Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Our Tenets of Faith

There were ancient landmarks in the Old Testament that were the boundary markers which were set in place by the previous generations. These established an area of real estate controlled by each particular family.

God said that no one was to ever cheat their neighbor by moving or removing those ancient markers. (Deuteronomy 19:14) Then in Proverbs 23:10 it warned the people “not to remove the ancient landmark.”

Landmarks were identification points by which ancient families could be sure that the heritage and posterity in their families could be secure for generations to come.

TENETS — Every church and congregation is built with some kind of tenets of their faith. Tenet is defined as “a principle, doctrine, or belief that is held as a truth.” There are foundational beliefs that are held by every church or group.

Full Gospel Church also has tenets of faith that we consider to be landmarks that are givens as truth that must not be moved or removed. We hold to these truths as timeless and unchangeable and want each of you to know and understand them.

For the next several weeks we will study a few important tenets of faith that this church holds that have stood and will continue to stand the test of time and change. These tenets are markers that God has established as permanent stones to support the foundations upon which we have been established.

From time to time it is important for all of us to re-examine our message to see if we are continuing to “hold fast the faithful word as we have been taught, that we may be able by sound doctrine, to exhort and convict those who contradict us.” Titus 1:9

The church today is faced with many pressures concerning what to preach from the pulpit. We live in an era that is being called post-Christian. That means that we as a nation which was founded upon such landmark beliefs from the Bible such as prayer to a Sovereign Deity, and the Ten Commandments, labeled us a Christian nation. Post-Christian means that period in time is now behind us and that public sentiment now rejects the notion that we are a Christian nation. That same sentiment also rejects claims of absolute certainty, or objective truth. Simply put, the ruling society denies the authority of Scripture.

It is important for us then to review some landmarks of our faith that are unchangeable in a post-Christian era. For the next several Sundays we will share our messages on some of those important landmarks. Don’t miss them!