Eight Essentials We Believe:

1. About God
God is creator and ruler of the universe. God is the complete dimension of reality above us, before us, beside us, and inside us. God is the All-That-Was, All-That-Is, and All-That-Will-Ever-Be. God is consciously acting in every cell of our physical bodies as well as in our soul or spirit. It extends from our deepest, most remote, innermost thought . . . to the outer limits of the physical universe (and beyond—since by definition, God is bigger than what anyone can imagine).

(Genesis 1:1, 26-27; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14)



2. About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Christ is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate his power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven’s glory and will return someday to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

(Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14, 15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Timothy 6:14-15)



3. About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with God and Christ. It could be called "eternal source energy." The spirit is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. The spirit provides Christians with power for living, understanding spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. Through the power of the spirit we begin to understand the word 'God.'

(Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25)



4. About the Trinity
The deity exists as one essence as revealed in three personalities: Creator (God), Redeemer (Jesus Christ), and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are God. Expressed well by the hymn: "Holy, Holy Holy, Lord God Almighty / God in three persons, blessed Trinity / Perfect in power, love, and purity." Analogies: 1) Water—liquid, ice, and vapor 2) The sun—power, light, and warmth. 3) The brain—memory, will, and understanding. 4) Space—height, width, and depth.

(Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:1-2)



5. About the Bible
The Bible is the inspired Word of God. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the holy spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. The Bible is a manual for the growth of the soul. The first testament is the promise; the second testament is the promise fulfilled. The first testament is What God Intends—the What. The second testament is How It Gets Done—the How.

(2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105; Proverbs 30:5)



6. About Human Beings
Human beings are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like God in character, outlook, and destiny. People are the supreme object of God’s creation, the highest rank. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called 'sin.' This attitude separates people from the divine and causes us problems in life.

(Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 59:1-2; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2)



7. About Salvation
We are saved through grace alone, which is a free gift. Our declaration should be backed up by actions of gratitude. This is a consequence of faith, not a condition of faith (which the Catholics believe). It is not something we earn, but something we awaken to. Salvation is the knowing and understanding that we can never be separated from God. Eternal life begins the moment we receive Jesus Christ into our lives.

(Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; Acts 16:31; James 2:14-26; John 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 4:5)



8. About Eternity
We are created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God or eternally united with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with God is enlightened paradise (heaven). The soul doesn’t leave the body, the body leaves the soul.

(John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9)