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Essential Beliefs

God

There is one God, who eternally exists in three persons — Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each are equal in divine nature and perfect in every way. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 8:6, John 10:30; Acts 5:3-4).

God the Father is a personal spirit. God has revealed Himself through His Word, nature, man’s conscience, prophets and His Son. While some of His attributes are comprehended (e.g. his love, justice, and compassion), other attributes are incomprehensible (e.g. His eternality, omnipresence, omnipotence and omniscience). The Father is the creator of the universe and has purposed all events in history according to His eternal plan. (John 4:24; Romans 1:20; 2:15; 2 Peter 1:21; John 1:8; Ephesians 1:11).

Jesus

Jesus Christ is the second member of the Trinity and the perfect image of the invisible God. He is God’s uniquely begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin.

When he was born on the earth, he became fully man while continuing to be fully God. He lived a perfect life and died on the cross as our substitute to pay the penalty for the sins of the world. He was buried and rose from the dead on the third day. He ascended back into heaven where he currently is interceding for us as our high priest (Colossians 1:15; Philippians 2:5-8; Matthew 1:18-25; 1 Peter 2:24; Hebrews 4:14-15; John 1:1,14,18).

Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the third member of the Trinity. He came forth from the Father and the Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. He baptizes and seals, regenerates, sanctifies and empowers Christians. He is our abiding helper, guide, teacher and source of power to help us live a godly Christian life (John 3:8; 14:16; 15:26; 16:7-17; Ephesians 4:30;5:18).

Salvation

Man was created in the image of God, both male and female reflecting God’s likeness. Adam, representative of the human race, fell into sin, suffered spiritual death and greatly marred the image of God in man. All mankind has subsequently inherited a sin nature and the consequences of sin (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:10-18,23; 6:23; Ephesians 2:1).

Because of man’s guilty state, he was incapable of atoning for his sin. God’s love prompted Him to send Jesus to the earth to die for the sins of the world, offering man forgiveness and salvation solely through faith in Jesus as a free gift. Redemption is based on the grace of God and the work of Christ on our behalf (John 3:16; 5:24; 10:28; 14:6; Ephesians 2:8-9; Acts 4:12; 16:31, Hebrews 7:25, 1 John 5:13).

The Church

All believers in Jesus Christ, are members of His family, are baptized by the Spirit and joined together into one body, the universal Church, whose head is Jesus. Its mission is to make disciples and preach the good news of the gospel of Christ to all nations.

The local church is a body of believers who associate together for worship, service and fellowship. The ordinances symbolizing this spiritual union are believers’ water baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Acts 2:41; Colossians 1:18; Matthew 28:19-20; Ephesians 1:3-6; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13).

The Bible

The Bible is a divinely inspired revelation of God, which came through the agency of man, preserving both a divine and human origin. It is inerrant in the original manuscripts and authoritative on matters of faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21; John 10:35).

All believers are to live for the glory and honor of God. They are to express love for God and love for man. They are to live a life that is increasingly free from sin and more Christlike (1 Corinthians 10:31; Matthew 22:37-39; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; 1 Peter 1:15).

The Last Days

The period of great tribulation in the earth will be climaxed by the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to the earth as He went, in person on the clouds, and with power and great glory to introduce the millennial age, to bind Satan and place him in the abyss, to lift the curse which now rests upon the whole creation.

At the end of Jesus’ millennial reign unbelievers will be cast into the lake of fire for all eternity while believers will enter into the new heaven and new earth and dwell with God in His presence for all eternity. (Isaiah 11:9; Matthew 24:15–25:46; Acts 15:16–17; Romans 8:19–23; 11:25–27; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17; 1 Timothy 4:1–3; 2 Timothy 3:1–5; Revelation 20:1–6, 11-15).