Evidence for God from Science Beliefs
God exists eternally (not created) as one being, having the attributes of being omnipotent (all powerful) omniscient (all knowing), omnipresent (present within all parts of the created universe simultaneously) and all loving. God is revealed to us in the form of three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ is the only begotten (not created) Son of God, born of the virgin Mary through the power of the Holy Spirit. The Son is the full representation of God in human form - both fully human and fully divine. Jesus Christ led a sinless life as the perfect lamb of God. He voluntarily died on the cross to take the punishment for our sins, thereby giving us redemption from death, so that we might have a personal relationship with the Father. Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead, demonstrating the validity of His substitutionary death and the power of the Father in fulfilling His plan of redemption. Jesus will return to earth in glory as absolute Judge and King.
The Holy Spirit is the power of God expressed to and through all who claim Jesus as Lord and Savior. The Holy Spirit convicts the world (and believers) of sin and encourages them to repent and turn to God. The Holy Spirit gives power to the believer to fulfill the perfect will of God and to be conformed to the image of Christ.
God created mankind (males and females) in His own image so that they might have a personal relationship with Him. However, the first humans (Adam and Eve) rebelled against God, believing the lies of Satan, thereby suffering both spiritual and physical death. God, in His love, promised to send the Messiah, by whom the sins of the world could be taken away for all who trusted in Him. Jesus, through His sinless life, fulfilled the promises of God and is the only means by which mankind can reestablish a personal relationship with God.
A church is a local gathering of individuals who call Jesus Christ their Lord and have been sanctified in Christ Jesus. This assembly of professed believers meet together in the name of Jesus Christ for baptism, the Lord's Supper, worship, praise, prayer, fellowship, testimony, the ministry of the Word, discipline, and the furtherance of the Gospel. The Church is the sum of all believers who call Jesus Lord and is the visible representation of His Body on the earth. The true Church is not represented by any single denomination.
Jesus established two ordinances for the Church - believer's baptism and holy communion.
Baptism. Jesus commanded us to baptize all new believers in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Baptism is a believer's public confession of faith in Jesus Christ, and represents his death with Christ and his resurrection to new life through Christ. Baptism is neither sufficient nor necessary for justification, but represents a believer's willingness to obediently follow Jesus.
Holy Communion. Jesus instituted communion (unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine) at the last supper (a celebration of Passover). The unleavened bread represents the Lord's body, whereas the fruit of the vine (the cup of blessing) represents the new covenant in His blood. He told us to "do this in remembrance of Me" until He comes again.
Worship is a natural response to what God has done for us and can be expressed in many different ways (both corporate and private). Corporate worship and service is to be done with a local body of believers and is not optional for obedient Christians.
Salvation is the process by which the believer becomes conformed to the image of Christ. The process begins through a confession of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord (God and Master) and Savior. Through faith alone we are justified (declared righteous) before a Holy God. The Holy Spirit is given to the believer to guide and lead him through the process of sanctification. The process is completed through the power of God as the believer is resurrected to live eternally in heaven with God.
Last updated August 18, 2004