God is the one, true, living God. He is creator of
all things, perfect in love and righteousness, eternally existent in
three persons as God the Father, God the Son, Jesus, and God the Holy
Spirit: coequal and coeternal (Gen. 1:26; Is. 9:6; Matt.
3:16, 17; 28:19; Luke 1:35; Heb. 3:7-11; I John 5:7).
Word of God:
The scripture of the Hebrew Old and Greek New Testament, the Bible, is
the final, supreme authority in all matters of faith, conduct and
doctrine. It is the inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of
God. (Prov. 30:5; Romans 16:25, 26; II Tim. 3:16; II Peter 1:20, 21).
Jesus Christ, God the Son, born of a virgin, became God in the
flesh. He is fully God and fully human. He lived a
sinless life, performed miracles, died on a cross to atone for
man’s sins through the shedding of His blood. He
was raised from the dead on the third day and ascended to the right
hand of the Father. He now lives to make intercession for us
and will return to earth again in power and glory at the command of the
Father. (Is. 9;6, John 1:14, 20:28; Phil 2:5; 3:16).
Virgin Birth: Jesus Christ, conceived in the womb of the
Virgin Mary through the power of the Holy Spirit of God, is the Son of
God. (Is. 7:14; Matt 1:18, 23-25; Luke 1:27-35).
Redemption and Regeneration:
Man was created by God in His image. Adam, the first man,
voluntarily transgressed God’s word, sinned, resulting in
spiritual, physical and eternal death, or separation from
God. (Gen. 1:26-31; 2:17; 3:1-7, 19; 5:2, 3; John 3:14-16;
Salvation: Man is saved by grace through faith in the death,
burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Salvation is a gift
from God and not the result of good works or any human
effort. (Romans 10:9, 10; Acts 16:31; Gal. 2:16; Eph. 2:8, 9;
Tit. 3:5; Heb. 9:22).
Jesus Christ Indwells
At the moment man repents and trusts in the death, burial, and
resurrection of Jesus, Jesus comes to live in him by the Holy Spirit.
Baptism in the Holy Spirit: Given at Pentecost, the Baptism
of the Holy Spirit was sent by God to empower man to preach the gospel
of peace and reconciliation with Him to all men. Jesus
baptizes the believer in the Holy Spirit, with the initial evidence of
speaking in other tongues, as the Spirit gives him utterance.
(Joel 2:28, 29; Matt. 3:11; Mark 16:17; John 14:16,17; Acts 1:5,8;
2:1-4, 17, 38, 39; 4:29, 31; 8:14-17; 10:38, 44-47; 11:15-17; 19:1-6).
The Gifts of the Holy
The Holy Spirit manifests His power in the believer through gifts given
to build the body of Christ, sanctify believers, demonstrate the
validity of the resurrection and confirm the power of the
gospel. (Rom 1:11; 12:4-8; I Cor. 12:1-31; 14:1-40; Eph.
When Jesus ascended, He gave gifts of apostles, prophets, evangelists,
pastors and teachers to equip and mature His body, the
church. These gifts, the fivefold ministry, operate in the
body of Christ today. (Eph. 4:11).
Healing the sick was illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus, was
included in His commission to His disciples, provided for in the
atonement as a privilege for all believers, given as a sign that is to
follow all believers and is a gift of the Holy Spirit. (Psalms 103:2,3;
Is. 53: 4,5; Matt. 8:16, 17;
Mark 16:17,18; Acts 8:6,7; Rom. 11:29; I Cor. 12:9, 28).
God created man to know, love and serve Him in this present world and
to live with him forever in heaven. Heaven is referred to in
scripture as Paradise, the Father’s House, a heavenly country
or the City of God. The righteous, those who believe and
trust in the death and resurrection of Jesus, are destined to live
eternally with God. The unbelieving are destined to receive
the wrath of God, the second death and live in hell, eternally
separated from God but will have memory, remorse, unsatisfied desire,
contempt, vile companionship and hopelessness. (Matt. 25:34;
John 14:1-3; Heb. 11:13-16; 2 Peter 3:13; Rev. 21 & 22; Pro.
11:6; Matt. 25:41, 46; Luke 16:19-31; Rev. 20:10-15).