The Bible is the inspired and only infallible and authoritative word of God (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
The Triune Godhead consisting of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit have eternally existed in perfect love (Genesis 1:1, 26; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1, 2; 4:24; Acts 5:3, 4; Romans 1:20; Ephesians 4:5-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Trinity, left heaven and came to earth to be born of flesh as a man. He was born of the virgin Mary, and lived a life without sin. He was crucified on the cross and died. He rose again from the dead to redeem mankind to Himself, freeing humanity from the power of sin and the devil. He ascended into heaven. He will return to earth to complete the building of His kingdom, where His Bride, the Church, will reign eternally with Him. (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; Romans 9:5; Titus 2:13).
The Fall of Man
Man, made in the likeness and image of God, was created to be in relationship with Him. When mankind willingly rejected God’s original plan for humanity, sin entered the world, resulting in death and judgment. The people not found in Him, on Judgment Day, will suffer eternal damnation. (Genesis 1:26, 27; 3:1, 24).
It is by the grace of God, through faith in the redemptive work of Jesus Christ on the cross, that the broken relationship between man and God is reconciled. God, desiring that all men be drawn to Himself, calls them by the Holy Spirit to repentance. All who repent of their sin, believe, and receive Jesus Christ as their Savior shall be saved (Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18-19).
The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, is sent into the world to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. He draws fallen humanity to God and baptizes all believers into the body of Christ. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is poured out on believers that they might have power to be witnesses unto God. He transforms, guides, empowers and abides with believers to live holy. It is the Holy Spirit that gives supernatural gifts to the believer for the work of Christ’s ministry. (John 16:8-11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Acts 1:4-5; Acts 2:1-4; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18)
Baptism and Communion
Baptism and communion are ordinances given by Christ to His Church and are administered by the local church. Baptism is the immersion of the believer in water. Communion, the Lord’s Supper, is open to all who have received Christ. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:41; Acts 8:36-39; Matthew 26:17-30; 1 Corinthians 11:24-26)
The Church, which is the body of Christ, though differing in expression, is the one universal church, and consists of all who have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The church exists to carry on the ministry of Jesus Christ and to advance the Kingdom of God against Satan’s kingdom. (Ephesians 1:22; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Matthew 16: 17-18)