There is one God, who exists eternally in three distinct but equal persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is perfect and infinite in His being and attributes – an all holy, all loving and all wise Sovereign.
Deut 6:4; Matt 28:19; 2 Cor 13:14; Rev 1:4-6; 1 Tim 1:17, 6:15, 16; Isa 6:3; Rom 16:27
God has revealed himself in the Bible, which consists of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. Every word was inspired by God through human authors, so that the Bible as originally given is in its entirety the Word of God, without error and fully reliable in fact and doctrine. The Bible alone speaks with final authority and is our sufficient and final authority in all matters of belief and practice.
2 Peter 1:19-21; 2 Tim 3:16, 17; Matt 4:1-4; John 17:17
The Lord Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and lived a sinless life in obedience to the Father. On the cross he died in the place of sinners, bearing God’s punishment for their sin, redeeming them by his blood. He rose from the dead and in his resurrection body ascended into heaven where he is exalted as Lord of all. He intercedes for his people in the presence of the Father.
John 1:12-14; Col 1:19, 2:9, Luke 1:31, 35, Phil 2:5-8; Heb 2:14; Rom 3:21-26; 2 Cor 5:21; 1 Cor 15:1-19; Acts 1:9-11; Rom 8:34; Heb 7:25
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit has been sent from heaven to glorify Christ, convict people of their sin and impart spiritual life. He indwells all believers, brings assurance of salvation and forms the character of Christ within them. He empowers believers for worship, service and mission.
John 16:8, 13-14; John 3:5; 2 Cor 1:22, 3:17; Acts 1:8
The Human Race
All men and women, being created in the image of God, have inherent and equal dignity and worth. The first man, Adam sinned and incurred the penalty of death (both physical and spiritual). As a result of the fall of our first parents, every aspect of human nature has been corrupted and all men and women are without spiritual life, guilty sinners and hostile to God. Every person is therefore under the just condemnation of God and needs to be born again, forgiven and reconciled to God in order to know and please him.
Gen. 1:26-27; Romans 3:10-23; 5:8, 10; 6:23
Salvation is entirely a work of God’s grace and cannot be earned or deserved. It has been accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ and is offered to all who repent of sin and exercise faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. All who believe in Christ are justified by faith alone and are adopted into the family of God and receive
John 1:12, 13, 3:5-6, 16; Acts 2:38, 17:30; Eph 2:8, 9; Gal 4:6, Rom 8:15
The universal Church is the whole company of those who have been redeemed by Jesus Christ, regenerated by the Holy Spirit and reconciled to the Father and thereby to each other. The local church is a manifestation of the universal church consisting of a community of believers in a particular place where God’s word is preached, the ordinances are practiced, church discipline exercised and for mutual edification and evangelism. We recognize that evangelical Christians who are deeply committed to the Lord Jesus Christ and to the Word of God include those of infant baptism and believers’ baptism convictions.
Eph 1:22, 23, 4:1-16; Acts 2:41-47; Matt 28:16-20: Acts 1:8
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper have been given to the churches by Christ as visible signs of the gospel. Baptism is a symbol of union with Christ and entry into his Church but does not impart spiritual life. The Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of Christ’s sacrifice offered once for all and involves no change in the
bread and wine. All its blessings are received by faith.
Acts 2:38, 41, 42; Luke 22:14-20; 1 Cor 11:23-32
The Lord Jesus Christ will return visibly, literally and with great glory. He will raise the dead and judge the world in righteousness. The wicked will be sent to eternal punishment and the righteous will be welcomed into a life of eternal joy in fellowship with God. God will make all things new and will be glorified forever. (John 5:28, 29; 1 Thess 4:13-18; Matt 13:49, 50; Rev 20:11-15; 2 Pet 3:13; Rev 21:1,
John 5:28, 29; 1 Thess 4:13-18; Matt 13:49, 50; Rev 20:11-15; 2 Pet 3:13; Rev 21:1, 22:20
Marriage and Family
God has ordained the family as one of three foundational institutions on earth (the others being the church and the state). Marriage is the uniting of one natural man and one natural woman in a lifelong covenant commitment and He ordained marriage as a heterosexual relationship between a natural man and a natural woman.
Gen 2:23-25; Eph 5:22-33; Rom 1:26-27