Doctrines of the Christian Faith

Do you know your Christian Doctrines?

A straightforward explanation of each of these sets of beliefs
is available by clicking on the link beneath each one.

The Doctrine of God htm

The Doctrine of Salvation

The Doctrine of Jesus Christ

The Doctrine of Grace

The Doctrine of Baptism

The Doctrine of Forgiveness

The Doctrine of Prayer

The Doctrine of Judgement

The Doctrine of The Church

The Doctrine of The Holy Spirit

The Doctrine of Worship

The Doctrine of Faith

The Doctrine of Repentance

The Doctrine of Atonement

This Christian understanding says that Christ's death on the cross
did not pay a general penalty for humanity's sins,
but a specific penalty for the sins
of individual people.

That is, when Jesus died on the cross, his death paid the penalty at that time
for the sins of all those who are saved. A necessary feature of this idea is
that Christ's atonement is for those whom God has chosen to be saved,
since the debt for sins was paid at a particular point in time - at the crucifixion.

This also required drawing on the previous understanding of predestination.
This Reformed Protestant understanding of the atonement and satisfaction is penal substitution: Christ is a substitute taking our punishment and thus satisfying the demands of justice
and appeasing God's wrath so that God can justly show grace to all who believe.

This is not the Son placating the Father, but rather the Godhead initiating
and carrying out the atonement, motivated by a desire to save humanity.

So, we are saved by becoming united to Christ through faith.
At the point of this uniting, we receive all the benefits of the atonement.