The Bible is the Inspired Word of God
The Old and New Testament are verbally
inspired by God, the only written revelation
from God to man. The Bible is infallible and
the authoritative rule of faith and
conduct for mankind.
[2 Timothy 3:15-17, 1 Thessalonians 2:13,
2 Peter 1:21]
There is One True God
God is called by many different names
because of the different dimensions of
His personality, but God is one.
God is super-dimensional
and eternally self-existent.
God is omniscient, omnipresent,
and omnipotent. He is the creator of the
heavens and the earth.
[Genesis 1 & 2]
While God is one, He has revealed Himself
in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God
Jesus Christ is the second person
of the Trinity, the eternal Son of God.
The Scripture declares:
His virgin birth
His sinless life
[Hebrews 7:26, 1 Peter 2:22, 1 John 3:4-5]
[Acts 2:22; 10:37-38]
His substitutionary death on the cross
[2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peter 2:24,
1 Corinthians 15:4]
His bodily resurrection from the dead
[Matthew 28:1-6, 1 Corinthians 15:4]
His exaltation to the right hand of God
[Acts 1:9,11, Philippians 2:9-11]
The Fall of Man
Man was created in the image of God
However, by a voluntary act of the will,
Adam and Eve disobeyed God.
That first sin had several repercussions.
Man was excommunicated from
the garden of Eden
a curse was pronounced
the process of physical death began
and man died spiritually
Sin separated humankind from God
and left man in a fallen or sinful condition
The Salvation of Man
The only means of salvation
is Jesus Christ.
[Acts 4:12, & John 14:6]
He died on the cross to pay
the penalty of our sins.
[1 Peter 2:24]
He offers each of us
a pardon for our sins.
He wants us to become
children of God.
When we put our faith in Christ,
it triggers a spiritual chain reaction.
We become the
Temple of the Holy Spirit
[1 Corinthians 6:19]
Our names are written in
the Lamb's Book of Life
We become citizens of heaven
We are given eternal life
We are adopted and
become children of God
Our sins are forgiven and forgotten
We are credited with the
righteousness of Christ
We are born-again
God takes ownership of us
[1 Corinthians 6:20]
We receive an eternal inheritance
[Ephesians 1:13-14, 1 Peter 1:3-5]
The evidence of salvation is two-fold.
The internal evidence is the direct
witness of the Holy Spirit
The external evidence is
the fruit of the Spirit
[Galatians 5:22, 23]
We become a new creation
[2 Corinthians 5:17]
We are transformed into
the image of Christ
[2 Corinthians 3:18]
The Ordinances of the Church
Baptism in Water
The Scripture teaches that all who repent
and believe in Christ are to be
baptized by immersion
Baptism is a public profession of faith
in Christ. It is symbolic of the death, burial
and resurrection of Christ. It is a declaration
to the world that we have died to sin
and have been raised with Christ
to walk in the newness of life
The Lord's table consists of
two elements: the bread and cup.
Those elements are symbolic of the
body and blood of Christ. Communion is a
memorial of Christ's sufferings on the cross
and a celebration of our salvation. It is an
opportunity for a believer to examine
himself and experience forgiveness.
(1Corinthians 11:23-28, Matthew 26:26-28)
The Church and Its Mission
The Church is the body of Christ
[1 Corinthians 12:12-27]
The Church has a three-fold purpose:
To evangelize the world
[Acts 1:8, & Mark 16:15-16]
To worship God
[1 Corinthians 12:13]
To equip for ministry.
[Ephesians 4:11-16, 1 Corinthians 12:28, 14:12]
The Holy Spirit
The nine fruits of the Spirit
are the by-product of a Spirit-filled
life and evidence of spiritual maturity.
The nine gifts of the Spirit are different
manifestations of the Spirit
to build up the body
[1 Corinthians 12:1-11]
We are instructed to diligently seek the gifts
[1 Corinthians 12:31, 14:1],
but they must be exercised in an orderly way
[1 Corinthians 14:26-33)
and in the context of love
[1 Corinthians 13:1-13].
The Final Judgment
There will be a final judgment in which
the dead will be resurrected and judged
according to their works
[Matthew 25:31-46, Romans 2:1-9]
Everyone whose name is not found
written in the Book of Life, along with the
devil and his angels, will be consigned to
everlasting punishment in the lake of fire
Those whose names are written in the
Book of Life will be resurrected and stand
at the judgment seat of Christ to be
rewarded for their good deeds
[1 Corinthians 4:5]