Christian Basic Training

I read this online book from called Christian Basic Training by Charles T. Buntin. It lays out what are the essential orthodox doctrines.

The Bible: Inspiration, Inerrancy, Authority

2 Tim 3:16 All of scripture is God-breathed. This extends to the words themselves not just the concepts. How exactly this was accomplished is a mystery. There are no errors in the original manuscripts of the Bible and there is ample evidence that we have a faithful transmission of the original manuscripts. Any problems that exist are minor and do not involve basic doctrines of faith. The entire Bible is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.

Attributes of God

God is sovereign, holy, omnipotent, omniscient, immutable, wrathful, and love.

The Trinity

There is only one God. (Duet. 6:4) Within the one true God there exists a plurality of persons. The Father is God, Jesus Christ is God, the Holy Spirit is God. The trinity is a mystery. “Believe what the Bible teaches and don’t try to understand it.”

Person of Christ

As God, Christ  is eternal and immutable so He has always existed. Through the incarnation and virgin birth Jesus became human. He is fully God and fully human but without a sin nature.

Work of Christ

Humans are utterly sinful. (Rom. 3:10-11, 23) We have inherited a sin nature, we add to our sin, and we are powerless to change our own situation. Christ died on the cross as a substitute, a satisfaction and a propitiation. Jesus was raised literally and bodily from the grave. (Rom 4:25, 1 Cor. 15:17) Jesus will return again. (Acts 1:11, Titus 2:13)

Saved by Grace

“The Doctrine of Grace teaches that we are totally unable to save ourselves, to help in our salvation, to do anything to merit all or any part of our salvation, or to keep our salvation.” What we have to do is believe. We must exercise faith in Christ for salvation. This is not a work. It is a surrender. We are justified by faith. “If I am Justified, it is Just-as-if-I’d never sinned, and Just-as-if-I’d always been holy and done the right things.” (Rom 3:21-24)

Living a Consistent Christian Life

The fact that God saves us by faith is not a license to sin. We are now a part of his family and we are expected to act like it. God is transforming us. We have the entire Bible, both the Old Test. and New Test., to use for guidance on how to live and behave.


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