The Bible: The Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is the record of God's revelation of Himself to man. A miracle of inspiration and preservation, it is the ultimate written authority for mankind and is inerrant in its purpose and intent. Its purpose is to teach, correct, and train us to become the people God wants us to be1. The Bible is active, having the power to change lives and influence our thoughts, attitudes, and actions2.
12 Tim. 3:16; 2Heb. 4:12
The Trinity: God is revealed to us as Three in One - Father, Son and Holy Spirit1 - each having distinct personal characteristics, but without division of nature, essence or being2. 1Matt. 28:19; 21 John 5:7
There is but one Holy1
God, the I AM2. He is the Almighty3,
All-Knowing4, Eternal5, Living6 and
Loving7 God. He is the Creator8, Judge9,
Defender10, Preserver of heaven and earth11,
Father12 of all creation; and to Him all creatures owe their
obedience13 and love14.
Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God1, was conceived of the Holy Spirit2
and born of the virgin Mary3. He lived on earth totally in God's
will4 and experienced every trial and temptation known to
man5, yet never sinned6. He willingly gave His life as a
sacrifice7 and was crucified on a cross8. His death made
provision for the redemption of the world from sin9. He was raised
on the third day10 and now sits at the right hand of
God11 as the Mediator12 between God and man.
God, as Holy Spirit,
convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment1. The Holy
Spirit lives within all who know Jesus Christ as Savior2, reveals
God to us3, and intercedes4 on our behalf. The Holy
Spirit comforts5, teaches6, guides7 and
bestows spiritual gifts8 to enable us to better serve God.
The gift of salvation
is God's means of restoring man's relationship to God which was broken by man's
choice to sin1. Salvation is initiated by the Holy Spirit Who
convicts a person of sin2 and affirms the truth of the gospel. By
confession of personal sinfulness, the believer accepts by faith Jesus Christ's
sacrifice on the cross as the only means of being reconciled to God. Christ
died in the place of sinners3; therefore removing the ultimate
consequences of sin4 and the state of alienation that exists between
God and man5 allowing us, as believers, to be with Him for eternity.
The believer's salvation is immediately accompanied by the indwelling of the
Holy Spirit6 and the bestowal of a new nature and spiritual gift(s)
which empowers the believer to live a life of obedience to God.
The Church is the
spiritual body of believers in Christ, sanctified by God1, of which
Jesus Christ is the head2. It functions locally as a group of
believers in various stages of spiritual development, who have assembled
themselves for the purpose of doing God's will3. Its purpose is to
glorify and worship God in spirit and truth4; equipping believers to live obedient lives5; edifying one another through fellowship6; and evangelizing non-believers7.
The ordinance of Christian
baptism is the immersion of a believer in water1 in the name of the
Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit2. It is an act of obedience
symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried and risen Savior, the
believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life3, and the
resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus4.
The Lord's Supper:
The Lord's Supper
is an ordinance of Jesus Christ who introduced and instituted the breaking of
bread as the new covenant1. The bread represents Christ's flesh and
the fruit of the vine represents His blood2 which was poured out for
the forgiveness of sins3. It is commemorative of our Lord's death on
the cross and is a memorial feast until His return4. The sharing of
communion is practiced in fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ, and
renews the bond of communion with God and one another5.
stewardship is the responsible use of one's life, talents, time and material
possessions for the sharing of the Gospel and Christian service1.
Since each of these blessings comes from God, believers have the privilege and
obligation2 to serve Him through faithful and prayerful support of
His church, as we seek to meet the needs in our community, nation and