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.

[Deuteronomy 6:4]

God is super-dimensional

and eternally self-existent.

[John 8:54-59]

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.

[Matthew 28:19]


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

[Matthew 1:18-23] 

His sinless life

[Hebrews 7:26, 1 Peter 2:22, 1 John 3:4-5]

His miracles

[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

[Genesis 1:26] 

However, by a voluntary act of the will,

Adam and Eve disobeyed God.

[Genesis 3:6]

That first sin had several repercussions.

Man was excommunicated from

the garden of Eden

[Genesis 3:23]

a curse was pronounced

[Genesis 3:14-19]

the process of physical death began

[Genesis 2:17]

and man died spiritually

[Romans 5:12-19]

Sin separated humankind from God

[Ephesians 2:11-18]

and left man in a fallen or sinful condition

[Romans 3:23]


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.

[Hebrews 9:26] 

He wants us to become

children of God.

[John 1:12]


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

[Revelation 3:5] 

We become citizens of heaven

[Philippians 3:20-21] 

We are given eternal life

[John 3:16] 

We are adopted and

become children of God

[Galatians 4:4-7] 

Our sins are forgiven and forgotten

[Hebrews 8:12] 

We are credited with the

righteousness of Christ

[Romans 4:4-5]

We are born-again

[John 3:3]

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

[Romans 8:16] 

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

[Matthew 28:19]

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

[Romans 6:4]


Communion

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

[Galatians 5:22-23]

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

[Revelation 20:11-15]

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]