What We Teach
#1 God, The Father
B. God is the creator of the entire universe. He is the creator of man, all creatures, and of the universe itself (Genesis 1).
C. God is omnipotent. He is all-powerful; He is Almighty (Genesis 17:1; Jeremiah 32:17-18,27).
D. God is omnipresent He is present everywhere at once (Psalm 139: 7-10).
E. God is omniscient. He knows all things, and nothing is hidden from Him (Psalm 139: 1-6; Hebrews 4:13).
F. God is eternal. He has neither beginning or ending. He is the first cause of all things, and all things derive from Him (Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalm 90:2; Habakkuk 1:12).
G. God is holy and just. In the Old Testament alone He is called the Holy One of Israel over 30 times (Psalm 89:18; Isaiah 1:4). He is the just God (Deuteronomy 32:4;
Psalm 89:14). His holiness is just, and His justice is holy (Genesis 18:25; Exodus 32:5-7).
H. God is loving and merciful. His love and mercy extends to all His creatures (John 3:16; I John 4:8,12).
I. God is worthy of our total trust and submission. Because he is all wise and loving, we should submit our wills to Him and trust Him implicitly (Job 13:15; Psalm 37:3,5; Proverbs 3:5; II Corinthians 1:9; II Timothy 1:12).
#2 God the Son, Jesus Christ
B. Jesus Christ was man. For the redemption of humanity He became man. He was born of the virgin Mary, having conceived by the Holy Ghost (Matthew 1:18-21; Luke 1:26-35. He lived a sinless life, having been born without sin though in all things He shared humanity (John 8:46; Hebrews 4:15; 7:26-28).
C. Jesus Christ is our Savior Of his own free will and volition He laid down His life and was crucified for our salvation. He as our substitute went to the cross. He actually died for us (Romans 5:6-8; I Peter 2:24; 3:18)
D. Jesus Christ is alive. The third day He rose from the grave and showed himself to more than 500 witnesses (Matthew 28: 5-6; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:5-6; John 20; Acts 2:22-24; I Corinthians 15: 1-9). Forty days later He ascended to heaven in the presence of many believers and is now sitting at the right hand of the Father interceding for us (Luke 24:50-51; Acts 1:9-11; Hebrews 4:14-16).
E. Jesus Christ will return to earth. At the ending of this age the coming of Jesus will be in two phases (Acts 1:11). First, He will come to translate the Church to heaven and to himself (John 14:1-31; I Thessalonians 4:14-17; I John 3:1-3). Second, He will come to judge the existing nations and set up His millennial kingdom of 1,000 years; therefore , His second coming will be premillennial (Matthew 25: 31-46; Revelation 20:1-6).
F. Jesus Christ will be our judge. He will finally judge mankind and all fallen spirits at the end of time (John 5:22-29; Revelation 20:7-15).
#3 God, The Holy Sprit
B. The Holy Spirit is a person. He is not a mere influence (John 16:13-14).
C. The Holy Spirit is the source of conviction. He is the agent of the Godhead in the convicting of sin (John 16:7-11).
D. The Holy Spirit is the administrator of God’s grace. He is active in converting and regenerating those who repent (John 3:5-6) and in sanctifying the lives of the believers (Acts 15:8-9).
E. The Holy Spirit is the indwelling sustainer. He dwells within believers giving them comfort, aid, council, and ability to live victoriously in this life (John 14:16-17; Acts 9:31).
F. The Holy Spirit is the source of our understanding about Christ. He magnifies Christ within the vision and life of the Christian (John 16: 13-15).
#4 The Bible
B. The Bible is infallible. God has provided a totally accurate and dependable record of His message (Deuteronomy 32:4; II Samuel 7:28). It is infallible in every detail, especially in the original languages, Hebrew and Greek.
C. The Bible is the only rule of faith and practice. As the only rule, the Bible is a sufficient authority on which to base our faith and behavior (Galatians 1:8). The practice of imposing on believers any rules or regulations, other than those contained in the Bible, is to be rejected and shunned.
D. The Bible is the gospel which is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16). If this gospel is faithfully and dynamically proclaimed with simplicity and prayer, the Spirit of God will use it to draw unbelievers to God and to give direction and light to Christians for their daily lives.
B. Man bears great worth. As an object of God’s love, man’s worth is more than all else in God’s eyes. God was willing to give His Son to redeem man (John 3:16) and even consider him as a son (John 1:12). Since Christ died for all, all men are created equal. There is no room for prejudice and bigotry in the lives of God’s people (Proverbs 22:2; Acts 10:28).
C. Man is entrusted with great responsibility. God has purposed that man should care for the rest of God’s creation (Genesis 1:28; 2:15, 19; Psalm 8:6). Christians should seek to care for, protect, and preserve our world for the glory of God. God has placed man (redeemed man, in this case) at a strategic point in His plan to redeem all mankind (Matthew 28:18-20). Only as men of God proclaim the message of God will others be able to come to Him (Romans 10:14).
D. Man is a sinner by nature and by choice. Because of Adam’s disobedience man is by nature a sinful being (Genesis 3: 1-7; Romans 3:23). The image of God has been marred by this original sin which all have inherited (Romans 5:12). Even so, the image of God remains, marred as it may be, waiting to be restored. But man also commits acts of sin and thus is in need of forgiveness (Roman 6:23). God has in love provided full salvation for all men for both pardon and cleansing. That provision is accepted or rejected only by man’s choice.
B. Salvation is the result of God’s love. Though man is a sinner, he is the subject of God’s love, “For God so loved the world...”(John 3:16). He manifested His love for man by giving his son for his redemption and salvation from sin. Salvation begins with man’s need plus God’s love and willingness to meet that need, which He does through the death of His Son, Jesus Christ.
C. Salvation is conditional. The Bible makes it clear that there are two definite things that man must do before he can experience God’s pardon for the sins of the past. The first is repentance. Repentance is a godly sorrow for sin and consequently a turning from sin to righteousness. Repentance may be accompanied by act or restitution, as God may reveal to the penitent that which needs to be and can be restored (Acts 17:30; 2 Peter 3:9). The second, all inclusive condition is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Faith is an act of trust in the merits of Jesus Christ. It is believing that God, for Christ’s sake, forgives the penitent sinner. John 1:12-13 makes clear that to receive Christ and believe in His name are one act which leads one to become “born of God” (I John 3:9)
D. Salvation may be said to be in three stages. Salvation is fully expressed in the following terms: “regeneration,” “sanctification,” and “glorification” in heaven.
B. Regeneration is verified by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit bears witness to the fact that we are now the children of God (John 3:1-8; Romans 8:10,15).
C. Regeneration enables us to live righteously. We are, therefore, enabled to live righteous lives, even though we may have previously been exceeding wicked. This takes place at the same time that God pardons our sins. This is when the mighty miracle of human salvation takes place.