GOD:

  • One eternal God in three co-existent persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit
  • Creator of man and all things
  • Really exists and loves and cares about people

 

 (Matthew 3:16-17; Genesis 1:1-27; Acts 17:24-28; John 1:1-4; 3:16)

 

JESUS CHRIST:

  • God's only Son and Savior of the world
  • Born Jesus of Nazareth, both fully human and fully divine, conceived of the Holy Spirit and of the virgin Mary
  • Died and was buried, and physically rose again from the dead on the third day
  • Will return from heaven to earth to judge the living and the dead

(John 3:16, 20:24-31; Matthew 1:18, 21:11; Colossians 2:9; Luke 23:44-24:8; 1Corinthians 15:3-8; John 14:1-3; Acts 10:39-42)

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT:

  • Active in the world eternally and co-equal with the Father and the Son of God
  • Present in the world to make men aware of the need for Jesus Christ and to provide Christ followers with the power to live pleasing to God
  • Dwells in every believer and gifts each of us for service

(John 16:7-15; Acts 1:7-8; Romans 8:26-27; 1 Corinthians 3:16, 12:1-11)

 

THE BIBLE:

  • Is God's Word to us
  • Was written by men guided by the Holy Spirit
  • Is the ultimate source of truth and authority
  • Is our guidebook for living 
  • Is without error

(Acts 1:16; Isaiah 40:8; Romans 15:4; Hebrews 4:12; 2Timothy 3:16-17)

 

SALVATION:

  • Is a gift from God
  • Cannot be earned
  • Comes by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ

(Romans 6:23; Romans 5:8-11; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1John 1:7)

 

BAPTISM:

  • Was modeled by Jesus
  • Was commanded by Jesus
  • Was integral part of conversion process of the first church in Acts
  • Is the outward expression of faith in Christ and something that everyone who accepts his Lordship should want to do 
  • Immersion is the Biblical pattern/mode

 (Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:38; 2:41; Colossians 2:12; Romans 6:3-5)

BECOMING A FOLLOWER OF CHRIST:

The Bible teaches this pattern to follow to become a Christ follower:

  • Place one's faith in Christ as Savior of the World
  • Repent of personal sin
  • Confess Jesus Christ as Lord
  • Be immersed in baptism

(Luke 24:45-47; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:1-7; 2Peter 3:9)