Day 1: What We Believe: Part 1
The sole basis of our beliefs is the Bible, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. The Bible is unique in that every portion and every word was inspired by the Holy Spirit. It was without error in the original manuscripts and has been passed down to us with great accuracy. It is the supreme and final authority in faith and life in this age.
There is but one God, everywhere present; infinite in power and knowledge; perfect in justice, goodness, and love; Creator of the universe; eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each of whom possesses all the attributes of Deity and the characteristics of personality.
God created the first man and woman in His own image and appointed them to rule and care for the earth. They lived in perfect relationship with God and each other. God instituted marriage, which is the life-long union of one man and one woman and the foundation for bearing and raising children in a family.
The first man and woman doubted God’s goodness and rebelled against Him. In judgment, God brought death into the world and creation fell from its state of perfection. Since then, all human beings are born with a corrupted nature and without spiritual life and are under the wrath of God because of their sin.
God the Father, by His own choice, for His own glory, and out of love for sinful men and women, sent his Son, Jesus, the Christ, into the world to reconcile sinners to Himself. Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. He was God in the flesh, both true God and true man. Jesus lived a sinless life and voluntarily suffered and died as our substitute to pay the penalty for our sins, thus satisfying God’s justice and declaring righteous all those who trust in Him alone.
Three days after His crucifixion, God raised Jesus from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died. He bodily ascended into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God the Father, where He, the only mediator between God and man, makes intercession for His own.
What questions, if any, came to your mind as you read through the first six statements of the SRC Statement of Faith? What do you find most encouraging about SRC’s Statement of Faith?
Read 1 Cor. 13:1-4 in two or three different translations? Which verse sticks out to you the most? Why do you think that is?
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Proverbs 1 & 2
Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today? HEAR Bible Study Method
PRAYER: On your own, take the opportunity to pray for the ministry of South Ridge Church. The following outline may be helpful.
Four Prayers for Your Church:
- Thank God for the miracle of SRC and our ministry.
- Thank God for any way in which SRC has changed your life.
- Commit SRC’s future to the Lord.
- Ask God for help in figuring out what your part in that future may be.
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