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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; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14)
We are made in the spiritual image of God.
We are meant to be like Him in character. We are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although we have tremendous potential for good, we are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates us from God. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; 59:1-2; Romans 3:23)
We are created to exist forever.
We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is heaven. (John 3:16; 1 John 2:25; 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15)
Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus 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 to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (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)
Salvation is a gift from God to us.
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 we be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment we receive Jesus Christ into our lives by faith. (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6; 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1)
Eternal security is ours through Jesus Christ.
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. 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 this security. (John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10-14; 1 Peter 1:3-5)
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and Son of God.
He is present in the world to make us aware of our 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. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily. (2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; 5:18; Galatians 5:25)
The Bible is God's Word to us.
It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error. (2 Timothy 1:13; 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 119:105, 160; 12:6; Proverbs 30:5)
Baptism by immersion is modeled by Jesus Christ.
Every person who believes in Christ and accepts him as Savior should be baptized by immersion as described in the Bible and modeled by Jesus Christ. Baptism symbolizes Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. Baptism marks the beginning of a new life as a Christian. It is an outward symbol showing faith in Christ. Baptism does not “save” you. Only your faith in Christ does that. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Colossians 2:12; Ephesians 2:8; Acts 8:38-39; 2:41; 8:13; 8:12)
Communion is a remembrance of Christ's sacrifice for us.
Communion (also called the Lord's Supper or Eucharist) is an obervance of all Christ has done for us. It is an affirmation of faith in Jesus Christ's death, burial and resurrection. Communion is also an affirmation of our participation in the body of Christ. (Matthew 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:19-20; I Corinthians 10:16-17)