What We Believe About....
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and are one God.
The most important thing that each of us will decide in our lives is what we think about God. Our view of God affects every part of our lives. It is important that we understand who God is and how that affects our life. The Bible teaches us that there is only one God (Deut. 6:4 ) and that He is the Creator and Designer of the entire universe. God is one and exists in three distinct persons: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. When God created Earth and humanity, He did it with the intention of having a relationship with us. It is God’s will that He be connected with every part of our lives (Psalm 37:23 ). People often wonder what the point of life is and why we are here. God tells us that we were created by Him and for Him.
Genesis 1:1; Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is coequal with the Father and Holy Spirit. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return again someday to earth to reign as King.
Nothing is normal about Jesus. His mother was a virgin when He was conceived, making His birth an absolute marvel. He taught that God loved humanity and wanted to restore the broken connection between them and that He came to re-establish that relationship between God and mankind. In everything He did, Jesus demonstrated compassion to the poor and hurting, and in the ultimate act of love, He offered His body to be crucified as a sacrifice for the sins of all mankind. Because Jesus is fully God, death couldn’t have the final say-so. Jesus rose from the dead giving hope to all those who believe in Him.
One with the Father -John, perhaps Jesus’ closest friend, writes about one statement Jesus made about himself, “I and the Father are one.” ( John 10:30 ). This means is that He Himself is fully God and co-equal to the Father in status and power. Jesus left the heavens and came here simply to let humanity know who God is. He is identical in every way to the Father, and so that qualifies Him to be the perfect messenger and sacrifice for the sins of a hurting world.
The Sacrifice -The most unusual event of Jesus’ life was his death. Jesus was wrongly charged by the authorities and was deemed worthy of capitol punishment. In the first century, only the most extreme crimes were punished by the Roman government through crucifixion. Jesus was sentenced to the worst of penalties for crimes He did not commit. What is even more peculiar is that Jesus claimed that this injustice was the reason he was born ( Jn. 12:27 ). He told the man who overlooked his trial that the true decision of his death came from God and not man. Another writer says that Jesus’ brutal death was God’s demonstration of His powerful love. “But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners” ( Rom. 5:8 ). Christ didn’t die because He was a threat to some or because He broke any laws. Yet His death was purposeful. When He died, He was receiving the punishment for the sin of every person who has ever existed and will ever exist ( 1 Pet. 2:24 ).
Jesus’ life here on Earth was remarkable. He was perfect in all that he did and said, not committing any sin. He modeled the giving and compassionate heart of the Father in every way. What does Jesus tell us about himself? He gives a description of himself so exclusive that no one can ignore it. It challenges even the most brilliant of minds today. He tells us that He is God’s only plan for the world. That humanity only has one hope, and His name is Jesus. He said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." ( Jn. 14:6 )
The Holy Spirit
Given at Pentecost, the baptism in the Holy Spirit is the promise of the Father. He was sent by Jesus after His ascension to empower the Church to preach the gospel throughout the whole earth.
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection, and confirm the power of the gospel. The lists of these gifts in the Bible are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of biblical parameters.
The Bible is God's Word to us. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs about living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without error.
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God's creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are married by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin" and need God's salvation. Sin separates us from God and causes many problems in our life.
Eternity -God has made us eternal creatures. There is more to us than just our bodies. There is part of us that will exist forever. We will either live forever with God in heaven or apart from Him in hell. It is easy to assume that bad people will go to hell and that good people will go to heaven. But the Bible teaches us that there is nothing good enough anybody can do to be worthy of heaven ( Rom. 3:27 ). God only accepts those who put their faith and trust into what Jesus did when he died for all ( Rom. 3:25 ). We need God to take care of our eternity.
The Now -Because we were created for relationship with God, He doesn’t just desire to take care of our after life, but He has plans to bring fulfillment to our life now. Jesus said, “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.” ( John 10:10 ). Inside all of us there is something missing in our hearts that longs to be filled. Many times we attempt to fill that empty spot with relationships or possessions, but it can only be filled by our heavenly Father. Without God, we are empty and incomplete. Because God is just and perfect, He must punish people for all the wrong they have done, but because He is loving and compassionate, He has offered a solution. God offers forgiveness to those who admit their guilt and accept Christ’s sacrifice. We all need forgiveness. Only God through Jesus can give us the forgiveness we need. When we put our trust in Jesus, we enter into a relationship with God that brings complete joy even in the worst of times ( Rom. 5:11 ).
Salvation is God's free gift to us but we must accept it. 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 anyone be saved from sin's penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled lives and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
John 14: 6 says that there is one way to God, through Jesus. It doesn’t matter what we have done or who we are, Jesus accepts us. But He loves us so much that He will not let us stay the same. His desire is to change us into the person He intended us to be. We all need God’s forgiveness, and He gives it when we accept Jesus and what He did for us on the cross. If you would like to accept Christ, pray this prayer:
"Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. I need your forgiveness for the things I’ve done. I believe that you are the Son of God and that you died for me. I know you rose from the dead and have complete victory over death. Come live in my heart and take my life. Cleanse me and make me whole. Thank you for what you’ve done for me. I love you."
"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John. 14:6)
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We were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence.