The teaching covers:
(i) God and People
People have a great deal of difficulty understanding that God is spirit and operates in a spiritual realm even though we live our life daily in a material realm. The material realm was created from a spiritual realm and the original relationship between God and people was meant to be spiritual. At our core, people are spiritual beings even though our focus tends to be towards our body and soul. We are meant to live a life that is controlled by our spirit in close relationship with the Holy Spirit. Since the spiritual separation from God, He has had a plan to spiritually reconcile people to Himself.
(ii) Spiritual Life
Without God, people have formed their own life but the spiritual separation of people from God has left us with a deep emptiness that can only be filled by God. God has provided a way for people to spiritually come alive to Him and enter into a deep spiritual relationship with Him. Through repentance and a heart-held belief in Jesus Christ, there is a cleansing from sin and the Holy Spirit comes to live in individuals. His presence brings God very close to us and we are called by God to lay down our old self-focused life and take up a new spirit-led life in relationship with the Holy Spirit. We are to prepare ourselves for an eternal life in God’s presence.
Although Christians live in a heavenly kingdom that has power over Satan, he is the spiritual ruler of this world. Christians are therefore under God’s reign and we are told to separate ourselves from the influences of the world we live in. Even though we have followed its ways in the past we are now called by God to live a new Christian Spiritual Life. This is a spirit-led life in which the person’s spirit, joined to the Holy Spirit, directs the person’s life, renewing their mind and redirecting their emotions, resulting in a will that is yielded to God and a heart that is transformed so that the person lives an increasingly Christ-like life.
(iv) Christian Living
To spiritually mature and live a life that is pleasing to God we must increasingly understand and obey God’s will. We are spiritually taught God’s will by the Holy Spirit through the spiritual revelation that comes through the word of God, the Bible. In order to live this life and change the way we are, we need to daily follow spiritual disciplines. The Ten Commandments are based around a love for people and a love for God. As we know Him more, we love Him more. Developing and strengthening our love for God will enable us to obtain all that God has for us. We are called as Christians to love one another and recognize that we are all part of one Body of Christ.
All Christians are on a threshing floor where God desires to remove the worldliness from us (the chaff) so that our new spiritually built life is all that remains (the wheat). Christians must live a life focused on God, knowing Him, understanding His will and being obedient to it. As we do this faithfully we can be assured that our faith is truly held in our heart and not just our mind. The evidence of our faith is seen by us living in obedience to God’s will and this gives us an assurance of eternal life with God. All people will be judged, with Christians having to stand before the judgment seat of Christ to be judged for all the thoughts, words and actions of our life in the body. We have only one chance to prepare and develop our spiritual life and it is in this physical body. Each person must examine themselves to determine their own spiritual condition and seek to diligently live their life in a way that is pleasing to God.
My core beliefs are reflected in the words of the Nicene Creed (see below) which is said in most churches every week by millions of people and it speaks of the following:
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, one in Being with the Father. Through Him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation He came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit He was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate; He suffered, died, and was buried. On the third day He rose again in fulfilment of the Scriptures; He ascended into heaven and is seated on the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and His kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father (and the Son)*. With the Father and the Son He is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.