What are the basics of the Christian faith?

The Christian faith is simple enough that a child can understand it and deep enough that we will be learning new, wonderful things about God for eternity. Here are some of the basics of the Christian faith.

In the Bible, everyone who believes in Jesus Christ is commanded to be baptized in water. In Matthew 28:19, Jesus told the disciples, "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

Baptism is a living picture of the burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and His saving work. We are buried like He was (down into the water we go, and it covers us completely, as the grave covered Jesus) and then “raised to walk in newness of life.” Up from the water we come, to live a new life. Baptism signifies a burial.

Baptism is also a sign to the watching world that you are a disciple of Jesus. You are publicly declaring your allegiance to Jesus.

Bible reading and prayer are also very important for deepening your relationship with God. Through them, you come to know and love God more. When you know the ways of God, to know Him is to love Him, to love Him is to trust Him, to trust Him is to obey Him, and to obey Him is to be blessed.

Reading the Bible and spending time in prayer will also give you a better understanding of how to resist temptation and sin. You'll be able to see clearly when Satan is tempting you and able to resist by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Fellowship with other believers, service to others, and sharing your faith with others are also basic to the Christian faith.

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