Essentials of the Faith
God is a Person who has revealed Himself as a Trinity in unity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit—three Persons and yet one God.
Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 8:6
The Bible, including both the Old and the New Testaments, is a divine revelation, the original autographs of which were verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is without error in all it affirms in the original autographs and is the only authoritative guide for faith and practice. As such it must not be supplanted by any other fields of human learning.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21
Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God, which is to say, He is Himself very God; He took upon Himself our nature, being conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary; Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is fully God and fully man possessing both deity and humanity united in one person, without division of the person or confusion of the two natures.
He died upon the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for sin according to the Scriptures, was buried, and He arose from the dead in the body in which He was crucified according to the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven in that body glorified, where He is now our interceding High Priest. He will come again personally and visibly to set up His Kingdom and to judge the quick and the dead.
Colossians 1:15; Philippians 2:5–8; Matthew 1:18–25; 1 Peter 2:24–25; Luke 24; Hebrews 4:14–16; Acts 1:9–11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16–18; Matthew 25:31–46; Revelation 11:15–17; 20:4–6, 11–15
Man was created in the image of God but fell into sin, and, in that sense, is lost; this is true of all men, and except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God. Salvation is by grace through faith in Christ, who in His own self bore our sins in His own body on the tree. The retribution of the wicked and unbelieving and the rewards of the righteous are everlasting, and as the reward is conscious, so is the retribution.
Genesis 1:26–27; Romans 3:10, 23; John 3:3; Acts 13:38–39; 4:12; John 3:16; Matthew 25:46; 2 Corinthians 5:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:7–10
The Church is an elect company of believers baptized by the Holy Spirit into one body; its mission is to witness concerning its Head, Jesus Christ, preaching the gospel among all nations; it will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air ere He appears to set up His kingdom.
Acts 2:41; 15:13–17; Ephesians 1:3–6; 1 Corinthians 12:12–13; Matthew 28:19–20; Acts 1:6–8; 1 Thessalonians 4:16–18
The five articles above represent the essential elements of faith for this body of believers. For a more complete and thorough treatment of our fundamental beliefs, we encourage you to read: