1. There is one God in three Persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, all eternal and sovereign. Jesus and His Father are One (John 10:30), and the Bible refers to the Holy Spirit and God interchangeably (Acts 5:3-4). These three Persons work in unity (I Peter 1:2, 2 Corinthians 13:14).
2. Jesus Christ was born of a virgin after His conception by the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:34-38).
3. Christ was physically resurrected and now sits at the right hand of the Father. Jesus appeared to the disciples bearing the marks of His crucifixion (John 20:24-29), having been raised from the dead (Acts 3:15). He continues His ministry in heaven (Hebrews 8:1).
4. Christ will return to earth in His second coming. Jesus ascended bodily to heaven and is to return “in like manner” (Acts 1:11). This will be an event visible to all (Revelation 1:7).
5. The Bible is verbally inspired in its original form, and God has divinely preserved His Word through the ages in translations made by faithful Christians. God’s Holy Scriptures are the generally accepted 66 books forming the Old and New testaments. According to 2 Timothy 3:16, Scripture is inspired (from the Greek, “God-breathed”) and needs to be followed in preaching, teaching, and living. The Bible is the final authority in the life of the believer.
6. To receive salvation and eternal life, people must be born again by repenting of their sins, confessing faith in Christ’s atoning for their misdeeds, believing He rose again bodily from the grave on the third day, and following Him as Lord and Savior by taking up their crosses daily (Acts 2:38; 2 Corinthians 5:15; Romans 10:9-10).
7. Salvation is a work not of people but God, the Creator of all life (Ephesians 2:8).
8. Those who die without embracing Christ will suffer everlasting punishment by the judgment of God. The dead will be resurrected, some to life and others to condemnation (John 5:28-29); the condemned will have rejected Jesus (John 3:18) and be consigned to hell eternally (Revelation 20:10-15).
9. The husband is the head of the natural family (Ephesians 5:22-24). Pastors and deacons are to be male and meet all other biblical criteria (1 Timothy 3:1-13). Women are not to teach or preach to men in formal church services or classes (1 Timothy 2:11-15) except when a husband and wife (she submitted to him) are co-leading a course or together presenting a message (Ephesians 5:22). Females may instruct other women (Titus 2:1-5) and children (those under 18 years of age) without men (co-)teaching.
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