God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son (Jesus) and Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and co-eternal.
(Genesis 1:1,26,27; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 3:16, 17; 28:19; Luke 1:35; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2)
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. He was conceived by God the Father, through the Holy Spirit in the virgin Mary’s womb. On earth, Jesus was 100 percent God and 100 percent man. He lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for humankind and, thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. Jesus rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father. He will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time in power and glory to establish His kingdom on a date undisclosed by the Scriptures.
(Isa. 9:6; Matt. 1:18,23-25; 24:30; John 1:1,14; 20:28; Acts 1:9-11; Phil. 2:5,6; 1 Thess. 4:15-17; 2 Thess. 1:7,8; 1 Tim. 2:5; 3:16; Rev. 1:7)
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God, the third person of the Trinity. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. From the moment of salvation, He lives in every Christian. The Holy Spirit provides the Christian with the power to live a fruitful, victorious life, understanding of spiritual truth, and boldness in sharing the good news with others. He also gives us spiritual gifts. As Christians, we seek to live continually under His control.
(John 16:7-13; 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16: 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13; 5:18)
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is manifest through a variety of spiritual gifts to build up the Church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection and confirm the power of the gospel. The lists of these gifts in the Bible are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the working out of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of biblical principles.
(Rom. 12:4-8; 1 Cor. 12:1-31; 14:1-40; 1 Pet. 4:10)
About the Bible
The Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority for determining all doctrinal truths. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. In its original writing, the Bible is inspired, infallible and inerrant.
(Psalm 12:6; 119:105, 160; Proverbs 30:5; Rom. 16:25,26; 2 Tim. 3:16, 17; 2 Pet. 1:20,21)
About Human Beings
People are made in the image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the utmost object of creation. Although having a tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by disobedience toward God called “sin.” Humanity’s only hope for redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
(Genesis 1:26-31; 3:1-7; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; 59:1-2; Romans 3:23; 5:12-21)
We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ: His death, burial and resurrection. Salvation is God's free gift to us, not a result of our good works, but we must accept it. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ by faith.
(Romans 5:1; 6:23; 10:9, 10; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26)
Repentance is a decision to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ, which allows us to receive His redemption and to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit.
(Acts 2:21; 3:19; 1 John 1:9)
Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God’s Word and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ’s character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
(Rom. 12:1,2; 1 Thess. 4:3; 5:23; Heb. 2:11)
About the Church
The church is the Body of Christ. It is comprised of all believers who have been vitally united. Every believer is an integral part of the Church as a member of the Body of believers. God has called believers to be part of a local church family.
(Matthew 16:18; John 17:20-23; Eph. 1:22; Hebrews 12:22-24)
Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, we are commanded by the Bible to be baptized in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
(Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:38)
The Lord’s Supper
Jesus instructed His followers to a time of communion in the presence of God, in which the elements of bread and grape juice (the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.
(Matt. 26:26-29; 1 Cor. 11:23-26)
Healing of the Sick
In the life and ministry of Jesus healed the sick. Healing is also included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples. It is a part of Jesus’ work on the cross and one of the gifts of the Spirit.
(Ps. 103:2,3; Isa. 53:5; Matt. 8:16,17; Mark 16:17,18; 1 Cor. 12:9,28; Jas. 5:14-16)
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation or eternally separated from God by sin. Being eternally separated from God is hell. Being eternally with Him is eternal life. Heaven and hell are real places. Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all believers in the gospel of Jesus Christ. After living one life on earth, the unbelievers will be judged by God and sent to hell where they will be eternally tormented with the devil and the fallen angels.
(Matt. 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; John 3:16; 12:25; 14:2-3; 17:3, 24; Romans 6:23; 2 Cor. 5:1; Revelation 20:12-15; 21:8)