God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: The Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; Psalm 90:2; Genesis 3:22; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all who believe by dying on the cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return to earth someday to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13; John 14:10-30
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and Jesus. 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 power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer spiritual gifts when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His influence daily.
2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; John 14:16-17; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 5:18
About the Bible
The Bible is God’s word to us. 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. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth and without any error.
2 Timothy 1:13; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 119:105; Psalm 160; Proverbs 30:5; 2 Timothy 3:16
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character and to reflect His image into the world. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” Our sin damages our relationship to God and separates us from Him.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2
Since our sin separates us from God, we are in need of a Savior who can restore our relationship with Him. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we accept that we cannot save ourselves, turn to Jesus in faith and put our trust in Him, we are saved. Our faith is evidenced by believing in Jesus as the Son of God (who died for our sins and rose from the dead), repenting of our sin, confessing that Jesus is Lord, and being immersed in baptism.
Romans 5:1; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 10:9-10; John 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 6:4, 23; John 14:6
Baptism serves many purposes in the life of a Christian. It is, firstly, an act of obedience to God and a public confession of one’s faith in His son, Jesus Christ. Through the process of our confession of faith, repentance and baptism, we are forgiven of our sins. Through this process we also receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and are welcomed into God’s family as sons and daughters of God. Lastly, baptism represents a spiritual death and resurrection, a dying to our sinful self and being raised a new creation in Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:26-27; Acts 2:38; Matthew 3:11-17; Romans 6:3
People were created to exist forever in perfect relationship with God. Because of our sin, we no longer live in perfect relationship with God. In eternity, we will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally united with God through His forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are literal places of eternal existence.
John 3:16; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9; John 14:1; Romans 8:17-18