There is only One true and living God. He is the creator and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed as three persons–the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit–yet as One Being. These three persons are co-equal and are One God.
(Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; Psalm 90:2, Matthew 28:19, 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
God the Son, fully divine, came to the earth as the man, Jesus Christ. He is fully God and fully human. He was born of a virgin. He lived a sinless life, but died a death on a cross that humanity deserved in order to offer Himself as the perfect sacrifice for our sins. He was raised again from death to eternal life on the third day from His crucifixion proving His power and victory over sin and death. He then ascended to His heavenly kingdom from where He will one day return to earth to reign and rule as the King of kings and Lord of lords.
(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 proceeds from both God the Father and God the Son, and is co-equal with both. He is a person, not a force. He is present in the world, particularly among God’s people, the church. He makes men aware of their need for Jesus Christ and His work. He lives within all who have truly repented of sin and placed their faith in Christ and His work. He gives every believer spirituals gifts to use for God’s glory. As believers, we ought to live under His control.
(2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:18; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25)
The Bible is God’s Word. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. As such, it is without error and is the supreme source of truth and authority.
(2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5)
Human beings, unique from all of the rest of creation, are made in the image of God. Part of this means we were created with the purpose of having relationship with God.
(Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1,2)
Sin is anything that goes against God’s character or commandments. This includes sins of commission (doing that which we ought not to do) and sins of omission (failing to do that which we should do). Sadly, all of humanity has sinned and broken that relationship. Also, sin has marred the image of God in humanity and has affected every part of the human being (spiritual, psychological, physical, etc.). These consequences are not ones we can fix ourselves, no matter how hard we try. Thus, we need a Savior.
Salvation is God’s work to rescue us from sin and its consequences. We cannot do enough “good” to outweigh our sins because God’s standard is perfection. Salvation was secured by Jesus Christ through His life, His death, and His resurrection. It is entirely a work of God’s grace and not our efforts. It is received by faith in Christ and His work.
(Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1)
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Because salvation is a work of God’s grace, those who have truly trusted Jesus as Lord and Savior can never be lost again. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self effort of the Christian. At the same time, those who are truly saved will have transformed personalities and lives that reflect the fact that God’s grace is at work in their lives.
(John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10,14; 1 Peter 1:3-5)
As human beings, we were not created just to live for a time, but ultimately for eternity. All human beings will spend eternity in one of two places. Those who have trusted in Christ and His work will live with God forever in the new heavens and earth, experiencing a world full of good and totally free of evil. Those who have rejected Christ’s Lordship will be separated from God’s blessed presence, living in a place often referred to as hell.
(John 3:16, 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 1:8, 2:44-46)
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