What We Believe
What We Believe
(A) About God
- God is a Spirit who is intelligent, eternal, holy, true, good, sovereign, just and merciful.
- He is infinite in power and wisdom, who lovingly creates and sustains all things.
- God the Father’s greatest desire is to enjoy His children’s companionship.
(John 4:24; Psalm 139; Eph. 4:6-7)
(B) About Jesus Christ
- Jesus Christ is God, the Son and is both divine and human.
- He is coequal with the Father and the Holy Spirit.
- Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross.
- Through Him alone can we reach the Father in heaven.
- 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 bring His people home.
(Isaiah 9:6; Matt. 1:22-23; John 14:6-30; Acts 1:9-11; Rom. 1:3-4; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; 1 Tim. 6:14 Tit. 2:13; Heb. 4:14-15)
(C) About the Holy Spirit
- The Holy Spirit is divine, coequal 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 is given to live in every Christian at baptism to provide them with power for living, 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.
(John 16:7-13, 14:16-17; I Cor. 2:12, 3:16; II Cor. 3:17; Gal. 5:25; Eph. 1:13, 5:18)
(D) About the Bible
- 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 truth source for Christian beliefs and living.
- Because it is inspired by God, it is trustworthy and without error.
(Psalm 12:6, 119:105, 160; Pro. 30:5; 2 Timothy 1:13, 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
(E) About Human Beings
- People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character.
- People are the supreme objects of God’s creation.
- Although every person born has tremendous potential for good, eventually everyone is marred by an attitude of selfishness and disobedience toward God. This is called”sin.”
- This attitude separates people from God and His blessings and causes our problems in life.
(Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 59:1, Romans 3:23)
(F) About Salvation
- Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it.
- We can never compensate for our sin by self-improvement or good works.
- Only accepting by faith God’s gracious offer of forgiveness through Jesus Christ can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty.
- When we turn from our self-ruled life, confess Jesus as Savior and Lord, and are baptized into Him, we are born again, receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit and the promise of eternal life.
(Acts 2:38, 22:16; Romans 6:3-4, 6:23, 10:9-10; Galatians 3:27, Titus 3:5)
g) (G) About Eternity
- People were created to exist forever.
- In the afterlife, we will exist either separated from God by sin, or with God because of grace and salvation through Jesus Christ.
- In eternity, to be separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is Heaven.
- Both Heaven and Hell are actual and real places of eternal existence.
(John 3:16, 5:24-29; Rom. 6:23; Rev. 20:15)
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