The Word of God
The Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired by the Holy Spirit. The Bible is without error in its original form and is God’s revelation to humanity. All Scripture is 100% true. The Bible is the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
There is only one living and true God. God is perfect and without flaw. God is THE Supreme Being. God is unchanging in character. God is the perfect definition of every quality He possesses including love, faithfulness, holiness and power. God is relational and desires to live in community. Whatever glory creation brings will fall short of the amount of glory God deserves. God is worthy of all our worship and honor.
He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. (Relevation 1:8). God is one divine essence, but three distinct persons in the Holy Trinity; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. All three persons have appeared in Scripture together at various times. Genesis 1 reveals the Trinity involved in creating the world. John 1 reveals the same. The latter parts of John 1 show the Trinity involved in Jesus’ baptism. The trinity can never be fully understood. It is a mystery, yet it is everlasting. The trinity consists of everything that makes God who he is. Each person of the Trinity has different tasks, but each is co-equal to the others.
God The Father
God, the Father, is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. The Father concerns himself mercifully in the affairs of each person. He hears and answers prayers. He saves all who come to him through Jesus Christ from sin and death.
Jesus The Son
Jesus is the one and only Son of God. Jesus was 100% man and 100% God while he walked on the earth. Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. He lived a completely sinless life while on earth. Without sin, Jesus was the perfect atonement for humanity. Jesus alone can provide redemption to all who trust and surrender to him. He died on the cross, was buried and rose again on the third day and now reigns at the right hand of the Father. He interceded for his church. He will return one day to take Christians from the earth.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is an active participant in several areas of a human’s life. The Holy Spirit is the member of the Trinity that illuminates scripture for our understanding. The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin and leads us to repentance. The Holy Spirit regenerates, sanctifies and empowers all who believe in Jesus Christ. He indwells every believer and gives us the power to resist the schemes of the Devil. He offers guidance and direction for our lives. He dispenses our gifts for the benefit of God’s kingdom.
Man was created by God on the sixth day of creation in His own image. He created them male and female and joined them together in marriage. Humanity was free from sin until Genesis 3 when the woman and man chose to disobey God.
Mankind has fallen short of God’s glory and deserving of death, the wages of sin, since that day. His and her only hope is to accept the free gift of salvation provided by Jesus’ death on the cross.
Mankind’s purpose on the earth is to bring glory to the Father, his creator.
Salvation is offered freely to all who trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Ephesians 2 tells us there is nothing we can do to earn salvation, but only available through grace. 1 Corinthians 5 tells us we are made a new creation. This new creation allows us to have right-standing with the Father – justification. The rest of our lives is spent becoming more like Christ – sanctification. We will never become sinless on this side of heaven, but we should look more like Christ as we mature.
Hell is a real eternal place of punishment prepared for Satan and his armies. Those who have rejected Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord will be sent to Hell for a non-consuming eternity.
Heaven is a real eternal place reserved for those redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ.
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
Christian baptism is a next step of obedience in our walk with Jesus. Baptism does not do anything toward salvation, but is a celebration of the salvation we already have accepted. Immersion of a believer symbolizes death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus.
Communion is also an action of obedience that celebrates the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Bible teaches us to partake of the elements in remembrance until Christ returns to earth.
From the beginning of time, God designed male and female in his own image. He then joined them together in a marriage covenant that lasts their lifetime. God designed marriage to be one man and one woman (according to their biology at birth).
Followers of Jesus should live to give maximum glory to God. Our conduct should be blameless and above reproach before the world. We should be faithful stewards of our possessions. We should strive for maturity in Jesus Christ. We should take others on that journey with us.
The universal church is the living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all believers are part. The local church consists of believers who gather for like-minded community while worshipping God, serving one another and striving to build relationship with those that do not know Jesus Christ.
As part of the larger body of Christ, each local church has a responsibility to partner with like-minded churches and organizations for the advancement of the Kingdom of God.
The Last Days
There will be a personal and visible return on the Lord Jesus Christ to earth. He will establish his kingdom. There will be the resurrection of the dead and the final judgment. Those who have surrendered to Jesus will enter Heaven. Those who have not surrendered to Jesus will spend eternity in Hell.
God gives leadership gifts to men and women for the edification of the body of Christ. However, I believe Scripture teaches God reserves the office(s) of Pastor and Elder for Godly men who qualify according to 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1.