The Bible is God’s word to all people. It was written by human authors through divine inspiration (2 Timothy 3:16-17). The Bible is truth and is without error.
God exists as one substance in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each member of the Trinity serves different functions, the each possess divine power and authority.
God is great: He is all powerful, all knowing, ever present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, Holy. It is in Him that we live, move and exist. God is good. He is our Father. He is loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises.
Exodus 3:14; Numbers 23:19; Leviticus 11:44-45; Psalm 11:4-6; John 3:16;4:24; 5:26; 14:1; Romans 3:3-4
Jesus Christ is completely human but, at the same time, completely God. He is the sacrificial solution that enables people who are far from God to be brought back into a right relationship with God. Jesus lived a perfect life, so that he could be a substitution for us in satisfying God’s demands for perfection. He defeated death in His resurrection so that we can have life. His death, burial, and resurrection gives us Hope for the future.
Isaiah 7:14; 53; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 14:33; 16:16; 28:5-6; Luke 24:46-47; John 14:6
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit guides us into all truth and exalts Christ. He convicts people of sin, God’s righteousness, and the coming judgment. He comforts us, gives us spiritual gifts, and makes us more like Christ.
Genesis 1:2; Psalm 51:11; Mark 1:10; Luke 12:12; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; Romans 8:9-11; 14-16; 26-27; Ephesians 1:13-14
Man was created to exist forever. He will exist either 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 Heaven. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.
John 3:16; Romans 6:23; 1 John 2:25; 5:11-13; Revelation 20:15
Man is made in the image of God and is the supreme object of His creation. Man was created to have fellowship with God but became separated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, man cannot attain a right relationship with God through his own effort. Every human personality is uniquely created, possesses dignity, and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
Genesis 1:26-30; 3; Psalm 8:3-6; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 3:10-18; 7:14-25; 1 Corinthians 15:19; 15:21-22; Ephesians 2
The blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the only way of salvation through the forgiveness of sin. Salvation occurs when people place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin. Salvation is a gift from God, and it cannot be earned through our own efforts.
Isaiah 53:5-6; Matthew 1:21; 27:22-66; 28:1-6; John 3:16; 3:36; Acts 16:30-31; Romans 1:16-18; 3:23-25; 5:8-10; 10:9-10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Ephesians 2:8-10;
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.
Matthew 16:18-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-47; 5:11-14; 13:1-3; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 7:17; 9:13-14; 12:12-31; Ephesians 1:22-23; 3:10-12; Colossians 1:18; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 21:2-3