The Bible: is the Word of God containing both the Old and New testaments. It is authoritative, inspired, without error, and is our all-sufficient guide to life. 2 Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 4:12.
God: There is only one eternal God, existing in the Trinity, or three persons, of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19, Luke 1:35.
Jesus Christ: is the Son of God, who came to earth, born of a virgin, and lived a sinless life. He died on the cross for the sins of mankind, making a restored relationship with God possible, and rose from the dead three days later. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and through Jesus comes salvation. John 14:6-7, John 10:30.
The Holy Spirit: indwells and enables believers in Jesus Christ to live a godly life, and equips and empowers believers to utilize spiritual gifts, all of which are present today. The Holy Spirit unites all believers in Jesus Christ, together forming the church, the Body of Christ. John 14, John 16, 1 Corinthians 12, Galatians 5:22-23.
Man: Humankind is born sinful and separated from God. Only personal belief and faith in the saving power of Jesus Christ allows for a restored relationship with God and eternal destiny of heaven. Romans 3. John 14:6-7.
Salvation: God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for the sins of all humanity. Salvation, therefore, is a free gift from God, and cannot be earned. It is by God’s grace we are saved, through faith. Acknowledging and asking forgiveness for personal sin, believing in the saving work of Jesus Christ on the cross, and confessing and turning from sinful behavior is the act of salvation and new life. Ephesians 2:1-10, Romans 5:8, 2 Corinthians 5:17.
Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality: God created every person in His image as male or female. These are two distinct, complementary genders and rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within the person. Marriage is an institution created by God as a covenant relationship established by mutual vows exchanged exclusively between one man and one woman. God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other. Sexual acts outside of marriage are prohibited because they are sinful. Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 2:18-24, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, 1 Corinthians 7:2-5, Hebrews 13:4, Romans 1:18-32.
Spiritual Growth: follows salvation and is made possible by God’s grace and the Holy Spirit’s power. Focusing on developing godly character and deepening one’s relationship with God includes spending time in God’s word, the Bible, in prayer, regular fellowship with other believers, and using spiritual gifts to minister to the Body of Christ and reach the world. Hebrews 6:1, 1 Peter 2:2, Colossians 1:10.
Deliverance: 1 Peter 2:24 says, “By his [Jesus’] wounds you have been healed” – and encompasses healing from mental, emotional, and spiritual pain, allowing further freedom and spiritual growth, instead of feeling held back from the old life. Romans 8.