Jesus is the Son of God, and is co-equal with Him. He was born to a virgin, lived a sinless human life, and willingly offered Himself as the complete sacrifice for the sins of the world. He physically died and physically arose from the dead. He is now in Heaven serving as our advocate and mediator with the Father. One day He will return for His church and then take reign as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. For all who trust Jesus, the Spirit of God calls children of God. God resides in and though the lives of all His children. At the center of everything, we are always inviting all people everywhere to trust their lives to Jesus Christ as the one and only Messiah and Savior of all.
(2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Peter 1:3; John 14:6; Titus 3:4-7; Acts 4:12; John 1:12; Romans 3:21-26;13; John 3:16)
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son. He is present in the world in the lives of believers in order to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ and function in God’s family. From the moment one receives Christ, the Holy Spirit lives inside the believer. He gives each believer spiritual gifts and provides them with the power, the understanding, and the guidance for living a life pleasing to God. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.
(John 16:7-15, 14:16-17; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13, 4:30, 5:18; 1 Corinthians 12:4, 13; 2 Corinthians 3:17; 1 John 2:27)
The Bible is God’s unique communication tool for all people. It is the ultimate source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Even though God continues to speak to us, God inspired people to record His words, stories, poems and letters in written form to describe God, His character, His mission and His Family.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17; Psalm 119:9-11; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18; Hebrews 4:12)
When we begin to describe what we believe about God, we discover that He’s adopted all kinds of people, who trusted Him, into His family and everyone has a role to play. God empowers His adopted children with gifts, convicts us, guides us, comforts us, counsels us, and leads us into truth. The church is a global and local expression of living out the way of Jesus. Within the local church, believers use their God-given gifts and passions and invest their time, energy, love and resources to help people connect with God as we embody the resurrected Jesus Christ to a broken and hurting world.
(Ephesians 1:22-23; Acts 2:42-47; 1 Corinthians 12; Matthew 16:18; Matthew 28:19-20)
All people were created in God’s image. God designed man to have fellowship with him, but man became alienated from God through disobedience. We are all born with a sinful nature and choose to sin against God. We're incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through our own efforts. Central to the message of the Bible is that God loves people in spite of their sin and invites them into a personal relationship with Himself through Jesus’ death and resurrection.
(Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6, 59:1-2; Colossians 1:21; John 3:16-17; Romans 5:8)
Death seals the eternal destiny of each person. Unbelievers are separated from God and, at the last judgment, forever condemned. Believers are welcomed into God’s loving presence and rewarded for their faithfulness to Him in this life.
(John 3:16, 36; Hebrews 9:27; Romans 6:23; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 20:15)
When one receives God’s gift of salvation in Jesus Christ, their eternal destiny in heaven is sealed forever. One’s salvation is maintained by the power and grace of God, not by the self-effort of the believer. Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in that salvation for eternity.
(Ephesians 4:30; Ephesians 1:13-14; 1 John 5:13; John 3:36; John 5:24; John 10:27-30; Romans 8:38-39; Jude 1:29)
Apart from Jesus Christ all people are spiritually lost and, because of sin, deserve the judgment of God. Salvation is God's gift to you if you'll accept it. God gives salvation and eternal life to anyone who turns from their unbelief and places their faith in Jesus Christ and in His sacrifice on their behalf. Salvation cannot be earned through personal goodness, religious practices or human effort. It is a gift that is only received when one stops trusting in anything/anyone but Christ and places faith in His complete payment on the cross for their sin.
(Romans 3:10-12; 5:8, 17, 6:23; Isaiah 64:6; John 1:12, 3:15-18; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-9; Romans 5:1, 8:1; Titus 3:5)
Baptism is the public celebration announcing to the world your personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It is the visible expression of the invisible decision to receive Jesus’ offer of salvation and forgiveness by placing your trust in His death and resurrection for you. It does not seal your salvation but celebrates it.
(Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 16:31-33; Romans 3:3-4)