Catechism


Should those who have faith in Christ seek their salvation through their own works, or anywhere else?

    No, they should not, as everything necessary to salvation is found in Christ. To seek salvation through good works is a denial that Christ is the only Redeemer and Savior.

    Galatians 2:16

    Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.

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    What do justification and sanctification mean?

      Justification means our declared righteousness before God, made possible by Christ’s death and resurrection for us. Sanctification means our gradual, growing righteousness, made possible by the Spirit’s work in us.

      1 Peter 1:1–2

      To those who are elect…according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you.

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      What do we believe by true faith?

        Everything taught to us in the gospel. The Apostles’ Creed expresses what we believe in these words: We believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

        Jude 1:3

        I…appeal…to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saint

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        What is faith in Jesus Christ?

          Faith in Jesus Christ is acknowledging the truth of everything that God has revealed in his Word, trusting in him, and also receiving and resting on him alone for salvation as he is offered to us in the gospel.

          Galatians 2:20

          I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

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          What happens after death to those not united to Christ by faith?

            At the day of judgment they will receive the fearful but just sentence of condemnation pronounced against them. They will be cast out from thefavorable presence of God, into hell, to be justly and grievously punishedforever.

            John 3:16–18 and 36

            For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God…. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

            Theology Thursday 


            Maybe you’ve heard this one before, we don’t use creeds or confessions in our church we just follow Christ.  Of course the rejoinder to that is which Christ?  The Mormon Christ? The Christ of the Watch Tower Society? The modalist Christ of the Oneness Pentecostals? There is a need to define what we mean especially since we live in a society that defines things subjectively. 

            That is why for this Thursday I have a video of Mark Dever  talking about “No Creed but Christ” 

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            Are all people, just as they were lost through Adam, saved through Christ?

              No, only those who are elected by God and united to Christ by faith.Nevertheless God in his mercy demonstrates common grace even to those who are not elect, by restraining the effects of sin and enabling works of culture for human well-being.

              Romans 5:17

              For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.