Real Christianity is only to be found in the Bible. On this page are brief descriptions of the main teachings of the Gospel. To find out more about any of the teachings click on the purple link button at the bottom of the box.
The basic Gospel is simple. It begins with the resurrection of Jesus and goes on to proclaim the Kingdom of God. These are the core teachings of the New Testament. Jesus proclaimed the Kingdom of God wherever he went. But it is Jesus' death and his resurrection by God that prove he has the authority from God to bring this kingdom about.
"...this Jesus delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. God raised him up,..."
The Bible contains the teachings of the prophets, the apostles and, of course, of Jesus. Written over a period of 1500 years it has a consistent message, telling of God's plan for the world.
The Old Testament is mainly about Israel, its beginnings and its history to about 420 BC.
The New Testament begins with the events surrounding the birth of Jesus and then tells of his life, his crucifixion and resurrection. It continues with the spread of the Gospel throughout the world - the beginning of Christianity.
"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work."
(2 Timothy 3:16,1)
Introducing the Bible
The Basic Gospel
The God of the Bible is the God who created the universe. The Bible records his interactions with the people he created and tells of his plan and purpose with the world. The Bible also reveals the character and the attributes of God. Importantly it shows that he is one God, not three.
"Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure."
The God of the Bible
Jesus is the son of God. He was born to a woman, Mary, but God was his father. Because of this he has a very special relationship with God. But the Bible is very clear that Jesus is not God.
"For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,"
(1 Timothy 2:5)
Forgiveness and Salvation
Everyone sins and sin eventually brings death. God provided a way out through his son, Jesus. His death and resurrection are the central feature of real Christianity.
"For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive."
(1 Corinthians 15:22)
God created the world for a reason - to fill it with people who would willingly praise and worship him. Everyone is given the opportunity to be part of the kingdom of God and live forever in a perfect world.
"For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea."
Life after Death
What happens when we die? Many churches believe that the soul lives on and goes to heaven. But the Bible is quite clear that no part of a person lives on after death. Instead it teaches resurrection of the body at a final judgement. Then the opportunity to live forever in a perfect world, where there is no more death.
"He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
The Way of Salvation
The Bible has a message of great hope: living forever in perfect health in a perfect world. This is not something that happens automatically though. Positive action is required from all who want to be a part of that.
"Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.For waters break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water;"
The Source of Temptation
Why does everyone sin? A common answer is that the devil tempts people to do wrong. This is not what the Bible says. So what is the truth?
"But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire."
More about the Gospel
This section of the website looks at other teachings of the Bible. It covers subjects that have often been misunderstood and shows what the Bible says.