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 be. The Bible is active, having the power to change lives and influence our thoughts, attitudes, and actions.
2 Tim. 3:16; Heb. 4:12
God is revealed to us as Three in One - Father, Son and Holy Spirit- each having distinct personal characteristics, but without division of nature, essence or being. Matt. 28:19; 1 John 5:7
There is but one Holy God, the I AM. He is the Almighty, All-Knowing, Eternal, Living and Loving God. He is the Creator, Judge, Defender, Preserver of heaven and earth, Father of all creation; and to Him all creatures owe their obedience and love.
Rev.4:8; Ex. 3:14; Jer. 32:18-19; Ps. 147:5; Deut. 33:27; Josh. 3:10; John 3:16; Gen. 1:1; Ps. 96:10, 13; Ps. 94:22; Ps. 121; Matt. 23:9; Acts 5:29; Matt. 22:37-38
Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived on earth totally in God's will and experienced every trial and temptation known to man, yet never sinned. He willingly gave His life as a sacrifice and was crucified on a cross. His death made provision for the redemption of the world from sin. He was raised on the third day and now sits at the right hand of God as the Mediator between God and man.
Matt. 17:5; Matt. 1:18; Isaiah 7:14; John 10:37-38; Heb. 4:15; 2 Cor. 5:21; John 10:15; Luke 23:33; Rom. 3:24; Luke 24:6-7; Mark 16:19; 1 Tim. 2:5
God, as Holy Spirit, convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. The Holy Spirit lives within all who know Jesus Christ as Savior, reveals God to us, and intercedes on our behalf. The Holy Spirit comforts, teaches, guides and bestows spiritual gifts to enable us to better serve God.
John 16:8-11; Rom. 8:11; 1 Cor. 2:10; Rom. 8:27; John 14:16, 26; John 14:16-26; John 16:13; 1 Cor. 12:4-11
The gift of salvation is God's means of restoring man's relationship to God which was broken by man's choice to sin. Salvation is initiated by the Holy Spirit Who convicts a person of sin 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 sinners; therefore removing the ultimate consequences of sin and the state of alienation that exists between God and man allowing us, as believers, to be with Him for eternity. The believer's salvation is immediately accompanied by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and the bestowal of a new nature and spiritual gift(s) which empowers the believer to live a life of obedience to God.
Titus 3:5; John 16:8; 1 Peter 3:18; Rom. 6:23; 2 Cor. 5:18-19; John 16:13
The Church is the spiritual body of believers in Christ, sanctified by God, of which Jesus Christ is the head. 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 will. Its purpose is to glorify and worship God in spirit and truth; equipping believers to live obedient lives; edifying one another through fellowship; and evangelizing non-believers.
Eph. 5:25-27; 1 Col. 1:18; 1 Cor. 1:2; John 4:23,24; Col. 3:13,16; Phil. 2:1-2;
The ordinance of Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. 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 life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus.
Acts 2:38; Matt. 28:19-20; Gal. 2:20; Romans 6:3-5
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 covenant. The bread represents Christ's flesh and the fruit of the vine represents His blood which was poured out for the forgiveness of sins. It is commemorative of our Lord's death on the cross and is a memorial feast until His return. The sharing of communion is practiced in fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ, and renews the bond of communion with God and one another.
Matt. 26:26-29; John 6:26-58; Matt. 26:26-29; Luke 22:17-20; 1 Cor. 10:16-17
Christian stewardship is the responsible use of one's life, talents, time and material possessions for the sharing of the Gospel and Christian service. Since each of these blessings comes from God, believers have the privilege and obligation to serve Him through faithful and prayerful support of His church, as we seek to meet the needs in our community, nation and world.
1 Cor. 4:1-2; Gen. 1:28-30; Ps. 24:1; 1 Chr. 29:14; Deut. 8:17-18; 2 Cor. 8 & 9; 1 John 3:17
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