FACTS ARE FACTS

 

 

GOD

There is but one true God, who eternally exists as three distinct persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who exclusively share in the work of creation, the universe, redemption, and judgment (Genesis 1:1; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14).

JESUS CHRIST

Jesus Christ is the Eternal Son – who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and that He is fully God and fully man.  He lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father and voluntarily fulfilled the will of God by laying down His life as the atoning sacrifice for humanity’s sin.  Having fully satisfied Divine justice, he achieved salvation for all who place their trust in Him.  Raised from the dead by God, He ascended into heaven and is currently interceding for His own, awaiting His return to consummate God’s Kingdom and redemptive plan (Matthew 1:22-23; John 1:1-5; Romans 1:3-4).

HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their needs of Jesus Christ.  He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with the power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right.  The maturing Christian seeks to live under His control daily (2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; John 14:16-17).

HUMANITY

Man was created in the image of God, but was separated from God because of Adam’s sin. As a result, the image of God in Man became damaged – defaced, but not erased.  Therefore, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are unable to function in moral responsibility before God.  We need spiritual regeneration before we can become what God meant us to be (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; 59:1-2; Romans 3:23).

SALVATION

Jesus died upon the cross as a sinless substitute for sinners of all ages and times, and the Father was thus, by means of the Spirit, reconciling the world to Himself.  All who receive the risen Jesus as Savior, by grace through faith, are spiritually born into permanent membership in the family of God (Romans 5:1; 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6; 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26).

CHRISTIAN LIFE

The Christian life is a transformation, in which Christ Himself lives His life through the believer.  All believers are still capable of responding to the urges of the flesh, however, when they do so, they do not please God.  They can choose, rather, to rely continually upon the indwelling Holy Spirit’s power and love, thus glorifying and pleasing the Father.  The maturing Christian seeks to live under His control daily (Romans 6:15-18; 8:1-2, 9-11; 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 3:5-6, 18;5-17; Ephesians 1:13; 2:10; 5:1; 3-10; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; Galatians 5:25).

SCRIPTURE

God breathed out of the original writings of both the Old and New Testaments to human writers by means of the Holy Spirit, who chose the words employed according to the personality and background of the human author.  these writings are without error and are of supreme and final authority in the lives of believers in any age (2 Timothy 3:16).

THE CHURCH

There is one true church universal, consisting of all who recognize Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.  The body of Christ finds expression as local churches where those who have been regenerated by the Spirit come together.  Operating under the direction of Jesus as Lord and Head of His body and through godly servant-leadership, believers devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, observance of baptism and communion, fellowship, service to the body, and outreach to the lost (Matthew 16:18; 28:18-20; Acts 2:42-47; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 12:7-12; Ephesians 4:7, 11-13).

THE RESURRECTION AND THE FUTURE

The imminent, bodily and visible return of Jesus Christ to the earth will bring to completion His redemptive and kingdom plan.  All people who have died will be raised from the dead, and those who have been redeemed will participate in eternal life in the presence of God, but those who have rejected Christ will suffer eternal punishment and separation from God (1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13; Matthew 25:31, 34, 41; 1 Corinthians 15:50-56; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-2, 3-4, 8: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3, 8-10; Revelation 3:5; 20:12; Revelation 21:1-5).

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