God is the Creator, Ruler and Sustainer of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three persons are co-equal and unified in the trinity. (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; John 4:24, 10:30; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
Man is the creation of God made in His image and under God’s authority. Man is the supreme object of God’s creation. Yet, while man has a tremendous potential for good, he has been tainted by an innate attitude of disobedience toward God. This nature to sin separates man from God. (Genesis 1:27; Romans 3:23: 5:12)
The Bible is God’s Word to all men. It was written by human authors who were under the supernatural guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Likewise, it is the supreme source of truth and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction and training in righteousness. Because the Bible has been inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21)
Jesus is the only begotten Son of the Father. He is co-equal with the Father and was God in the flesh (incarnate). He was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless human life, and offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice by dying on the cross for the sins of man. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His dominion over death and the grave and ascended to the right hand of the Father where He serves as our High Priest. He will return one day in the not-too-distant future to redeem the saved, destroy the sinful and restore His kingdom. (John 1:1-18; 5:18; Hebrews 1:1-9; 5:8)
To sin is to miss the mark of God’s perfection; it is to engage in any activity contrary to the heart of the Father. Sin originated in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve disobeyed God and chose a way that seemed right to themselves. The result of his one action condemned all of humanity as every person born since the fall possesses a nature to sin and rebel against God. The result is that every man is born totally depraved and is incapable of atoning for his or her sin and is therefore condemned to death and hell – for the wages of sin is death. Man’s only hope of redemption does not originate from within humanity, but from above through the merciful grace of God. (Romans 3:10, 23; 6:23; Colossians 1:13-14)
Salvation is the free gift of God to all men. It is received by grace through faith and not by the will or effort of man, but only by the will and work of God. Salvation is possible only by the way of the cross and through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Upon responding to the urging of the Holy Spirit, each person must turn from sin and self to Christ and the cross to have his or her sins forgiven. Upon the securing of this transaction, eternity begins. (Acts 4:12; John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9)
The Holy Spirit is equal to the Father and the Son. He is present in the world to convict men of sin and of their need for a Savior. He serves to guide, seal and protect every Christian in His life with God. He provides the believer with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in what is right and of God. (Matthew 28:19; John 3:3-7; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Titus 3:5)
Since man has done nothing to receive salvation, neither can he do anything to lose salvation. Salvation is being maintained by the grace and power of God and not by the effort of man. (John 10:28, Ephesians 1:13, 1 John 5:13)
PRIESTHOOD OF BELIEVERS
The Bible teaches that every Christian is called into “full time” Christian service, regardless of his or her vocation. We practice the truth that every believer is a minister by encouraging every member to find a place of service and ministry. Every believer has direct access to God through prayer and Scripture and is accountable to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. (Matthew 6:33; 1 Peter 2:9)
The blessed hope of the Church is the imminent return of Christ. The events of the return of Christ take place in the following order – the rapture of the Church, the Tribulation, the Second Advent, the establishment of the reign of Christ on earth for one thousand years, and finally an eternal state of punishment for the unsaved and the eternal state of blessing for the saved. (Matthew 24:21, 29, 30; 25:31-46; John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-18; 5:4-10; Titus 2:18; Revelations 3:10)
Man was created to exist forever with God. He will either reside eternally in union with God by the way of the cross, or he will exist eternally separated and condemned by the stubbornness of his heart. Hell is the consequence of rejecting Christ, while Heaven is the benefit of those who surrender their sin and turn to Christ in repentance. (John 3:16-18; 14:1-4)
God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood or adoption.
Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards and the means for procreation of the human race.
The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.
Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.
(Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15-25;3:1-20; Exodus 20:12 Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Joshua 24:15; 1 Samuel 1:26-28; Psalms 51:5; 78:1-8; 127; 128; 139:13-16; Proverbs 1:8; 5:15-20; 6:20-22; 12:4; 13:24; 14:1; 17:6; 18:22; 22:6,15; 23:13-14; 24:3; 29:15,17; 31:10-31; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; 9:9; Malachi 2:14-16;Matthew 5:31-32; 18:2-5; 19:3-9; Mark 10:6-12; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; 1 Timothy 5:8,14; 2 Timothy 1:3-5; Titus2:3-5; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Peter 3:1-7)