The Bible is God’s written word to man. The 66 books of the Bible were given by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. They are infallible, inerrant, and sufficient for all things pertaining to life and godliness. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Matthew 5:17-20, Hebrews 4:12).
GOD THE FATHER
God the Father is the first Person of the Trinity. He is the Sovereign creator and sustainer of all things, ordering events according to His purposes. At the appointed time He sent His Son to redeem mankind out of his sinful state. (Genesis 1:1-31, 1 Corinthians 8:6, Psalm 2:1-4, Psalm 103:19, Isaiah 46:10).
Jesus Christ, the Son of God and second Person of the Trinity has existed from eternity with the Father and the Holy Spirit. He was born of the virgin Mary, truly God and truly man, and lived without sin. The Lord Jesus accomplished redemption through the shedding of His blood and sacrificial death on the cross. Justification was accomplished in His resurrection from the dead. He is now seated at the right hand of God making intercession for us and at the appointed time He will return for His Church and set up His kingdom. (Hebrews 1:3, Ephesians 1:11, John 1:1, 14, Luke 1:35, Romans 3:24-25, 1 Peter 2:24, Matthew 28:6, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 1 Timothy 2:5).
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity and is co-equal with the Father and the Son. He was present and active in creation and in the ministry of Jesus. The Holy Spirit convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgement and leads believers in all truth through the Scripture. He endows believers with spiritual gifts at the direction of the Father. (Genesis 1:2, Matthew 3:16, John 16:8-15, 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, 13, 1 John 2:20, 27, Acts 1:8).
Man was created in the image of God, woman from man’s side and they were given dominion over the earth. Man gave into the temptation of the serpent and as a result lost his innocence, bringing about the penalty of spiritual and physical death. As a result, each of us is born totally depraved and under the judgement of God. But in God’s love and mercy, God sent His son to receive the penalty on our behalf so that we would be redeemed from the penalty, power, and pollution of sin. (Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 2:7, 15-25, John 3:36, Romans 3:23, Ephesians 2:1-3).
Because of the sin of Adam, man is born into sin and separated from God. Salvation is the gift of God by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ that unites man back to God. In the garden Jesus prayed for His disciples and those who would believe on Him through their word. Thusly, God calls those who are His to salvation. Salvation was accomplished through the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and is without regard of human effort. (1 Corinthians 15:20-28, John 17:20, John 3:3-7, Romans 8:28-30, Ephesians 1:4-11, Romans 9:16).
Both the Old and New Testaments present a call to holiness. As Christians we are to separate ourselves from sin and be separated unto God. The life modeled in the New Testament is one of holiness and sanctification, this is neither salvation earned or kept by works but a life submitted to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1, Romans 12:1-2, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7, Hebrews 12:14).
The Church is comprised of all those who have put their faith in Jesus Christ and have been placed in the body of Christ by the Holy Spirit. Each member of the body of Christ should attend a local church to be taught the Scripture, be equipped for ministry, and have fellowship with other believers. The authority over the Church is the written Scripture and is led by a pastor and elders. There are two ordinances given to the Church by Christ; water baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Communion). Water baptism by immersion is the public profession of faith by each individual believer. The Lord’s Supper is a memorial meal commemorating the death and resurrection of Christ that is to be shared among the fellowship of believers. (1 Corinthians 12:12-13, Ephesians 2:11-3:6, Hebrews 10:25, 1 Timothy 3:1-13, Ephesians 4:11-12, Acts 2:38-42, 1 Corinthians 11:23-34).
At the appointed time this age will come to an end signified first by the catching away of the Church. Followed by the millennial reign, and culminating in the final judgment; the reward of the righteous and the punishment of the wicked. (1 Thessalonians 4:15-5:11, 1 Corinthians 14:24-28, Revelation 20:1-15).
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