The Bible, contained in the Old and New Testaments, is the Word of God, without error, and the supreme authority in all areas of life.
The God of the Bible is the only true and living God. There are no others. God exists as a Trinity – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
All people are created in the image of God and as a result are worthy of dignity and respect. At creation, the first man and woman were without sin, in perfect relationship with God. However, the first man and woman were separated from a right relationship with God by their disobedience, which is known as sin. All people are now born sinful, and no one is acceptable to God alone. Because all men and women are sinful, all deserve the penalty for sin, which is death.
Because of man’s disobedience, a mediator is needed to restore the relationship between God and his people. Jesus Christ is the Son of God and is that very mediator, making it possible for his people to know God and to renew their relationship with him.
Jesus Christ, although God, became a man and lived a life of perfect obedience. Through his death, Christ received the punishment we deserved and granted to us his own righteousness. As a result, by faith, our sins are forgiven and our relationship with God is restored.
Jesus Christ was raised from the dead, appeared to his disciples, and ascended into heaven. He lives and reigns over the world today and shall return to judge everyone at the final judgment. Through his resurrection, all believers have assurance of eternal life with him.
Through the teaching and preaching of God’s Word, the Holy Spirit calls people to a renewed relationship with their heavenly father. He does this by enabling them to recognize their need for forgiveness because of their sinful ways, to be sorrowful, to repent and to trust in Christ as their Savior. Salvation is possible by God’s gift alone, and not by any effort on our part to please God.
Those who enter into a relationship with God become his children, are given the gift of the Holy Spirit and receive as their inheritance of eternal life in the Kingdom of God. As children of God, our primary purpose in this life is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.