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Christian Beliefs

Many of my friends have questions about christianity and what christians believe in.Below are some basic beliefs that every one should read and know.All the beliefs are based on the scripture verses taken form Bible which is the word of God.
  • There is only one God (Isaiah 43:10; 44:6, 8; John 17:3; 1 Corinthians 8:5-6; Galatians 4:8-9).
  • God is three in one or a Trinity (Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; John 14:16-17; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Acts 2:32-33, John 10:30,17:11, 21; 1 Peter 1:2).
  • God is omniscient or “knows all things” (Acts 15:18; 1 John 3:20).
  • God is omnipotent or “all powerful” (Psalm 115:3; Revelation 19:6).
  • God is omnipresent or “present everywhere”(Jeremiah 23:23, 24; Psalm 139).
  • God is sovereign (Zechariah 9:14; 1 Timothy 6:15-16).
  • God is holy (1 Peter 1:15).
  • God is just or “righteous” (Psalm 19:9, 116:5, 145:17; Jeremiah 12:1).
  • God is love (1 John 4:8).
  • God is true (Romans 3:4; John 14:6).
  • God is spirit (John 4:24).
  • God is the creator of everything that exists (Genesis 1:1; Isaiah 44:24).
  • God is infinite and eternal. He has always been God (Psalm 90:2; Genesis 21:33; Acts 17:24).
  • God is immutable. He does not change (James 1:17; Malachi 3:6; Isaiah 46:9-10).
  • The Holy Spirit is God (Acts 5:3-4; 1 Corinthians 2:11-12; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
  • Jesus Christ is God (John 1:1, 14, 10:30-33, 20:28; Colossians 2:9; Philippians 2:5-8; Hebrews 1:8).
  • Jesus became a man (Philippians 2:1-11).
  • Jesus is fully God and fully man (Colossians 2:9; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 4:15; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
  • Jesus was sinless (1 Peter 2:22; Hebrews 4:15).
  • Jesus is the only way to God the Father (John 14:6; Matthew 11:27; Luke 10:22).
  • Man was created by God in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27).
  • All people have sinned (Romans 3:23, 5:12).
  • Death came into the world through Adam’s sin (Romans 5:12-15).
  • Sin separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2).
  • Jesus died for the sins of each and every person in the world (1 John 2:2; 2 Corinthians 5:14; 1 Peter 2:24).
  • Jesus’ death was a substitutionary sacrifice. He died and paid the price for our sins, so that we might live. (1 Peter 2:24; Matthew 20:28; Mark 10:45).
  • Jesus resurrected from the dead in physical form (John 2:19-21).
  • Salvation is a free gift of God (Romans 4:5, 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 John 1:8-10).
  • The Bible is the “inspired” or “God-breathed,” Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21).
  • Those who reject Jesus Christ, after they die, will go to hell forever (Revelation 20:11-15, 21:8).
  • Those who accept Jesus Christ, after they die, will live for eternity with Him (John 11:25, 26; 2 Corinthians 5:6).
  • Hell is a place of punishment (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 19:20).
  • Hell is eternal (Matthew 25:46).
  • There will be a rapture of the church (Matthew 24:30-36, 40-41; John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12).
  • Jesus will return to the earth (Acts 1:11).
  • Christians will be raised from the dead when Jesus returns (1 Thessalonians 4:14-17).
  • There will be a final judgment (Hebrews 9:27; 2 Peter 3:7).
  • Satan will be thrown into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10).
  • God will create a new heaven and a new earth (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1).

Strengthening Families Seminar

Join us for a day long seminar on strengthening families with a theme “God’s design for Marriage”
Date:13th February,2010 at 9:30am to 3:30pm
Venue:Indian Community Church of the Valley(ICCOV)
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Christmas 2009

Come celebrate Christmas 2009 at ICCOV or watch us live on Dec 13th,2009 5 pm (PST).
Live webcast is available for viewers in India only.
Indian Community Church of the Valley(ICCOV) will host a special evening filled with Music,Carols and Gospel.
For more details and directions please visit www.ICCOV.org

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Elements of Worship

  • Oh come, let us worship and bow down;Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.Psalm 95:6

In the month of september my wife and I visited India along with Prof.David Sell of NCBC,Pleasanton,California as we were invited to speak at a worship conference organized by song of hope organization in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.

Before leaving I requested Prof.David Sell to teach on the Theology of worship for which he sought the help of the Holy Spirit God to prepare and teach.After listening to his teaching on the elements of worship,a whole new understanding has come to me about worshipping God and what happens when we worship Him in spirit and truth.

  • According to Jn. 4, this is what God the Father seeks.

I came back to our church here in San Ramon and did a message series on the elements of worship that I had learned.Here are the seven elements that one needs to follow.

Every worship leader must and should understand these 7 steps to better lead their congregations.

  • The understanding of who God is
  • Bowing in submission
  • Sacrifice (the cost)
  • Place & Method (where we worship & how we worship)
  • The Activity of the Spirit
  • The element of faith
  • The manifestation of God following worship

We will look in to the details of these 7 steps in the upcoming posts on this blog.

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