THE NATURE OF GOD
God eternally exists as three persons in the The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
>>>Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2
Scripture is God’s message of truth revealed to man. It is inspired, without error, and the final authority for the life of all men.
>>>2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 2:21
THE PURPOSE OF GOD
Everything has been made by, in, and for God. All things exist to proclaim His glory. His eternal purpose was to display His glory most fully by redeeming mankind in Jesus Christ.
>>>Isaiah 43:7; Psalm 24:10; Ephesians 1:3-11
THE NATURE OF MAN
God uniquely created mankind in His own image. God’s image in mankind has been altered as a result of sin.
>>>Genesis 1:26, Romans 3:23, Ephesians 2:1-10
Sin is missing the mark of God’s perfect character and will. All mankind has sinned and stands under judgment for their sin.
>>>Romans 3:9-18, 3:23, 6:23
God loves the world and sent Jesus to die on a cross for sin. It was His plan to reconcile men/women back to Himself through Jesus. Salvation is an act of grace by God, and received exclusively through faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord.
>>>John 3:16; Romans 3:21-26; 1 Timothy 2:5
THE NATURE OF JESUS
Jesus is eternal, was born of a virgin, both fully God and fully man, lived a perfect life, died for the sins of mankind, was resurrected on the third day, reigns at the right hand of God in heaven, and will return again to judge both the living and the dead.
>>>John 1:1; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 3:13-22
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is part of the Godhead. He convicts of sin, seals at conversion, gifts, guides, and empowers believers to serve in and through the Church.
>>>Acts 1:4,5; John 16:7-15; 1 Corinthians 12
THE CHURCH UNIVERSAL
The church universal is God’s redeemed people, the Bride and Body of Jesus, and functions to fulfill God’s plans. It is made up of all believers, from all nations, throughout all time.
>>>1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 3:10-12; Rev. 19:6-9
THE CHURCH LOCAL
The church local is an expression of the universal church in a given community. All believers are commanded by God to be a part of a local church for the purpose of fellowship, growth, observance of baptism and communion, and to carry out the great commission.
>>>Acts 2:42-47, 14:23; Revelation 1:4
THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE CHURCH
The Holy Spirit is present in the ministry of the Church and in the exercise of all Biblical gifts of the Spirit according to the instructions given to us in the Bible.
>>>1 Corinthians 12-14; Romans 12:3-8; 1 Peter 4:10-11
JESUS’ SECOND COMING
Jesus will return to the earth to gather his followers and judge the sins of mankind. He will reign on a renewed earth for all eternity.
>>>Matthew 24; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-7, Revelations 19-21
HEAVEN AND HELL
Literal places. Those that profess the salvation and lordship of Christ will spend eternity in heaven with God. Those who deny Christ’s salvation and Lordship will spend eternity in hell away from the presence of God.
>>>Luke 16:19-31; Matthew 25:31-46; 2 Corinthians 5:10
Baptism is a public, symbolic action that reflects an inward decision. The very act of baptism by immersion is a witness to what happens to the participant when they trust in Christ by faith for salvation. Their sin is buried with Christ, they are cleansed by His atonement for sin and raised to newness of life through God’s resurrection power. Baptism does not save a person, but all saved people are commanded by Jesus to be baptized. Baptism should only be administered to individuals who have made a personal decision to follow Christ.
>>>Roman 6:3-4; Colossians 2:12; Matthew 3:13-17, 28:18-20; Acts 22:16