God is the creator and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14
ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co- equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, John 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; I Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; I Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift(s) when they are saved. These gifts are special abilities to be used in service for the Lord. As Christians, we seek to daily live under the power and influence of the Holy Spirit.
II Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16-17; I Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; I Corinthians 12:1-14
ABOUT THE BIBLE
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Hoy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth, without any mixture of error.
II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; II Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 106, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
ABOUT HUMAN BEINGS
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential of good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
Genesis 1:27; Palm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2
Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self- ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; John 14:6, 1:12; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
ABOUT THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
God wants every believer to love and obey Him completely. Sanctification is the process God uses to deal with that part of the human will, which resists Him and tends toward deliberate sin. When we surrender completely to God, He cleanses us and fills us with His Holy Spirit. This enables us to desire God’s will above our own and to experience greater power over temptation than we have ever known.
Ezekiel 36:26-27; Matthew 5:8, 48; Ephesians 4:23-24; I Thessalonians 5:23-24
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. John 3:16, 14:17; Romans 6:23, 8:17-18; Revelations 20:15; I Corinthians 2:7-9
ABOUT THE CHURCH
Jesus Christ continues to gather his people into a new community called “The Church.” There is one, universal church, comprised of all those who acknowledge Jesus as Lord and Savior. But there are many local expressions of this universal church. God instructs believers to gather together regularly for worship, prayer, study of God’s Word, observance of the sacraments (Baptism and the Lord’s Supper), fellowship, service and outreach.
I Corinthians 12; Acts 2:38-47; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 4:11-16