WHAT WE BELIEVE
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. (Genesis1:1,26–27,3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19,1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 3:14)
Man is made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. He is the supreme object of God’s creation. Although man has tremendous potential for good, he is marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called sin. This attitude separates man from God. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3–6; Isaiah 53:6, 59:12; Romans 3:23)
Man was created to exist forever. He 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 eternal life. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence. (John 3:16; 1 John 2:25, 5:11–13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15)
ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
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 men 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 on 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; Romans 1:3–4; Acts 1:9–11)
Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. (Romans 3:23–24; 6:23; Ephesians 2:8–9; John 1:12, 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26)
ABOUT ETERNAL SECURITY
Because God gives man 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 us this security. (John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10–14; 1 Peter 1:3–5)
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their 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 14:16–17, 16:7–13; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25)
ABOUT THE BIBLE
The Bible is God’s Word to all men. 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. (Psalm 119:105, 160; Proverbs 30:5; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20–21; 2 Timothy 1:13)
HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN
This is the best part. Because of His love for us, God has made it exceedingly simple to become a Christian. To become a Christian, I recognize that I am an imperfect sinner and that my sin has separated me from God. I must believe that Jesus is God’s Son, who died on the cross for my sin, and rose to provide forgiveness and life as a gift. By faith, I believe that Jesus death as the sufficient sacrifice for my sins (John 3:16), and I fully trust Him alone as my Savior (John 14:6, Acts 4:12). Becoming a Christian is not all about rituals, going to church, or doing certain things while refraining from other things. Becoming a Christian is all about having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. A personal relationship with Jesus Christ, through faith, is what makes a person a Christian.
WHY DO WE BAPTIZE?
To begin with, Baptism doesn’t wash your sins away or make a person a Christian. Rather, Baptism is an outward expression of a personal faith and decision to follow Jesus as savior and Lord. Baptism is like a wedding ring. It is an outward symbol of the commitment you made in your heart. We baptize because Jesus set the example of being baptized, and commands us to follow His example. It is an important step that identifies us as followers of Jesus. (Matthew 28:19-20)
BAPTISM ILLUSTRATES TWO IMPORTANT THINGS:
• What Jesus did for me. Specifically, His death, burial & resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Colossians 2:12).
• The forgiveness of sin & new life that I have because of my personal faith in Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 6:4).