Our Essential Beliefs
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 equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1,26,27; 3:22
I Peter 1:2
II Corinthians 13:14
Jesus 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 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
John 1:1-5; 14:10-30
Hebrews 4:14, 15
I Corinthians 15:3, 4
Romans 1:3, 4
I Timothy 6:14, 15
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God.
He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ.
He also lives in every Christian, giving believers
understanding of spiritual truth and guidance in doing what is right.
He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved.
As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.
II Corinthians 3:17
John 16:7-13; 14:16, 17
I Corinthians 2:12; 3:16
Ephesians 1:13, 5:18
The Bible is God’s Word to us.
Human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, wrote it.
It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.
Because God inspires it, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
II Timothy 1:13; 3:16
II Peter 1:20, 21
Psalm 119:105, 160; 12:6
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation.
Although every person has the 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.
Isaiah 53:6a; 59:1,2
Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it.
We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works.
Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness
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.
Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Ephesians 2:8, 9
John 1:12; 14:6
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ,
the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity.
If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” it…
The grace and power of God maintain salvation,
not by the self-effort of the Christian.
It is the grace and power of God that gives us eternal life.
II Timothy 1:12
Hebrews 7:25; 10:10; 14
I Peter 1:3-5
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.
To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life.
Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
Romans 6:23, 8:17-18
I Corinthians 2:7-9