Understanding the Gospel


If you want to judge how well a person understands the gospel, ask him what he makes of the death of Christ, and what the message of the cross is. The real Christian answers that while the message of the cross is foolishness to some and a stumbling block to others, to Christians it is the saving wisdom and power of God (1 Cor. 1:18-24). The confession of the real Christian is 'far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world' (Gal. 6:14).

Sinclair Ferguson, in his Foreword to The Great Exchange: My Sin for His Righteousness, by Jerry Bridges and Bob Bevington, page 12.

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The Tenets of the Apostolic Church

The Unity of the Godhead, and Trinity of the Persons therein.

The utter depravity of human nature, the necessity for repentance and regeneration and the eternal doom of the finally impenitent.

The virgin birth, sinless life, atoning death, triumphant resurrection, ascension, and abiding intercession of our Lord Jesus Christ; His second coming, and millennial reign upon earth.

Justification and Sanctification of the believer through the finished work of Christ.

The Baptism of the Holy Ghost for believers, with signs following.

The nine gifts of the Holy Ghost for the edification, exhortation and comfort of the Church, which is the body of Christ.

The Sacraments of Baptism by immersion and of the Lord's Supper.

The Divine inspiration and authority of the Holy Scriptures.

Church government by apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers, elders and deacons.

The possibility of falling from grace.

The obligatory nature of tithes and offerings.