God is the creator, ruler and sustainer of the universe. He is both infinite and personal. He exists in three persons as: Father, Son and Holy Spirit // three distinct beings but one God.
All those who profess their faith in Jesus Christ are members of His Body, the Church – with Him as the head. Membership in the Church stretches across boundaries of race, gender and generation. As the body of Christ, the Church is involved in and responsible for : reaching the spiritually lost people, worshiping God, instructing followers of Christ through the Bible and their Christian life, caring for one another, and helping believers discover and utilize their God given gifts.
The Bible is God’s word to us – He inspired human authors through the Holy Spirit to write His supreme truth. Each writer wrote from their own background, using their own unique vocabulary and style. The Bible contains all that we need to know to have a living relationship with God – it is written without error in all that it teaches and is the final authority on all that it teaches.
As the crown of God’s creation, we are each created in His image, to be like Him and in relationship with Him. Although we have tremendous potential for doing good, we are marred by disobedience toward God – “sin”. Sin keeps us from having the type of relationship that God intended to have with us. In fact, because of sin we stand condemned to death. We are incapable of removing that sin on our own and restoring a right relationship with God.
Jesus, who although being divine, was born into this world of a virgin and was one like us.
Jesus Christ is God’s Son… He lived a sinless life and offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice through death on the cross to pay the penalty for our sin.
This sacrifice restores a right relationship with God for those who put their faith in Him. Three days after dying on the cross, Jesus rose from the dead to show His power over sin and death. He ascended back to heaven where He serves as mediator between God and us. He will return again to earth to reign forever as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Salvation is a gift that God offers to us to be forgiven for our sin. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works rather 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 repent our sins and receive Jesus Christ into our life and hearts by pure faith. We are each created to exist forever – either eternally separated from God by sin ending in Hell or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation resulting in Heaven.
The Christian Life
The necessary sign of true repentance and salvation is that we become more like Jesus in every area of our lives. The Holy Spirit enters our lives when we believe, and gives us the power to change – as well as the gifts of power, wisdom and assurance of salvation. In addition, the Spirit gives us other personal gifts and abilities to extend Christ’s reign here on earth – we yield to the Spirits control as an expression of our gratitude to God.