The Bible – The 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and written by chosen men by God. The Bible, in it’s original autographs, is without error and is completely reliable as the final authority in all matters of doctrine and practice, and is centered on the person and work of Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15–17; and 2 Peter 1:20–21).
The Holy Trinity: Father, Son, Holy Spirit – There is one eternal, all-powerful, all-knowing, holy, just, loving, true, and unchangeable God. In the unity of the one God there are three divine persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, equal in power but distinct in roles. (Psalm 103:19; Matthew 28:19; and 1 Peter 1:2).
The Father – God the Father, omnipresent and active in creation, is the source and ruler of all things and is fatherly in His relationship with creation in general and believers in particular.
The Son – Jesus Christ is Lord of all. The one true God who came in human flesh. He is the object of our worship and the subject of our praise. Omnipresent and active in creation, according to the Father’s plan, the eternal Son humbled Himself and became incarnate, inseparably uniting undiminished deity with true humanity. As fully God and fully man, Jesus Christ lived a sinless life, died to pay in full the penalty for our sin, rose bodily and miraculously from the dead, ascended into heaven, and will come again in glory. (John 1:1–3, 14; Philippians 2:5-8; Hebrews 1:1–3; and 1 John 5:11–12).
The Holy Spirit – He is the personal agent of the Father and Son for revelation and regeneration. Omnipresent and active in creation, the Holy Spirit dwells among God’s people and indwells only individual believers, giving them new life and empowering them for lives of personal holiness. (John 14:26; Acts 1:5, 8; 1 Corinthians 6:19–20; and Ephesians 1:13–14.)
Human Depravity – As a result of Adam’s rebellion, all people have fallen under the curse of death, are spiritually dead, blinded to His truth, and unable and to save themselves. As a result the unredeemed have no desire for God, and unwilling to please God according to His terms. All the unredeemed therefore, deserve His judegment, not His blessings. This state of judgment before the just and holy God is a condition that permeates every facet of human life and cannot be cured apart from the grace of God through Christ. (Genesis 3; Jeremiah 17:9; and Romans 3:10–18, 23; 5:12).
Salvation – Is by grace alone (Sola gratia), through faith alone (Sola fide), in Christ alone (Solus Christus) for God’s glory alone (Soli Deo Gloria), the tenants of which are found in the Bible alone (Sola Scriptura). Jesus calls all unredeemed to “Repent and believe” the good news that He, having died for their sins and then rose from the dead, will give them true eternal life, forgive their sin, declare them righteous before God, empower them to be conformed to His image, and guarantee eternal reward and life with God. Because fallen humans are spiritually dead and unable to save themselves, God, according to His own eternal wisdom and sovereign mercy, elects some unto salvation, making them spiritually alive and giving them faith to repent and believe in His Son whom He sent, Jesus Christ, to suffer the penalty of death in place of condemned humanity.(John 3:16; Romans 10:9–10; 1 Corinthians 15:1–5; and Ephesians 1:4–12; 2:8–9).
The Judgement of God – Judgement of God is and will be poured out on all the unredeemed who have not repented and believed in Jesus Christ. God is under no obligation to save anyone, and could leave all humanity to be subject to His devine judgement. Yet, in His great love, He chooses to redeem some through the atonement provide by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and leave others to the consequences of their rebellion against Him by their own volition, which is to their eternal damnation.
The Return of Christ – Christ’s promised return is imminent. According to the Father’s plan, Jesus Christ will one day return in power to bring completion of salvation and rewards to believers and judgment and wrath to te unredeemed. The Bible teaches that the years leading up to the judgment will be marked by increasing evil, but the actual time of the end is unknown. The reality of Christ’s return is certain, though some details are unclear, and all the redeemed in Christ are called to live holy lives in anticipation of His coming. (1 Thessalonians 4:13–5:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:1–12; Hebrews 9:28; and Revelation 19:11–16).
The Resurrection of Humanity – Upon physical death, a believer’s spirit is immediately ushered into the Lord’s presence, yet the fullness of salvation, the redemption of the body, awaits Christ’s return, when He will resurrect believers in glorified bodies like His own immortal body which can never die. While all believers throughout history will enjoy eternal life in perfect paradise, unbelievers will be resurrected to suffer eternal conscious punishment for their sins. (John 11:23–27; 1 Corinthians 15:51–57; 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18; and Revelation 20:4–21:5).
The Body of Christ – The body of Christ is the growing church, world-wide, consisting of true believers in heaven and on earth over whom Jesus Christ reigns as Lord. Regardless of denomination, all true believers are spiritually baptized by the Holy Spirit into Christ’s body and are therefore spiritually united with Him and with one another. (Romans 12:4–5; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14; Ephesians 4:11–16; and 1 Peter 2:9–10).