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 functioning in three different ways. Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2; Corinthians 13:14
Man was made in the image of God at creation. God blew His breath or spirit into the nostrils of man and man became a living soul. Man is the supreme object of God’s creation and affection. God created man perfect and withheld nothing good from man. In fact, God said that his creation was very good. God didn’t create man as an animal, slave, or robot over which God would control. Instead God made man, breathed into his nostrils to give him life, and then gave him a soul in which to have dominion and decision-making power over all the rest of creation.
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. There is a place where people live eternally separated from God called hell. There is a place where people live eternally in union with him called heaven. Heaven and hell are places of eternal existence.John 3:16; John 2:25; John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; 1 John 5:11-12; Matthew 25:31-46
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Spoken Word of God made flesh. He is equal with God, the Father, and the Holy Spirit. While He was on earth, He was fully God in the form of a man living with men on earth to carry out God’s Word. This is why He is called the Son of God. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the unacceptable nature of sin in all men by dying on a cross.
Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his nature of sin by self-improvement, goodwill, or works – only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s sacrifice. Because Christ made the sacrifice, man can be forgiven of sin and saved from living in an eternal sinful state. Salvation begins the moment one believes that Jesus Christ made the sacrifice for our sin. We know we are fully acceptable to God because of what Christ has done for us. This is something we believe by faith; we do not work to make ourselves acceptable. We allow God’s Word to do the work.
About Eternal Security
Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian.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 the personal spirit of Jesus Christ himself. He 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 comes to live in every Christian from the moment of salvation to provide the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to submit to His control daily. The Holy Spirit is a person; He is not a thing. 2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:1
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. 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,; Proverbs 30:5
Baptism by immersion symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and is your public declaration that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. Baptism does not save you, but shows the world that you have already been saved. And while baptism is not required for salvation, it is a biblical command and demonstrates your love and obedience to Christ. Colossians 2:12; Acts 2:41; Ephesians 2: 8-9; Matthew 28:19-20
Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is an instruction 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 testimony of a believer’s faith in the abiding work of the cross and the Holy Spirit daily in our lives.Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:19:20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29
EMPOWERING KINGDOM GROWTH IN:
To draw close in a relationship with Jesus both individually corporately.
To know what I believe and why.
To improve on my hurts, habits, and hang-ups.
To love all people, ages, and backgrounds no matter what their situation.
To promote love & excellence in our Welcome, Worship, & Word experience.
To strengthen, improve, and encourage better relationships within my personal and church family.
To discover the individual styles of communication at work within my family.
To become a 100% tithing church.
To grow and redeem families from poverty.
To model faithfulness of God’s resources.
To groom children for the next generation of godly servant leadership
To be a positive force for change in the community and the world at-large
SEEING THE PEOPLE:
TRUST GOD LIVE DESTINY
Romans 4:13 (The Message Translation)”And what we read in Scripture is this,Abraham trusted God and that was his turning point. He trusted God to set him right instead of trying to be right himself.”