There is one God, eternally existent in three persons God our Parent-Creator, Jesus Christ the Son of God, 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; 2 Corinthians 13:14
Humankind is made in the spiritual image of God. We are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although we have potential for good, we carry an attitude of disobedience toward God call “sin” which separates us from God.
Genesis 1:27 Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2
Humanity was created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God (hell) by sin or in union with God (Heaven) through forgiveness and salvation.
John 3:16; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; 1 John 5:11-12; Matthew 25:31-46
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with God the Creator. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered up his life as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He rose from the dead after three days conquering sin and death. He ascended to heaven and will return again to reign as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Mathew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14; 1 Corinthians 3, 4; Romans 1:3, 4; Acts 1:9- 11; 1 Timothy 6:14, 15; Titus 2:13
Salvation is a gift from God to all people. We can never make up for our sinful nature by trying harder or good works. The only way to be saved from sins penalty is by trusting in Jesus Christ and receiving forgiveness of our sins. Eternal “life” begins at the moment we receive Jesus Christ into our life by faith.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
Holy Spirit is equal with God the Creator and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make people 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 living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. As Christians we seek to live under the control of the Spirit daily.
2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:1
The Bible is God’s word to all people. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without mixture of error when interrupted correctly.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Psalm 119:105, 160; 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
Baptism symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and is our public declaration that we have accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Savior. Baptism does not save us, but rather shows the world that we have already been saved. While baptism is not required for salvation, it is a biblical command and demonstrates our love and obedience to Christ.
Colossians 2:12; Acts 2:41; Matthew 28:19-20
Communion, or the Lords Supper, is an ordinance given to all believers by Jesus Christ to remember his sacrifice for us and to symbolize the new covenant. The elements of bread and wine or juice are symbols of Christ’s broken body and shed blood. Communion is not a means of salvation; rather it is a testament of a believer’s faith in the atoning work of the cross.
Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:19, 20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29