Who is God?
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He
has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the son, and the
Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. (Genesis
1:1,26,27; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
You have a Creator and a God that can be trusted.
Who is Jesus Christ?
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He
is co-equal with the Father. Jesus was both fully God and fully human,
lived a sinless human life, and offered himself as a perfect sacrifice
for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead
after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He
ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again some day to earth to
reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Matthew
1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 8:58, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1
Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; Philippians 2:5-11; 1
Timothy 6: 14-15; Titus 2:13)
Jesus, the Son of God, sacrificed Himself so that you could have a relationship with God.
Who is the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God.
He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus
Christ. He also lives in every Christian with power for living,
understanding for spiritual truths, and guidance in doing what is
right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As
Christians, we seek to live under His control daily. (2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16: 7-13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8, Ephesians 1:13, 5:18; Galatians 5:25)
As a Christian, the Holy Spirit works in you and through you.
What is the Bible?
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 truth without mixture of error. (2 Timothy 1:13, 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 119:105, 160, 2:6; Proverbs 30:5)
The Bible is your guide for what to believe and how to live.
Who are people?
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People
are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has
tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of
disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people
from God and causes many problems in life. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6, 59:6; Romans 3:23)
What is salvation?
Salvation is God’s free gift to us. We
can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only
by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be
saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and
turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment
one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. (Romans 5:1, 6:23; Ephesians 2:9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26)
Sin separates us from God, but God has provided a way, through Jesus Christ, for us to have a restored relationship with Him.
What is Eternal Security?
People who have been saved can never lose their salvation. Because
God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is
secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely
saved, you cannot “lose” your salvation. Salvation is maintained by the
grace and power of God, not by the self-efforts of the Christian. It is
the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security. (John 10:28-30; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:14, 1 Peter 1:3-5)
What about eternity?
People were created to exist forever in eternity. We
will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally
with God through forgiveness and salvation through Christ. 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. (John 3:16, 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 1:8, 2:44, 46)
The choices you make now will have eternal significance for you personally.
What is baptism?
People are baptized after they trust Jesus Christ with their lives.
Believers’ baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name
of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience
that symbolizes a person’s faith in the crucified, buried, and risen
Savior, death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection
to walk in a new life under the lordship of Jesus Christ. It is visible
evidence of a person’s faith in God and His promises, including the
final resurrection of the dead. Baptism by immersion is a requirement
for church membership.
What is the Lord's Supper?
The Lord's Supper is a special, symbolic act of worship.
During the Lord’s Supper, Christian believers remember the death of
Jesus Christ and anticipate His second coming by eating bread and
drinking the fruit of the vine.
Scriptural Foundation for Baptism and the Lord's Supper: (Matthew
3:13-17; 26:26-30; 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; 14:22-26; Luke 3:21-22;
22:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; 20:7; Romans
6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 10:16,21; 11:23-29; Colossians 2:12.)
What about the Church?
a Church member you are a part of a community of believers. Being a
church member means that you have certain opportunities and
New Testament Christian church is an autonomous local congregation of
baptized believers, associated by a common faith in and community that
centers on the gospel. A local church observes Believers Baptism and
the Lord’s Supper, and is governed by the principles found in
Scripture. A local church also is responsible for exercising the gifts,
rights, and privileges with which God has empowered its members through
His Word. A local church always looks for ways to extend the gospel to
the ends of the earth. The New Testament speaks also of the church as
the Body of Christ, which includes all believers from every time and
16:15-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-42,47; 5:11-14; 6:3-6; 13:1-3; 14:23,27;
15:1-30; 16:5; 20:28; Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 3:16; 5:4-5; 7:17;
9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:8-11,21; 5:22-32;
Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 2:9-14; 3:1-15; 4:14;
Hebrews 11:39-40; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 2-3; 21:2-3.)
What about worship?
We believe that as believers in Christ, we are called and privileged
to worship both individually in our everyday lives and collectively as
the Body of Christ. We gather weekly as a church to focus our minds'
attention and hearts' affection on Christ. Worship is central to our
lives as believers.