The Common Faith – Item 8 – Christ Coming Again

The final point we will cover for this series on the common faith is: Christ Coming Again.

We have seen that Christ has done everything to save us! His word reveals that He became a man, just like you and me, He died on the cross for our sins and resurrected and became the life-giving Spirit. Furthermore, in His ascension He was enthroned to be Lord of all. By repenting and believing in this one, we receive Him, who is God, as our life. This divine life is our new life. What a salvation!

As a Christian, what is our attitude toward the return of our precious Savior? 1 Thessalonians 5:2 says:

For you yourselves know perfectly well that like a thief in the night, so the day of the Lord comes.

On the one hand, this means that His coming will be at a time when no one expects it, especially at a time when some are sleeping. On the other hand, 1 Thessalonians 5:6, just a few verses later, says:

So then let us not sleep, as the rest do, but let us watch and be sober.

This watching is our loving Him and our preparing to meet Him. It is so good that We can do this together! We can prepare to meet our dear Lord… by getting our whole being filled with Him.

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The Common Faith – Item 7 – Repentance, Believing, and Regeneration

Our salvation starts by believing into the Lord Jesus and repenting of our past. Immediately after this, we are regenerated, which is to be born again. The Lord Jesus speaks about this in John chapter 3, “Unless one is born anew he cannot see the kingdom of God.” In this week’s material, we will get into the significance and details of our believing, repenting, and regeneration. 

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The Common Faith – Item 6 – Christ’s Ascension

Let us have a quick review of what we have discussed in the previous bible studies since the beginning of this semester. We talked about…
  • The Bible – It is the complete divine revelation inspired by God, word-by-word through the Holy Spirit.
  • The Triune God – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit are three in one.
  • Christ’s incarnation – The son of God, even the God Himself, becoming a man.
  • Christ’s crucifixion – Christ died for our sins, shedding His blood for our redemption.
  • Christ’s resurrection – Christ resurrected from among the dead.

Now we come to the topic for this Bible study.

In the middle of this heated election season, what we desperately need is to see the ascended Christ. Therefore, this week, we come to another item of the common faith – Christ’s ascension. We want you to see Christ’s ascension in two parts.

1) We’ll answer the question: What does it mean that He ascended?
2) Then, we’ll explore how in His ascension He was inaugurated into a number of great offices.

What does all this mean? Don’t worry, we’ll take a careful look at these two parts and at what these great offices are, step by step. 

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The Common Faith – Item 5 – Christ Resurrected on the Third Day

Three days after Christ died on the cross, He resurrected from among the dead. This is proof that His death was effective. However, His resurrection also accomplished other things. In this week’s material, we will get into how Christ was glorified, made the firstborn among many brothers, and became the life-giving Spirit all through His resurrection!

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The Common Faith – Item 4 – Christ Died for Our Sins

By becoming a man, God accomplished a great thing: He died for our sins. Our sins were like a debt we could not pay. So, Christ came and paid it for us. In doing this, He has reclaimed ownership over us and has brought us back to Him. Today, we appreciate this wonderful fact by believing in Him and confessing our sins!

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The Common Faith – Item 3 – God Becoming a Man

The third matter of the common faith is that God Himself became a man (Jesus Christ). Do you remember from last week that God is inseparable? Thus, when He became a man, the Father, the Son, and the Spirit also became a man. Today’s verses will help us see this wonderful fact! 

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The Common Faith – Item 2 – The Triune God

For this second item of the common faith we come to the Triune God. First, we’ll see that God is one. Then we’ll see that God is Triune. Although we can’t really explain how He can be one and three at the same time, yet we don’t say that the Bible contradicts itself. Rather, we believe the Bible and receive the truth found in it. Let’s see how the mystery of the Triune God is revealed in the Bible.

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The Common Faith – Item 1 – The Bible

The Common Faith - Item 1For our Bible study on the common faith, the first item we cover is the Bible. The Bible is where we find the word of God and the contents of our faith.  Although we may use ministry books that open the Bible to us and help us to understand the Bible, the Bible is always the final authority on any matter.

We should be able to answer questions about the Bible. Using verses in the Bible, can you show what the origin of the Bible is? How about this question: Is the Bible really that good? What can it do for us? The attached slides reveal the answers.

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2 Peter 1-21 and 2 Tim 3-16 For no prophecy was ever borne