God created and sustains all things. There is only one God who exists eternally in three persons — the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are the same in substance, equal in power and glory.
Matt. 3:16-17; 28:19; II Cor. 13:14; I Peter 1:2; Psalm 45:6; John 1:1; 17:5; Acts 5:3-4; Rom. 9:5; Col. 2:9; Jude 1:24-25
Jesus Christ is the redeemer of God's people, and the eternal Son of God. For us and for our salvation, he took on flesh and was born of the virgin Mary, in a low condition, under the law, undergoing the miseries of this life, the wrath of God, and the cursed death of the cross. Christ, however, did not remain in that lowly position, but was exalted in his rising again from the dead on the third day, in ascending up into heaven, in sitting at the right hand of God the Father, and in coming to judge the world at the last day. We are made partakers of the redemption purchased by Christ. As partakers in his redemption we have been justified in an act of God's free grace.
II Cor. 5:21; Heb. 4:15; 7:26; I John 3:5; Gal. 4:4; Eph. 4:8; Acts 2:33-34; Titus 3:4-7; Rom. 3:24; 10:17
The Bible, which is the Word of God written, is inerrant (without error) because the Holy Spirit is its author. It alone is our infallible rule for faith and practice, and the God who speaks through it must be the judge over all human opinions, including all theological formulations and church traditions. The Bible is not a list of abstract timeless principles for well-managed living. Rather, it is the unfolding and dynamic narrative of God’s breathtaking plan to choose, call, justify, sanctify and ultimately glorify his people in Christ.
II Tim. 3:16; II Pet. 1:21; John 10:35; Isa. 55:11; 1 Cor. 1:21; Rom. 1:16, Matt. 5:17,18; Jude 3; Eph. 1:17,18; 3:10,18
God created our first parents, Adam and Eve, in his image. But they rebelled against God. And because Adam represented his descendants, all people sinned in Adam and fell in him. Therefore, we are corporately and individually guilty before God. Yet those who are in Christ are saved from their sins and are being renewed according to the image of God and after the person of Christ.
Gen. 1:27; Rom. 3:10; 5:12, 19; Col. 3:10; Eph. 1:4-5; 2:3; 4:24; II Thes. 2:13-14
The church consists of those people whom God has called out from the world to be united to Jesus Christ. Whenever God's people gather to worship, they anticipate their eternal gathering in the heavenly Jerusalem, the city that is to come. To be a Christian is to be a part of God's universal body. Everyone who claims Christ as Savior must be joined to a local body of believers. In the church we are nourished by the means of grace and gifts that God has given to us: the Word preached and taught, baptism, the Lord's Supper, prayer, and fellowship.
MAT 28:19; ACT 2:44; ROM 4:11; EPH 1:10; 2:19; 1CO 1:2; COL 1:18; I TH 5:11
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