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God always has been and always will be. He created life and sustains life. He has no equal. He exists in three distinct and equal persons: the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. This reality is often referred to as the Trinity.
Jesus and God are one. He has always been and yet lived on earth during the first century A.D. Throughout His earthly life, he was completely God and completely human. After living a perfect, sinless life, Jesus offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for every human being who has ever lived by dying on a cross. He remained in the grave for three days and then defeated sin and death by rising from the grave. He ascended to Heaven and will return to earth one day to reign as King.
The Spirit is an equal part of the Trinity. He works in the world to make all people understand their need for Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit lives inside all followers of Jesus from the moment they begin to follow Him. The Spirit gives followers of Jesus the strength to live lives that please God.
Man is the pinnacle of God’s creation and the only being on the earth made in God’s image. He was given the moral ability to choose right from wrong. Every person, although endowed with the image of God, inherited a disobedient heart from Adam, the very first man. This disobedience, referred to in the Bible as sin, separates man from his Creator. Apart from Jesus, man is spiritually dead.
Salvation is a gift from God. It is the only way for man to be reunited with the Creator. Salvation can not be earned. Only by trusting in Jesus as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus into his life by faith.
The Bible reveals God’s character, His plans, and His purpose for our lives. Each book was written by ordinary men who wrote under the direction of the Holy Spirit. It can be completely trusted and is the source of final authority in our lives.
The Church is the Body of Christ in the world today. The members of the Church are those who have trusted by faith the finished work of Christ. The mission of the Church is to make disciples.
Baptism is the immersion of a believer into water. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior. It is a picture of the believer's death to sin, the burial of his life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus.
Communion, or the Lord's Supper, is a symbolic act of obedience. When taking part in this ordinance, believers memorialize the death of Jesus and anticipate His second coming.
Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God's unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.