GOD

There is one living and true God existing eternally in three distinct persons who are without division in nature, essence or being and who are equal in every divine perfection: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

(Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; John 10:30; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2)

God the Father

God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all-powerful, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who become His children through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men.

(Luke 10:21,22; Matthew 23:9; John 3:16; 6:27; Romans 1:7; I Timothy 1:1,2; 2:5,6; I Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6)

God the Son

God as the eternal Son incarnated himself fully in the man and Lord Jesus Christ and is Savior of the world. In His incarnation, Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of virgin Mary, lived a sinless and perfect life, died physically on the cross and was bodily resurrected three days later. He ascended into Heaven and will visibly return someday to reign as King.

(Matthew 1:20-23; John 1:1-5, 14-18; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:1-5; Hebrews 1:1-9; 1 John 5:20)

God the Holy Spirit

God as the Holy Spirit is not merely an impersonal force, but is a person, who can grieve, witness, and teach. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgement and regenerates, sanctifies and empowers all who believe in Jesus Christ. He indwells every believer in Christ and gives to each spiritual gifts and is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.

(John 14:16-17, 16:5-16; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 2:12-13, 3:16-17; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 1:13, 4:30, 5:18)

SCRIPTURE

The Bible (comprised of the 66 book in the Old and New Testaments) alone is God's written Word to us. It is fully inspired as it was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit and is without error in the original manuscripts. It is the supreme source of authority in all matters of belief and practice.

(Psalm 19:7-11, 119:160; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

HUMANITY

All people have been created in the image of God to enjoy Him in relationship as His representatives in the world. Although all humanity has been given this tremendous privilege, each person, beginning with Adam and Eve, has willfully rebelled (“sinned”) against God and we have all therefore alienated ourselves from Him. We all experience the destruction of our rebellion and are all incapable of making our misdeeds right and of ultimately regaining our relationship with God.

(Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6, 59:1-2; Romans 2:1-5, 3:23, 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-9; Colossians 1:21)

THE GOOD NEWS

As all people are rebels (“sinners”) against God and alienated in relationship with Him, we are all in complete need of His forgiveness and provision. The “Good News” is that God has forgiven us and has made provision for us to be in relationship with Him through the perfect sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross and His resurrection for us. Because of Jesus’ complete sacrifice and victorious resurrection, God has not only forgiven us of our rebellion but has also overwhelmingly provided for us the status of righteous perfection as His “perfect child”. The only way we can have this right relationship with God is through the acknowledgment and dependance upon all that God has done in Jesus on our behalf. The “Good News” is that as we can’t do anything to restore our relationship with God, God has done everything in Jesus and the only part we play is as receivers…we just accept it by acknowledging and depending upon it. Those who accept all that God has done for them inherit eternal life.

(John 3:16; 14:6, 1:12; Acts 4:12, 13:38-39; Romans 4:4-5, 5:1, 6:23, 8:1, 29,30, 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 15:1-5; 2 Corinthians 5:18-21; Ephesians 2:1-9; Titus 3:4-7)

THE CHURCH

The universal church is a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. The local church consists of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associates for worship, work, and fellowship. God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world.

(Ephesians 2:19-22; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:19-21; Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:23-25)

BAPTISM & THE LORD'S SUPPER

Baptism is symbolic of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. Once we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, baptism is a way for us 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 himself to baptism. The Lord’s Supper is a regular celebratory remembrance of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus in expectation of His return.

(Matthew 3:16-17, 28:18-20; Acts 8:12; Romans 6:1-5; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

THE FUTURE

Every person’s eternal destiny is sealed at the moment of death and all will be resurrected when Jesus returns and establishes His kingdom. At the judgement of Christ those who trusted God’s provision and work in Jesus will enter into eternal glory with the triune God and those who persisted in their rebellion will be eternally condemned to experience God’s judgment in Hell.

(1 Corinthians 6:4, 15:51-55; Hebrews 9:27-28; Revelation 20:4-15)

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