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Foundations

Explore the fundamental teachings and principles that form the bedrock of Christianity in this self-led course, where faith meets understanding and transformation begins.

Salvation

Salvation and the forgiveness of sins do not hinge on a set of prescribed steps. Rather, they revolve around accepting Christ as our Savior and acknowledging His completed work on our behalf. The singular requirement from God is to take the step of receiving Jesus Christ as the Savior from sin, placing complete trust in Him as the sole path to salvation. This is one thing that distinguishes the Christian faith from other religions, which have lists of steps that must be followed in order to achieve their versions of salvation. The Christian faith recognizes that God has already fulfilled the necessary steps and invites the repentant to receive Him in faith, leading to a transformed life and renewed beliefs (Rom. 12:1-2) as one continues to walk with the Lord.

The Journey

The Christian journey encompasses significant stages, paralleling physical birth, education, and employment. In a spiritual context, individuals experience a new birth in Christ, progress in holiness through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and ultimately, attain eternal communion with God. These moments are termed justification, sanctification, and glorification, describing the Christian path from spiritual rebirth to resurrection.

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Justification

An act of God whereby He pronounces a sinner to be righteous because of that sinner’s faith in Christ. We are justified (declared righteous) at the moment of our salvation, that is, when we confess and believe the Gospel. It is in that moment that we are brought into Christ and the Holy Spirit is brought into us.

Rom. 10:9; Rom. 1:16-17; 1 Cor. 1:30; 2 Cor. 5:17; 2 Cor. 5:21; Matt. 6:33; Acts 2:38

Core Beliefs

Christianity is a historic faith with a long lineage of saints led by God who gave their lives to advance and defend it. There are certain truths (non-negotiable doctrines) one must hold in order to be a true follower of Christ Jesus according to Scripture. We understand it will take time to fully understand these doctrines, so we encourage you to engage with our discipleship opportunities by connecting with one of our leaders and signing up for a Bible class.

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One God

There is one triune God — the Creator of all things — existing eternally as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

 

Luke 1:35; Matt. 3:16-17; Acts 7:55-56; 2 Cor. 13:14

Fellowship with God

Being a follower of Jesus is more than a one-time experience, adopting a set of beliefs and "going to church" every Sunday. It's about having an on-going relationship with the true and living God — the Creator and Lover of your soul. As you seek Him in prayer, the reading of His word and other forms of worship, you will continue to deepen this relationship. It's important that we understand why we do things like sing, pray, read the Bible, give, serve, etc. and the role they play in our relationship with the Lord. These are all fundamental to understanding the purpose of humanity — to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.

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Why read the Bible?

Discovering who God is (theology) occurs through reading the Bible. We are called to worship Him in spirit and in truth — truth being an engaging of the mind. Submitting our minds to God and His word is a rich and satisfying form of worship. This sacred text holds His messages about life and accounts of God engaging with people, illustrating His care for humanity. Additionally, the Bible provides guidance on establishing a personal relationship with God.

Psalm 33:4; Psalm 119:11; Psalm 119:105; Heb. 4:12; Rom. 15:4; James 1:21; Eph. 6:17; John 8:31-32; 2 Tim. 3:16-17

Study Plan

The Bible is a big book. It's actually a library of books. Reading it isn't a task to check off our list, but rather, a journey to embark on. While we would typically start reading any other book from the beginning, the Bible isn't just any other book. 

So where do we start? We start with the Gospels. Why? Because the Bible is one unified story that leads us to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. The concept of starting with the Gospels is so that we can know who Jesus is, what He did and why He did it first, that way we have a framework for what the rest of the Bible is all about. 

Watching + Reading

  1. Watch the playlist below. There are 23 short videos total. Read the following books once you've watched the corresponding videos in the playlist — i.e. read the Gospel of John once you've watched the two summary videos about it.

  2. Read the Gospel of John to know who Jesus is.

  3. Read the Book of Acts to know the history of the early church and how it began.

  4. Read the Book of Romans to gain a better understanding of what it means to follow Christ.

  5. Watch the remaining videos in the playlist to help you understand some of the key concepts you read in John, Acts and Romans.

After watching the playlist and reading these books you will have a strong foundation to build upon as you continue to explore the wondrous depths of Scripture. And of course, we have Bible classes, Life Groups, quarterly courses and more you can sign up to join, as well as leaders here to disciple you and answer questions you have along the way.

Reading Plan Playlist

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