God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1, 1:26-27, 3:22 | Psalm 90:2 | Matthew 28:19 | 1 Peter 1:2 | 2 Corinthians 13:14
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended into heaven and will return to earth again one day to reign as King.
Matthew 1:22 , 23 | Isaiah 9:6 | John 1:1-5 , 14:10-30 | Hebrews 4:14-15 | 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 | Romans 1:3-4 | Acts 1:9-11 | 1 Timothy 6:14-15 | Titus 2:13 |
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 life, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives each believer spiritual gifts when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.
Acts 1:8 | 1 Corinthians 3:16 | John 16:7-13 , 14:16-17 | Galatians 5:25 | 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16 | Ephesians 1:13, 5:18 |
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the ultimate source of truth for Christian beliefs about life. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without error.
2 Timothy 3:16, 1:13 | 2 Peter 1:20-21 | Psalm 119:105 , 160, 12:06 | Proverbs 30:5 |
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 each person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marked by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” Sin separates us from God and causes many problems in our lives.
Genesis 1:27, Psalm 8:3-6, Isaiah 53:6, Romans 3:23, Isaiah 59:1-2, Isaiah 59:1-2
Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we have to accept it. We cannot redeem ourselves from sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can one be saved from the penalty of sin. When we leave our life of self-government and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Romans 6:23 | Ephesians 2:8-9 | John 14:6 , 1:2 | Titus 3:5 | Galatians 3:26 | Romans 5:1 , 10:9-10 |
People were created to live forever. We can live eternally separated from God through sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life in heaven. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16 , 14:17 | Romans 6:23 , 8:17-18 | Revelation 20:15 | 1 Corinthians 2:7-9 |
Baptism is a symbol of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. Once we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, baptism is a way to publicly declare our new life in Christ. It is also a step of obedience based on God’s commands and allows us to follow the example of Jesus, who submitted to baptism to “fulfill all righteousness.”
Matthew 3:16-17, 28:18-20 | Acts 2:41, 08:12 |