West Portland United Methodist Church
Thursday, June 22, 2017
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Basic Christian Faith Doctrines

  •    God is self-revealed through Scripture, and supremely through Jesus Christ.
  •      Human beings, though created in the image of God, have fallen away from God’s standards.
  •     The result of our falling away is that we are separated from God.
  •      Despite our waywardness, God still loves human beings with  unfathomable love.
  •     God is unwilling for our separation to continue; therefore God’s Son, Jesus, came to earth to teach us God’s ways, and supremely, to die in place of our sins.
  •     God counts the merits of Christ’s death to our account.
  •     God confirmed the deity of Christ and the efficacy of His death by raising Jesus from the dead.
  •      Individuals must accept for themselves the sacrifice of Christ by faith.
  •    Christ’s death brings us forgiveness from the penalty of sin and eventual freedom from its power so that, over time, we become more and more like him.
  •     Our faith should manifest itself in works of love and service
  •     God will bring a culmination to history, at which time every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
  •    At the end of history as we know it, God will judge the earth and establish a heavenly Kingdom in which neither tears nor trials will any longer be found.