OUR “ESSENTIALS”

The Bible

 
The Bible is the written revelation of God to man, and it is the sole authority for Christian faith and practice. It is complete in its revelation, final in its content, and without any contradictions in its teachings. Written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, it is the true Word of God.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
 
 

God

There is one true God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal, possessing all the attributes of deity. Through His divine providence, God has, is, and will accomplish His redemptive purposes.
Genesis 1:1, 26-27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
 
 

Jesus Christ

 
Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity, and the promised Messiah of the Old Testament. Born of the Virgin Mary, He lived a sinless human life and voluntarily offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice for the sins of mankind through His death on a cross. Following His crucifixion, He was buried, rose from the dead, and ascended into Heaven where He is now seated at the right hand of God the Father. The only mediator between God and man, He continually makes intercession for His Church. He will come to Earth again in all His glory, where He will forever reign a kingdom with no end.
Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13
 
 

The Holy Spirit

God the Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. He has been sent into the world to bring men to a knowledge of their sin and to draw them to Jesus Christ. Alive in every Christian from the moment of salvation, he continuously sanctifies us by changing our desires from sinful to righteous and helps us in our understanding of Biblical truths. He gives to every believer a spiritual gift(s) for the upbuilding of the body. As Christians, we seek to live under His power, appropriated by faith, making it possible for every believer to live a Christ-like life and bear spiritual fruit to the glory of God.
2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18

Humanity

Man‘s natural condition is one of sin and separation from God. Man was created pure, in the image of God, and for the purpose of fellowshipping with and glorifying God. After giving into the temptation of Satan, the entire human race has been marred with a nature of rebellion and disobedience toward God, which the Bible calls “sin”. Sin separates us from God, others, and everything that is good, ultimately and eternally in hell. All persons need to be saved from their sin.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2
 
 

Salvation

God has acted in the person of Jesus Christ to save man from the destructiveness of sin. The salvation of man is, therefore, wholly a work of God‘s free grace, not the result of human works or goodness. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God‘s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin‘s penalty.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
 
 

Eternity

People were created to exist forever, and we will either exist eternally separated from God by sin (Hell), or eternally alive with God by forgiveness and salvation through Jesus Christ (Heaven). Hell and Heaven are real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16; 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15
 
 

Eternal Security

The Holy Spirit regenerates (gives new life) to the one who commits his life to God, and he is kept by God‘s power forever, never to be separated from the love of God. If you have been genuinely saved by grace through faith, you cannot lose your salvation. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian.
John 10:29; Romans 8:35-39; Ephesians 2:8-9; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1:3-5