God is one, infinite, almighty, and perfect in all His attributes. He exists in three co-existent, co-equal, and co-eternal Persons – Father, Son, and Spirit.
God the Father
God the Father is Creator of all things through His word and all things were made for His glory. He created freely, not of necessity, and out of nothing. In His infinite grace, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem mankind.
God the Son, Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of God. He is the Word made flesh, conceived by the Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary. He is fully and completely God and man. He is the Savior of the world, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. He died on the cross, was buried, and rose again. He now sits at the right hand of the Father, interceding for His people, and ruling with all authority over the earth. He will return to earth and establish His Kingdom forever. He is the head of His body, the Church.
God the Holy Spirit
The Spirit is fully divine, co-equal with the Father and the Son. He makes men aware of their need for Jesus Christ and leads them to trust in Jesus alone for salvation. The Spirit brings Christians into union with Jesus in faith, gives new birth, and dwells within the believer. He actively works out our sanctification, giving understanding to spiritual truth and to live consistently with the calling that they have received.
The Bible is the written Word of God, the essential and infallible record of God revealing Himself to mankind. The Bible is inspired by God; and is therefore free from error in all it teaches. The Bible is authoritative giving the foundation from which all Christians and all Churches should build their life, practices, and doctrine upon.
God made all people – male and female – in His own image. Being led astray through the temptation of Satan, mankind rebelled against God and is now under God’s righteous wrath. Without God’s work of grace in a person’s heart, all are incapable of returning to God. Mankind’s sinfulness is complete and total from birth effecting the mind, will, and affections. All people are lost and without hope apart from salvation in Christ alone.
This is this the Gospel: Jesus died for sins, was buried, rose again on the third day, and ascended to heaven. God sent His Son, Jesus, the Lamb of God, in order that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. Jesus is the only way to the Father, He is the eternal truth revealed in the flesh, and it is in His Name alone that One can have forgiveness of sins and eternal life. There is no other option to which people can claim to have hope for an eternity with God. Individuals are saved by grace through faith in the Person of Jesus Christ.
Salvation is the gift of God to mankind by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. Those who are genuinely redeemed are kept by God and secure forever in Jesus. Eternal life begins the moment one receives the gift of salvation and will be completed one day in glorification.
Mankind, being made in God’s image, was created to exist forever. There are only two eternal destinations for humans: separation from God in hell or united with God in heaven through forgiveness and salvation. Heaven and hell are literal places of eternal existence.
The Church is a spiritual organism that is composed of the redeemed people of God. The Church is more than a place of worship or an activity, it is who we are as believers. Jesus is the head of the Church and the Church make up the members of His Body. The Church universal is seen through local expressions of God’s people who gather to be nurtured, encouraged, and equipped for the work of the ministry through the teaching, preaching, and applying of God’s Word and the empowerment of the Spirit. The Church is sent into the world to make disciples of all people in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Baptism is for people who have confessed their belief in the Gospel of Jesus Christ for their salvation. It is a public testimony through a picture of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Therefore, a Christian should be immersed in water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is a testimony to the Church and the watching world, that the person’s former life is being put to death and their allegiance is to God alone.
The Lord’s Supper is for those who follow Christ as their Lord and Savior. This ordinance symbolizes the breaking of Christ’s body and the shedding of His blood for the believer. We take the Supper by humbly examining our hearts for sin and confess known sin with full confidence that Christ’s broken body and spilled blood are sufficient to cleanse us from sin. The Supper is not only a memorial, but a time of expectation as we await the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.