There is one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These Three are identical in essence, equal in power and glory and having the same attributes and perfections. (Deut. 6:4; 2Cor. 13:14). Though the Three are One in substance and purpose, They are different in position and authority. (John 14:28, 16:7)
The Bible is the only inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God. It is God’s revelation to man, and the final authority of Christian faith, doctrine and conduct. (2Tim. 3:15-17; 1Thes. 2:13; 2Pet. 1:20-21)
Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary; is God incarnate, both fully human and fully God. He is the eternal Son of God Who became man without ceasing to be God. (Phil. 2:5-8; Heb. 4:15) He lived a sinless life and performed many miracles. His death and resurrection provides the only grounds for man’s salvation. Jesus experienced a bodily resurrection, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will personally return in power and glory.
Man was created in the image and likeness of God but through Adam’s sin the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. Man is totally unable to regain his former position by his own efforts; by which case, man is totally depraved. (Gen. 1:26, 3:1-24; Rom. 3:23, 5:12; Eph. 2:12) Man is therefore lost and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.
The Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins as a substitutionary sacrifice and that all who believe in Him by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8-9) are freely justified and stand before God accepted in the character and merit of Jesus Christ. For the salvation of lost and sinful man, repentance from sin and regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. The shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are born of the Holy Spirit and become children of God. God is the spiritual Father only of those who have surrendered to Jesus Christ. The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Rom. 8:16, 1Jn. 3:24, 4:13, 5:10) and the outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness. (Matt. 7:20; Rom. 6:22; Eph. 4:24; Tit. 2:12)
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Person of God Who convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. (John 16:8-11) In this present age, the Holy Spirit regenerates believers in Christ, baptizes them into the Body of Christ (the Church universal), indwells them, and seals them unto the day of redemption. The Holy Spirit guides believers into all truth, bestows spiritual gifts as He so chooses to believers, and fills those yielded to Him. The present ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and empower the believer for godly living and service. The biblical evidence of a Spirit-filled life is joyfulness, thanksgiving, submission to one another, fear of the Lord (Eph. 5:18-21), and the fruit of the Spirit. (Gal. 5:22-25)
All believers should seek to walk a holy life by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Rom. 12:1-2; Gal. 6:14; Eph. 5:11; Col. 3:17) Though we are to live separated (in the heart) from the spirit of this world, we are called to go into the world and share Christ. (Jn. 17:15-18) Having been bought with a price, we give our lives to God and are no longer our own. The Scriptures teach that sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil with dedication to God. (1Thes. 5:23; Heb. 13:12) Believers are called to a life of holiness. (Heb. 12:14) Sanctification is realized in us as we identify with Christ in His death and resurrection through faith and by offering our every faculty continually to the dominion and control of the Holy Spirit. (Rom. 6:1-14, 8:1-2, 13; Gal. 2:20; Phil. 2:12; 1Pet. 1:5)
The Church (universal) is made up of all who are born again in Christ “by grace through faith.” (Eph. 2:8-9) The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances: Water Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Though neither baptism nor the Lord’s Supper is to be regarded as means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer. The Church’s mission is to preach the gospel and make disciples of all nations. (Matt. 28:18-20) The local church is called to be a visible expression of the Great Commission and provide a place for spiritual accountability for believers. (Matt. 18:15-20; 1Thes. 5:12-15)
Resurrection and Judgment
There will be a bodily resurrection of the saved and the lost. The saved will attain the resurrection of life and the lost the resurrection of damnation. All those not born again in Christ will, together with the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burns forever with fire and brimstone. (Jn. 5:27-29; Rev. 19:20, 20:11-15, 21:8) Heaven and hell are real and actual places as described in the Scriptures.
There is coming a day for the personal and imminent second coming of Christ. At this time He will receive His own to Himself and to set up His earthly kingdom. He will bring peace and blessing, and will reign over the whole world. (Acts 1:11; Phil. 3:20-21; Col. 3:4; 2Thes. 1:7, 10, 2:1; Rev. 22:12, 20)