The Essentials We Believe
The Apostle's Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy universal church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection o the body,
and the life everlasting.
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Love constitutes the essential being of God.
(Genesis 1:1, 26,27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14)
About Jesus Christ
Jesus is the Son of God. 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 into heaven and will come again to judge the living and the dead, and to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
(Matthew 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; I Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13)
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father, and the Son. The Holy Spirit is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation providing power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right.
(II Corinthians 3:17, John 16:7-13; 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25, Ephesians 5:18)
Other Important Beliefs
About the Bible
The Bible is God's Word to us. It was written by human authors under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.
(II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20,21; II Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105; 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5)
About Human Beings
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like him in character. Unfortunately, that image has been marred in all of us by an attitude of disobedience we call sin. This attitude separates us from God. We will reach our full potential as human beings only when we allow God's image to shine through our lives. The more we share love, care and compassion with others, the more we become more like the God is whose image we are made. The process of spiritual discovering is life-long.
(Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1,2)
It is impossible for any of us to reach our full potential on our own. In and of ourselves, we lack the power to be saved. God, however, reaches out to us. 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 their sin. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved.
(Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1)
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