The Bible is God’s Word, written by men who were uniquely inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is without error, the final authority on truth, and thus, serves as the sole authority for holy living.
There is one God who eternally exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three persons possess all the attributes of Deity and co-exist in perfect harmony. This co-existence is called the Godhead in Scripture and over the centuries, believers have chosen to call this Godhead the Trinity. According to Scripture, God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe and is sovereign over all things.
Jesus Christ, second Person of the Trinity, is the visible image of the invisible God, the Father. He is both God and man. He left heaven, was born of a virgin, and completely fulfilled the Father’s will by living a sinless life. As our substitute, He voluntarily paid for our sins by dying on the cross as a perfect sacrifice. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven to become the only mediator between man and God. He will return to earth to consummate history and reign as King of Kings and Lord or Lords.
The Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, draws sinners to Christ, making them aware of their sins and coming judgment. He causes sinners to be saved by the process of regeneration and then seals them for salvation by indwelling them. He equips every believer for service, gives them understanding of spiritual truth, and provides them with guidance and power for holy living.
God created humans in His spiritual image to have fellowship with Him. Adam and Eve were the first humans. In their original state, were without sin, but they willfully defied God by disobeying Him. This disobedience was sin. By sinning, Adam plunged himself and all of his descendants into the depravity of sin. Thus, all humans are sinners and are marred by rebellion and disobedience toward God. Sin separates man from God, and as a result, all men need God’s saving grace to end this separation and establish a relationship with Him.
Eternal life is a free gift that God offers to us. We receive this gift by faith in Christ alone. Faith is trusting in what Christ did for us on the Cross. When we place our faith in Christ, we must allow Him to become the Lord of our lives. This means that we must be willing to repent (change) from our sinful way of living and begin to live according to His will. Those who trust Christ have the assurance of spending eternity in heaven. Those who do not trust Christ will die in their sins, face the judgment, and spend eternity away from God in hell.