1. The Inspiration of the Scriptures
The Scriptures are the written, inspired, and infallible Word of God. The Bible is the revelation of God to mankind (2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 1:1-2).
There is one true eternal God that exists without dependance upon anything. He is a Spirit (John 4:24). He has always existed in the timeless dimension of eternity (Exodus 3:14). He has revealed Himself as three Persons in complete unity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He has revealed Himself as the Creator of heaven and earth and as the Redeemer of mankind (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:1-11; Matthew 28:29,
Luke 3:22, 2 Corinthians 13:14).
3. The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who existed as one of the Persons of the Godhead before the creation of the world (John 17:5, John 6:62, John 17:24). He is the Son of God who took a flesh body (John 1:1, 14). The Scriptures show: 1) His virgin birth (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:31-35), 2) His sinless life (Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22), 3) His miracles (Acts 2:22; 10:38), 4) His substitutionary work on the cross (1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21), 5) His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39; 1 Corinthians 15:4), 6) His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9; 2:33; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:3).
4. The Fall of Man
Man was created sinless, good, and upright in the image of God. (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:17; 3:6; Romans 5:12-19). However, man by an act of his will, chose to disobey God. This sin caused him to fall from right standing before God. The result was not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God (Romans 6:23).
5. The Salvation of Man
Salvation from sin is a gift of God. God bought the gift of salvation for mankind with the blood of Christ, and His death on the cross. To receive the gift of Godís forgiveness and salvation, a person must ask God to forgive them, and receive Christ as their Lord and Savior. There is no other provision whereby a person can be saved. The Bible declares the following facts that must be understood and acted upon for a person to receive the gift of salvation:
a) All men need salvation because all men are sinners (Romans 3:23; 1 John 1:8; Isaiah 53:6).
b) All men face Godís judgment (Hebrews 2:3; Romans 14:12; Hebrews 9:27).
c) To receive Godís gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, men must:
1. Acknowledge that they have personally sinned and need salvation (Romans 3:23;
1 John 1:8).
2. Receive Jesus Christ as personal Savior and Lord by asking Him to forgive their sin
and save them (John 1:12, John 3:16, 1 John 5:12).
3. Believe that God raised Christ from the dead, and confess that Jesus is Lord and God
in the flesh. (Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 1:13-14, 1 John 4:2-3.)
Here is a prayer that you can pray to receive Godís forgiveness:
I come to you in the name of Jesus. I confess that I am a sinner and need your forgiveness. please forgive me of my sin, cleanse my heart in the blood of Jesus your Son. I ask you now Lord Jesus to come into my heart and save me. I desire to be a part of your eternal kingdom, and I commit my life to you. I love You Lord, and I will obey You. Thank you Lord for your forgiveness and for writing my name in the Lambs Book of Life. I ask these things in the name of Jesus. Amen.
6. The Ordinances of the Church
Baptism in water: is a command of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19) and should be received by new believers. It is not an act that imparts salvation. But, it is for those who have already been saved, by faith, by receiving Christ as Savior and Lord. Baptism in water is a profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Savior, and it is an identification with Him in His crucifixion and resurrection. It is a public confession of sin (Romans 3:23; Acts 2:38-39) and it is an open declaration of the believerís repentance and death to it. It is by immersion into water (Matthew 3:11, Acts 8:38-39).
The Lordís Supper: Communion is a special time of fellowship with Jesus Christ in His broken body, and His shed blood. 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 shows that it is a communion and participation in the body and blood of Christ; by faith. The elementsóthe bread and the fruit of the vineóshould be received, ď...in remembrance of meĒ (1 Corinthians 11:25). It should also be received after a preparation of the heart (1 Corinthians 11:28).
7. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit
Matthew 3:11 and Acts 1:5 describe the baptism in the Holy Spirit. God promised this baptism into His power (Luke 24:49). It is a gift, and therefore can be received like the gift of salvation (Luke 11:13). It, however, is not the gift of salvation. Rather, it is a distinct and subsequent experience to that of the new birth (Acts 8:12-17; 10:44-46; 15:7-9; 19:4-6). It is similar to the Old Testament gift of Godís power that came upon those anointed to serve God (1 Samuel 16:13). Both salvation and the baptism in the Holy Spirit may come in relatively close proximity. Speaking in unknown tongues is the Scriptural and natural event which follows this experience and is plainly seen in the book of Acts (Acts 2:4; 10:45-46; 19:6).
8. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
There are nine gifts of the Holy Spirit listed in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, and they should be manifested in the church today. It is God's will that believers receive and share spiritual gifts for the edification of the body of Christ. They should flow in an orderly way (1 Corinthians 14:40).
9. Divine Healing
The Gospel includes not only salvation from sin, but God's promise of healing. Healing from sickness is provided for in the sacrifice of the body of Jesus, through His stripes, and can be received by believers (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16-17; James 5:14-16).
10. The Second Coming of Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is coming again bodily (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17) and will raise first the dead, and then those who are alive in Christ, and change their bodies to be like His glorious body (1 Corinthians 15:51-52; Philippians 3:21).
11. The Millennial Reign of Christ
The second coming of Christ includes the rapture and translation of believers, which is before the return of Christ with His saints to reign on the earth for one thousand years (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, Luke 17:20-36, Zechariah 14:5; Matthew 24:27-30; Revelation 1:7; 19:11-14; 20:1-6).
12. The Final Judgment
There will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works. Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, the beast, and the false prophet, will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake of fire, the second death (Matthew 25:26; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 20:10-15).
13. The New Heavens and Earth
There will be a new heaven and a new earth created after the final judgment where righteousness and the reign of God will never cease (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1; Isaiah 65:17).