The Triune God
There is only one true God.  He is the God of all creation and redemption. There were no
gods before Him, and there shall be none after Him.  He is eternal, holy, and perfect.  God is
without sin, and sinful man cannot know Him without a mighty act of grace (see God The
Son).  He reveals Himself to man in the persons of God the Father, God the Son, and God
the Holy Spirit.

God The Father
God the Father reigns over all creation with grace, justice, and love.  He loved mankind so
much that He sacrificed His only Son so that He could adopt us as His own children.

God The Son
Jesus Christ, God’s son became man that he might redeem mankind.  Jesus is fully man and
fully God.  Just as Old Testament prophets foretold, Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a
sinless life, and died upon a cross for the redemption of mankind.  After He died for our sins
on Calvary, He rose from the grave on the third day.  He ascended to Heaven where He sits
at the Father’s right hand and is soon returning to call out His church and judge the world for
its sin.

God The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit, fully God, is the third person of the Trinity.  He inspired the prophets and
disciples to write scripture and guides believers in the truth.  He dwells in the heart of every
blood bought believer and baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ at the moment of
salvation.  He enlightens and enables believers to share their faith, worship, and service.

The Bible
The Bible is the Word of God.  It is both infallible and inerrant.  The Bible was given by
Divine inspiration.  It is the revelation of God to mankind.  The Bible gives man the
knowledge of salvation and discerns the intentions of his heart.

The Second Coming
Jesus is literally returning to earth to judge and rule the world, His creation.  The scriptures
promise His return.

God’s Grace
Grace is the unmerited favor of God.  Our God is loving and kind enough to show us grace
when all we deserve is punishment.  It is by God’s grace alone (shown in Christ Jesus’ death
on the cross) that man can saved, “not by works lest no man should boast.” (Ephesian 2:8-
9)  God has offered His grace to every man, woman, and child.  God has also given us free
choice in which we accept or reject His Son Jesus.

Mankind is fearfully and wonderfully made to have fellowship with God.  God created man in
his own image, with the ability to choose.  Yet, the first man chose to sin, and in doing so,
threw the entire human race into sin. (Roman 3:23)  “For all have sinned, and come short of
the glory of God.”

Sinful man is separated from God and has but one hope in his salvation experience.
“It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised
from the dead…Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven
given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:10-12)  The Bible promises that
“Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”  Anyone who puts their trust in
Jesus (believing that He is God, believing his death on the cross was to pay for our sins, and
calling on Him to be Lord and Master) shall be saved.  Nothing more then baptism is
necessary for eternal salvation.  God works will follow.

Once one has received the free gift of salvation, it can never be lost.  The Holy Spirit is the
sealed promise within us that God will keep us till his return.  Jesus said, “I give them eternal
life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.  My Father, who
has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.”

All mankind will one day be raised eternally.  Those who have trusted in Christ will be raised
to eternal life, and those who did not will be raised to eternal suffering.  “Do not be amazed
at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come
out—those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be
condemned.”  (John 5:28-29 NIV)  At the moment of death, the body is in God’s presence.  
For those who rejected God’s only Son—eternal punishment is inevitable.

The Kingdom of God
The Kingdom of God includes God’s sovereignty over the universe and lordship in the lives of
believers.  His Kingdom is shown in His activity and presence in this world.

The Church
The church is the living Body of Christ on this earth, bought by the blood of Jesus.  Christ is
the Head of the church.  The localized body of believers are to live in obedience of their Lord.
Both men and women can have effective ministries in the church, but the office of pastor is
limited to man.

Baptism is not a requirement for salvation, but it is a command of God.  God has
commanded every believer in Christ to be baptized as a public act of obedience.  Baptism
symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of life found in Christ Jesus.

Evangelism & Missions
Jesus has commanded every believer to activity evangelize the world.  We are called to tell
the glorious news of eternal life and Christ and discipline believers, baptizing them in the
name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  The “mission” we are own is impossible
without the activity of God in it.  God’s call to make disciples of all nations takes place in our
own church, community, city, state, and throughout the world.  God sometimes calls
individuals to be foreign missionaries, but God has called all Christians to share Jesus
wherever they are.

The Lord’s Day
The Lord’s Day identified in the New Testament is the first day of the week.  This is the day
that the Lord Jesus was raised from the dead.  On Sunday, members of the local body come
to bring offerings and worship our Mighty God together.

Christians believe that all things belong to God.  So, a believer actually watches over the
possessions he/she has been given.  Tithing and offering demonstrated God’s Lordship in the
Christian’s life.

The Lord’s Supper
The Lord Supper is symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through
partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and
anticipate His second coming.  The bread is broken as a symbol of Jesus’ body broken for
us.  The cup is a symbol of the New Covenant found in Jesus’ blood.

Institution of the Lord’s Supper - 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you:  that the Lord Jesus on
the same night in which He was betrayed took bread;
24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is
broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new
covenant in My blood.  This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He
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