Basic Christianity

38 John said to him (Jesus), “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” 39 But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. 40 For the one who is not against us is for us.” -Mark 9:38-40

So often we hear more about what divides us as Christians than what unites us. Most orthodox and Bible believing Christians agree on 99% of the core beliefs that are foundational to the Christian faith. This is why Catholics and Lutherans are both working together nationally to end abortion. This is why Baptists and Lutherans are working together here in Danbury to strengthen families and help the poor through the Jericho partnership. And there are many more causes that Christians are united for around the world. In the Old Testament there were twelve tribes, distinct and unique, but all were united as one under the same name of Israel and under the same king. It is similar today, Christianity has many different tribes, distinct and unique, but we are all united as one under the name of our King, Jesus Christ. When Jesus found someone working for His Kingdom, but was not one of His disciples, He said, “The one who is not against us is for us!” Powerful words for us to remember today about other Christians who share our beliefs and passion for ministry, but are not part of our tribe. Below is a summary of fundamental Christian beliefs that I think most Christians agree on. Our beliefs help to unite us and empower us in service to our neighbor. Certainly, “The one who is not against us is for us!”

Basic Christianity

The Bible: It is the Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is without error in regard to salvation.

God: There is only one God in three persons, who is call the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit).

Man: Humanity is fallen and in need of salvation. The human heart is bent toward sin and evil.

Salvation: Only God can save humanity. Humanity is justified (made righteous) only by the grace of God, through faith in Jesus Christ.

Jesus: Jesus is both God and man. His perfect life, substitutionary death on the Cross and glorious resurrection has won salvation for all humanity.

Christian Virtue: The 10 Commandments; Marriage is sacred, murder is forbidden, stealing and lying are wrong, etc.

Life After Death: There is life after death. The soul of humanity is eternal and there will be a physical resurrection of the dead when Jesus Christ returns. Some will live eternally in Heaven and some in Hell.

God Bless,

Pastor Joel