives his disciples his peace, and it covers the believer. (1 Thessalonians 5:2, 1 Corinthians 15:20-22, Revelation 20:15, 1 Corinthians 15:20-22, Luke 12:35-48, John 15:1-17, John 14:27).