Beliefs

 

God

God is the creator and sustainer of the universe.  God has eternally existed in three persons – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  These three are co-equal and are one God.  God is love and loves humanity first and foremost.  See – Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 3:16; 1 John 4:7-8

 

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God and therefore, fully God.  Jesus became a man, without ceasing to be God, was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God, fulfill prophecy and redeem sinful humans.  Jesus lived a sinless life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross.  He literally, physically rose from the dead after three days in the grave to demonstrate His power over sin and death.  He ascended to Heaven and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  Jesus is the only means of salvation.  See – Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14, 14:6-30; Luke 1:35; Hebrews 4:14, 15; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:3, 4; Acts 1:9-11; Philippians 2:5-8; Acts 4:12; 1 Timothy 2:5 

 

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God.  The Spirit is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ.  The Spirit also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation.  The Spirit provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, gifts for service to others and guidance in doing what is right.  The Christian seeks to live under the Spirit’s control daily.  See – 2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12

 

The Bible

The Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments, is God’s Word to all people.  It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit and is alone the only infallible, inspired Word of God.  It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living and remains relevant in every generation.  See – 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Psalm 119:105, 160

 

Humanity

Humanity is made in the image of God and is the supreme object of God’s creation and love.  Although God designed all humans to have fellowship with Him, humanity became alienated from God through disobedience.  As a result, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and choose to sin against God.  We are incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through our own efforts.  Every human personality is uniquely created, possesses dignity, and is worthy of respect and Christian love.  See – Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Psalm 139; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2

 

 

Eternity

Humans are created to exist forever.  Every person will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with him is eternal life. Heaven and hell are places of eternal existence.  See – John 3:16; 1 John 2:25; 1 John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 25:31-46

 

Salvation

Salvation is a free gift from God to humanity.  Humans can never make up for their sin by self-improvement or good works – only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can one be saved from sin’s penalty.  Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.  Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian.  See – Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:4, 5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1; John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1:3-5

 

Baptism

Baptism by immersion symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus and is the believer’s public declaration that they have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.  Baptism does not save you, but shows the world that you have already been saved.  And while baptism is not required for salvation, it is a biblical command and demonstrates your love and obedience to Christ.  See – Colossians 2:12; Acts 2:41; Ephesians 2: 8-9; Matthew 28:19-20

 

The Church

The Church is a local community of baptized believers unified through faith in Christ.  It is committed to the teachings of Christ and obeying all of His commands, and it seeks to bring the Gospel to the world.  The Church works together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.  See – Matthew 16:18-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-47; 14:23; 16:5; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 9:12-14; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; Colossians 1:18; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 21:2-3