SCRIPTURE IS GOD’S WORD TO US
The Bible is God’s message to all of us. Written by human authors, over thousands of years, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Inspired by God, the Old Testament and the New Testament, are the supreme source of truth for living for and knowing God.
GOD IS GOOD
God is the creator and ruler of the universe. He is love. His creation is good. There is one God who exists forever in perfect community as three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
JESUS IS BOTH HUMAN AND GOD
Jesus is the Son of God – fully human and fully God. Jesus was tempted just as we are and yet lived a sinless human life and died on a cross as a perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people everywhere. Three days later, Jesus rose from the dead to show He had conquered sin and death. Jesus ascended to the Father and will return again to earth as the Savior of the world.
WE HAVE ALL SINNED
We are made in God’s image – to be like Him in character, but because humans rebelled against God everyone is born with a selfish nature. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called sin.
ONLY GOD CAN SAVE US
God, through Jesus’ life and death, offers us the gift of undeserved forgiveness. This gift is freely offered, but we must accept it. We begin this journey of faith by saying “yes” to letting Jesus lead us. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or trying to be really good people. Salvation is offered in grace and received by faith in Jesus Christ alone.
WE WILL LIVE FOREVER
We have choices. We can either let Jesus direct our lives and live forever with God in Heaven or choose our own way and be eternally separated from God (Hell).
THE CHURCH IS ON A MISSION WITH JESUS
When people choose to follow Jesus, God plants inside of them all that is needed to go, baptize and make disciples, teaching their friends, family, neighbors and co-workers how to love God. As people follow Jesus with their whole heart, churches emerge, and God changes the world.
THE HOLY SPIRIT IS OUR POWER
The Holy Spirit is equally God with the Father and the Son. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need of Jesus. The Holy Spirit lives in every follower of Jesus. The Holy Spirit provides followers of Jesus with power and gifts to live a life of love, understanding, spiritual truth, and boldness in sharing God’s message with others.