is the mighty Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1; Genesis 1:26,27; Psalm 90:2; Hebrews 11:3; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
is the Son of God. He is equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5,14; John 10:30; Hebrews 1:1-3; Hebrews 4:14,15; I Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Romans 5:6-8; Acts 1:9-11; I Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13
THE HOLY SPIRIT
is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. The Holy Spirit provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily. The Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to every Christian to be used for the growth of believers and the church.
John 16:7-13; John 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; Roman 8:9-11; I Corinthians 2:12; I Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13-14; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18; 1 Peter 4:10-11; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11
is God’s word to all mankind. 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 truth without any mixture of error and its principles are authoritative in governing our relationships with God and with people.
2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20,21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:9-11,105,160; Proverbs 30:5; Matthew 5:17-19; Hebrews 4:12
were created in the image of God, to be like Him in character and to have a spiritual relationship with Him. Mankind was the supreme object of creation. However, mankind fell from that privileged position by disobeying God. Created with tremendous potential for good, we are now marred by an attitude of self-centeredness and disobedience toward God called sin. This attitude eternally separates men and women from God unless they receive His forgiveness through accepting Jesus Christ. Even after a person becomes a Christian and their sins are forgiven, they continue to struggle with the temptation to disobey God in attitude and action. People are intended to grow in their faith through spiritual disciplines and healthy relationships with other believers.
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is heaven.
Genesis 1:27; Genesis 3:22; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; Isaiah 59:1,2; Galatians 5:16,17; Romans 7:15-25; John 3:16; John 12:25; 1 John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:13-15; Revelation 21:1-5; Matthew 10:28; Matthew 25:41,46; Luke 16:19-31; John 14:1-4
is a gift from God to mankind. People can never make up for their sin: not by self-improvement, not by good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can we be saved from sin’s penalty. The moment one receives Jesus Christ into their life, by faith, their eternal destination is sealed.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 3:16; John 14:6; John 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1,8; Romans 10:9-10
A believer is secure for eternity because salvation is through Jesus Christ. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. However, sometimes people will make a false profession of faith and later abandon it. If a true believer chooses to continue in a lifestyle of unrepentant sin, God may choose to discipline that disobedient Christian in some temporal way or through the loss of eternal reward.
John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; 2 Timothy 2:13; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 10:10,14; I Peter 1:3-5; Philippians 1:6; 1 Corinthians 5:5; 1 Corinthians 11:27-30; 1 John 2:19