The faith comprises the basic elements of God’s relationship with man. These elements should be believed by all Christians (although some may have truly believed in Jesus Christ yet not be aware of all of them). This faith is common to all believers in Christ Jesus (Titus 1:4) and is unchanging (Jude 3). We should keep the faith (2 Timothy 4:7) for our whole life.
The Bible is absolute about our need to believe that Jesus is God in order to be saved from sin, sins, and condemnation (John 8:21, 24; 3:18). The Bible is also absolute about our need to believe into Jesus Christ to have eternal life (John 3:16, 36). Furthermore, we must not take anything away from the Bible nor add anything to it. These are some of the crucial elements that are part of the faith.
In contrast to the elements of the faith, there are many matters in which true Christian believers may differ. Regarding these matters, Romans 14:2-6 make it clear that some believers eat all foods whereas others eat only selected foods. Likewise, some consider every day the same whereas others consider one day more important than another. According to these verses, each should be fully persuaded in his own mind and each should do what he does “to the Lord.” In such matters we should neither judge one another nor despise one another.
Here is what I hold as the Christian faith with some verses:
- The Bible is the complete divine revelation, inspired word by word by God through the Holy Spirit.
2 Peter 1:21b Men spoke from God while being borne by the Holy Spirit.
2 Timothy 3:16a All Scripture is God-breathed.
- God is uniquely one, yet triune—Father, Son, and Spirit.
1 Timothy 2:5a There is one God.
Matthew 28:19 …baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
- The Son of God, even God Himself, was incarnated to be a man by the name of Jesus Christ.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:14a The Word became flesh and tabernacled among us.
- Christ died on the cross for our sins, shedding His blood for our redemption.
1 Peter 2:24a Who Himself bore up our sins in His body on the tree.
Ephesians 1:7 In whom [Jesus Christ] we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of offenses, according to the riches of His grace.
- Christ resurrected from among the dead on the third day.
1 Cor. 15:4b He [Christ] has been raised on the third day….
- Christ ascended to the right hand of God to be Lord of all.
Acts 2:33a Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God.
Acts 2:36 God has made Him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you have crucified.
- When any person repents to God and believes in the Lord Jesus Christ, he is born again (born anew), receives eternal life, and becomes a member of the one Body of Christ.
Acts 20:21 …repentance unto God and faith in our Lord Jesus.
John 3:3b Unless one is born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that every one who believes into Him would not perish, but would have eternal life.
Romans 12:5a We who are many are one Body in Christ.
- Christ is coming again to receive His believers to Himself.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 The Lord Himself…will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are living…will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and thus we will be always with the Lord.