Essay about Foundations of the Christian Faith

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INTRODUCTION
In Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus tells a parable of two builders. The wise builder uses a strong rock foundation and the foolish builder uses a weak sand foundation. When the rain came, only the wise man’s house survived. The meaning of this parable is that we must have a strong foundation in Christ in order to survive what this world throws at us. Throughout this paper, five foundations of the Christian faith will be explained followed by my personal testimony.
GOD
I believe in God the Father! He is described as compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in love and faithfulness (Exodus 34:6). He is also described as sovereign (Deuteronomy 3:24)! Matthew 6:26 says that the father feeds the birds, and in verse
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This view makes each person special and gives each one a unique identity. Everyone is valuable to God (Matthew 10:28-31; Luke 15:3-7). Finally, this view is universal; it applies to every human being. We are each a wonderful, unique, valued creation belonging to God!
The image of God was not lost as a result of the Fall of Man which is an event I will mention in the next section. Man would not be human without it. The image of God does not change due to human nature. It is indivisibly connected to humanity, sinners and believers alike.
SIN
When this world was created, everything was completely perfect, but one day, sin changed everything. God gave Adam and Eve, who were the first humans on Earth, only one command in the beginning. That command was to not eat the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:17).
The serpent was more crafty than any of the other animals (Genesis 3:1). He convinced the woman to eat from the tree anyway. She took some of the fruit and ate it and also brought some to the man. He too ate it. This disobedience resulted in the entrance of sin to the world. This event is known as the Fall of Man.
What is sin? Sin is a condition of the heart, mind, will, and affection and the practical outworking of that condition in thoughts, words, and deeds that offend God and transgress his holy law (New International Dictionary of the Bible).
Now, thanks to Adam, there are many consequences for

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