1. In One God that reveals himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each with distinct personal attributes, and together as one being with one essence.
2. God is all powerful, created everything and every person that exists, and that he clearly reveals his existence to all people.
3. The Christian Bible in the Old and New Testaments is God’s Word to all people, that it is completely true from beginning to end, and that it holds ultimate authority over all people.
4. All people are both made in God’s image and yet have sin in their lives, past, present, and future. Human sin began when the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, disobeyed God and it can be described as thoughts, feelings, words, actions, and beliefs that are disobedient from God, false, unloving, self-centered.
5. Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the Son of God, who came to earth to save the world and rescue God’s chosen people from sin, satan, death, and hell.
6. Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and lived a life without sin in complete obedience to the Father. His death in our place on the cross completely paid the death penalty that all people deserve for our sin against our Holy God. On the third day, Jesus was raised from death by the power of the Holy Spirit. This bodily resurrection proves God’s victory over sin, satan, death, and hell. Jesus’ resurrection was confirmed by over 500 eye witnesses. It is by our faith in Christ alone, by God’s grace alone that people can be rescued from sin, adopted into God’s family, and receive eternal life.
7. Our new, eternal life with God begins when we trust Jesus with genuine love and ask him to forgive us for our sin against God. And because he died in our place, he revealed God’s love, upheld God’s justice, and removed our guilt, reconciling us to God (Isa. 53:4-6; 2 Cor. 5:21; Col. 2:14-15). It is completely by God’s grace, not our own good deeds or abilities that we are forgiven; it is completely by Jesus’ shed blood, not by our own efforts, that we are cleansed from sin.
8. The Holy Spirit makes us new people the moment God forgives us, and that he fills and covers us as God’s invisible presence the rest of our lives on earth. The Spirit of God guides us, teaches us how to love and obey God, shows us when we are disobeying God, and gives us the ability to go back to God and restore our relationship with him when we ask for forgiveness for sin. The Holy Spirit unites our lives with Jesus and all of God’s people.
9. All of God’s chosen people are called “the church.” God’s vision for his church includes people from every ethnic group, every language, and every nation on the earth that live as one family under God’s perfect love and authority forever. The Lord Jesus Christ is the One and only King of the Church, the “Head” of the entire “body” of which each individual Christian is a part.
10. There are two activities that Jesus has commanded his people to do in order to identify themselves as true Christians. They are baptism and the Lord’s supper. A Christian is baptized just as Jesus was, completely submerged in water. It signifies a Christian’s spiritual death to their old life of sin, apart from Christ, and being given new life in a restored relationship with God by faith in Jesus. Baptism does not save a person. Instead, it is a first step of obedience to God that identifies them as a Christian once and for all, and it is done in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Lord’s supper is a meal that God’s people share together to remember Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, and to tell each other and all others the good news of forgiveness and eternal life with God until Christ returns. The meal is bread and wine, and is only to be taken by repentant Christians.
11. Between now and the last day when Jesus returns, all of his people are given the task to represent Jesus on earth by loving God with all their hearts, all their minds, all their souls, and all their strength, and by loving all others as they would love themselves. Christians also represent Jesus by making disciples of all nations, baptizing them, and teaching them everything Jesus commanded his people. In practice, this includes conversing with God in prayer, reading and sharing his Word, eating meals and celebrating together, honoring God with music and singing, and glorifying the Lord in everything we do.
12. In his own time, Jesus will return to judge the whole earth and every person who has ever lived. He will separate his chosen, faithful people from those whom he has not chosen and are unfaithful to God. There will be a final battle between Jesus, God’s angels, and his people against satan, his demons, and his people, and Jesus will win the final victory over satan, sin, death, and hell. Satan and his armies will be sent into hell for an eternity of damnation. Jesus will make the earth and all his people new, and there will be a feast and celebration the likes of which the world has never seen before! Sin, death, sickness, pain, and tears will be no more, and God’s people will live with him in love, joy, and peace, forever. Come soon Lord Jesus! Amen.