THE BIBLE - THE WORD OF GOD
The Bible is the inspired Word of God which accurately communicates God's
nature, character, laws, and actions in human history. The Scriptures are the standard for
our faith, the guidebook for our daily life, and the source for all truth and wisdom.
THE TRIUNE GOD
The triune God, revealed in the Bible as the only true, eternal, and living God, is
all loving, omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. He reveals Himself to man as
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, three distinct persons with distinct personal attributes, but
without division of nature, essence, or being. Therefore, it is the triune God who
originates and demonstrates relationship.
God the Father is Creator of heaven and earth Who demonstrates His Fatherly
love for all who become His children through Jesus Christ by caring for them,
instructing them, and disciplining them. His purpose is to bring forth a family of
redeemed people on the earth who show forth His glory.
God the Son is the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the incarnate Word of God, Who
perfectly revealed and did the will of the Father on the earth as a sinless man.
Through His death and resurrection, in perfect obedience, He provided
redemption and reconciliation with God the Father for all men. He ascended to
heaven where He sits at the right hand of His Father. All things were created
through Him and for Him and all fullness dwells in Him. He is Lord over all
things and heir of all things. The Father appointed Him as head of the church as
perfect Prophet, Priest, and King. He will return in power and glory at the end of
the present age to judge the living and the dead; rewarding the righteous with
eternal life, but punishing the wicked with eternal damnation. He will reign with
His people and reconcile all things to Himself by establishing in full the Kingdom
and Reign of God - that God may be "all in all."
God the Holy Spirit causes Christ to dwell in the heart of every believer. He is
the dynamic power of God Who brings the Word of God into being. He exalts
Christ, convicts of sin, and effects regeneration. He reveals God's mind to men
and illuminates God's truth to them. He comforts, teaches, and guides God's
children. He empowers them to: obey Him; cultivate a Christ-like character; and
be witnesses of the Lord Jesus. He bestows gifts on the believers to equip them
for works of service.
Man was created in the image of God, for the purpose of living in unhindered
relationship with Him, thus bringing Him pleasure and glory. He was commissioned to
rule the earth under God's headship. By disobeying God's command, man was separated
from God and defiled by sin. All of mankind has inherited a nature and an environment
twisted by sin.
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole person, and is only available in
and through Jesus Christ. It is apprehended by those who, by faith, repent of their sin, are
washed by His blood, and submit to Jesus as Lord and Savior.
The church is the Body of Christ on earth, the family of God, whose goal is to
reflect His glory and make disciples of all nations.
The family is the fundamental societal unit and is the primary place of common
worship, work, life, and relationship. The parents are responsible to lead, train, and
discipline their children.
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