God exists eternally, and is all-knowing, all-present and all-powerful. He is one substance existing as three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Though they’re functions differ, they are one in nature, attributes, power and glory.
Genesis 1:1, 26; Proverbs 30:4; Mark 12:29; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 1:1-4, 14, 18; Acts 5:3-4.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is a divine Person, equal with God the Father and God the Son. He was active in creation, convicts us of sin, righteousness and judgement, and is the Agent of soul-transformation when someone becomes born again. He baptizes all believers into the body of Christ at conversion, and He indwells, seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer.
Psalm 139:7-12; John 14:16-17; John 16:13-14; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 6:19.
Man was created perfect, in the image of God, but sinned, which resulted in not only physical death but also spiritual and eternal death–or separation from God. As a result of “the fall,” all human beings are born with a sinful nature, meaning we are naturally inclined to think, speak and act in ways that are contrary to God’s intended purpose and design.
Genesis 3:1-6; Romans 1:18, 32; Romans 3:10-19; Romans 5:12, 19.
Jesus Christ sacrificed his life by shedding his blood and dying for our sins in our place that we may gain forgiveness and reconciliation to God through faith in Him. And because he rose from death, we are justified by Him. Salvation is placing one’s faith in Jesus and accepting His death and resurrection as sufficient payment for their sin. Salvation cannot be gained from human merit and works.
Acts 13:39; Acts 16:31; Romans 3:21-28; Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:3-8.
The Resurrection of Jesus
The literal, bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ crucified occurred three days after his death. He ascended into Heaven, is presently living there as our High Priest and Advocate, and His personal, bodily, visible return to earth at the end of the tribulation will establish His millennial Kingdom on earth, to reign as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Luke 24:36-43; John 20:24-29; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:25; Revelation 1:5-7; Revelation 19:11-16; Revelation 20:6.
Becoming Born Again
All who receive faith by Jesus are born again by the Holy Spirit through the Word of God and thereby become children of God forever.
John 1:12-13; John 3:3-16; John 5:24; John 10:28-29; 1 Peter 1:23; 2 Peter 1:4-11.
The Church is Christ’s Body and is an organized congregation of New Testament believers who are associated by covenant and observe the ordinances of Christ. Here, they exercise the gifts, rights, privileges and responsibilities given them by His Word.
Matthew 18:15-17; 1 Corinthians 1:2, 1 Corinthians 7:17; 1 Corinthians 11:16; 1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 2:14-15; Ephesians 5:23-32; 1 Timothy 3:1-15.
The Gifts of The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit desires to continually fill each believer with power to witness, and imparts supernatural gifts for the edification of the Church. All of the gifts of the Holy Spirit at work in the church of the first century are available today and are to be earnestly desired and practiced in an orderly manner. The gifts are essential to the mission of the Church in the world today.
Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4:1-16; 1 Peter 4:10-11.
Speaking In Tongues
The gift of tongues is a prayer language unknown by the speaker who utters mysteries in the Spirit, and is available to all Christians.
1 Corinthians 14
The rapture of the Church will happen prior to the tribulation period that follows Jesus Christ’s return, when the “Lord shall descend from heaven” to catch up His bride to meet Him in the air “and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:15-58.
The Resurrection of the Dead
There awaits the bodily resurrection of the dead: the saved to a life of eternal glory and bliss in Heaven with God, and the unsaved to eternal judgement of conscious suffering and woe in the lake of fire.
John 5:28-29; Revelation 20:6, 11-15; Revelation 21:1-8; Matthew 10:28; Matthew 18:8-9; Matthew 25:41, 46; Mark 9:43-49; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-9.
It’s the privilege and responsibility of every believer to share their faith with others to bring people to saving faith in Jesus Christ, and to do his utmost to share the Gospel of Christ to the whole world.
Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; John 17:18; John 20:21; 2 Corinthians 5:20.