God is the Creator and Ruler of everything. There is only one true God who is revealed in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. God is the Creator of everything that exists and nothing exists apart from and outside of that creation. God is a personal being - not some vague force or a subjective "truth." God is perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. God concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of humanity. God hears and answers prayer. God saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
Genesis 1:1,26,27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
2. About Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is the personality of God described as "Son." Jesus came to earth as a human but retained His deity, being fully human and fully God. By coming to live among humanity, he inaugurated God's Kingdom on earth. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all humanity by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead as a demonstration of His power over sin and death. He will return again to earth to reign as Lord of everything.
Matthew 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13
3. About the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. The Holy Spirit is present in the world to make humanity aware of its need for Jesus. The Holy Spirit lives in every Christian. The Holy Spirit provides Christians with power for living, understanding spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right.
Human beings are made in the image of God, to be like Him in character. Human beings are the supreme object of God's creation. God created humankind to live forever and enjoy creation with Him. Human beings have tremendous potential for good though marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called sin. This attitude and the choices made reflecting it separate human beings from God. God's grace alone enables us to connect with Him, none of our human efforts can accomplish it.
Romans 10:14; Hebrews 11:6; Mark 16:16; John 8:24; Luke 13:3, 5; Acts 2:38; Acts 17:30; Mark 10:15; Romans 10:9; I Peter 3:21; John 3:3-5; Acts 22:16; Romans 6:3-8; Colossians 2:12; Galatians 3:26-27; Revelation 2:10; Matthew 24:13
5. About Salvation.
Salvation is a gift from God. When people obey the gospel they are saved from sin's penalty. They receive forgiveness of sins and the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, and are to live a life of obedience in following Jesus. No degree of good living earns salvation and one's relationship with God. Salvation provides life with God here now, and in the life to come. The Bible is clear that salvation involves hearing the gospel, believing it, turning away from sin (repentance), confession that Jesus is Lord, and being immersed into Christ.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1, Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16, Acts 22:16
6. About the Bible.
The Bible is God's word to all people. Human authors, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, wrote the Bible. It serves as the primary source of Christian beliefs and living. Because God inspired it, it can be completely relied upon to reveal God's ideas about Himself, humanity, sin, and ultimate truth. In the many types of literature contained in the books of the Old and New Testaments, God's love for, and redemption of, humanity is a consistent theme.
The Church is a dynamic, spiritual body of believers of which Jesus is the head. All those who put their faith in Jesus and obey the gospel are a part of the Church. Local churches are expressions of the universal Church. The Church ordains its leaders, prays for people to be empowered in ministry, and works cooperatively for the restoration of creation. The Church is not a denomination, nor should it be divided.
At the end of time, Jesus will return to bring a new heaven and earth. The Kingdom that was inaugurated when he came to earth as a human will be perfected. All believers, both those who have died and those who remain will receive new immortal bodies prepared for the new heaven and earth. He will judge the dead and living. Humans will either be eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. Heaven is where followers of Jesus will spend eternity with God. The worst thing about hell is total separation from God. The order of these events and the time of their occurrence are debatable and not specifically revealed in the Bible.
John 3:16; John 2:25; John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 1:8; Matthew 2:44,46; Revelation 1:7; Acts 1:9-11; Matthew 24:30; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8; Philippians 3:21; 1 Corinthians 15; Acts 24:15; Hebrews 9:27