1Mankind (male and female) was made:
- in the image of God;
- to commune with God;
- and was given dominion (authority) over the earth.
2Mankind chose to disobey God's instructions, and through this disobedience brought sin and death into this perfect world. Mankind lost its authority or dominion over the earth, and communion with God was broken and needed to be restored.
3Because of one man, the "first Adam" it would take the "second Adam" Jesus Christ to redeem mankind back to God. Mankind cannot redeem itself - only the sinless Son of God shedding His blood for the remission of sin would bring back communion and reconciliation with God.
4Jesus Christ was born of a virgin and conceived by the Holy Spirit; therefore He was born without the sin nature of mankind. It is by Him, and Him alone that our communion and reconciliation to God has been purchased. There is no other way to commune with God, other than believing and confessing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
5Jesus Christ bore stripes upon His body to purchase our healing. Jesus Christ died a horrible death on the cross, shedding His blood that we would be made righteous (brought back to 'right standing') with the Father. Jesus Christ went to hell, conquered Satan and all the demonic forces of hell, rose from the dead with the keys of death and hell. He has all power and authority and has given authority to the Church (Body of Christ) by the use of His Name.
6The Church was born on Pentecost when the power of the Holy Spirit came to those praying in the upper room. The Holy Spirit still baptizes and dwells in us to give us the power to be witnesses of Jesus Christ to all the world.
7Members of the Church (Body of Christ) are commanded to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, and mind, and our neighbor as our self. It is only through the love of God, and showing our love one to another, that the world is going to see that we are His disciples.
8Ministry gifts that Jesus Christ gave to the Church (the Body of Christ) include: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. These gifts were given to help the Church (the Body of Christ) to grow up in Him, so that they would not be swayed by false doctrine.
9Instead of bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ, parts of the Church (Body of Christ) have replaced the Word of God (the scriptures) with philosophies, traditions, false winds of doctrine, political correctness, and have exalted these things above the knowledge of God.
10The Church (Body of Christ) is being called back to holiness, prayer, repentance, and bringing down every high thing in our lives that we have exalted above God. We should also be watching and praying for the soon return of our King of kings and Lord of lords, Jesus Christ.