The Bible is God’s inspired Word. It is God’s blueprint for a successful life based on common sense and personal responsibility (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
God is made up of three distinct but united persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit who put us in company with love, grace, and intimacy with God (II Corinthians 13:14).
Jesus Christ is deity as established by three witnesses:
- According to Isaiah, He is the ‘wonderful God’ (Isaiah 9:6).
- According to the gospel of John He is God manifested in the flesh (John 1:1-14–“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God…and the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us”).
- According to words from His own mouth, He is the great ‘I Am’ of the Old Testament (John 8:58–“…before Abraham was, I Am”).
God created man in His own image and likeness (Genesis 1:26-28). Man experienced death and separation from God as a result of his disobedience (Romans 5:12). Man’s relationship with God has been restored through the shed blood of Jesus Christ—the price He paid for our redemption and the remission of our sins (Ephesians 1:7).
Salvation is the free gift of God for anyone who confesses Jesus as Lord and believes in his/her heart that God raised Jesus from the dead (Romans 10:9-10). Salvation is available to us because Jesus became our substitute (Isaiah 53:3-5). He became sin so that we might be made righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21). He became a curse for us on the cross, so that we could be redeemed from poverty, sickness, and spiritual death (Galatians 3:13-14).
Salvation (the new birth) and the baptism with the Holy Spirit are separate experiences. The evidence of salvation is the manifestation of new and godly desires based on a new nature. The evidence of the baptism with the Holy Spirit is speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance (Acts 2:1-4).
The church is the body of Christ. Therefore the human body is a model for understanding our lives together as a church (I Corinthians 12:25). Every member has a significant place, function, and purpose in the body according to God’s design and pleasure (I Corinthians 12:18).
Jesus will return and all people will be resurrected, judged, and assigned to their permanent residence based on their response to the gospel (Mark 16:14-16). Those who believe will be saved to live with the Lord for eternity. Those who do not believe will be damned and separated from God for eternity.