Essentials of Christianity
The Primary & secondary Essentials of Christianity
They deal with the nature of God, the atonement, and its method of salvation applied to the believer. Denial of Any Primary essential constitutes lack of regeneration, lack of salvation. Note: Regeneration means the believer is indwelt by The Holy Spirit, has been changed, and enabled to understand spiritual things (1 Cor. 2:15)
The Primary Essentials are:
- There is only One GOD (Exodus 20:3; Isaiah 43:10; 44:6,8)
- Jesus is The Son of God and is both God and man (,John. 3:16; 1:1; 8:24; Col. 2:9; 1 John 4:1-4).
- Jesus rose from the dead physically (John 2:19-21; 1 Cor. 15:14).
- Salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Alone (Rom. 5:1; Eph. 2:8-9; Gal. 3:1-2; 5:1-4).
- The gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus according to the scriptures (1 Cor. 15:1-4) . Gal. 1:8-9).”
God is in control of the whole process of Salvation from regeneration, to faith, to the exercising of Saving Faith.
A.W. Tozer states; “Before a sinful man can think a right thought of God, there must have been a work of enlightenment done within him. This is the cause of all desiring and seeking and praying. In order for one to exercise saving faith they must first hear the word. (Rom. 10:17)
We pursue God because, and only because, He has first put an urge within us that spurs us to the pursuit. “No man can come to me,” said our Lord Jesus, “except the Father which hath sent me draw him,”(Jn.6:44) and it is by this very prevenient drawing that God takes from us every claim of credit for the act of coming. The impulse to pursue God originates with God, but the out working of that impulse is our following hard after Him; and all the time we are pursuing Him we are already in His hand:” “Thy right hand upholdeth me.” (Ps.63:8)”
If you have been feeling that drawing but do not know how to respond let (Romans 10:9-10) guide you to the joy of being a part of this unique body. You will be glad you did.
Find yourself a good bible believing and teaching church and enjoy the fellowship. You should immediately request to be baptized in water. This is a confirmation to the world of what has happened inside of you (Romans 6:1-
One should also believe in The Trinity doctrine, Water baptism and Holy Communion
The secondary essential are:*
- 1. The Trinity
This secondary essential states that THE ONE GOD
Exists as a Trinity of The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. (I John 5:7-8; II Cor. 13:14)This is Not a Triad which means, there are three gods.
2.Water baptism by full emersion (Romans 6:4)
3.Holy Communion (I Cor. 11:23-26)
*Belief in The secondary essentials is Not necessary to verify that you are Saved but commands given in Scripture that All born again believers should comply with. The understanding and obedience of them follows Salvation as a result of receiving solid biblical teaching of the whole Word of God
Rev. George Pryor Th.M.