God is called by many different names because of the different dimensions of His
character, but God is one (Deuteronomy 6:4). God is super-dimensional and eternally
self-existent (Jn. 8:54-59). God is omniscient (all knowing), omnipresent (everywhere), and omnipotent (all powerful). He is the creator of the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1&2). While God is one, He has revealed Himself in what the Church calls the Trinity, God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).
Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity, the eternal Son of God. The Scripture
declares His virgin birth (Matthew 1:18-23); His sinless life (Hebrews 7:26 & I Peter 2:22& I John 3:4,5); His miracles (Acts 2:22 & 10:37-38); His substitutionary death on the cross (II Corinthians 5:21 & I Peter 2:24 & I Corinthians 15:4); His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:1-6 & I Corinthians 15:4); and His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9,11 & Philippians 2:9-11).
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity sent to reveal Christ’s teachings (Jn.16:14), convict the world of its sin (Jn. 16:8), and to that are the natural outflow of the Spirit-filled life and evidence of Christian maturity. There are nine primary gifts of the Spirit which are different manifestations of the Spirit to build up the body (I Cor. 12:1-11). We are instructed to diligently seek the gifts (I Cor. 12:31, 14:1), but they must be exercised in an orderly way (I Cor. 14:26-33) and in the context of love (I Cor. 13:1-13).
Man was created in the image of God (Genesis 2:26). However, by a voluntary act of the
will, Adam and Eve disobeyed God (Genesis 3:6). That first sin had several repercussions: Humanity was distanced from God and banished from God’s presence within the bliss of the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:23, Rom 5:12-19), a curse was pronounced that made our human condition more laborious and toilsome (Genesis 3:14-19), the process of physical death began (Genesis 2:17) and as a result left humanity in a fallen or sinful condition (Romans 3:23).
The only means of salvation is Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12 & John 14:6). He died on the cross
to pay the penalty of our sins (I Peter 2:24). He offers each of us a pardon for our sins
(Hebrews 9:26), offer us new life through the power of His resurrection (Romans 8:11) and wants us to become children of God (John 1:12). When we put our faith in Christ for the forgiveness of our sins and begin a relationship with God, we begin a transformative journey towards the realization and fulfillment of the purpose we were created for (Jer.29:11).
The Scripture teaches that all who repent and believe in Christ are to be baptized by immersion (Matthew 28:19). Baptism is a public profession of faith in Christ. It is symbolic of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ that believers are called to enter into. It is a declaration to the world that we have died to sin and have been raised with Christ to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4).
The Lord's Table consists of two elements: the bread and cup. These elements represent the body and blood of Christ that were offered as a sacrifice for the creation He was sent to redeem. Communion is a remembrance of Christ's sufferings on the cross and a celebration of our salvation. It is an opportunity for a believer to examine himself and experience forgiveness and grace anew as they journey onward in their faith.
The Church is the body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:12-27) and has a three-fold purpose:
To evangelize the world (Acts 1:8 & Mark 16:15-16), to worship God (I Cor. 12:13), and
to equip for ministry (Ephesians 4:11-16 & I Cor. 12:28, 14:12).