ABRIDGED BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES OF BELIEF IN THE SABBATH DAY CHRISTIAN CHURCH
1. TEAICHING ABOUT THE SCRIPTURES
The Holy scriptures are the colllection of 66 books. They arecomposed of the Old and the New Testament. The Old Testament (39 books) comprises the history of the mankind, especially Israel, and the teachings given to God’s people before Christ. The new Testament (27 books) presents Christ and the Apostle’s lifes as well as God’s saving instructions for the mankind. The books of the Bible were written by God’s holy people inspired by the Holy Spirit; so the Scriptures are sufficient to know God, His will and to obtain salvation out of Grace. Treating human tradition and other books as the source of faith is fallacious and harmful to salvation.
2 Tim 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20; Gal 1:11; Heb 1:1,2; 2 Sam 23:1,2 Mat 24:35; Rev 22:18,19
2. GOD – THE HEAVENLY FATHER
The Only, the Highest God and the Ruler of the Universe, Jesus Christ and mankind’s Father, the Creator of all beings in heaven and on the earth. He is a spiritual being. God the Father is revealed in the Holy Scriptures as well as his power and greatness in the nature and human consciousness. Not until the eternity begins, will He be completely comprehended by the saved ones. God has given no right as to make His image in any form. He is an omniscient being, full of love and justice.
Gen 1:1; Isa 40:26; Eph 4:6; Mat 6:9; John 20:17; 1 Tim 1:17; Rom 1:20; 1 Cor 13:12,13; 2 Sam 2:3; 1 John 4:8; 2 Cor 8:6.
3. JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God and He is the Saviour of the world. Through Him and for Him has God created all things. He is a spiritual being – born of the Father, He inherits God’s nature so He is called God. Subordinated to the Father, to whom he will be sumitted forever, to satisfy God’s justice with His sacrifice, to redeem mankind from eternal death and to reconciliate man with God. After the resurection, he sat on God’s right and took kingly power. He serves God’s Church (spiritual Sanctuary) as the Highest priest in the order of Melchizedek
John 3:16, 18; Col 1:15,16; John 1:1-3; 20:17; Hebr 1:8,9; Rom 6:23; 1 Pet 2:24; Rom 5:10-11; 1 Cor 15:28; Hebr 1;3; 8:12; Dan 7:13; Mat 28:18; Hebr 4:14-16; 1 Cor 8:6.
4. THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is the power of the Highest One. It flows from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The pouring of the whole of the Holy Spirit took place at Pentacost. God and Christ through all the ages of the human race existence have been in contact with people first of all by the Holy Spirit. Through that very Spirit, God maintains and developes His work, teaches His people and delivers them from temptation. God seals His people with the Spirit so sin against the Spirit is mortal.
All definitions of God’s Spirit in the Bible are: of God, of the Lord, of Christ, Holy, of the Father; they all concern the Spirit itself. God through the Holy Spirit sends all His great and saving gifts for the Church. Those gifts serve to build the Church of God. A believer is the dwelling of the Holy Spirit and his christianhood manifests itself through ‘the fruits of the Holy Spirit’. A christian who does not draw upon the gifts of the Spirit and bears no ‘fruits of the Holy Spirit’ does not grow spiritually nor contributes to the building of God’s Church.
Luk 24:49; Acts 1:8; John 15;26; 16:7-13; 14;16,17,26; Acts 2:1-4; Isa 63:7-14; Rom 8;9; 2 Pet 1:21; Eph 1:13; 4:30; Gal 5:22,23; 1 Tes 4:8; 2 Cor 3:17,18; 1 Cor 2:12; ch.12; Eph 4:7,17; 1 Tes 5:19.
5. GOD’S LOVE
Love is a crucial feature of God’s character and the basis of His plan of salvation. It is the greatest commandment and thus the biblical way of life now and forever – in earthly life as well as in the eternity, it is and will be based on God’s principle of love. The proof of God’s love is, among others, the love towards neighbour. The rule of equality and liberty of all people, with no respect to social or national background, appears from love. A great example of God’s love for man is life, service and the sacrifice of God’s Son. A person following Jesus understands that love is action and service for others. Love is the recognition signal of Jesus Christ’s disciples; it is the epitomy of God’s Law, it comprises strangers and enemies.
1 John 4;8-10; John 3:16; Mat 22:34-40; Rom 13:8-10; John 15:12; 13:35; 1 Cor 13:-8, 13; Mat 5;43-48; Gal 3:28; Acts 17;26.
6. GOD’S GRACE
All God’s action towards man is grounded on grace. Grace is love showed to an unworthy being. It takes pity on those who deserve wrath and punishment. The grace of God manifested itself in Christ Jesus for all people. A man without God’s grace is a sinful rebel against God’s Holy Law as he lives under the desires of the flesh. What the grace of God offers to man is: forgiving sins, justification, reconciliation with God, salvation and the power to live in faith. Thanks to God’s grace, a sinner is able to become a God’s child. God’s grace teaches how to renounce any evil, how to change one’s life or live in obedience and eagerness to follow good deeds. A man who wittingly rejects God’s grace prevents himself from entering God’s Kingdom.
Mat 18:21-27; Eph 1:3,4; Rom 3:22,23; Gal 5:19-21; Eph 1:6-8; 2:8,9; Tit 3:7; Kol 1:20-22; John 1:12; Tit 2:11-14; Eph 2:8-10; Heb 10 26-31.
Faith is being sure of what we hope for – conviction of a real existence of the unseen. Faith is a great privilege of God’s children, An essential condition of approsaching God, justification and pleasing God. Uncredulity and false belief affests the faith of God’s child and puts him or her to trial. A victor in this trial is a christian whose faith is grounded on the unshakeable foundation of God’s infallible Word. True, perfect faith of God’s children must be living, this is to say, effective through love, being manifested in observing God’s Law and doing good deeds; it must grow and develope by God’s Word, prayer and testing, through active service in the Church.
Heb ch. 11; Rom3:3; 1 Cor 2:5; Heb 12:2; 1 John 5:4; 1 Tim 3:9; Heb 10:22; Rom 10:17; Luke 17:5; John 2:19-26; Gal 5:6; 1 Pet 1:3-9; 1 Cor 13:13.