There is one God (Exod. 20:2, Isa. 44:6, Eph. 4:4-6) who is one in essence with three persons (Father – Eph. 1:3-4, 1 Cor. 8:6; Son – Ps. 2:7, Rev. 1:4-6; Holy Spirit – Gen. 1:2, Jn. 14:16-17) who have been eternally in relationship with one another yet distinct in their modes of existence (Jn. 1:1-2, 17:5, 17:24). They are coequal in their essence and attributes. These attributes include compassion, grace, love, faithfulness, wisdom, mercy, self-existence, power, justice, truthfulness, spiritual, ever-presence and being unchangeable in knowledge, essence, attributes, purpose or character yet changing in attitude and action (Ex. 34:6-7, Ps. 86:15).
The Bible (the 66 books found in biblical canon) is fully inspired by God (2 Tim. 3:15-17). It is inerrant in all that it teaches as it speaks accurately in ordinary language. The Bible alone is the supremely objective authority for all matters of life being sufficient for all people and the church (Jn. 20:30-31, 2 Tim. 3:15-17). God also works authoritatively through people guided by the Bible and the Spirit (Ephesians 1:19, Jn. 14:12) yet this is never equal or to be in contradiction with the Bible (Dan. 3:1-30, Acts 5:29-32).
God is the creator of all things (Gen. 1:1-2:25, Neh. 9:6) andÂ created the world out of nothing (Gen. 1-2:25, Heb. 11:3). He created out of nothing for the primary display of his glory (Isa. 43:7, Rom. 11:36, Rev. 4:11) and secondarily as an extension of his love so that people could participate in a relationship with Himself (Eph. 1:3-6).
All people are equally created in the image of God (Gen. 1:26-27). Being made in the image of God means to make visible the invisible attributes of God (Dan. 3:1-18, Col. 1:15). Jesus Christ is the ultimate exemplar of the image of God setting an example for all people, making visible the invisible God (Heb. 1:1-3, Phil. 2:5-8, Col. 1:15). The fullness of the image of God is something that people are on a journey towards. This is a journey of renewal, wholeness and growing to become all that God originally designed people to be (Rom. 8:29, 2 Cor. 3:18, Col. 3:10). Being in the image of God provides the framework for basic human value, rights and dignity for all people (Gen. 9:6).
The image of God has been marred in all people as we all are totally depraved (Eph. 2:1-3, Rom. 8:7) as every part of our being is tainted by sin (Tit. 1:15-16, Eph. 4:17-19) leading to condemnation and punishment (Rom. 2:5-6, 5:12). Ultimately, sin leads to spiritual death (1 Cor. 15:21-22, Eph. 2:1), relational separation with God and others (Eph. 2:12) and a breaking of shalom in the created order (Rom. 8:21-22). Despite the total depravity of all people, people still to some extent retain the image of God and can do some good (Gen. 12:10-20, 20:1-18).
Jesus, the eternal Logos and the second person of the Trinity has eternally been in relationship with God (Jn. 1:1+14). He emptied himself of his divine role and lifestyle (Heb. 2:9-15) becoming a fully Spirit-filled man (Lk. 4:1, 4:14, Phil. 2:6-8). He was born from a virgin (Matt. 1:18, 1:23-25, Lk. 1:34-35), tempted in every way (Heb. 2:17-18, 4:14-15) yet sinless (2 Cor. 5:21, Heb. 4:15, 1 Pet. 2:22) to display a model for the lives of all believers (Jn. 13:15). Jesus was crucified (Matt. 27:33-50, Acts 2:23) and buried (Matt. 27:57-61) being raised on the third day (Lk. 24:26-48, Acts 2:24, 1 Cor. 15:3-4) ascending to the right hand of the Father (Mk. 16:19, Acts 1:9-11, 2:33) as the exalted King over all (Acts 2:33, Eph. 1:20-23, Phil. 2:9-11) who is to return again leading to the redemption and consummation of all things (Acts 1:11, Rev. 21:1-5).
Jesus atoning work is caused by his divine love (Jn. 3:16, Rom. 5:8), justice (Rom. 3:25-26), grace (Rom. 2:4, Eph. 1:7) and his good pleasure (Eph. 1:3-14, Heb. 12:2) as well as the moral consequences of human sin (1 Jn. 3:5) and demonic dominion over the world (Gen. 3:15, 1 Jn. 3:8). Jesus death led to his triumph over hostile powers (Acts 26:18, Col. 2:15), provided people an example of how to live (Phil. 2:1-5, 1 Jn. 3:16) and was for our benefit and in our place taking our penalty for sin (Gal. 3:13, 2 Cor. 14-15+21, Rom. 5:17-19). His death on the cross was the appeasement of Gods wrath (Rom. 3:25, Heb. 2:17) and the shedding of his blood cleanses people of sin (Jn. 1:29, Acts 10:15). Jesus work on the cross redeems people from sin (1 Pet. 2:24), the law (Gal. 3:13) and condemnation (Rom. 8:1); reconciling people to himself (Rom. 5:10-11) and revealing the Father to us (Jn. 14:6-7). Jesus died for all people (1 Tim. 2:6, Heb. 2:9), wills all to be saved (1 Tim. 2:4, 2 Pet. 3:9), invites all people to salvation (Jn. 3:16, Acts 16:31) and purchased people (2 Pet. 2:1) leading to a process of the holistic restoration of the whole person (Is. 53:3-5).
Salvation is a multi-faceted with past, present and future dynamics. Believers have been saved (Eph. 2:4-8, 2 Tim. 1:8-9, Tit. 3:4-5), are being saved (1 Cor. 1:18, 2 Cor. 2:15, Phil. 2:12-13) and will be saved (Rom. 5:9-10, Rom. 13:11, Heb. 9:28) through the Gospel (or good news) of Jesus. This process includes election, conversion, regeneration, justification, adoption, sanctification, perseverance and glorification.
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity being fully equal to the Father and the Son (Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; Acts 5:3-4). He does divine works, possessing all the attributes of God (2 Cor. 2:10-11; Tit. 3:5). The Holy Spirit is a personal being (Jn. 14:26; 15:26; 16:13-14) who does personal works like teaching (Jn. 14:26), guiding & speaking (Jn. 16:13), and comforting (Acts 9:31). The Holy Spirit indwells every person at conversion in conjunction with the giving of a new heart (Ezek. 36:26; Jn. 14:17); incorporating them into the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:13). This begins a process for a believer of oneâ€™s sealing (Eph. 1:13-14; 4:30), assurance (Rom. 8:14-17; 1 Jn. 4:13), fruit bearing (Jn. 15:1-5; Gal. 5:22-25) and gifting(s) (1 Cor. 12:1-11; Eph. 4:7-16). Subsequent to the initial baptism, there is a continual work of the filling of the Holy Spirit (Acts 4:8; 7:55; Eph. 5:18) which is a work of empowerment for service (Lk. 4:1; 14), growing believers into Christlikeness (Acts 6:3; 11:24) and experiencing God (Acts 10:44-48; 19:6). All of the gifts of the Spirit (1 Cor. 12-14; Rom. 12:3-8) and offices in the body of Christ (Eph. 4:7-16) are active and available today.
The local church is governed under the Word of God and led by a multiplicity of Spirit led elders and deacons (Acts 6:1-6). The role of the elder is the highest office in the local church, appointed in the local church (Tit. 1:5) and required to meet the qualifications for eldership (1 Tim. 3:1-7; Tit. 1:5-9). Elders roles are to equip the saints for the work of ministry (Eph. 4:11), shepherd the local congregation (1 Pet. 5:1-3), guide and guard the doctrine and teaching of the church (Acts 6:4, 20:28; Tit. 1:9), and oversee the ministries of the church (1 Tim. 5:17). Deacons are appointed in the local church (1 Tim. 3:8-13) to assist the elders and serve throughout the local church (Acts 6:1-6). Members of the local church are baptized believers active in the ministry (Acts 2:42-47). Overall, the ultimate authority of the local church resides at the local level under the guidance of the scriptures (Matt. 18:15-17; Acts 15:22).
Two ordinances have been given to the local church: baptism (Matt. 28:19) and communion (Matt. 26:26-29). Both are occasions ordained by Christ for his church when the saving and sanctifying knowledge of himself is presented to people. Baptism is the immersion in water of the regenerate (Rom. 6:2-5; Acts 2:37-38) representing their identification with the person (Acts 10:48), body (1 Cor. 12:13) and mission of Christ (Acts 2:41. Communion (also known as the Lords Supper) is the remembrance of Christs sacrificial death and anticipation of when Christ comes again for believers to regularly practice (1 Cor. 11:23-26).
Jesus Christ will return in the future to earth (Matt. 24:36; Acts 1:11) to gather all people (living and dead) and establish his kingdom on earth (Rev. 11:15) after the time of the tribulation (2 Thess. 2:1-10). Ultimately, there will be a final judgment after this rebellion where Satan will be thrown into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:10) as well as all people who have rejected Gods gracious call (Rev. 20:15). This punishment in the lake of fire is eternal, everlasting torment (Matt. 25:46; 2 Thess. 1:9). Gods people will reign eternally with him in his presence in the new heavens and new earth (Rev. 21-22).