God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1, 26-27; Genesis 3:22; Psalms 90:2; Matthew 28:19
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22-23; John 1:1-5; John 14:10-31; Romans 1:4
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. It is He who convicts the world of sin. The baptism of the Holy Spirit gives us power to share the good news of Jesus Christ. The fruits of the Spirit are the by-product of a Spirit-filled life and are evidence of spiritual maturity. The gifts of the Spirit are given to empower, encourage, and build up the body. We are instructed to diligently seek the gifts and use them in Biblical order and in the context of love.
John 14:16-17, 26; John 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:1-4; Acts 4:31; Galatians 5:16-25; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11
The Bible is God’s word to us and our compass for living. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because God inspires it, it is the truth without error. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.
1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21
Also known as the “Eucharist”, taking communion is about remembering what Christ did for us on the cross. It is a memorial and a celebration and consists of two elements: the bread, which helps reminds of his sacrificed body and the cup, which reminds us of his blood that was shed for the forgiveness of our sins. We take these together the first Sunday of every month during our worship service.
Luke 22:19-20; Matthew 26:26-28; Acts 2:41-42; Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34
Scripture teaches that all who repent and believe in Christ are to be baptized. Baptism is a public profession of faith in Christ and identification with the body of Christ. It is spiritually symbolic of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. It is a declaration to all that we have died to sin and have been raised with Christ to walk in newness of life. The Bible encourages us to follow Christ’s example by being immersed in water as soon after we make a decision to follow him. It is a public way for us to show that we are changed.
Acts 2:41-42; Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4; Galatians 3:27-28
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God. This attitude, called sin, separates people from God and causes many problems in life. We deserve death and separation from God, but by his grace through his Son Jesus we can be forgiven. By trusting God as our Lord and Savior, we can experience His forgiveness and freedom for our lives. God welcomes us the way we are, but loves us too much to keep us that way. As believers we stop living for ourselves and desire to glorify God by our actions and words.
Genesis 1:27; Psalms 8:3-6; Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; Romans 12:1-2; Isaiah 59:1-2
The Bible says that Jesus will return to the earth to bring his followers to Heaven. There will be a final judgement in which the dead will be resurrected and judged. Everyone whose name is not in the Book of Life, will be separated for eternity in Hell. Those whose names are written in the Book of Life will be rewarded and spend eternity with other followers in Christ in Heaven.
Matthew 24; John 3:16; Romans 8:17-18; 1 Corinthians 15; 1 Thessalonians 4:17; Revelation 19-21