There is only one true God who is the eternal King, Creator, and Redeemer of all that is. He is perfectly holy, just, loving, and truthful. He has revealed Himself to be eternally self-existent, one being in three persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
Genesis 1:1-2; 18:25; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Revelation 4:11
God the Father
God the Father is sometimes referred to as the first person of the Trinity. We know that the true follower of Jesus has been literally adopted by God, the Creator, and He has become our Heavenly Father, even to the point that we call Him “Abba” (Daddy). When we pray to our Father, He will answer, for He loves to give good gifts to His children. He is our pattern for earthly fathers.
Matthew 6:6, 9; John 16:23-28; Romans 8:15; James 1:16-17
The Lord Jesus Christ, the one and only begotten Son of God, was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and is God’s Anointed One, empowered by the Holy Spirit to inaugurate God’s kingdom on Earth. He lived a sinless life, was crucified for our sins, died, was buried, resurrected, and ascended into Heaven. Through these things He established mankind’s authority to rule over and subdue the earth, enabling us to expand His kingdom wherever we go. He is alive today at the right hand of God in Heaven and in His people through the Holy Spirit on Earth. He is fully God and fully man.
Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 1:22-23; 12:28; John 1:1-5, 14; 12:44-46; 20:28; Acts 4:33; 1 Corinthians 15:3-6; Revelation 1:18
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit indwells and empowers the Christian, enabling each Christ follower to live a holy life and minister supernaturally. The baptism of the Holy Spirit in Acts 1:4-8; 2:4 and the filling of the Holy Spirit in Acts 4:29-31 and Ephesians 5:18 equip believers to be bold witnesses for Christ in both word and deed.
Luke 11:11-13; John 14:16-21; 16:5-15; 20:21-23
Humankind was created in the image of God to know and enjoy Him, and was granted authority to rule over and subdue the whole Earth. Despite this relationship and commission, we willfully rejected the lordship and glory of God for which we were intended. In doing this, we handed authority over Earth to satan, who became god of this world until Jesus restored the created order through His sinless life, death, and resurrection. Sin, sickness, death and judgment entered the world because of our rebellion, and now creation experiences the effects and consequences of the human rebellion. These consequences can only be redeemed by submission to the Kingdom of God.
Genesis 1:26-28; 3:1-24; Romans 3:23; 5:12; 6:23; 8:18-21
The Bible is the inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God.
Joshua 1:8; Psalm 119:9, 11, 105; Proverbs 30:5; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21
We are saved by grace, through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ alone, and not by any of our own good works or deeds. God wants all people to be restored to fellowship with Him through repenting, believing, and receiving Jesus as their Savior and Lord. The Holy Spirit convicts, regenerates, and adopts us so we enter the Kingdom of God as His sons and daughters.
John 1:12; 3:2-8; 16:8; 20:31; Acts 4:12; Romans 8:14-17; Ephesians 2:1-10; 1 Timothy 2:4; 1 Peter 3:18; Titus 3:5-6
The Church as the body of Christ is made up of all those who have been saved by grace through faith. The Church exists to embody the goodness of God, carrying out the commissions of Jesus by:
- advancing God’s Kingdom
- destroying the works of the devil
- preaching and living the good news of God’s love
- baptizing and discipling the nations
- proclaiming Jesus’ death, resurrection, and visible bodily return through the practice of communion
Matthew 16:18-19; 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-18; John 16:18-19; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Ephesians 1:19-23; 3:6-7; 10-11; 4:11-14; 1 John 3:8; Revelation 22:17
God’s overall plan is the ever-increasing of His government culminating in the visible return of our Lord Jesus Christ for His glorious bride, His Church, a final judgment, and the separation of the righteous unto eternal reward in Heaven and the lost unto eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire.
Isaiah 9:6-7, Daniel 2:35, 44-45; Matthew 25:31-46; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 19:7-8, 11-16; 20:14-15