FORGIVENESS Forgiveness is the state of being whereby one’s sins are removed, blotted out, or covered. “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.” It is obvious from Scripture that sin is the transgression of God’s laws and a condition that separates us from God. It also divides us from each other and breaks down relationships. Thus, forgiveness comes to us in two spheres: (1) forgiveness from God towards us, and (2) forgiveness from us to each other. The example prayer given to us by Jesus Christ in the book of Matthew, 6th chapter summarizes the full scope of the issue of forgiveness. The forgiveness we obtain from God depends largely on the forgiveness we offer to others. Those who refuse to forgive will not be forgiven. Psalm 32:1-2; 86:5; 103:10-11; 130:3-4; Matthew 6:12–15; 1 John 1:9; 1 John 4:20-21 LAW OF GOD The law of God as revealed in the Bible is a good, right, and perfect system of eternal directives and principles that reflects God’s character and serves as a means of expressing His love toward man. God’s law teaches man how to properly worship God, how to love his fellow man, how to live life abundantly, and, at the same time, how to prepare for an eternal spiritual life in the family of God. The law of God is represented in both the Old and the New Testaments, and is expressed by both physical actions and spiritual motivations. Exodus 20:1-17, 20; Deuteronomy 10:12-13; Nehemiah 9:13; John 14:15, 21; Romans 7:12; 1 John 5:2–3 BIBLICAL COVENANTS Both testaments record that God made certain promises in the form of specific contracts or agreements with the nation of Israel and through them, to the rest of the sons of Adam. These are called “covenants,” and define the terms of God’s relationship with individuals or groups in various circumstances and eras. Of these covenants, the best known are the covenants made with Israel (the Old and New Covenants) which will be fully confirmed after the return of Jesus Christ. The New Covenant makes God’s law even more relevant by expanding it to include one’s mental attitude and spiritual intent. Exodus 20:1-17; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Matthew 5:21–22; 2 Timothy 3:15–17; Hebrews 8:6–13 TEN COMMANDMENTS The Ten Commandments, as revealed by God, are the perfect expression of God’s love. They are the foundation of all biblical teaching, showing man how to express love toward God and fellowman, and are consequently the focal point of Christian life. Exodus 20; Deuteronomy 5; Matthew 5:17–19; Romans 13:10; 1 Corinthians 7:19; Revelation 12:17; 14:12; 22:14 THE SABBATH The seventh-day Sabbath is to be taught and kept holy in accordance with the biblical instruction. Instituted at creation, reaffirmed to Israel as a part of the covenant at Sinai, and taught by Jesus Christ, who is the Mediator of the New Covenant, the observance of the Sabbath is basic to a Christian’s relationship with God. Genesis 2:2–3; Exodus 16; 20:8–11; 31:12–17; Nehemiah 13:17-19; Isaiah 56:1-7; 58:13-14; 66:23; Mark 2:27–28; Luke 4:16; Hebrews 4:1-11 ANNUAL HOLY DAYS (FEAST DAYS) The annual holy days were ordained by God to be kept by all mankind. These feast days, as well as the Sabbath, is what sanctifies (separates) us from the world’s sinful holidays. These seven annual “appointed feasts” picture God’s plan of salvation for man and are commanded to be kept throughout all generations. Leviticus 23; Zechariah 14:16; John 7:8–10; Acts 2:1; 12:3; 20:6, 16; 27:9; 1 Corinthians 5:8; 16:8 TITHING Tithing is an act of worship; it is a private matter between the individual and God. The church does not “enforce” or “police” tithing, but simply teaches the responsibility to tithe. Each individual has the responsibility to “honor the Lord with his substance and with the first-fruits of all his increase.” Tithing is a method by which the message of Jesus Christ is proclaimed to the world. Genesis 14:18-20; Malachi 3:8–10; Matthew 6:21; 23:23; 2 Corinthians 9:7 BIBLICAL DIETARY LAWS Biblical dietary laws, including the prohibitions of Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14, are among the many health laws God gave to Israel to give to mankind. The prophets, the apostles, and Jesus observed them, and they remain in effect today. Scripture indicates that laws pertaining to “clean” and “unclean” animals were recognized and observed from earliest times. Genesis 7:2–3; 8:20; Leviticus 3:17; 11; Deuteronomy 14:3–21; Matthew 5:17–19; Acts 10:9–15, 28; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 SIN Sin is the transgression of God’s law. Although the penalty for sin is death in the lake of fire, all sin can be completely forgiven by God, who desires that all men be saved. God forgives sin upon repentance of the individual who accepts the shed blood and sacrifice of Jesus Christ as payment in full for the penalty of his sins. Romans 6:23; Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 1:14; James 1:15; 4:17; 1 John 3:4 THE CHRISTIAN A true Christian is one in whom the Word of God (or Holy Spirit) dwells; they keep all of God’s laws, statutes, and ordinances to the best of their ability, and loves their God and brothers and sisters as they love themselves. Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 2 Timothy 2:19-21; Revelation 14:12 MAN’S SPIRITUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD Man’s spiritual relationship with God begins with repentance, baptism, and faith in His Word. When these criteria are met, God “begets” us with His Spirit (The Word of God); He becomes our Father and we become His children. A family relationship has begun. To maintain this family relationship, a bond is formed as we fellowship with each other, God the Father and Jesus Christ. Exodus 20:1-11; Daniel 6:10; Matthew 6:5–13; Acts 2:38; Romans 8:15–17; Hebrews 1:1–2, 24–25; 1 John 1:3; 2 Chronicles 15:2 MAN’S RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS FELLOW MAN First, we must realize that we are a family in the Lord through obedience to His Word. As a family we need to live in peace with one another as much as is possible, as amplified in the last six of the Ten Commandments. Jesus Christ gave us the principal discipline that would make it possible to live in peace with our fellow man. He said to love our fellow man as ourselves, and gave specific instructions for settling problems with our fellow man. Scripture urges us to consider the needs of others, and offer help to those in need when possible. Exodus 20:12–17; Deuteronomy 22:1–4; Matthew 18:15–17; 22:39; 25:34–40; Philippians 2:2–5; Luke 10:29–37; Hebrews 12:14; James 2:8-9 THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY The marriage relationship is the basis of the family, which in turn is the core of a stable society. As the primary physical analogy of God’s plan for mankind, marriage, child rearing, and the family are given a preeminent place in the teachings of the Bible and the church. Deuteronomy 6:2-3, 20-23; Proverbs 22:6; Malachi 4:5–6; Ephesians 5:22–33; 6:1–3;1 Timothy 3:2-4; 1 Peter 3:7 THE CHURCH OF GOD The church of God is the nation of Israel. In order to become one of God’s church, we must be joined to the commonwealth of Israel through repentance, baptism and obedience to the laws, statutes, and ordinances that were given to God’s chosen people. The church is the spiritual body of Christ and is made up of baptized, Spirit-led “spiritual Israelites” around the world. Acts 2:38; Acts 7:38; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14, 27; Colossians 3:15; Galatians 6:16 THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH The church has a mandate to continue with the witness and message of Jesus Christ initiated through His life, teachings, and sacrifice for every person and all nations. This will be accomplished by the resources available to the “body of Christ” and furthered through the spiritual gifts bestowed by God. As the “body” consists of individual members, it is each person’s privilege to follow the Savior and “repent…and believe the good news.” Living as new creatures in Christ, it then becomes evident that a devoted membership will carry on the work begun by Jesus to announce “in all the world” that the “Kingdom of God is at hand.” Furthermore, Christ’s promise of vitality to His church for all ages will be evident in the love of each member for their “brothers and sisters in the faith,” and their fellow man. Through spiritual design, the body of Christ will extend beyond a local community as members support one another, taking care of their “own,” visiting the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and keeping themselves unspotted from the world. Matthew 28:19–20; Mark 1:15; 16:15–16; Acts 1:7–8; 2:36-38; Matthew 16:18–19; Luke 24:44–47; Isaiah 61:1-3; Luke 4:18–19 THE MINISTRY The ministry of Jesus Christ and the New Testament church is a ministry of service to God and His people, and a continuation of the ministry of Jesus Christ. The ministry has the responsibility of teaching, edifying, and overseeing the Israel of God. The ministry of Jesus Christ is a team effort. The Bible outlines the offices and job functions for the ministry of the Church of God, and dictates high moral and ethical conduct for all members of the ministry. Isaiah 11:1-5; Isaiah 61:1-3; Matthew 4:23; Luke 4:18–19; Titus 1:5–9; 1 Timothy 3:1–13; 5:17–21; 2 Timothy 2:24–26; 1 Peter 5:1-14 PREVIOUS PAGE
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FORGIVENESS Forgiveness is the state of being whereby one’s sins are removed, blotted out, or covered. “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.” It is obvious from Scripture that sin is the transgression of God’s laws and a condition that separates us from God. It also divides us from each other and breaks down relationships. Thus, forgiveness comes to us in two spheres: (1) forgiveness from God towards us, and (2) forgiveness from us to each other. The example prayer given to us by Jesus Christ in the book of Matthew, 6th chapter summarizes the full scope of the issue of forgiveness. The forgiveness we obtain from God depends largely on the forgiveness we offer to others. Those who refuse to forgive will not be forgiven. Psalm 32:1-2; 86:5; 103:10-11; 130:3-4; Matthew 6:12–15; 1 John 1:9; 1 John 4:20-21 LAW OF GOD The law of God as revealed in the Bible is a good, right, and perfect system of eternal directives and principles that reflects God’s character and serves as a means of expressing His love toward man. God’s law teaches man how to properly worship God, how to love his fellow man, how to live life abundantly, and, at the same time, how to prepare for an eternal spiritual life in the family of God. The law of God is represented in both the Old and the New Testaments, and is expressed by both physical actions and spiritual motivations. Exodus 20:1-17, 20; Deuteronomy 10:12-13; Nehemiah 9:13; John 14:15, 21; Romans 7:12; 1 John 5:2–3 BIBLICAL COVENANTS Both testaments record that God made certain promises in the form of specific contracts or agreements with the nation of Israel and through them, to the rest of the sons of Adam. These are called “covenants,” and define the terms of God’s relationship with individuals or groups in various circumstances and eras. Of these covenants, the best known are the covenants made with Israel (the Old and New Covenants) which will be fully confirmed after the return of Jesus Christ. The New Covenant makes God’s law even more relevant by expanding it to include one’s mental attitude and spiritual intent. Exodus 20:1-17; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Matthew 5:21–22; 2 Timothy 3:15–17; Hebrews 8:6–13 TEN COMMANDMENTS The Ten Commandments, as revealed by God, are the perfect expression of God’s love. They are the foundation of all biblical teaching, showing man how to express love toward God and fellowman, and are consequently the focal point of Christian life. Exodus 20; Deuteronomy 5; Matthew 5:17–19; Romans 13:10; 1 Corinthians 7:19; Revelation 12:17; 14:12; 22:14 THE SABBATH The seventh-day Sabbath is to be taught and kept holy in accordance with the biblical instruction. Instituted at creation, reaffirmed to Israel as a part of the covenant at Sinai, and taught by Jesus Christ, who is the Mediator of the New Covenant, the observance of the Sabbath is basic to a Christian’s relationship with God. Genesis 2:2–3; Exodus 16; 20:8–11; 31:12–17; Nehemiah 13:17-19; Isaiah 56:1-7; 58:13-14; 66:23; Mark 2:27–28; Luke 4:16; Hebrews 4:1-11 ANNUAL HOLY DAYS (FEAST DAYS) The annual holy days were ordained by God to be kept by all mankind. These feast days, as well as the Sabbath, is what sanctifies (separates) us from the world’s sinful holidays. These seven annual “appointed feasts” picture God’s plan of salvation for man and are commanded to be kept throughout all generations. Leviticus 23; Zechariah 14:16; John 7:8–10; Acts 2:1; 12:3; 20:6, 16; 27:9; 1 Corinthians 5:8; 16:8 TITHING Tithing is an act of worship; it is a private matter between the individual and God. The church does not “enforce” or “police” tithing, but simply teaches the responsibility to tithe. Each individual has the responsibility to “honor the Lord with his substance and with the first-fruits of all his increase.” Tithing is a method by which the message of Jesus Christ is proclaimed to the world. Genesis 14:18-20; Malachi 3:8–10; Matthew 6:21; 23:23; 2 Corinthians 9:7 BIBLICAL DIETARY LAWS Biblical dietary laws, including the prohibitions of Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14, are among the many health laws God gave to Israel to give to mankind. The prophets, the apostles, and Jesus observed them, and they remain in effect today. Scripture indicates that laws pertaining to “clean” and “unclean” animals were recognized and observed from earliest times. Genesis 7:2–3; 8:20; Leviticus 3:17; 11; Deuteronomy 14:3–21; Matthew 5:17–19; Acts 10:9–15, 28; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 SIN Sin is the transgression of God’s law. Although the penalty for sin is death in the lake of fire, all sin can be completely forgiven by God, who desires that all men be saved. God forgives sin upon repentance of the individual who accepts the shed blood and sacrifice of Jesus Christ as payment in full for the penalty of his sins. Romans 6:23; Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 1:14; James 1:15; 4:17; 1 John 3:4 THE CHRISTIAN A true Christian is one in whom the Word of God (or Holy Spirit) dwells; they keep all of God’s laws, statutes, and ordinances to the best of their ability, and loves their God and brothers and sisters as they love themselves. Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 2 Timothy 2:19-21; Revelation 14:12 MAN’S SPIRITUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD Man’s spiritual relationship with God begins with repentance, baptism, and faith in His Word. When these criteria are met, God “begets” us with His Spirit (The Word of God); He becomes our Father and we become His children. A family relationship has begun. To maintain this family relationship, a bond is formed as we fellowship with each other, God the Father and Jesus Christ. Exodus 20:1-11; Daniel 6:10; Matthew 6:5–13; Acts 2:38; Romans 8:15–17; Hebrews 1:1–2, 24–25; 1 John 1:3; 2 Chronicles 15:2 MAN’S RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS FELLOW MAN First, we must realize that we are a family in the Lord through obedience to His Word. As a family we need to live in peace with one another as much as is possible, as amplified in the last six of the Ten Commandments. Jesus Christ gave us the principal discipline that would make it possible to live in peace with our fellow man. He said to love our fellow man as ourselves, and gave specific instructions for settling problems with our fellow man. Scripture urges us to consider the needs of others, and offer help to those in need when possible. Exodus 20:12–17; Deuteronomy 22:1–4; Matthew 18:15–17; 22:39; 25:34–40; Philippians 2:2–5; Luke 10:29–37; Hebrews 12:14; James 2:8-9 THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY The marriage relationship is the basis of the family, which in turn is the core of a stable society. As the primary physical analogy of God’s plan for mankind, marriage, child rearing, and the family are given a preeminent place in the teachings of the Bible and the church. Deuteronomy 6:2-3, 20-23; Proverbs 22:6; Malachi 4:5–6; Ephesians 5:22–33; 6:1–3;1 Timothy 3:2-4; 1 Peter 3:7 THE CHURCH OF GOD The church of God is the nation of Israel. In order to become one of God’s church, we must be joined to the commonwealth of Israel through repentance, baptism and obedience to the laws, statutes, and ordinances that were given to God’s chosen people. The church is the spiritual body of Christ and is made up of baptized, Spirit-led “spiritual Israelites” around the world. Acts 2:38; Acts 7:38; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14, 27; Colossians 3:15; Galatians 6:16 THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH The church has a mandate to continue with the witness and message of Jesus Christ initiated through His life, teachings, and sacrifice for every person and all nations. This will be accomplished by the resources available to the “body of Christ” and furthered through the spiritual gifts bestowed by God. As the “body” consists of individual members, it is each person’s privilege to follow the Savior and “repent…and believe the good news.” Living as new creatures in Christ, it then becomes evident that a devoted membership will carry on the work begun by Jesus to announce “in all the world” that the “Kingdom of God is at hand.” Furthermore, Christ’s promise of vitality to His church for all ages will be evident in the love of each member for their “brothers and sisters in the faith,” and their fellow man. Through spiritual design, the body of Christ will extend beyond a local community as members support one another, taking care of their “own,” visiting the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and keeping themselves unspotted from the world. Matthew 28:19–20; Mark 1:15; 16:15–16; Acts 1:7–8; 2:36-38; Matthew 16:18–19; Luke 24:44–47; Isaiah 61:1-3; Luke 4:18–19 THE MINISTRY The ministry of Jesus Christ and the New Testament church is a ministry of service to God and His people, and a continuation of the ministry of Jesus Christ. The ministry has the responsibility of teaching, edifying, and overseeing the Israel of God. The ministry of Jesus Christ is a team effort. The Bible outlines the offices and job functions for the ministry of the Church of God, and dictates high moral and ethical conduct for all members of the ministry. Isaiah 11:1-5; Isaiah 61:1-3; Matthew 4:23; Luke 4:18–19; Titus 1:5–9; 1 Timothy 3:1–13; 5:17–21; 2 Timothy 2:24–26; 1 Peter 5:1-14

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FORGIVENESS Forgiveness is the state of being whereby one’s sins are removed, blotted out, or covered. “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.” It is obvious from Scripture that sin is the transgression of God’s laws and a condition that separates us from God. It also divides us from each other and breaks down relationships. Thus, forgiveness comes to us in two spheres: (1) forgiveness from God towards us, and (2) forgiveness from us to each other. The example prayer given to us by Jesus Christ in the book of Matthew, 6th chapter summarizes the full scope of the issue of forgiveness. The forgiveness we obtain from God depends largely on the forgiveness we offer to others. Those who refuse to forgive will not be forgiven. Psalm 32:1-2; 86:5; 103:10-11; 130:3-4; Matthew 6:12–15; 1 John 1:9; 1 John 4:20-21 LAW OF GOD The law of God as revealed in the Bible is a good, right, and perfect system of eternal directives and principles that reflects God’s character and serves as a means of expressing His love toward man. God’s law teaches man how to properly worship God, how to love his fellow man, how to live life abundantly, and, at the same time, how to prepare for an eternal spiritual life in the family of God. The law of God is represented in both the Old and the New Testaments, and is expressed by both physical actions and spiritual motivations. Exodus 20:1-17, 20; Deuteronomy 10:12-13; Nehemiah 9:13; John 14:15, 21; Romans 7:12; 1 John 5:2–3 BIBLICAL COVENANTS Both testaments record that God made certain promises in the form of specific contracts or agreements with the nation of Israel and through them, to the rest of the sons of Adam. These are called “covenants,” and define the terms of God’s relationship with individuals or groups in various circumstances and eras. Of these covenants, the best known are the covenants made with Israel (the Old and New Covenants) which will be fully confirmed after the return of Jesus Christ. The New Covenant makes God’s law even more relevant by expanding it to include one’s mental attitude and spiritual intent. Exodus 20:1-17; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Matthew 5:21–22; 2 Timothy 3:15–17; Hebrews 8:6–13 THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH The church has a mandate to continue with the witness and message of Jesus Christ initiated through His life, teachings, and sacrifice for every person and all nations. This will be accomplished by the resources available to the “body of Christ” and furthered through the spiritual gifts bestowed by God. As the “body” consists of individual members, it is each person’s privilege to follow the Savior and “repent…and believe the good news.” Living as new creatures in Christ, it then becomes evident that a devoted membership will carry on the work begun by Jesus to announce “in all the world” that the “Kingdom of God is at hand.” Furthermore, Christ’s promise of vitality to His church for all ages will be evident in the love of each member for their “brothers and sisters in the faith,” and their fellow man. Through spiritual design, the body of Christ will extend beyond a local community as members support one another, taking care of their “own,” visiting the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and keeping themselves unspotted from the world. Matthew 28:19–20; Mark 1:15; 16:15–16; Acts 1:7–8; 2:36-38; Matthew 16:18–19; Luke 24:44–47; Isaiah 61:1-3; Luke 4:18–19 THE CHURCH OF GOD The church of God is the nation of Israel. In order to become one of God’s church, we must be joined to the commonwealth of Israel through repentance, baptism and obedience to the laws, statutes, and ordinances that were given to God’s chosen people. The church is the spiritual body of Christ and is made up of baptized, Spirit-led “spiritual Israelites” around the world. Acts 2:38; Acts 7:38; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14, 27; Colossians 3:15; Galatians 6:16 THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY The marriage relationship is the basis of the family, which in turn is the core of a stable society. As the primary physical analogy of God’s plan for mankind, marriage, child rearing, and the family are given a preeminent place in the teachings of the Bible and the church. Deuteronomy 6:2-3, 20-23; Proverbs 22:6; Malachi 4:5–6; Ephesians 5:22–33; 6:1–3;1 Timothy 3:2-4; 1 Peter 3:7 MAN’S RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS FELLOW MAN First, we must realize that we are a family in the Lord through obedience to His Word. As a family we need to live in peace with one another as much as is possible, as amplified in the last six of the Ten Commandments. Jesus Christ gave us the principal discipline that would make it possible to live in peace with our fellow man. He said to love our fellow man as ourselves, and gave specific instructions for settling problems with our fellow man. Scripture urges us to consider the needs of others, and offer help to those in need when possible. Exodus 20:12–17; Deuteronomy 22:1–4; Matthew 18:15–17; 22:39; 25:34–40; Philippians 2:2–5; Luke 10:29–37; Hebrews 12:14; James 2:8-9 BIBLICAL DIETARY LAWS Biblical dietary laws, including the prohibitions of Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14, are among the many health laws God gave to Israel to give to mankind. The prophets, the apostles, and Jesus observed them, and they remain in effect today. Scripture indicates that laws pertaining to “clean” and “unclean” animals were recognized and observed from earliest times. Genesis 7:2–3; 8:20; Leviticus 3:17; 11; Deuteronomy 14:3–21; Matthew 5:17–19; Acts 10:9–15, 28; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 THE MINISTRY The ministry of Jesus Christ and the New Testament church is a ministry of service to God and His people, and a continuation of the ministry of Jesus Christ. The ministry has the responsibility of teaching, edifying, and overseeing the Israel of God. The ministry of Jesus Christ is a team effort. The Bible outlines the offices and job functions for the ministry of the Church of God, and dictates high moral and ethical conduct for all members of the ministry. Isaiah 11:1-5; Isaiah 61:1-3; Matthew 4:23; Luke 4:18–19; Titus 1:5–9; 1 Timothy 3:1–13; 5:17–21; 2 Timothy 2:24–26; 1 Peter 5:1-14 SIN Sin is the transgression of God’s law. Although the penalty for sin is death in the lake of fire, all sin can be completely forgiven by God, who desires that all men be saved. God forgives sin upon repentance of the individual who accepts the shed blood and sacrifice of Jesus Christ as payment in full for the penalty of his sins. Romans 6:23; Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 1:14; James 1:15; 4:17; 1 John 3:4 ANNUAL HOLY DAYS (FEAST DAYS) The annual holy days were ordained by God to be kept by all mankind. These feast days, as well as the Sabbath, is what sanctifies (separates) us from the world’s sinful holidays. These seven annual “appointed feasts” picture God’s plan of salvation for man and are commanded to be kept throughout all generations. Leviticus 23; Zechariah 14:16; John 7:8–10; Acts 2:1; 12:3; 20:6, 16; 27:9; 1 Corinthians 5:8; 16:8 THE SABBATH The seventh-day Sabbath is to be taught and kept holy in accordance with the biblical instruction. Instituted at creation, reaffirmed to Israel as a part of the covenant at Sinai, and taught by Jesus Christ, who is the Mediator of the New Covenant, the observance of the Sabbath is basic to a Christian’s relationship with God. Genesis 2:2–3; Exodus 16; 20:8–11; 31:12–17; Nehemiah 13:17-19; Isaiah 56:1-7; 58:13-14; 66:23; Mark 2:27–28; Luke 4:16; Hebrews 4:1-11 TEN COMMANDMENTS The Ten Commandments, as revealed by God, are the perfect expression of God’s love. They are the foundation of all biblical teaching, showing man how to express love toward God and fellowman, and are consequently the focal point of Christian life. Exodus 20; Deuteronomy 5; Matthew 5:17–19; Romans 13:10; 1 Corinthians 7:19; Revelation 12:17; 14:12; 22:14 TITHING Tithing is an act of worship; it is a private matter between the individual and God. The church does not “enforce” or “police” tithing, but simply teaches the responsibility to tithe. Each individual has the responsibility to “honor the Lord with his substance and with the first-fruits of all his increase.” Tithing is a method by which the message of Jesus Christ is proclaimed to the world. Genesis 14:18-20; Malachi 3:8–10; Matthew 6:21; 23:23; 2 Corinthians 9:7 MAN’S SPIRITUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD Man’s spiritual relationship with God begins with repentance, baptism, and faith in His Word. When these criteria are met, God “begets” us with His Spirit (The Word of God); He becomes our Father and we become His children. A family relationship has begun. To maintain this family relationship, a bond is formed as we fellowship with each other, God the Father and Jesus Christ. Exodus 20:1-11; Daniel 6:10; Matthew 6:5–13; Acts 2:38; Romans 8:15–17; Hebrews 1:1–2, 24–25; 1 John 1:3; 2 Chronicles 15:2 THE CHRISTIAN A true Christian is one in whom the Word of God (or Holy Spirit) dwells; they keep all of God’s laws, statutes, and ordinances to the best of their ability, and loves their God and brothers and sisters as they love themselves. Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 2 Timothy 2:19-21; Revelation 14:12

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FORGIVENESS Forgiveness is the state of being whereby one’s sins are removed, blotted out, or covered. “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.” It is obvious from Scripture that sin is the transgression of God’s laws and a condition that separates us from God. It also divides us from each other and breaks down relationships. Thus, forgiveness comes to us in two spheres: (1) forgiveness from God towards us, and (2) forgiveness from us to each other. The example prayer given to us by Jesus Christ in the book of Matthew, 6th chapter summarizes the full scope of the issue of forgiveness. The forgiveness we obtain from God depends largely on the forgiveness we offer to others. Those who refuse to forgive will not be forgiven. Psalm 32:1-2; 86:5; 103:10-11; 130:3-4; Matthew 6:12–15; 1 John 1:9; 1 John 4:20-21 LAW OF GOD The law of God as revealed in the Bible is a good, right, and perfect system of eternal directives and principles that reflects God’s character and serves as a means of expressing His love toward man. God’s law teaches man how to properly worship God, how to love his fellow man, how to live life abundantly, and, at the same time, how to prepare for an eternal spiritual life in the family of God. The law of God is represented in both the Old and the New Testaments, and is expressed by both physical actions and spiritual motivations. Exodus 20:1-17, 20; Deuteronomy 10:12-13; Nehemiah 9:13; John 14:15, 21; Romans 7:12; 1 John 5:2–3 BIBLICAL COVENANTS Both testaments record that God made certain promises in the form of specific contracts or agreements with the nation of Israel and through them, to the rest of the sons of Adam. These are called “covenants,” and define the terms of God’s relationship with individuals or groups in various circumstances and eras. Of these covenants, the best known are the covenants made with Israel (the Old and New Covenants) which will be fully confirmed after the return of Jesus Christ. The New Covenant makes God’s law even more relevant by expanding it to include one’s mental attitude and spiritual intent. Exodus 20:1-17; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Matthew 5:21–22; 2 Timothy 3:15–17; Hebrews 8:6–13 THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH The church has a mandate to continue with the witness and message of Jesus Christ initiated through His life, teachings, and sacrifice for every person and all nations. This will be accomplished by the resources available to the “body of Christ” and furthered through the spiritual gifts bestowed by God. As the “body” consists of individual members, it is each person’s privilege to follow the Savior and “repent…and believe the good news.” Living as new creatures in Christ, it then becomes evident that a devoted membership will carry on the work begun by Jesus to announce “in all the world” that the “Kingdom of God is at hand.” Furthermore, Christ’s promise of vitality to His church for all ages will be evident in the love of each member for their “brothers and sisters in the faith,” and their fellow man. Through spiritual design, the body of Christ will extend beyond a local community as members support one another, taking care of their “own,” visiting the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and keeping themselves unspotted from the world. Matthew 28:19–20; Mark 1:15; 16:15–16; Acts 1:7–8; 2:36-38; Matthew 16:18–19; Luke 24:44–47; Isaiah 61:1-3; Luke 4:18–19
TEN COMMANDMENTS The Ten Commandments, as revealed by God, are the perfect expression of God’s love. They are the foundation of all biblical teaching, showing man how to express love toward God and fellowman, and are consequently the focal point of Christian life. Exodus 20; Deuteronomy 5; Matthew 5:17–19; Romans 13:10; 1 Corinthians 7:19; Revelation 12:17; 14:12; 22:14 THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY The marriage relationship is the basis of the family, which in turn is the core of a stable society. As the primary physical analogy of God’s plan for mankind, marriage, child rearing, and the family are given a preeminent place in the teachings of the Bible and the church. Deuteronomy 6:2-3, 20-23; Proverbs 22:6; Malachi 4:5–6; Ephesians 5:22–33; 6:1–3;1 Timothy 3:2-4; 1 Peter 3:7 TITHING Tithing is an act of worship; it is a private matter between the individual and God. The church does not “enforce” or “police” tithing, but simply teaches the responsibility to tithe. Each individual has the responsibility to “honor the Lord with his substance and with the first-fruits of all his increase.” Tithing is a method by which the message of Jesus Christ is proclaimed to the world. Genesis 14:18-20; Malachi 3:8–10; Matthew 6:21; 23:23; 2 Corinthians 9:7 MAN’S SPIRITUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD Man’s spiritual relationship with God begins with repentance, baptism, and faith in His Word. When these criteria are met, God “begets” us with His Spirit (The Word of God); He becomes our Father and we become His children. A family relationship has begun. To maintain this family relationship, a bond is formed as we fellowship with each other, God the Father and Jesus Christ. Exodus 20:1-11; Daniel 6:10; Matthew 6:5–13; Acts 2:38; Romans 8:15–17; Hebrews 1:1–2, 24–25; 1 John 1:3; 2 Chronicles 15:2 THE MINISTRY The ministry of Jesus Christ and the New Testament church is a ministry of service to God and His people, and a continuation of the ministry of Jesus Christ. The ministry has the responsibility of teaching, edifying, and overseeing the Israel of God. The ministry of Jesus Christ is a team effort. The Bible outlines the offices and job functions for the ministry of the Church of God, and dictates high moral and ethical conduct for all members of the ministry. Isaiah 11:1-5; Isaiah 61:1-3; Matthew 4:23; Luke 4:18–19; Titus 1:5–9; 1 Timothy 3:1–13; 5:17–21; 2 Timothy 2:24–26; 1 Peter 5:1-14 THE CHRISTIAN A true Christian is one in whom the Word of God (or Holy Spirit) dwells; they keep all of God’s laws, statutes, and ordinances to the best of their ability, and loves their God and brothers and sisters as they love themselves. Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 2 Timothy 2:19-21; Revelation 14:12 MAN’S RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS FELLOW MAN First, we must realize that we are a family in the Lord through obedience to His Word. As a family we need to live in peace with one another as much as is possible, as amplified in the last six of the Ten Commandments. Jesus Christ gave us the principal discipline that would make it possible to live in peace with our fellow man. He said to love our fellow man as ourselves, and gave specific instructions for settling problems with our fellow man. Scripture urges us to consider the needs of others, and offer help to those in need when possible. Exodus 20:12–17; Deuteronomy 22:1–4; Matthew 18:15–17; 22:39; 25:34–40; Philippians 2:2–5; Luke 10:29–37; Hebrews 12:14; James 2:8-9 SIN Sin is the transgression of God’s law. Although the penalty for sin is death in the lake of fire, all sin can be completely forgiven by God, who desires that all men be saved. God forgives sin upon repentance of the individual who accepts the shed blood and sacrifice of Jesus Christ as payment in full for the penalty of his sins. Romans 6:23; Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 1:14; James 1:15; 4:17; 1 John 3:4 ANNUAL HOLY DAYS (FEAST DAYS) The annual holy days were ordained by God to be kept by all mankind. These feast days, as well as the Sabbath, is what sanctifies (separates) us from the world’s sinful holidays. These seven annual “appointed feasts” picture God’s plan of salvation for man and are commanded to be kept throughout all generations. Leviticus 23; Zechariah 14:16; John 7:8–10; Acts 2:1; 12:3; 20:6, 16; 27:9; 1 Corinthians 5:8; 16:8 THE SABBATH The seventh-day Sabbath is to be taught and kept holy in accordance with the biblical instruction. Instituted at creation, reaffirmed to Israel as a part of the covenant at Sinai, and taught by Jesus Christ, who is the Mediator of the New Covenant, the observance of the Sabbath is basic to a Christian’s relationship with God. Genesis 2:2–3; Exodus 16; 20:8–11; 31:12–17; Nehemiah 13:17-19; Isaiah 56:1-7; 58:13-14; 66:23; Mark 2:27–28; Luke 4:16; Hebrews 4:1-11 BIBLICAL DIETARY LAWS Biblical dietary laws, including the prohibitions of Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14, are among the many health laws God gave to Israel to give to mankind. The prophets, the apostles, and Jesus observed them, and they remain in effect today. Scripture indicates that laws pertaining to “clean” and “unclean” animals were recognized and observed from earliest times. Genesis 7:2–3; 8:20; Leviticus 3:17; 11; Deuteronomy 14:3–21; Matthew 5:17–19; Acts 10:9–15, 28; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 THE CHURCH OF GOD The church of God is the nation of Israel. In order to become one of God’s church, we must be joined to the commonwealth of Israel through repentance, baptism and obedience to the laws, statutes, and ordinances that were given to God’s chosen people. The church is the spiritual body of Christ and is made up of baptized, Spirit-led “spiritual Israelites” around the world. Acts 2:38; Acts 7:38; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14, 27; Colossians 3:15; Galatians 6:16
FORGIVENESS Forgiveness is the state of being whereby one’s sins are removed, blotted out, or covered. “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.” It is obvious from Scripture that sin is the transgression of God’s laws and a condition that separates us from God. It also divides us from each other and breaks down relationships. Thus, forgiveness comes to us in two spheres: (1) forgiveness from God towards us, and (2) forgiveness from us to each other. The example prayer given to us by Jesus Christ in the book of Matthew, 6th chapter summarizes the full scope of the issue of forgiveness. The forgiveness we obtain from God depends largely on the forgiveness we offer to others. Those who refuse to forgive will not be forgiven. Psalm 32:1-2; 86:5; 103:10-11; 130:3-4; Matthew 6:12–15; 1 John 1:9; 1 John 4:20-21 LAW OF GOD The law of God as revealed in the Bible is a good, right, and perfect system of eternal directives and principles that reflects God’s character and serves as a means of expressing His love toward man. God’s law teaches man how to properly worship God, how to love his fellow man, how to live life abundantly, and, at the same time, how to prepare for an eternal spiritual life in the family of God. The law of God is represented in both the Old and the New Testaments, and is expressed by both physical actions and spiritual motivations. Exodus 20:1-17, 20; Deuteronomy 10:12-13; Nehemiah 9:13; John 14:15, 21; Romans 7:12; 1 John 5:2–3 BIBLICAL COVENANTS Both testaments record that God made certain promises in the form of specific contracts or agreements with the nation of Israel and through them, to the rest of the sons of Adam. These are called “covenants,” and define the terms of God’s relationship with individuals or groups in various circumstances and eras. Of these covenants, the best known are the covenants made with Israel (the Old and New Covenants) which will be fully confirmed after the return of Jesus Christ. The New Covenant makes God’s law even more relevant by expanding it to include one’s mental attitude and spiritual intent. Exodus 20:1-17; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Matthew 5:21–22; 2 Timothy 3:15–17; Hebrews 8:6–13 TITHING Tithing is an act of worship; it is a private matter between the individual and God. The church does not “enforce” or “police” tithing, but simply teaches the responsibility to tithe. Each individual has the responsibility to “honor the Lord with his substance and with the first-fruits of all his increase.” Tithing is a method by which the message of Jesus Christ is proclaimed to the world. Genesis 14:18-20; Malachi 3:8–10; Matthew 6:21; 23:23; 2 Corinthians 9:7 MAN’S SPIRITUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD Man’s spiritual relationship with God begins with repentance, baptism, and faith in His Word. When these criteria are met, God “begets” us with His Spirit (The Word of God); He becomes our Father and we become His children. A family relationship has begun. To maintain this family relationship, a bond is formed as we fellowship with each other, God the Father and Jesus Christ. Exodus 20:1-11; Daniel 6:10; Matthew 6:5–13; Acts 2:38; Romans 8:15–17; Hebrews 1:1–2, 24–25; 1 John 1:3; 2 Chronicles 15:2 THE CHRISTIAN A true Christian is one in whom the Word of God (or Holy Spirit) dwells; they keep all of God’s laws, statutes, and ordinances to the best of their ability, and loves their God and brothers and sisters as they love themselves. Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 2 Timothy 2:19-21; Revelation 14:12 MAN’S RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS FELLOW MAN First, we must realize that we are a family in the Lord through obedience to His Word. As a family we need to live in peace with one another as much as is possible, as amplified in the last six of the Ten Commandments. Jesus Christ gave us the principal discipline that would make it possible to live in peace with our fellow man. He said to love our fellow man as ourselves, and gave specific instructions for settling problems with our fellow man. Scripture urges us to consider the needs of others, and offer help to those in need when possible. Exodus 20:12–17; Deuteronomy 22:1–4; Matthew 18:15–17; 22:39; 25:34–40; Philippians 2:2–5; Luke 10:29–37; Hebrews 12:14; James 2:8-9 SIN Sin is the transgression of God’s law. Although the penalty for sin is death in the lake of fire, all sin can be completely forgiven by God, who desires that all men be saved. God forgives sin upon repentance of the individual who accepts the shed blood and sacrifice of Jesus Christ as payment in full for the penalty of his sins. Romans 6:23; Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 1:14; James 1:15; 4:17; 1 John 3:4 TEN COMMANDMENTS The Ten Commandments, as revealed by God, are the perfect expression of God’s love. They are the foundation of all biblical teaching, showing man how to express love toward God and fellowman, and are consequently the focal point of Christian life. Exodus 20; Deuteronomy 5; Matthew 5:17–19; Romans 13:10; 1 Corinthians 7:19; Revelation 12:17; 14:12; 22:14 THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY The marriage relationship is the basis of the family, which in turn is the core of a stable society. As the primary physical analogy of God’s plan for mankind, marriage, child rearing, and the family are given a preeminent place in the teachings of the Bible and the church. Deuteronomy 6:2-3, 20-23; Proverbs 22:6; Malachi 4:5–6; Ephesians 5:22–33; 6:1–3;1 Timothy 3:2-4; 1 Peter 3:7 ANNUAL HOLY DAYS (FEAST DAYS) The annual holy days were ordained by God to be kept by all mankind. These feast days, as well as the Sabbath, is what sanctifies (separates) us from the world’s sinful holidays. These seven annual “appointed feasts” picture God’s plan of salvation for man and are commanded to be kept throughout all generations. Leviticus 23; Zechariah 14:16; John 7:8–10; Acts 2:1; 12:3; 20:6, 16; 27:9; 1 Corinthians 5:8; 16:8 THE SABBATH The seventh-day Sabbath is to be taught and kept holy in accordance with the biblical instruction. Instituted at creation, reaffirmed to Israel as a part of the covenant at Sinai, and taught by Jesus Christ, who is the Mediator of the New Covenant, the observance of the Sabbath is basic to a Christian’s relationship with God. Genesis 2:2–3; Exodus 16; 20:8–11; 31:12–17; Nehemiah 13:17-19; Isaiah 56:1-7; 58:13-14; 66:23; Mark 2:27–28; Luke 4:16; Hebrews 4:1-11 BIBLICAL DIETARY LAWS Biblical dietary laws, including the prohibitions of Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14, are among the many health laws God gave to Israel to give to mankind. The prophets, the apostles, and Jesus observed them, and they remain in effect today. Scripture indicates that laws pertaining to “clean” and “unclean” animals were recognized and observed from earliest times. Genesis 7:2–3; 8:20; Leviticus 3:17; 11; Deuteronomy 14:3–21; Matthew 5:17–19; Acts 10:9–15, 28; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 THE CHURCH OF GOD The church of God is the nation of Israel. In order to become one of God’s church, we must be joined to the commonwealth of Israel through repentance, baptism and obedience to the laws, statutes, and ordinances that were given to God’s chosen people. The church is the spiritual body of Christ and is made up of baptized, Spirit-led “spiritual Israelites” around the world. Acts 2:38; Acts 7:38; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14, 27; Colossians 3:15; Galatians 6:16 THE MINISTRY The ministry of Jesus Christ and the New Testament church is a ministry of service to God and His people, and a continuation of the ministry of Jesus Christ. The ministry has the responsibility of teaching, edifying, and overseeing the Israel of God. The ministry of Jesus Christ is a team effort. The Bible outlines the offices and job functions for the ministry of the Church of God, and dictates high moral and ethical conduct for all members of the ministry. Isaiah 11:1-5; Isaiah 61:1-3; Matthew 4:23; Luke 4:18–19; Titus 1:5–9; 1 Timothy 3:1–13; 5:17–21; 2 Timothy 2:24–26; 1 Peter 5:1-14 THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH The church has a mandate to continue with the witness and message of Jesus Christ initiated through His life, teachings, and sacrifice for every person and all nations. This will be accomplished by the resources available to the “body of Christ” and furthered through the spiritual gifts bestowed by God. As the “body” consists of individual members, it is each person’s privilege to follow the Savior and “repent…and believe the good news.” Living as new creatures in Christ, it then becomes evident that a devoted membership will carry on the work begun by Jesus to announce “in all the world” that the “Kingdom of God is at hand.” Furthermore, Christ’s promise of vitality to His church for all ages will be evident in the love of each member for their “brothers and sisters in the faith,” and their fellow man. Through spiritual design, the body of Christ will extend beyond a local community as members support one another, taking care of their “own,” visiting the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and keeping themselves unspotted from the world. Matthew 28:19–20; Mark 1:15; 16:15–16; Acts 1:7–8; 2:36-38; Matthew 16:18–19; Luke 24:44–47; Isaiah 61:1-3; Luke 4:18–19
FORGIVENESS Forgiveness is the state of being whereby one’s sins are removed, blotted out, or covered. “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.” It is obvious from Scripture that sin is the transgression of God’s laws and a condition that separates us from God. It also divides us from each other and breaks down relationships. Thus, forgiveness comes to us in two spheres: (1) forgiveness from God towards us, and (2) forgiveness from us to each other. The example prayer given to us by Jesus Christ in the book of Matthew, 6th chapter summarizes the full scope of the issue of forgiveness. The forgiveness we obtain from God depends largely on the forgiveness we offer to others. Those who refuse to forgive will not be forgiven. Psalm 32:1-2; 86:5; 103:10-11; 130:3-4; Matthew 6:12–15; 1 John 1:9; 1 John 4:20-21 LAW OF GOD The law of God as revealed in the Bible is a good, right, and perfect system of eternal directives and principles that reflects God’s character and serves as a means of expressing His love toward man. God’s law teaches man how to properly worship God, how to love his fellow man, how to live life abundantly, and, at the same time, how to prepare for an eternal spiritual life in the family of God. The law of God is represented in both the Old and the New Testaments, and is expressed by both physical actions and spiritual motivations. Exodus 20:1-17, 20; Deuteronomy 10:12-13; Nehemiah 9:13; John 14:15, 21; Romans 7:12; 1 John 5:2–3 BIBLICAL COVENANTS Both testaments record that God made certain promises in the form of specific contracts or agreements with the nation of Israel and through them, to the rest of the sons of Adam. These are called “covenants,” and define the terms of God’s relationship with individuals or groups in various circumstances and eras. Of these covenants, the best known are the covenants made with Israel (the Old and New Covenants) which will be fully confirmed after the return of Jesus Christ. The New Covenant makes God’s law even more relevant by expanding it to include one’s mental attitude and spiritual intent. Exodus 20:1-17; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Matthew 5:21–22; 2 Timothy 3:15–17; Hebrews 8:6–13 THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH The church has a mandate to continue with the witness and message of Jesus Christ initiated through His life, teachings, and sacrifice for every person and all nations. This will be accomplished by the resources available to the “body of Christ” and furthered through the spiritual gifts bestowed by God. As the “body” consists of individual members, it is each person’s privilege to follow the Savior and “repent…and believe the good news.” Living as new creatures in Christ, it then becomes evident that a devoted membership will carry on the work begun by Jesus to announce “in all the world” that the “Kingdom of God is at hand.” Furthermore, Christ’s promise of vitality to His church for all ages will be evident in the love of each member for their “brothers and sisters in the faith,” and their fellow man. Through spiritual design, the body of Christ will extend beyond a local community as members support one another, taking care of their “own,” visiting the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and keeping themselves unspotted from the world. Matthew 28:19–20; Mark 1:15; 16:15–16; Acts 1:7–8; 2:36-38; Matthew 16:18–19; Luke 24:44–47; Isaiah 61:1-3; Luke 4:18–19 THE CHURCH OF GOD The church of God is the nation of Israel. In order to become one of God’s church, we must be joined to the commonwealth of Israel through repentance, baptism and obedience to the laws, statutes, and ordinances that were given to God’s chosen people. The church is the spiritual body of Christ and is made up of baptized, Spirit-led “spiritual Israelites” around the world. Acts 2:38; Acts 7:38; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14, 27; Colossians 3:15; Galatians 6:16 THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY The marriage relationship is the basis of the family, which in turn is the core of a stable society. As the primary physical analogy of God’s plan for mankind, marriage, child rearing, and the family are given a preeminent place in the teachings of the Bible and the church. Deuteronomy 6:2-3, 20-23; Proverbs 22:6; Malachi 4:5–6; Ephesians 5:22–33; 6:1–3;1 Timothy 3:2-4; 1 Peter 3:7 MAN’S RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS FELLOW MAN First, we must realize that we are a family in the Lord through obedience to His Word. As a family we need to live in peace with one another as much as is possible, as amplified in the last six of the Ten Commandments. Jesus Christ gave us the principal discipline that would make it possible to live in peace with our fellow man. He said to love our fellow man as ourselves, and gave specific instructions for settling problems with our fellow man. Scripture urges us to consider the needs of others, and offer help to those in need when possible. Exodus 20:12–17; Deuteronomy 22:1–4; Matthew 18:15–17; 22:39; 25:34–40; Philippians 2:2–5; Luke 10:29–37; Hebrews 12:14; James 2:8-9 BIBLICAL DIETARY LAWS Biblical dietary laws, including the prohibitions of Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14, are among the many health laws God gave to Israel to give to mankind. The prophets, the apostles, and Jesus observed them, and they remain in effect today. Scripture indicates that laws pertaining to “clean” and “unclean” animals were recognized and observed from earliest times. Genesis 7:2–3; 8:20; Leviticus 3:17; 11; Deuteronomy 14:3–21; Matthew 5:17–19; Acts 10:9–15, 28; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 THE MINISTRY The ministry of Jesus Christ and the New Testament church is a ministry of service to God and His people, and a continuation of the ministry of Jesus Christ. The ministry has the responsibility of teaching, edifying, and overseeing the Israel of God. The ministry of Jesus Christ is a team effort. The Bible outlines the offices and job functions for the ministry of the Church of God, and dictates high moral and ethical conduct for all members of the ministry. Isaiah 11:1-5; Isaiah 61:1-3; Matthew 4:23; Luke 4:18–19; Titus 1:5–9; 1 Timothy 3:1–13; 5:17–21; 2 Timothy 2:24–26; 1 Peter 5:1-14 SIN Sin is the transgression of God’s law. Although the penalty for sin is death in the lake of fire, all sin can be completely forgiven by God, who desires that all men be saved. God forgives sin upon repentance of the individual who accepts the shed blood and sacrifice of Jesus Christ as payment in full for the penalty of his sins. Romans 6:23; Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 1:14; James 1:15; 4:17; 1 John 3:4 ANNUAL HOLY DAYS (FEAST DAYS) The annual holy days were ordained by God to be kept by all mankind. These feast days, as well as the Sabbath, is what sanctifies (separates) us from the world’s sinful holidays. These seven annual “appointed feasts” picture God’s plan of salvation for man and are commanded to be kept throughout all generations. Leviticus 23; Zechariah 14:16; John 7:8–10; Acts 2:1; 12:3; 20:6, 16; 27:9; 1 Corinthians 5:8; 16:8 THE SABBATH The seventh-day Sabbath is to be taught and kept holy in accordance with the biblical instruction. Instituted at creation, reaffirmed to Israel as a part of the covenant at Sinai, and taught by Jesus Christ, who is the Mediator of the New Covenant, the observance of the Sabbath is basic to a Christian’s relationship with God. Genesis 2:2–3; Exodus 16; 20:8–11; 31:12–17; Nehemiah 13:17-19; Isaiah 56:1-7; 58:13-14; 66:23; Mark 2:27–28; Luke 4:16; Hebrews 4:1-11 TEN COMMANDMENTS The Ten Commandments, as revealed by God, are the perfect expression of God’s love. They are the foundation of all biblical teaching, showing man how to express love toward God and fellowman, and are consequently the focal point of Christian life. Exodus 20; Deuteronomy 5; Matthew 5:17–19; Romans 13:10; 1 Corinthians 7:19; Revelation 12:17; 14:12; 22:14 TITHING Tithing is an act of worship; it is a private matter between the individual and God. The church does not “enforce” or “police” tithing, but simply teaches the responsibility to tithe. Each individual has the responsibility to “honor the Lord with his substance and with the first-fruits of all his increase.” Tithing is a method by which the message of Jesus Christ is proclaimed to the world. Genesis 14:18-20; Malachi 3:8–10; Matthew 6:21; 23:23; 2 Corinthians 9:7 MAN’S SPIRITUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD Man’s spiritual relationship with God begins with repentance, baptism, and faith in His Word. When these criteria are met, God “begets” us with His Spirit (The Word of God); He becomes our Father and we become His children. A family relationship has begun. To maintain this family relationship, a bond is formed as we fellowship with each other, God the Father and Jesus Christ. Exodus 20:1-11; Daniel 6:10; Matthew 6:5–13; Acts 2:38; Romans 8:15–17; Hebrews 1:1–2, 24–25; 1 John 1:3; 2 Chronicles 15:2 THE CHRISTIAN A true Christian is one in whom the Word of God (or Holy Spirit) dwells; they keep all of God’s laws, statutes, and ordinances to the best of their ability, and loves their God and brothers and sisters as they love themselves. Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 2 Timothy 2:19-21; Revelation 14:12
THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH The church has a mandate to continue with the witness and message of Jesus Christ initiated through His life, teachings, and sacrifice for every person and all nations. This will be accomplished by the resources available to the “body of Christ” and furthered through the spiritual gifts bestowed by God. As the “body” consists of individual members, it is each person’s privilege to follow the Savior and “repent…and believe the good news.” Living as new creatures in Christ, it then becomes evident that a devoted membership will carry on the work begun by Jesus to announce “in all the world” that the “Kingdom of God is at hand.” Furthermore, Christ’s promise of vitality to His church for all ages will be evident in the love of each member for their “brothers and sisters in the faith,” and their fellow man. Through spiritual design, the body of Christ will extend beyond a local community as members support one another, taking care of their “own,” visiting the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and keeping themselves unspotted from the world. Matthew 28:19–20; Mark 1:15; 16:15–16; Acts 1:7–8; 2:36-38; Matthew 16:18–19; Luke 24:44–47; Isaiah 61:1-3; Luke 4:18–19 FORGIVENESS Forgiveness is the state of being whereby one’s sins are removed, blotted out, or covered. “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.” It is obvious from Scripture that sin is the transgression of God’s laws and a condition that separates us from God. It also divides us from each other and breaks down relationships. Thus, forgiveness comes to us in two spheres: (1) forgiveness from God towards us, and (2) forgiveness from us to each other. The example prayer given to us by Jesus Christ in the book of Matthew, 6th chapter summarizes the full scope of the issue of forgiveness. The forgiveness we obtain from God depends largely on the forgiveness we offer to others. Those who refuse to forgive will not be forgiven. Psalm 32:1-2; 86:5; 103:10-11; 130:3-4; Matthew 6:12–15; 1 John 1:9; 1 John 4:20-21 LAW OF GOD The law of God as revealed in the Bible is a good, right, and perfect system of eternal directives and principles that reflects God’s character and serves as a means of expressing His love toward man. God’s law teaches man how to properly worship God, how to love his fellow man, how to live life abundantly, and, at the same time, how to prepare for an eternal spiritual life in the family of God. The law of God is represented in both the Old and the New Testaments, and is expressed by both physical actions and spiritual motivations. Exodus 20:1-17, 20; Deuteronomy 10:12-13; Nehemiah 9:13; John 14:15, 21; Romans 7:12; 1 John 5:2–3 BIBLICAL COVENANTS Both testaments record that God made certain promises in the form of specific contracts or agreements with the nation of Israel and through them, to the rest of the sons of Adam. These are called “covenants,” and define the terms of God’s relationship with individuals or groups in various circumstances and eras. Of these covenants, the best known are the covenants made with Israel (the Old and New Covenants) which will be fully confirmed after the return of Jesus Christ. The New Covenant makes God’s law even more relevant by expanding it to include one’s mental attitude and spiritual intent. Exodus 20:1-17; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Matthew 5:21–22; 2 Timothy 3:15–17; Hebrews 8:6–13 MAN’S RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS FELLOW MAN First, we must realize that we are a family in the Lord through obedience to His Word. As a family we need to live in peace with one another as much as is possible, as amplified in the last six of the Ten Commandments. Jesus Christ gave us the principal discipline that would make it possible to live in peace with our fellow man. He said to love our fellow man as ourselves, and gave specific instructions for settling problems with our fellow man. Scripture urges us to consider the needs of others, and offer help to those in need when possible. Exodus 20:12–17; Deuteronomy 22:1–4; Matthew 18:15–17; 22:39; 25:34–40; Philippians 2:2–5; Luke 10:29–37; Hebrews 12:14; James 2:8-9 THE MINISTRY The ministry of Jesus Christ and the New Testament church is a ministry of service to God and His people, and a continuation of the ministry of Jesus Christ. The ministry has the responsibility of teaching, edifying, and overseeing the Israel of God. The ministry of Jesus Christ is a team effort. The Bible outlines the offices and job functions for the ministry of the Church of God, and dictates high moral and ethical conduct for all members of the ministry. Isaiah 11:1-5; Isaiah 61:1-3; Matthew 4:23; Luke 4:18–19; Titus 1:5–9; 1 Timothy 3:1–13; 5:17–21; 2 Timothy 2:24–26; 1 Peter 5:1-14 MAN’S SPIRITUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD Man’s spiritual relationship with God begins with repentance, baptism, and faith in His Word. When these criteria are met, God “begets” us with His Spirit (The Word of God); He becomes our Father and we become His children. A family relationship has begun. To maintain this family relationship, a bond is formed as we fellowship with each other, God the Father and Jesus Christ. Exodus 20:1-11; Daniel 6:10; Matthew 6:5–13; Acts 2:38; Romans 8:15–17; Hebrews 1:1–2, 24–25; 1 John 1:3; 2 Chronicles 15:2 THE SABBATH The seventh-day Sabbath is to be taught and kept holy in accordance with the biblical instruction. Instituted at creation, reaffirmed to Israel as a part of the covenant at Sinai, and taught by Jesus Christ, who is the Mediator of the New Covenant, the observance of the Sabbath is basic to a Christian’s relationship with God. Genesis 2:2–3; Exodus 16; 20:8–11; 31:12–17; Nehemiah 13:17-19; Isaiah 56:1-7; 58:13-14; 66:23; Mark 2:27–28; Luke 4:16; Hebrews 4:1-11 BIBLICAL DIETARY LAWS Biblical dietary laws, including the prohibitions of Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14, are among the many health laws God gave to Israel to give to mankind. The prophets, the apostles, and Jesus observed them, and they remain in effect today. Scripture indicates that laws pertaining to “clean” and “unclean” animals were recognized and observed from earliest times. Genesis 7:2–3; 8:20; Leviticus 3:17; 11; Deuteronomy 14:3–21; Matthew 5:17–19; Acts 10:9–15, 28; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY The marriage relationship is the basis of the family, which in turn is the core of a stable society. As the primary physical analogy of God’s plan for mankind, marriage, child rearing, and the family are given a preeminent place in the teachings of the Bible and the church. Deuteronomy 6:2-3, 20-23; Proverbs 22:6; Malachi 4:5–6; Ephesians 5:22–33; 6:1–3;1 Timothy 3:2-4; 1 Peter 3:7 THE CHURCH OF GOD The church of God is the nation of Israel. In order to become one of God’s church, we must be joined to the commonwealth of Israel through repentance, baptism and obedience to the laws, statutes, and ordinances that were given to God’s chosen people. The church is the spiritual body of Christ and is made up of baptized, Spirit-led “spiritual Israelites” around the world. Acts 2:38; Acts 7:38; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14, 27; Colossians 3:15; Galatians 6:16 TITHING Tithing is an act of worship; it is a private matter between the individual and God. The church does not “enforce” or “police” tithing, but simply teaches the responsibility to tithe. Each individual has the responsibility to “honor the Lord with his substance and with the first-fruits of all his increase.” Tithing is a method by which the message of Jesus Christ is proclaimed to the world. Genesis 14:18-20; Malachi 3:8–10; Matthew 6:21; 23:23; 2 Corinthians 9:7 ANNUAL HOLY DAYS (FEAST DAYS) The annual holy days were ordained by God to be kept by all mankind. These feast days, as well as the Sabbath, is what sanctifies (separates) us from the world’s sinful holidays. These seven annual “appointed feasts” picture God’s plan of salvation for man and are commanded to be kept throughout all generations. Leviticus 23; Zechariah 14:16; John 7:8–10; Acts 2:1; 12:3; 20:6, 16; 27:9; 1 Corinthians 5:8; 16:8 SIN Sin is the transgression of God’s law. Although the penalty for sin is death in the lake of fire, all sin can be completely forgiven by God, who desires that all men be saved. God forgives sin upon repentance of the individual who accepts the shed blood and sacrifice of Jesus Christ as payment in full for the penalty of his sins. Romans 6:23; Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 1:14; James 1:15; 4:17; 1 John 3:4 TEN COMMANDMENTS The Ten Commandments, as revealed by God, are the perfect expression of God’s love. They are the foundation of all biblical teaching, showing man how to express love toward God and fellowman, and are consequently the focal point of Christian life. Exodus 20; Deuteronomy 5; Matthew 5:17–19; Romans 13:10; 1 Corinthians 7:19; Revelation 12:17; 14:12; 22:14 THE CHRISTIAN A true Christian is one in whom the Word of God (or Holy Spirit) dwells; they keep all of God’s laws, statutes, and ordinances to the best of their ability, and loves their God and brothers and sisters as they love themselves. Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 2 Timothy 2:19-21; Revelation 14:12
FORGIVENESS Forgiveness is the state of being whereby one’s sins are removed, blotted out, or covered. “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.” It is obvious from Scripture that sin is the transgression of God’s laws and a condition that separates us from God. It also divides us from each other and breaks down relationships. Thus, forgiveness comes to us in two spheres: (1) forgiveness from God towards us, and (2) forgiveness from us to each other. The example prayer given to us by Jesus Christ in the book of Matthew, 6th chapter summarizes the full scope of the issue of forgiveness. The forgiveness we obtain from God depends largely on the forgiveness we offer to others. Those who refuse to forgive will not be forgiven. Psalm 32:1-2; 86:5; 103:10-11; 130:3-4; Matthew 6:12–15; 1 John 1:9; 1 John 4:20-21 TITHING Tithing is an act of worship; it is a private matter between the individual and God. The church does not “enforce” or “police” tithing, but simply teaches the responsibility to tithe. Each individual has the responsibility to “honor the Lord with his substance and with the first-fruits of all his increase.” Tithing is a method by which the message of Jesus Christ is proclaimed to the world. Genesis 14:18-20; Malachi 3:8–10; Matthew 6:21; 23:23; 2 Corinthians 9:7 ANNUAL HOLY DAYS (FEAST DAYS) The annual holy days were ordained by God to be kept by all mankind. These feast days, as well as the Sabbath, is what sanctifies (separates) us from the world’s sinful holidays. These seven annual “appointed feasts” picture God’s plan of salvation for man and are commanded to be kept throughout all generations. Leviticus 23; Zechariah 14:16; John 7:8–10; Acts 2:1; 12:3; 20:6, 16; 27:9; 1 Corinthians 5:8; 16:8 BIBLICAL DIETARY LAWS Biblical dietary laws, including the prohibitions of Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14, are among the many health laws God gave to Israel to give to mankind. The prophets, the apostles, and Jesus observed them, and they remain in effect today. Scripture indicates that laws pertaining to “clean” and “unclean” animals were recognized and observed from earliest times. Genesis 7:2–3; 8:20; Leviticus 3:17; 11; Deuteronomy 14:3–21; Matthew 5:17–19; Acts 10:9–15, 28; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH The church has a mandate to continue with the witness and message of Jesus Christ initiated through His life, teachings, and sacrifice for every person and all nations. This will be accomplished by the resources available to the “body of Christ” and furthered through the spiritual gifts bestowed by God. As the “body” consists of individual members, it is each person’s privilege to follow the Savior and “repent…and believe the good news.” Living as new creatures in Christ, it then becomes evident that a devoted membership will carry on the work begun by Jesus to announce “in all the world” that the “Kingdom of God is at hand.” Furthermore, Christ’s promise of vitality to His church for all ages will be evident in the love of each member for their “brothers and sisters in the faith,” and their fellow man. Through spiritual design, the body of Christ will extend beyond a local community as members support one another, taking care of their “own,” visiting the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and keeping themselves unspotted from the world. Matthew 28:19–20; Mark 1:15; 16:15–16; Acts 1:7–8; 2:36-38; Matthew 16:18–19; Luke 24:44–47; Isaiah 61:1-3; Luke 4:18–19 THE MINISTRY The ministry of Jesus Christ and the New Testament church is a ministry of service to God and His people, and a continuation of the ministry of Jesus Christ. The ministry has the responsibility of teaching, edifying, and overseeing the Israel of God. The ministry of Jesus Christ is a team effort. The Bible outlines the offices and job functions for the ministry of the Church of God, and dictates high moral and ethical conduct for all members of the ministry. Isaiah 11:1-5; Isaiah 61:1-3; Matthew 4:23; Luke 4:18–19; Titus 1:5–9; 1 Timothy 3:1–13; 5:17–21; 2 Timothy 2:24–26; 1 Peter 5:1-14 LAW OF GOD The law of God as revealed in the Bible is a good, right, and perfect system of eternal directives and principles that reflects God’s character and serves as a means of expressing His love toward man. God’s law teaches man how to properly worship God, how to love his fellow man, how to live life abundantly, and, at the same time, how to prepare for an eternal spiritual life in the family of God. The law of God is represented in both the Old and the New Testaments, and is expressed by both physical actions and spiritual motivations. Exodus 20:1-17, 20; Deuteronomy 10:12-13; Nehemiah 9:13; John 14:15, 21; Romans 7:12; 1 John 5:2–3 MAN’S RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS FELLOW MAN First, we must realize that we are a family in the Lord through obedience to His Word. As a family we need to live in peace with one another as much as is possible, as amplified in the last six of the Ten Commandments. Jesus Christ gave us the principal discipline that would make it possible to live in peace with our fellow man. He said to love our fellow man as ourselves, and gave specific instructions for settling problems with our fellow man. Scripture urges us to consider the needs of others, and offer help to those in need when possible. Exodus 20:12–17; Deuteronomy 22:1–4; Matthew 18:15–17; 22:39; 25:34–40; Philippians 2:2–5; Luke 10:29–37; Hebrews 12:14; James 2:8-9 BIBLICAL COVENANTS Both testaments record that God made certain promises in the form of specific contracts or agreements with the nation of Israel and through them, to the rest of the sons of Adam. These are called “covenants,” and define the terms of God’s relationship with individuals or groups in various circumstances and eras. Of these covenants, the best known are the covenants made with Israel (the Old and New Covenants) which will be fully confirmed after the return of Jesus Christ. The New Covenant makes God’s law even more relevant by expanding it to include one’s mental attitude and spiritual intent. Exodus 20:1-17; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Matthew 5:21–22; 2 Timothy 3:15–17; Hebrews 8:6–13 MAN’S SPIRITUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD Man’s spiritual relationship with God begins with repentance, baptism, and faith in His Word. When these criteria are met, God “begets” us with His Spirit (The Word of God); He becomes our Father and we become His children. A family relationship has begun. To maintain this family relationship, a bond is formed as we fellowship with each other, God the Father and Jesus Christ. Exodus 20:1-11; Daniel 6:10; Matthew 6:5–13; Acts 2:38; Romans 8:15–17; Hebrews 1:1–2, 24–25; 1 John 1:3; 2 Chronicles 15:2 THE CHURCH OF GOD The church of God is the nation of Israel. In order to become one of God’s church, we must be joined to the commonwealth of Israel through repentance, baptism and obedience to the laws, statutes, and ordinances that were given to God’s chosen people. The church is the spiritual body of Christ and is made up of baptized, Spirit-led “spiritual Israelites” around the world. Acts 2:38; Acts 7:38; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14, 27; Colossians 3:15; Galatians 6:16 THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY The marriage relationship is the basis of the family, which in turn is the core of a stable society. As the primary physical analogy of God’s plan for mankind, marriage, child rearing, and the family are given a preeminent place in the teachings of the Bible and the church. Deuteronomy 6:2-3, 20-23; Proverbs 22:6; Malachi 4:5–6; Ephesians 5:22–33; 6:1–3;1 Timothy 3:2-4; 1 Peter 3:7 THE SABBATH The seventh-day Sabbath is to be taught and kept holy in accordance with the biblical instruction. Instituted at creation, reaffirmed to Israel as a part of the covenant at Sinai, and taught by Jesus Christ, who is the Mediator of the New Covenant, the observance of the Sabbath is basic to a Christian’s relationship with God. Genesis 2:2–3; Exodus 16; 20:8–11; 31:12–17; Nehemiah 13:17-19; Isaiah 56:1-7; 58:13-14; 66:23; Mark 2:27–28; Luke 4:16; Hebrews 4:1-11 SIN Sin is the transgression of God’s law. Although the penalty for sin is death in the lake of fire, all sin can be completely forgiven by God, who desires that all men be saved. God forgives sin upon repentance of the individual who accepts the shed blood and sacrifice of Jesus Christ as payment in full for the penalty of his sins. Romans 6:23; Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 1:14; James 1:15; 4:17; 1 John 3:4 THE CHRISTIAN A true Christian is one in whom the Word of God (or Holy Spirit) dwells; they keep all of God’s laws, statutes, and ordinances to the best of their ability, and loves their God and brothers and sisters as they love themselves. Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 2 Timothy 2:19-21; Revelation 14:12 TEN COMMANDMENTS The Ten Commandments, as revealed by God, are the perfect expression of God’s love. They are the foundation of all biblical teaching, showing man how to express love toward God and fellowman, and are consequently the focal point of Christian life. Exodus 20; Deuteronomy 5; Matthew 5:17–19; Romans 13:10; 1 Corinthians 7:19; Revelation 12:17; 14:12; 22:14