Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Jesus is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all humanity by dying on a cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate his power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. The Holy Spirit is present in the world to make persons aware of their need for Jesus as Savior. The Spirit of God also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation, providing power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Holy Spirit gives every believer one or more spiritual gifts when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under the Holy Spirit’s daily guidance and control.
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error. The Bible is inerrant in its original autographs and infallible. The Bible presents the gospel, which we believe is the power of God for salvation of everyone who believes.
Humans are created in the image of God, to reflect God’s holy character. However, because of sin we are separated from God. We are unable to do a self-rescue via good works or religious deeds. Instead, we must admit our sin to God, repent and turn away from that sin, ask and receive God’s forgiveness, and trust in God’s Son as Savior, Lord and Leader. This is the basis of our salvation.
We are saved by God’s grace through trusting in Christ alone for new life, abundant and eternal. The gift of salvation, for those genuinely saved, cannot be “lost.” Salvation is maintained and secured for eternity by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian.
The Last Things
Humans are created to live forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through His forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence.