God

God is Triune–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each an uncreated person, one in essence, equal in power and glory.

The Scriptures

The Bible alone, and the Bible in its entirety, is the Word of God written and is therefore wholly truthful in the original manuscripts and authoritative for faith and practice.

Creation

God created all things out of nothing, and he created all people in his image, equal in worth. However, sin entered the world through our rejection of God and his ways. Now, all of creation experiences the consequences of sin—sickness, death, eternal judgment, and alienation from God and one another.

Jesus Christ

Because God loves us and wants us to be restored to Him, he sent his one and only eternal Son, Jesus Christ, to take on human flesh and pay for our sin through his death on the cross. When we accept Christ’s sacrifice as payment for our sin, we are freed from the power of sin and God’s just judgment. We are restored in relationship to Him and one another. And we can worship and love Him and love our neighbor as ourselves.

Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, fully God and fully man. He lived a perfect and sinless life, loving others, teaching truth from God, and working miracles. He was crucified for us, died, and was buried. On the third day he rose from the dead with a glorified body. He ascended into heaven, and he now rules as Lord at the right hand of God the Father, where he intercedes for his people.

The Gospel

The Gospel is the “good news.” The Good News for us is that Jesus willingly died in the place of sinners so that we might be saved. Anyone can receive God’s free gift of eternal life and be restored to relationship with Him by repenting of sin, believing in Jesus Christ alone for salvation, and confessing him as Lord.

Our good works do not earn salvation. But by God’s grace through the Holy Spirit, good works always accompany salvation and make it manifest. God gives to all believers the Holy Spirit who indwells, sanctifies, instructs, gifts, and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service, the unity of faith, and knowledge of the Son of God, through which we grow in the maturity and fullness of the image of Christ in us. The Spirit Himself is the down payment of our promised inheritance in Christ. Jesus has commissioned his church to bring the gospel to all peoples, to make disciples of him, and to celebrate baptism and communion until he returns. Jesus is coming back to earth personally, bodily, and gloriously to consummate his righteous rule. All who trust in him will enjoy eternal, joyful fellowship with God and one another in resurrected and glorified bodies in a new heavens and new earth.

 

"Whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who diligently seek him."

Hebrews 11:6