Two thousand years ago, Jesus truly lived among men, and was the Son of God. He was the Christâ€”which means the anointed oneâ€”and as prophets had foretold even longer ago, he would be rejected, and suffer and be killed. This he did, and was raised again from the dead. And because of this, we can be forgiven of our sins against God and instead live as children of God, now and eternally. This is the good news, the gospel of Christ, preached by the apostles. This, first, we believe.
37 you yourselves know what happened throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John proclaimed:38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.39 And we are witnesses of all that he did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree,40 but God raised him on the third day and made him to appear,41 not to all the people but to us who had been chosen by God as witnesses, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.42 And he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead.43 To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”Acts 10:37-43
Sometimes it appears that Christianity across the world is a complex, confusing tangle of differing beliefs and disagreements.
1 Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.I Corinthians 11:1-2
2 Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you.
This is the fundamental approach that guides everything that we do, from the most important thing to the least.
8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.9 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance.10 For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.I Timothy 4:8-11
11 Command and teach these things.