The Bible is God’s word to us, 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.
About God. God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. God has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1,26,27; 2 Corinthians 13;14; Genesis 3:22; Matthew 28:19; Psalm 90:2; 1 Peter 1:2
About Mankind. We are all made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. We are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although mankind has tremendous potential for good, we are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates us from God.
About Eternity. We all were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. The place of eternal separation from God is called Hell. Heaven is the place of eternal union and eternal life with God.
John 3:16; Romans 6:23; (Heaven) Matthew 25:41; Revelation 21:27; (Hell) Revelation 20:15
About Jesus. Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life, offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross, and arose 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 the earth to reign as King of kings and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5 John 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15
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. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance. The obedient Christian seeks to live under His control daily.
About Salvation. Salvation is a gift from God to mankind. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can we be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment we receive Jesus Christ into our life by faith.
Romans 6:23; John 14:6; Titus 3:5; Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1; John 1:12
About Eternal Security. Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in this salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security.
John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 10:10,14; 1 Peter 1:3-5