The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament are the verbally inspired Word of God; they were without error in the original writings; they are the complete and final written revelation of God, and they alone are our only authoritative source of faith and practice. Throughout history, God demonstrated the divine authority of His Word by giving some of His prophets and apostles the supernatural ability to heal, perform miracles, and speak foreign languages. Additional written revelation from God ceased with the completion of the New Testament.
Psalm 19:7-11, 119; Matthew 5:18; John 17:17; 1 Corinthians 12:10; 2 Timothy 3:16,17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:19-21
THE TRIUNITY OF GOD
There is only one God, eternally existent in three Persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - Who are co-equal in Their nature, attributes, and perfection; and each of Whom is to be honored as God.
Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 18:30,31; 147:5; Matthew 28:19; Mark 12:29; Luke 3:22; John 4:24; 5:23; 10:30; 14:9; Acts 5:3,4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:1-3
Jesus Christ is God the Son, the promised Messiah, begotten in the flesh by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, without sin, true God and true man, and the only mediator between God and Man.
Isaiah 7;14; 9:6,7; Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:1- 3, 14, 29; 5:18; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 2:9; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 1:2-9; 2:14,15; 1 John 5:20
THE MINISTRY OF JESUS CHRIST
The death of Jesus paid the penalty for sin, completely satisfied the righteous wrath of God against sin, and provided redemption and forgiveness for all who believe. After His death, Jesus Christ arose bodily from the dead, was seen by many during a period of forty days, and then ascended into Heaven to appear before God the Father as our Advocate and Intercessor from which place He will some day return to establish His Kingdom forever.
Isaiah 53:5,6; Luke 24:36-43; John 1:18; 3:16; 20:25-28; Acts 1:6-11; Romans 3:21-26; 6:23; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; 20-23; Galatians 3:13; Colossians 1:13,14; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; 1 Peter 1:18,19; 2:24; 1 John 2:1,2; Revelation 20:6
THE MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Bible teaches that all believers receive the Holy Spirit at conversion as they are being baptized into the Body of Christ. The Holy Spirit convicts men of sin, indwells, seals, sanctifies, gifts, guides, equips, teaches, and fills the believer, so that he may walk in obedience to God and His Word. All spiritual gifts are not intended for every believer. The Holy Spirit chooses the gift(s) each believer receives and how they are employed.
John 3:5; 14:16,17,26; 15:26,27; 16:7-15; Acts 1:8; 5:3,4; Romans 8:9,14; 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 2:10,11; 6:11,19; 12:4-13; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 5:16-18, 22,23; Ephesians 1:13,14; 4:30; 5:18-21
THE SALVATION OF MAN
God created mankind to bear His image, worship, obey, and enjoy fellowship with Him. By sinning in violation of God's law, Adam and all who came after him distorted that image, forfeited that fellowship, and became sinful in nature and practice. The punishment for sin is physical death and permanent separation from God in hell. By His grace alone, God forgives, justifies, and saves all who repent from their sins and trust solely in the Lord Jesus Christ. All who trust in Christ are being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. Their salvation is secured by the Spirit until their death or Christ's return. Salvation from sin, death, and hell is not based on any sacrament, merit, or good work on our part.
Genesis 1:26, 28; 2:7; 3:1-24; 6:5; 9:6; Exodus 20: 3-5; Psalm 51:5; 1 Samuel 15:22; Ezekiel 18:4, 20; Matthew 23:15; Mark 1:15; 7:21-23; John 8:42-44; Acts 2:38; 17:30-31; Romans 1:18-19; 3:23-26; 6:8-11, 22-23; 10:9-10; 1 Thessalonians 4:15; 1 Corinthians 1:9; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Ephesians 2:1-10; 4:30; Titus 3:5-7; Hebrews 7:24-25; 1 Peter 1:1-2; Revelation 20:10-15; 21:8
Everyone who puts their faith in Jesus Christ is a member of God’s family, the church. God calls the church to meet regularly to worship, to love each other, to build each other up, to exercise our unique spiritual gifts, to be mutually accountable, and to make disciples by teaching and applying God’s word. Jesus Christ is the supreme authority over the church and He delegates authority to men who meet biblical qualifications to lead local churches.
Matthew 18:5-14, 28:19; Acts 1:8, 2:42; Romans 12:5-8; 1 Corinthians 11:3, 12:4-31; Galatians 6:1-3; Ephesians 1:22; Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 1:5, 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; Hebrews 13:7,17; 1 Peter 1:22, 4:10-11, 5:1-5
Baptism by immersion symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a public declaration of Jesus Christ as one’s Lord and Savior. Baptism does not save someone; it shows the world that someone has already been saved. While baptism is not required for salvation, it is a biblical command and demonstrates our love and obedience to Christ.
Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41; Colossians 2:12; Ephesians 2: 8-9.
Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is an ordinance given to all believers by Jesus Christ to remember his sacrifice for us and to symbolize the new covenant. The elements of bread and wine or juice are symbols of Christ’s broken body and shed blood. Communion is not a means of salvation. Rather, it is a testament of a believer’s faith in the atoning work of the cross.
Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:19,20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29
THE DESTINY OF MAN
All believers will be resurrected to spend eternity in a new heaven and a new earth. All non-believers will be resurrected to stand before God's throne of judgment where they will be sentenced to everlasting punishment and separation from God.
Matthew 25:46; John 3:16; 5:24; 10:27-30; Romans 5:1; 6:23; 1 Thessalonians 1:9,10; 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; 1 John 5:13; Revelation 20:11-15; 22:3,4