About the Bible
The Bible is God’s word to all of us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the complete source of truth for who we are, what we believe and how we live.
The God of the Bible is the only true God, infinite in power, wisdom, goodness, and love. He is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. God reveals himself as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, three equal, distinct but inseparable persons.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He was born to a virgin Mary by miraculous conception, lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of every person who has ever lived by dying on a cross. He rose from the dead on the third day, demonstrating his power over sin and death, and his ability to fulfill all his promises. He ascended to heaven’s glory where he intercedes on our behalf with God. Someday he will return to earth and reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the living presence of God, active in the world to help people become aware of their sin and their need for Jesus Christ. He lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living a fruitful life, understanding of spiritual truth, guidance in doing what is right, and endows each believer with spiritual gifts according to his will. He empowers the Church to carry out Christ’s mission in the world.
Baptism is the first step of obedience after making a commitment to Christ. It is also a sign of God’s Grace that invites us into a relationship with Him. Baptism allows a believer to communicate to the world their heart-felt commitment. Baptism doesn’t make you a Christian; only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring - it's the outward sign of the commitment you have made in your heart.
Men and women are created by God in His image. Therefore, each person possesses great self-worth and all are loved by God. We are made to know God personally and to glorify Him in our lives. However, each of us also has an inner attitude of self-centeredness and rebellion against God's leadership in our lives, which is called sin. Sin separates us from God, others and even ourselves. No one has lived a sinless life (except Jesus), and therefore all of us need God's forgiveness and salvation through Christ.
Salvation is a free gift offered by God to all that restores our relationship with Him. We can never earn it or achieve it by self-improvement or good works. We accept God’s gift of a new life when we turn from our self-ruled life and accept Jesus as our Savior. By faith we believe our sins are forgiven and we no longer have to give in to our sins. The new life that God gives us provides meaning and purpose and joy to our lives now and eternal life with Christ in heaven.