There is only one true God who is the eternal King, Creator, and Redeemer of all that is. He is perfectly holy, just, loving, and truthful. He has revealed Himself to be eternally self-existent, one being in three persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Genesis 1:1-2; 18:25; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Revelation 4:11
God the Father
God the Father is sometimes referred to as the first person of the Trinity. The true follower of Jesus is told to think of God, the Creator, as our Heavenly Father, even to the point of calling Him, “Abba.” Our prayers are to be addressed to the Father who will answer and who loves to give good gifts to His children. Matthew 6:6, 9; John 16:23-28; Romans 8:15; James 1:16-17
The Bible is the inspired and only infallible and authoritative Word of God.
Joshua 1:8; Psalm 119:9, 11, 105; Proverbs 30:5; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21
Humankind was created in the image of God to know and enjoy Him, yet we willfully rejected the Lordship and glory of God for which we were intended. Sin, sickness, death, and judgment entered the world because of our rebellion, and now creation experiences the effects and consequences of the human rebellion. Genesis 1:26-28; 3:1-24; Romans 3:23; 5:12; 6:23; 8:18-21
The Lord Jesus Christ, the one and only Son of God, was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is God’s Anointed One, empowered by the Holy Spirit to inaugurate God’s kingdom on earth. He was crucified for our sins, died, was buried, resurrected, and ascended into heaven. He is alive today at the right hand of God in heaven and in His people through the Holy Spirit on earth. He is true God and true man. Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 1:22-23; 12:28; John 1:1-5, 14; 12:44-46; 20:28; Acts 4:33; 1 Corinthians 15:3-6; Revelation 1:18
We are saved by God’s grace, through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ. God wants all people to be restored to fellowship with Him through repenting, believing, and receiving Jesus as their Savior and Lord. The Holy Spirit convicts, regenerates, justifies, and adopts us as we enter the Kingdom of God as His sons and daughters.
John 1:12; 3:3-8; 16:8; 20:31; Acts 4:12; Romans 8:14-17; Ephesians 2:1-10; 1 Timothy 2:4; 1 Peter 3:18; Titus 3:5-6
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit indwells and empowers the Christian, enabling each Christ-follower to live a holy life and minister supernaturally. The baptism of the Holy Spirit in Acts 1:4-8; 2:4 and/or the filling of the Holy Spirit in Acts 4:29-31 and Ephesians 5:18 equips believers to be bold witnesses for Christ in both word and deed.
Luke 11:11-13; John 14:16-21; 16:5-15; 20:21-23
The Church as the body of Christ is made up of all those who have been saved by grace through faith. The Church exists to carry out the commission of Jesus by
- advancing God’s Kingdom
- undoing the works of the devil
- preaching and living the good news of God’s love
- baptizing and discipling the nations
- proclaiming Jesus death, resurrection, and visible bodily return through the practice of communion
Matthew 16:18-19; 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-18; John 16:18-19; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Ephesians 1:19-23; 3:6-7, 10-11; 4:11-14; 1 John 3:8; Revelation 22:17
God’s overall plan is an ever increasing of His government with the visible return of our Lord Jesus Christ for His glorious bride, His Church, a final judgment, and the separation of the righteous unto eternal reward in heaven and the lost unto eternal punishment of hell.
Isaiah 9:6-7; Daniel 2:35, 44-45; Matthew 25:31-46; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 19:7-8, 11-16; 20:14-15