1. The Bible:
The Bible is the inspired word of God, without error (inerrant) in the original documents and of final authority in all matters of faith and practice. 2 Tim 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 Thess. 2:13.
2. The Trinity:
There is one God, eternally existing in three persons, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The three persons of the Godhead are distinct personalities yet are co-equal one with the other. God is spirit – invisible, personal, self-existent, eternal and unchanging. 1 Tim 2:5; Matt. 28:19; Isa. 44:6; Deut. 6:4; Eph. 4:6, Hebrews 9:14.
3. God the Father:
God the Father is holy and cannot overlook evil. He is love and has shown His love and mercy to all people in sending His Son, Jesus, to earth to pay the penalty of sin. God the Father was wholly satisfied with the life and death of His Son, and to demonstrate this, raised Jesus from the dead. The price for sin has been paid and people can now enter God’s holy presence on the basis of Jesus’ sacrifice. God is not limited by time and space though His throne or place of administration is in heaven. 1 John 4:8, 1 John 4:10, 1 Kings 8:27, Acts 7: 48-49.
4. God the Son:
The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and truly man, born of a virgin and without sin. His death on the cross is substitutionary and representative. He rose bodily from the dead and ascended to His Father’s right hand where He ministers as our great High Priest.
He will come to rapture His Church and then return to reign on earth in righteousness. Luke 1:35; Heb. 4:14-16; 9:24. I Peter 2:22; 1 John 3:5.
5. God the Holy Spirit:
Each believer is indwelt and sealed by the Holy Spirit which enables him or her to live a godly life. 2 Cor. 1:22; Eph. 1:13-14; Romans 8 9-17.
6. Sin and Salvation:
Every member of the human race has sinned and is separated from God. We can only be brought into fellowship with God by spiritual birth through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Such a believer possesses the security of eternal life. Romans 3:23; 5:12; John 3:3-7; 5:24; 10:28-29.
7. The Church Universal:
The Church is composed of all true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, united to Him by the indwelling Holy Spirit. Christ is the Head of the Church, the believers its Body. The Church’s calling, hope and destiny is heavenly, its chief function to glorify God and witness for Christ until His return. Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 1:18; Matt. 16:18; Phil. 1: 1.
8. The Ordinances:
There are two Christian ordinances, baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is for believers upon their confession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and symbolizes the transformation that has occurred in the person’s life. The Lord’s Supper, was instituted by the Lord Himself for believers to remember Him and to show His death until He comes. Matt. 28:19; Acts 8:35-39; Luke 22:19-20.
9. The Local Church:
The local church consists of believers in a locality who gather in Christ’s name for worship, prayer, learning, fellowship and testimony. 2 Tim. 4:2-5; Mark 16:15.
10. Relationship and Fellowship:
Every true child of God possesses eternal life and is safe and secure for all eternity. However a believer can, through sin, lose his fellowship, joy, power and testimony and incur the Father’s discipline. Relationship is eternal, being established by new birth in Christ Jesus; fellowship with God, however, is dependent upon obedience. Romans 8:1; John 3:3; 3:16; Acts 5:29; 1 Peter 1:2.
11. The Future:
The age of grace in which we live will end with the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ to rapture His Church, both the dead and the living, an event believed to be near. There will be a bodily resurrection of the unsaved to everlasting conscious punishment. Christ’s millennial Kingdom will be established at the end of which He will deliver up the Kingdom to God, the Father that the Triune God may be all in all. 1 Thess. 4:13-17: Rev. 20:1-6; 10-15; Matt. 25:31-33.