The Bible is the inerrant, infallible, and inspired Word of God. It is one true story contained in 66 books that testify to Jesus Christ. It was written by men who were inspired by Holy Spirit. The Bible is the revelation of God that transcends time and culture. It is authoritative and sufficient.
There is one and only one true living God. He is eternally one God in three persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) without division of nature, essence, or being.
God the Father reigns sovereign over all of His creation. He is creator and sustainer of creation and purposes it for the revelation of His glory. Through His Son God adopts His children and is their Father.
God the Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, has eternally existed with the Father and the Holy Spirit. In His incarnation Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He was both fully man and fully God. He lived a perfect and holy life in the eyes of the Father. Though He deserved eternal life, He took on the punishment of all sinners on the cross as a substitute which secured the undeserved salvation for those who believe. He physically rose victoriously from the grave, conquering death, and now sits at the right hand of the Father in Heaven preparing for His return when he will establish His everlasting Kingdom.
God the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. He exalts Christ and convicts people of sin revealing their need for salvation. He regenerates the soul of the redeemed, enlightens the believer with knowledge of God, and empowers His children to live an obedient life to the glory of God.
God created mankind, male and female, in His image and likeness. They were free of sin in perfect relationship with God to His glory. They were tempted by Satan and willingly sinned against God bringing death, condemnation and separation from Him. All mankind is now born in a state of sinfulness and separation with no ability on their own to find salvation and reconciliation. All are without excuse to the judgement of God, which is both physical and spiritual death, and are in desperate need of a Savior.
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
God’s Purpose of Grace
Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. …All true believers endure to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end.
Upon placing one’s faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, the believer is made part of the Body of Christ, the one universal Church, of which Jesus Christ is the Head. The Scriptures command believers to gather locally in order to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, fellowship, the ordinances of baptism and communion, service to the local body through the development and use of talents and spiritual gifts, and outreach to the world to make disciples.
Wherever God’s people meet regularly in obedience to this command, there is the local expression of the Church under the watchful care of a plurality of elders. A church’s members are to work together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ. A local church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel.
Baptism & the Lord’s Supper
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water. …It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus.
The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members … memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.