- God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed and manifested as three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
- Genesis 1:1,26,27, 3:22; Psalms 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Timothy 3:16
About Jesus Christ
- Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. 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 arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again someday to the Earth to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords.
- Matthew 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-15, 14:10-30, Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Rom. 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; I Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:23
About the Holy Spirit
- 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 living, understanding of spiritual truth, guidance for doing what is right and power to resist temptation. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control 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 5:18
About the Bible
- 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 supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
- 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; 1 Timothy 1:13; Psalms 19:7-11
About Human Beings
- 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 every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin." This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
- Genesis 1:27; Psalms 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2
- Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only through trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Man’s only hope of salvation is to repent and receive forgiveness and new life through faith in Jesus Christ.
- Romans 5:1, 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6; Titus 3:4-7; Galatians 3:26
- People are created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in unison with Him is eternal life. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence.
- John 3:16; 2:25; 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 1:8; 2:44,46
About Baptism in Water
- Water baptism is an individual’s expression of their relationship with Christ. Baptism symbolizes cleansing from sin and identification with Jesus. It is an outward expression of what Christ does inside a person’s heart. Baptism happens subsequent to salvation but is not required for salvation.
- Matthew 28:19; 3:6; Acts 10:47-48; Romans 6:4
About the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
- All believers are entitled and should expect and seek the promise of the Father, the baptism of the Holy Spirit. This was a normal experience of all the early Christian church and is for the church today. This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of salvation. With the baptism of the Holy Spirit comes such experiences as an overflowing fullness of the Spirit, a deepened reverence for God, an intensified consecration to God, dedication to His work and a more active love for Christ, His Word and for those who need God.
- Acts 1:4,8; Acts 8:12-17; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9; John 7:37-39; Acts 2:42-43; Mark 16:20
About the Second Coming of Jesus Christ
- Jesus promised that He would return for His people. The second coming includes the rapture of all those who have put their faith in Jesus Christ.
- Matthew 24:27; Acts 1:11; Thessalonians 4:13-17