God is the Creator, Provider, and Master of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equals and are one God.
Genesis 1:1,26,27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 1 Corinthians 13:14
Human beings are made in the spiritual image of God – to be like Him in character. Human beings are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although an individual has tremendous potential for good, he or she is marred by sin. This sin separates the person from God. No person is without sin.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1,2
People were created to exist forever. They will either exist separated from God by sin, or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation.
John 3:16; John 2:25; 1 John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 8:11; Matthew 24:44
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with God the Father. Jesus was born to a virgin Mary and lived a sinless human life. He offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He, then, arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return again one day to earth to take God’s people back with Him.
Matthew 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; I Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13
Salvation is a gift from God to human beings. A person can never make up for his or her sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can a person be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
Because God gives man eternal life through Christ Jesus, a believer can be assured of his or her salvation. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security. Once genuinely saved, one cannot lose his or her salvation.
John 10:29; II Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10,14; I Peter 1:3-5
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with God the Father and God the Son as God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with the power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.
II Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:1
The Bible is God’s word to all people. 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. And because it is inspired by God, it is reliable and trustworthy without any mixture of error in its original text.
II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20,21; II Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5