Basic Teachings
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Below are some of the most basic teachings of the Bible. Although BibleStudy.org does not maintain an official statement of beliefs, the doctrines listed in this article (which does not include ALL beliefs the site believes to be Biblically-based) are supported by the site. Please also note that only some of the most important verses that support a particular teaching are listed.

Baptism
Baptism is a simple but profound ceremony where a person is baptized by being put completely under water for the remission of his or her sins.

Bible References: Matthew 3:13 - 17, 28:19 - 20; Acts 2:38, 5:30 - 32; Luke 3:3, 24:46 - 47; Romans 5 - 6; Colossians 2:12

Church
The true church is composed of those called by God who have accepted Jesus as their personal Savior, repented of their sins, been baptized and received the Holy Spirit.

Bible References: Ephesians 1:22 - 23; John 21:15 - 17; Ephesians 4:4 - 6, 11 - 16; Matthew 24:14, 28:18 - 20; 1Corinthians 12:6 - 13; Acts 2:47; Romans 8:9, 28 - 29; John 15:1 - 8; Hebrews 2:9 - 18; Revelation 1:12 - 20

Eternal Judgment
The judgment of each person begins when his mind is open to comprehend God's way. He holds each believer responsible to grow in His Word. All who are faithful and remain in righteousness until death will be resurrected and receive life eternal. Those, who through no fault of their own, never had a FULL opportunity to understand the Gospel will be physically brought to life in a second resurrection. They will be given a chance to understand God's way and to ultimately receive eternal life. All who knowingly reject their opportunity for salvation will be sentenced to die a second time that will last forever.

Bible References: 1Peter 4:17; Micah 4:1 - 4; Hebrews 10:26 - 27; Romans 2:16, 14:10 - 12; Acts 10:42; Revelation 20:5 - 6, 11 - 14; 2Peter 2:9; 1Samuel 16:7; 2Timothy 4:8; Ezekiel 37:12 - 14

Faith
The belief that God and Jesus exist and are the rewarder of those who seek them. Faith gives Christians the assurance that what the Eternal promises He will do.

Bible References: Romans 10:17; Philippians 3:3 - 19; 1Corinthians 15:14 - 17; Hebrews 11; Galatians 3:1 - 14, 22 - 26; 2Timothy 3:15; Ephesians 2:4 - 10; James 2:14 - 22; Revelation 14:12

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God, the Father
The person of the Godhead known as the Father rules the entire universe. His will is accomplished through His Spirit. He is all powerful and possesses all authority. He is the very definition of love and has perfect righteous character. He sent Jesus, His Son, in the form of a human to reveal His love, grace and plan for man.

Bible References: Matthew 11:27; John 1:1 - 2, 17 - 18, 6:44, 8:16 - 18, 14:28, 16:27; 1John 4:8, 16; 1Corinthians 15:24 - 28; Ephesians 3:14 - 19, 4:4 - 6; Hebrews 1:1 - 2; 2:3 - 9; Revelation 21:22

Gospel
The Gospel, or "good news," is the joyous message of salvation. It is also a message heralding the soon coming kingdom of God to the earth.

Bible References: Isaiah 9:6 - 7; John 3:3 - 7, 16, 14:24; Acts 11:19 - 21; 1Corinthians 15; Matthew 24:14, 28:19 - 20; Mark 1:1, 14 - 15, 16:15 - 16; 1John 2:1 - 2

Grace
Grace is a gift from God and is his greatest expression of love. To be under grace is to continually be receiving divine love, forgiveness, help and gifts.

Bible References: Psalms 103:1 - 5; Galatians 5:1 - 4; Romans 3:22 - 25, 4:1 - 13, 5:1 - 11, 15 - 18, 11:5 - 6; Ephesians 2:4 - 10, 3; 1Corinthians 15:10; 2Timothy 1:9; 1Peter 5:10

Healing
Those who call upon God when sick or injured can, if it is his will, be personally healed by him. This gift of healing is paid for and made possible by the suffering Jesus undertook before being crucified. When the Eternal heals us we are also forgiven of sin. God's word teaches those desiring healing should request spiritually mature Christians to anoint them with oil in Jesus' name and pray to be healed.

Bible References: Exodus 15:26; Psalm 103:2 - 3; Matthew 8:1 - 17, 9:27 - 30; 1Peter 2:24; 1Corinthians 11:23 - 30; James 5:14 - 16; Isaiah. 53:4 - 5; Mark 16:15 - 18; 2Corinthians 12:7 - 10; John 9:1 - 11

Holy Bible
God's word is the foundation of all true knowledge. It shows man how to live an abundant life and imparts the understanding of salvation through Jesus Christ that man CANNOT discover for himself.

Biblical References: Deuteronomy 8:3; Psalm 111:7 - 10; Psalm 119; Psalm 12:6; 19:7 - 9; Matthew 1:1 - 17, 4:4; Luke 4:4; John 6:63; 2Timothy 3:16 - 17; 2Peter 1:20 - 21; Galatians 1:8 - 12; Ephesians 2:19 - 20; 1Corinthians 14:37; Revelation 1:1 - 3; 22:18 - 19

Holy (Feast) Days
Scripture teaches SEVEN total annual feast periods. They portray God's great plan for man. They were observed by His chosen people in the Old Testament. The ministry of Jesus was focused on their spiritual meaning. The early New Testament church kept these annual feast days. God's word also reveals that these annual holy days will be kept by all humans after Jesus' second coming. The annual Feast days are the Christian Passover, The Days of Unleavened Bread, The Day of Pentecost, The Day of Trumpets, The Day of Atonement, The Feast of Tabernacles and The Last Great Day.

Bible References: Leviticus 23; Exodus 12:1 - 20, 23:14 - 17, 31:13; John 7:37; Matthew 26:17 - 18; 1Corinthians 5:7 - 8, 16:8; Acts 2:1, 18:21, 20:16; Zechariah 14:16 - 19; Isaiah 66:23

Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the power by which God and Jesus Christ perform their will. The Spirit is freely given to each believer upon repentance, baptism, and laying on of hands. Their spirit within a person enables them to partake of the divine nature and gives them the ability to develop godly love.

Bible References: Genesis 1:2; 2Corinthians 1:21 - 22; John 7:37 - 39, 14:16, 26; Ephesians 1:13 - 14; Acts 2; 2Timothy 1:6 - 7; Romans 8:9 - 14, 15:13 - 14; 2Peter 1:1 - 11; 1Corinthians 2:9 - 10; 1John 4:4 - 8

Jesus Christ
Jesus has always existed as God with the Father. He created everything that exists. He is the God of the Old Testament. To become Savior, Jesus chose to divest Himself of all he had and become a human. Through tempted as we are he never committed a sin. His was willing to be a perfect sacrifice for man, through his death by crucifixion, to pay for all man's sins. After buried and dead for three complete days and nights He miraculously resurrected and was given back his divine nature. He ascended to heaven to be at God's right hand as mankind’s High Priest and Intercessor. Jesus will very soon return to establish God's Kingdom.

Bible References: John 1:1 - 3, 3:16, 17:1 - 26; Philippians 2:6 - 11; Ephesians 1:6 - 23; Colossians 1:14 - 20; Hebrews 2:9 - 14, 4:14 - 16, 5:7 - 9; Romans 5:8, 8:3, 29; Revelation 1:5

Kingdom of God
God's kingdom currently governs the entire universe. Although it is not current ruling the earth, those who possess his Spirit are under its rule. The Eternal's kingdom will be brought to earth at Jesus' second coming.

Bible References: Revelation 2:26, 3:12, 21; Daniel 2:44; Micah 4:1 - 4; Hebrews 11:13 - 16; 1Corinthians 15:50 - 54; Revelation 5:10, 21; Isaiah 11:1 - 10; Colossians 1:13; Isaiah 66:22 - 23; John 3:3 - 7

Laying on of Hands
After baptism, a person has hands laid upon them by one or more spiritually mature believers who ask the Eternal to grant them his Spirit.

Bible References: Acts 6:6, 8:15 - 17, 13:3, 19:5 - 6; James 5:14 - 15; Matthew 19:13 - 15

Repentance
To repent means to be completely and totally sorry for one's sins.

Bible References: Deuteronomy 30:1 - 19 Acts 2:37 - 38, 3:19, 11:18; Psalms 51; Romans 2:4; Isaiah 55:6 - 7; 2Corinthians 7:9 - 11; Ezekiel 18:30 - 32; 2Timothy 2:24 - 26; Mark 1:15; 1John 1:6 - 2:2; Luke 13:1 - 5, 24:47; 2Peter 3:9; John 6:44 - 45; Revelation 14:6 - 7

Resurrections from the dead
Scripture reveals two, and possibly three, distinct types of resurrections. They are a resurrection as a Spirit-composed immortal Being, a resurrection to another physical life to be given a full chance at salvation and a resurrection to physical - based life to receive final judgment in the lake of fire.

Bible References: 1Kings 17:17 - 24; John 5:28 - 29, 11:20 - 44; Mark 5:35 - 42; 1Corinthians 15:3 - 4, 35 - 55; Romans 1:4; Hebrews 2:9 - 10; Revelation 20:4 - 6, 11 - 15; Matthew 25:41 - 46, 27:52 - 53; Ezekiel 37:1 - 14

Righteousness
The righteousness of faith is God's gift to the believer. Only through faith in Jesus is this gift possible. It CANNOT be earned by any means.

Bible References: Genesis 3:11 - 13; 4:7 - 11, 6:5 - 13; 15:16; Leviticus 18:5; Jeremiah 18:7 - 10; Ezekiel 20:11, 13, 21; Proverbs 4:4; Deuteronomy 4:1 - 13, 6:1 - 4, 28:1 - 13; Galatians 3:11 Romans 2:11 - 13, 3:9 - 22; 4:13 - 16,10:5

The Sabbath
The Biblical Sabbath falls on the seventh day or Saturday of each week and is observed from sunset on Friday to sunset on Saturday. It is a memorial of the creation and was made for ALL humans. Jesus made the Sabbath day by resting on it during "creation week." He declared, in the Gospels, that he was the Lord of the Sabbath. Jesus' disciples and the early church kept the Sabbath.

Bible References: Genesis 2:1 - 3; Mark 2:27 - 28; Exodus 20:8 - 10, 31:13 - 17; Isaiah 56:1 - 7, 58:13 - 14, 66:23; Ezekiel 20:12, 20; Leviticus 23:1 - 3; Luke 4:4; Acts 13:42 - 44

Salvation
By the grace of God, the believer is saved from the penalty of sin, which is eternal death, and is granted the gift of eternal life through the begettal of the Holy Spirit.

Bible References: Isaiah 65:17 - 25; Romans 5:6 - 10, 6:23; Mark 16:16; Ephesians 2:4 - 10; Acts 4:8 - 12; 1Timothy 2:4; Revelation 21:7

Sin
Sin is the breaking of one of the Eternal's commandments or laws - whether by spirit or letter. When a person knows to do good yet does not do it, to him it is sin. The penalty for not repenting of sin is ultimately death forever.

Bible References: Isaiah 53, 59:1 - 2; Hebrews 10:26 - 27; Matthew 12:31 - 32; James 1:14 - 15, 2:10 - 11, 4:17; Romans 6:23, 7, 14:19 - 23; 1Peter 2:21 - 25; Galatians 1:3 - 4, 5:19 - 21; 1John 3:4, 8 - 10, 5:17; Ephesians 2:1 - 3; Revelation 21:8

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