The Bible is the very Word of God1 and therefore the only truth and authority in all religious matters. In this age of doubt, confusion and skepticism, Holy Scripture alone offers spiritual security and the certainty of salvation in Christ.
Creation/Fall into Sin
God created the universe in six regular 24-hour days. God tells us this in the Bible.2 God’s creation was completely perfect at its beginning, but since that time has been corrupted by sin. The sin of Adam and Eve corrupted themselves and all of their offspring including us. However, God is a loving God, and for this reason He promised to send a Savior for all people. That Savior was and is Jesus the Christ.
Trinity means three in one. One God who has revealed Himself in three persons. ‘Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one!’? (Deuteronomy 6:4). The Father is God. The Son is God. The Holy Spirit is God. Not three Gods but One God. Coequal! Coeternal! Go! Baptizing in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19) God is our Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier. One God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity.
Sin is doing contrary to the Will of God3. “Jesus said ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ “(Matthew 22:37-40) Anything, whether it is thoughts, words or actions, that is contrary to this perfect love of God and this perfect love for your neighbor, is sin. By this standard all people sin and fall short of the glory of God.4 No amount of good works will wash away these sins5 or their consequences, eternal separation from our God6.
Salvation means being saved. From before man’s fall into sin God established the means whereby God would save man. From the cross Jesus declared His saving work complete7. Jesus announces to the world, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.’? (John 11:25) Sin and death have been swallowed up in victory by our Savior. There is nothing left for you to do, Jesus has done it all. God continues to hold out His saving, rescuing hand through the true teaching of God’s Word8 through His Church and its called workers9. Jesus died that we might be made alive, cleansed of all our sins.
Grace is God’s underserved love. The Bible teaches us that we are to be perfect (without sin) as our Father in heaven is perfect. The Bible also teaches us that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Contradiction? Quiet the contrary, they are in complete harmony! From eternity, God in love, desired, designed, and carried out the plan of Grace (God’s undeserved love10) whereby He would save man. ‘When the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem (purchase from sin) those who were under the law.’? (Galatians 4:4) ‘For by grace (God’s underserved love) you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.’? (Ephesians 2: 8-9)
We rejoice over all people of every age and nation who are children of God by faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior11 and therefore belong to the Holy Christian Church.12 Yet, in our earthly religious associations, God asks us to unite (worship, pray, and commune) with those who follow His Word13 and out of love for God and concern for souls to stay away from harmful error (e.g. false teachings, those causing divisions, etc.).
Baptism forgives sins7, clothes with faith in Christ8, saves9, makes us heirs of eternal life.10 In baptizing ‘all nations”11, we include children because they are born sinful and need the ‘washing of rebirth.’?12
Holy Communion was established by our Savior for the forgiveness-assurance and faith-strengthening of His disciples and all believers.13 In the Lord’s Supper, the true body and blood of Christ are received14 in faith by those who are spiritually prepared15 and agreed in what they believe.16
An individual’s life begins at conception17. We know this because God reveals this to us in the Bible18. All who live, live because God has given them life. We do not have the right to end the life of another. God tells us specifically not to murder19. Therefore, no one has the right to end the life of a child regardless of the circumstances. In addition to the murder of an unborn child, abortion may likely cause irreparable psychological damage to the mother. The God of the Bible does not desert those in need. Those who trust in God will find that their creator will not leave them to despair, but will turn even their worst situation to benefit them and strengthen their faith20.
God tells us that homosexual relationships are sinful.19 In 1 Corinthians He specifically tells us that those who do not repent of their homosexuality will not enter the Kingdom of heaven. Thankfully, the sins of homosexuality, like all other sins, have been paid for by Jesus.20 God knows that some struggle against same sex attractions, and He will not leave them to face this hardship alone. Instead, God will constantly remind them of the forgiveness that is found in Jesus Christ, and in this way strengthen those in need of His love.
The End Times
Many have been deceived by those who hold unscriptural beliefs about the end of the world. Bible verses are often used improperly in support of these false ideas. What God has revealed to us about the end times is found in the Bible. Jesus will physically return once on the last day of the earth’s existence. He will raise all people, the living and those who have died. The believers will be raised to eternal life with God (Heaven), and the unbelievers to eternal separation from God (Hell). Because God desires all men to live eternally, he moves Christians across the world to share the message of the Savior of Mankind, Jesus Christ.