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BASIC BIBLE BELIEFS

 

1. GOD

 

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.

 

Genesis 1:1,26,27; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19, 1Peter 1:2; 2Corinthians 13:14

 

2. JESUS CHRIST

 

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heavenís glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.

 

Matthew 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13.

 

3. THE HOLY SPIRIT

 

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. We also believe in the empowering or ďbaptism of the Holy SpiritĒ which Peter said was for every believer for the purposes of empowerment for living, understanding of spiritual truth and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer spiritual gifts to edify the body of Christ. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.

 

2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12,13:16; Ephesians 1:13, Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18; Acts 2:39

 

4. THE BIBLE

 

The Bible is Godís Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.

 

2Timothy 3:16; 2Peter 1:20,21; 2Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5

 

5. HUMAN BEINGS

 

People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of Godís creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience towards God called ďsin.Ē This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.

 

Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1,2

 

6. SALVATION

 

Salvation is Godís free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as Godís offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sinís penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his/her life by faith.

 

Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26;

Romans 5:1

 

7. ETERNITY

 

People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.

 

John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17,18; Revelation 20:15; 1Corinthians 2:7-9

 

 



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