Essential Beliefs

About God

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.

Genesis 1:1,26,27; 3:22; Psalms 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14

About God the Father

God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men.

Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Exodus 3:14; 6:2-3; 15:11ff.; 20:1ff.; Leviticus 22:2; Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:6; I Chronicles 29:10; Psalm 19:1-3; Isaiah 43:3,15; 64:8: Jeremiah 10:10; 17:13: Matthew 6:9ff.; 7:11: 23:9; 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; John 4:24; 5:26; 14:6-13; 17:1-8; Acts 1:7; Romans 8:14-15; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 4:6; Colossians 1:15; I Timothy 1:17; Hebrews 11:6; 12:9; I Peter 1:17; I John 5:7

About Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Son of God, co-equal with the Father and Holy Spirit. Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a 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; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; Colossians 1:15-18; Romans 10:9-10

About the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with God the Father and God the Son. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer at least one spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.

2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18; 1 Corinthians 12:7-12

About the Bible

The Bible is God’s Word. It was penned by human writers, under the supernatural guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because the Bible is inspired by God, it is the truth without any error.

2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; Proverbs 30:5; Psalms 119:105, 160

About Human Beings

People are made in the spiritual image of God to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation and ALL human life is precious and sacred. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.

Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1,2

About Salvation

Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sins by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. This involves a change of mind, which results in a change of lifestyle. Eternal life begins the moment one turns to Jesus Christ in faith and turns from living for self to living for God.

Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-10; John 14:6, 1:12; Luke 9:23-26; Luke 13:3; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1

About Baptism

Baptism is being immersed into water, which is symbolic of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and is the act of obedience as a new believer which, identifies you with Christ. It is a public declaration of your faith and trust in Jesus Christ and outwardly expresses the cleansing and regenerating work of the Holy Spirit that has already happened on the inside through faith in Christ.

Matthew 28:19; Colossians 2:12; Acts 2:41; Acts 8:12, 36-37; Acts 10:43,44,47

About Lord’s Supper

The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby believers, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.

Matthew 3:13-17; 26:26-30; 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; 14:22-26; Luke 3:21-22; 22:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; 20:7; Romans 6:3-5: I Corinthians 10:16,21; 11:23-29; Colossians 2:12

About Eternal Security

Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If one has been genuinely saved, he cannot lose it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.

John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1:3-5

About Eternity

People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. Hell is a place of punishment. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence.

John 3:16; 1 John 5:11-13; Roman 6:23