Our Essentials

 

God

God is the creator and ruler of the universe.  He has eternally existed in three personalities: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.  These three are co-equal and are one God.  God is living and personal.  He transcends, or is above, the world and is free from confinement of any sort.   God is holy. God is good. God is love.  Psalms 90:2Matthew 28:19Habakkuk 1:3I Peter 1:2I John 4:8

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  He is co-equal with the Father.  Virgin born, He had no human father but He did have a human mother.  Both His deity and humanity are to be affirmed.  Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the 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 someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  Matthew 1:22-23Isaiah 9:6;John 1:1-5, 14, 10-30Hebrews 4:14-15I Corinthians 15:3-4Acts 1:9-11Titus 2:13

Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God.  He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ.  He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation.  He provides the Christian with  (1) power for living, (2) understanding of spiritual truth, and (3) 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.  II Corinthians 3:17John 16:7-13Acts 1:8I Corinthians 2:12Ephesians 1:3;  Galatians 5:25

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 the truth without any mixture of error.  Psalm 119:105, 160Psalm 12:6Proverbs 3:5II Timothy 1:13, 3:16

Human Beings

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.  It is impossible for an  individual to free themselves from this sin problem. Only Jesus has made this possible. “God considered humanity so important that He continued to reveal Himself to us, ultimately sending His Son, the perfect revelation.”  Genesis 1:27Psalms 8:3-6Isaiah 53:6a; 59:1-2;Romans 3:23

Salvation

Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it.  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.  John 1:12, 3:16, 4:6;  Romans 3:23, 6:23, 5:1Ephesians 2:8-9Titus 3:5

Eternal Security

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” it.   Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by self-effort of the Christian.  It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.  John 10:27-29II Timothy 1:12Hebrews 7:25I Peter 1:3-5I John 5:13

Eternity

People were created to exist forever.  We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation.  To be eternally separated from God is Hell.  To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life in Heaven. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.  John 3:16;  Romans 6:23;  I John 2:25, 5:11-13;  Revelations 20:15