Bible – I believe the Bible, consisting of 66 books, to be the inspired Word of God, without error, the revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life.
God – I believe in one God eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jehovah God has always been and will always be the only God. There were none before Him and shall be none after him.
The Father – I believe that the Father created all things in heaven and on earth through Jesus Christ. He created human beings out of a love for us and desires a personal relationship with each of us.
Jesus – I believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life and died on the cross as the sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead and ascended into heaven and He will come again as He promised to judge the living and the dead.
Holy Spirit – I believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to convict men, making them aware of their sin and the salvation available through Jesus. He regenerates, guides, instructs and empowers the believer for godly living and service.
Man – I believe that man was created in the image of God and sinless, but fell into sin and is therefore lost and subject to judgment. There is nothing man can do to save himself from this judgment, but he can allow the death of Jesus to take the place of his own eternal damnation by acknowledging Jesus Christ as Savior and accepting the free gift of salvation.
Salvation – I believe that the sacrificial death and victorious resurrection of Jesus Christ provide the only way of salvation for all who believe. Furthermore, any who attach additional works of man as a requirement for salvation are false in that they infer that Jesus’ redemptive work is insufficient in and of itself to save humanity and that human beings somehow have the capability to save themselves.
Accepting the Sinner, Denouncing the Sin – I believe that no sin is too big for God to forgive. Therefore, as Christians, we should be open and eager to share the Gospel with everyone regardless of their sin or affliction. However, making Jesus Lord of our lives means striving towards holiness and turning from our sinful ways. Therefore, while being open to all sinners, Christians ought not to accept, ignore, or promote any sin or sinful lifestyle as permissible.
Non-Essential Elements – I believe the above tenets make up the basis of Christian faith on which all Christians believe and agree. I have intentionally omitted any statements regarding areas of legitimate disagreement (i.e. baptism, predestination, end times) on which agreement is not essential for salvation.