The Bible was written by men who were divinely inspired and is the record of God’s revelation of Himself to mankind. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error for its matter.
There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. The eternal God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself the demands and necessities of human nature and identifying Himself completely with mankind, yet without sin. In His death on the cross He made provision for the redemption for mankind from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body, ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God. He is fully God in nature and essence. Jesus Christ will return in power and glory to judge the world and to complete His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. He inspired holy men of old to write Scriptures. Through illumination He enables people to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. He calls men to the Savior, and brings about regeneration. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and gives the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.
Man was created by the special act of God, in His own image, and is the crowning work of His creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. Because mankind is created in the image of God, every person possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. To be in eternal union with God is Heaven. To be eternally separated from God is to experience Hell. Heaven and Hell are real places of existence.
A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local body of baptized believers who are associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel, observing the two ordinances of Christ, committed to His teachings, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Its scriptural officers are pastors and deacons.