At The Loft we want students to not only know what they believe, but also why they believe. God is not the author of confusion. He desires for us to know Him more and more everyday. The better we know God the better we can know why we put our faith in Him to begin with.
I. The Scriptures
The Holy Bible is divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit. Through prophets, kings, fisherman, doctors, and apostles, God allowed man direct access to His thoughts. The Scriptures are meant to give us guidance as individuals and as a church. God’s Word is infallible and inherent.(Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21)
There is only one true God. In Exodus 3 God is introduced to Moses as Yahweh or I Am. This is the ever present, always existing God who has no beginning and no end. He is all powerful and all knowing. He knows everything that was, is, and is to come. He exists in a perfect trinity consisting of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. He is the only one worthy of all praise and glory.
- The Father
God as Father rules with all authority over everything. He loving and just, having the authority to judge all people and all things. He is the perfect Father to those who become His children through Jesus. (Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Exodus 3:14; Psalm 19:1-3; Isaiah 43:3,15; 64:8; Jeremiah 10:10; 17:13; Matthew 6:9.; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:17; Hebrews 11:6; 12:9; 1 Peter 1:17;1 John 5:7).
- The Son
Jesus is the eternal Son of God. He along with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit have existed in a perfect relationship since before time. He took the form of a man as Jesus Christ and conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He acts as the ultimate high priest for both Jew and Gentile, and through His death, burial, and resurrection all who believe can be saved and have a relationship with the Father. (Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Exodus 3:14; John 1:1; Ephesians 4:6; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:17; Hebrews 11:6; 12:9)
- The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is God’s Spirit left for man as the Comforter and Encourager after the ascension of Jesus. The Holy Spirit divinely inspired those who wrote the Bible. He convicts us of our sin in order that we may repent and turn to a life of holiness. The Holy Spirit leads God’s Children to live holy lives, and acts as our ally in our fight against our sin nature.( John 14:16-17; Galatians 5:16-17; 2 Timothy 1:14; 3:16; Hebrews 9:8,14; 2 Peter 1:21)
Man is God’s most cherished creation, so much so that God made man in His own image. Man was meant to exist in a perfect, completely dependent relationship with God. However, when man brought sin into the world the perfect relationship between God and man was corrupted. Man chose to be an enemy of God because of sin. From that moment God’s perfect plan to save man began to unfold. God sent His Son into the world so that the relationship between God and man could be restored. One day after the return of Christ and sin is no more, God and man will once again be in a perfect relationship. (Genesis 1:26-30; 2:5,7,18-22; 3; 9:6; ; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19,21-22; Ephesians 2:1-22; Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11.
Salvation is from the Lord. Because of man’s depravity we are in desperate need of salvation. Once sin entered the world God began to unfold His perfect plan of redemption. Through the lineage of Abraham God brought the blessing of His Son Jesus into the world. Jesus lived a perfect and sinless life. He took our place on the cross, enduring physical pain and, more importantly, the full spiritual wrath of God. After three days in the tomb, Jesus rose to defeat sin and death. Through Jesus’s death, burial, and resurrection, we have salvation from our sin and separation from God. Upon conviction of the Holy Spirit we must deny ourselves, confess Jesus as Lord and wholeheartedly surrender our lives to Him. (Genesis 3:15; Exodus 3:14-17; 6:2-8; Matthew 1:21; 4:17; 16:21-26; 27:22-28:6;Romans 1:16-18; 2:4; 3:23-25; 4:3ff.; 5:8-10; 6:1-23; 8:1-18,29-39; 10:9-10,13; 13:11-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18,30; 6:19-20; 15:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; )
V. The Church
The church is a diverse group of believers with many different talents and gifts with one focus of lifting up the name of Jesus Christ. While the local church is led by men, Christ is the head and ultimate authority of the church. (Matthew 16:15-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-42,47; 5:11-14; Hebrews 11:39-40; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 2-3; 21:2-3)
VI. The Last Things
In God’s perfect time He will bring all things to a perfect end. In that time Jesus will return to claim His people and cast Satan and all who oppose God into eternal damnation. Following that event God’s children will live with Him forever in perfect peace. (Isaiah 2:4; 11:9; Matthew 16:27; 18:8-9; 19:28; 24:27,30,36,44; 25:31-46; 26:64; Mark 8:38; 2 Peter 3:7; 1 John 2:28; 3:2; Jude 14; Revelation 1:18; 3:11; 20:1-22:13).
VII. The Great Commission
As believers we consider it an honor to be able to spread the Gospel of Christ and make disciples of all nations. Jesus left His disciples with a very clear command to evangelize the world. This command was meant for all who profess Jesus as Lord and Savior, not just pastors and ministry leaders. (Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 10:1-18; 24:46-53;John 14:11-12; 2 Timothy 4:5;Hebrews 2:1-3; 11:39-12:2; 1 Peter 2:4-10)
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