1. The Holy Bible
The Holy Bible is the divinely inspired
Word of God. No other writing is of such origin. The Old and New
Testaments together are the infallible, authoritative Scriptures for
the faith and practice of God's people. No other writing or
authority is required for understanding the plan of salvation and
the will of God for mankind. Originating from the Father, God's Word
is fulfilled in Jesus Christ His Son and is applied to our lives by the Holy Spirit.
- 2 Timothy 3:15-17; John 5:39; Luke
24:44; Romans 15:4; 2 Peter 1:19-21; John 17:17; 1 Peter 1:24, 25;
2. God, the Father
The supreme Deity of the universe is
God Almighty. It is He who created all things by His Word and
sustains them by His power. He made the covenant with Abraham, gave
the Law at Sinai, and spoke through the prophets. God is most
perfectly revealed as the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and the
heavenly Father of all who believe in Jesus. At the end of this age,
God will judge the world through Christ and will reign eternally
over the redeemed.
- Genesis 1:1; Acts 17:24, 25, 30, 31;
Genesis 17:1, 2; Exodus 20:1-17; Hebrews 1:1-3; 1 Corinthians
15:24-28; Revelation 19:6.
3. Jesus Christ, the Son
Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son
of God. He is of the same substance as the Father. Before time
began, He existed with the Father, shared the Father's glory, and
participated in creation. Voluntarily relinquishing the rights of
His deity, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit in the virgin Mary
and was born in Bethlehem. In full humanity, Jesus perfectly obeyed
the Father's will, died by crucifixion, was buried, and rose again
after three days and three nights in the tomb. He then ascended into
heaven, and sits at the right hand of God as Savior and Redeemer of
all who trust in Him. Jesus is Lord!
- John 1:18; 1:1-3; 3:16; 17:5;
Matthew 1:21; 12:40; Luke 1:26-35; 24:51; Philippians 2:5-11; 1
Timothy 2:5; Acts 2:36.
4. The Holy Spirit
Spirit is the promised Comforter sent from God after the ascension
of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit dwells in those Christians who ask
of God and obey Him. All believers have been baptized by the Holy
Spirit into the body of Christ. The Scriptures command believers to
be filled with the Holy Spirit. By the Spirit, God reveals biblical
truth, convicts persons of sin and draws them to Jesus, regenerates
those who believe, gives power to live and witness for Christ,
produces the fruits of holiness, and bestows gifts for
- John 14:16-18, 26; 15:26; 16:7-14;
3:5; Acts 1:5, 8; Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:22, 23; 1
Corinthians 12:3-11, 13; Luke 11:13; Acts 5:32.
5. The Fall of Humanity
God created Adam and Eve in His own
image and pronounced them good. When our first parents disobeyed
God, the curse of sin, sorrow, and death came upon the world. As a
result, all mankind participate in original sin by nature and by
choice, and all creation experiences its miserable effects. While
the penalty of sin has been paid through Jesus Christ, and the power
of sin has been broken by the Holy Spirit, still the presence of sin
and suffering in the human family, in the universe, and in believers
will not be fully eradicated in the present age.
- Genesis 1:26, 27, 31; 3:1-19; Romans
3:23; 5:12-19; 8:19-23.
6. The Plan of Salvation
God provided the way of salvation for
humanity to escape the penalty of eternal death pronounced upon
sinners after the Fall. Jesus Christ gained this redemption by His
sinless life, His atoning death, and His resurrection. In these He
became our legal representative in heaven. Through His merits,
forgiveness of sin and the assurance of eternal life belong to those
who believe in and accept God's plan of salvation through Christ.
This is the heart of the gospel: Christ died for our sins, thereby
purchasing eternal salvation for all who continue in the
- John 3:16; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 Peter
1:18, 19; 2:21-24; Romans 3:23-25; 5:1, 6-11; Hebrews 4:15;
Colossians 1:20-23; Acts 4:12.
7. Our Response to God
Upon learning of God's plan, a person either accepts Jesus
Christ as Savior and Lord or continues in condemnation. Accepting
Jesus Christ means believing the truth of the gospel, confessing and
repenting of sin, trusting the Savior, and becoming a disciple of
the Lord. One who so believes has been justified before God,
converted in mind, and reborn in spirit. He then walks the way of
obedience, which includes public confession of Jesus Christ, water
baptism, restitution, and following the teachings and example of
- John 3:16-18; Hebrews 11:6; Acts
16:31; 2:38; 1 John 1:9; Romans 10:9, 10; Matthew 5:23, 24; 2
Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 2:6; Galatians 5:6b.
God's people are to pray to the heavenly Father in the name
of Jesus, the Mediator and High Priest at God's throne. Prayer is to
be offered at all times, for all people, for God's will to be done,
and with thanksgiving and confession. The sick are to call for the
elders of the church to anoint them with oil and pray for their
healing. Those who call upon the Father, individually or
collectively, will have their prayers answered in accordance with
- Hebrews 4:14-16; John 14:13, 14; 1
Timothy 2:1-8; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Philippians 4:6; James
5:14-16; 1 John 5:14; Matthew 6:9-13.
9. The Ten Commandments
Ten Commandments constitute the basic law of God for His people. The
concepts of the Decalogue were understood and obeyed by the godly
before the giving of the Law at Mt. Sinai, where God spoke them and
wrote them on stone tablets. This law of God was perfectly fulfilled
in the life and teachings of Jesus, was obeyed by the apostles of
the Lord, and is written in the hearts of believers under the new
covenant. No part of it has been revoked or changed; to transgress
any of it is to commit sin. Observing the Ten Commandments expresses
our love to God and mankind.
- Exodus 20:1-17; 31:18; Genesis 26:5;
John 15:10; Matthew 19:16-19; Hebrews 8:10; 1 John 3:4; 5:2, 3;
10. The Sabbath
commandment teaches us to observe the seventh day (Saturday) of each
week as the Sabbath. God set the Sabbath apart in the beginning as a
memorial of creation, and it was observed by Jesus and the apostles.
It is kept from Friday sunset until Saturday sunset by ceasing from
secular work, engaging in corporate worship, cultivating the godly
life, and doing good for others. Sabbath rest mirrors both Creation
and redemption, and will be celebrated until God's people rest
forever with Him.
- Genesis 2:1-3; Exodus 20:8-11; Luke
4:16; Acts 13:14, 42, 44; 16:13; 18:4, 11; Leviticus 23:32; Mark
2:27, 28; Matthew 12:12; Hebrews 4:4-10; Isaiah 56:1-8; 58:13, 14.
11. The Church
church is the spiritual body of believers who have faith in Jesus
Christ and obey the will of God. It has Christ as its Head and
exists universally and locally to worship God, study the Scriptures,
preach the gospel, nurture believers, and serve humanity. The Bible
most often refers to this body as "church of God"; therefore, we use
that name. Church organization is scriptural and expedient. We
recognize the church wherever the Word is faithfully preached,
people respond in obedience, and the ordinances of baptism and the
Lord's Supper are administered.
- Matthew 16:18; Colossians 1:18;
Ephesians 5:25-33; 1 Corinthians 1:2; Acts 6:1-7; 1 Timothy
3:1-13; Titus 1:5; Acts 20:28; Revelation 12:17.
Baptism by immersion in water is a commanded response to
the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ on our behalf. It
pictures the believer's covenant union with the Lord: death to sin,
burial of the old nature, and rising to new life. Baptism itself
does not save, but is an act of obedience to the gospel that should
not be postponed following faith, repentance, and regeneration. It
is designed not for infants, but for those who know God's saving
plan and who decide to trust and obey the Lord.
- Romans 6:1-6; Acts 2:38; 8:35-39;
16:30-34; 1 Peter 3:21; Matthew 3:13-17; 28:18-20.
13. Lord's Supper
the Lord's Supper, unleavened bread and fruit of the vine are
received as symbols of our Lord's body and blood, which He offered
as a sacrifice for sin. In this memorial of the Lord's death, we
illustrate our union with the Savior, commune with others as the
body of Christ, and proclaim our hope in His return. Unfermented
grape juice is the symbol we choose for His blood. Because the first
Lord's Supper was at Passover, we have chosen to observe it on Nisan
fourteen of the Hebrew calendar. We extend charity toward those who
may observe communion at other times. At the supper, we follow
Jesus' example and command by washing one another's feet in service
- Matthew 26:17-19, 26-29; Mark
14:22-25; Luke 22:19, 20; 1 Corinthians 10:16, 17; 11:23-26; John
14. Financial Stewardship
God's work is supported by the
financial stewardship of God's people. The biblical examples and
commands for proportionate giving often refer to a tithe, or tenth.
While tithing laws in the Levitical priesthood are no longer in
force, tithes and offerings remain as a principle and standard of
Scripture. The New Testament stresses the giver's attitude above any
legal demands. Motivated by the love of the gospel, every Christian
is called to give tithes and offerings freely and
- Genesis 14:18-20; 28:20-22; Proverbs
3:9; Malachi 3:8-10; Matthew 23:23; 1 Corinthians 9:7-14; 2
Corinthians 9:6, 7; Hebrews 7:1-6.
15. Participation in
Christ our Lord taught us to love and forgive our enemies, and to
work for the peace and salvation of all peoples. Wars among nations
and violence between persons are not God's perfect will, but result
from greed, lust for power, selfishness, and other sinful motives.
Christians should renounce such carnality and the weapons of human
strife, and should not participate in military combat through the
- Matthew 5:38-48; Luke 6:27-38;
Romans 12:17-21; John 18:36; Matthew 26:51, 52; 2 Corinthians
10:3, 4; James 4:1.
16. Pagan Holidays
celebrations of Sunday, Christmas, Lent, Easter, or Halloween as
sacred times have no scriptural support.
Sunday became the
common day of worship after the apostolic era. It was decreed the
venerable day of the sun, and work was forbidden on it by the Roman
emperor Constantine in A.D. 321. No command or example exists in
Scripture for observance of the first day of the week as the
Christmas is a carryover of the ancient
festival of pagan Rome called Saturnalia, the rebirth of the sun.
The day of Jesus' birth is unknown, and no biblical precedent exists
for celebrating it after the fashion of Christmas.
a second-century substitute for a spring festival honoring the
heathen goddess Astarte. The Bible does not endorse celebrating the
Resurrection after the manner of Easter Sunday. The best evidence
points to Christ's resurrection late on the Sabbath. His crucifixion
and burial on Wednesday yields a literal fulfillment of the prophecy
that He would be three days and three nights in the heart of the
Halloween originates in unholy and superstitious
practices relating to evil spirits and the realm of the dead. It
should not be celebrated by Christians.
- 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; Jeremiah
10:2-10; Matthew 12:38-40; 28:1-6 (KJV); Mark 8:31; 9:31; 1
17. Marriage, Divorce, and
Marriage was instituted by God and is intended to last as
long as both partners live. A permanent union between one man and
one woman offers potential for the best of human experience, and is
a picture of the eternal bond between Christ and the church. Jesus
taught that only fornication (sexual unfaithfulness) is sufficient
cause for divorce. Those who remarry after divorce, except the
divorce was "for cause of fornication," commit adultery. Similarly,
those who marry persons who have been divorced "except for the cause
of fornication" commit adultery.
- Genesis 2:18-25; Matthew 5:31, 32;
19:4-9; Mark 10:2-12; Luke 16:18; Romans 7:1-3; Ephesians 5:22-33;
1 Corinthians 7:10-16, 39.
18. Holy Living
God's people are called out of sin and
corruption into a sanctified position - "us in Christ" - and a
sanctified practice - "Christ in us." Indwelt by the Holy Spirit,
Christians are to be an example of the believers and a corrective to
an evil and unbelieving generation. Pride, greed, sloth, lust, and
covetousness must be opposed in the Spirit; all harmful and immoral
practices, including homosexuality, must be refused in the
- Romans 12:1, 2; Titus 2:11-13; 2
Corinthians 7:1; 1 John 2:15-17; Galatians 5:16-26; 1 Corinthians
6:15-20; Colossians 3:1-14; 1 Timothy 4:12; 1 Peter 1:13-16.
19. Clean and Unclean
distinction between clean and unclean meats, with respect to foods,
is to be observed today as God's will because it was God-given for
the benefit of mankind.
- Genesis 7:1-3; Leviticus 11:2-23,
46, 47; Deuteronomy 14:3-20; Acts 10:9-15, 27-29.
Satan, a spirit-being called the Devil,
is the adversary of God and His people. He is a deceiver capable of
transforming himself into an angel of light. He was a murderer from
the beginning, and a liar. He must be resisted by God's people, and
he will finally be destroyed in the lake of fire.
- 1 Peter 5:8, 9; Ephesians 6:11, 12;
2 Corinthians 11:14; John 8:44; James 4:7; Revelation
21. Our Bodies and Our
God created all things, He pronounced them very good. Humans share a
physical nature with the created order, and we share the unique,
spiritual imprint of the Creator. He has given us the privilege and
responsibility of dominion over His creation.
This good order of
humanity and cosmos was not created in vain. Believers will be
raised with immortal bodies, and will dwell forever in an earth
restored to perfection.
Since human bodies and the earth share
the divine purpose in creation and are destined for God's glory
through the gospel, both are to be cared for and not
- Genesis 1:26-31; 2:7, 15; Isaiah
45:18; Romans 8:18-23; 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20; 15:35-54; 2 Peter
3:13; Revelation 5:10; 11:18; 21:1-4.
22. State of the Dead
is no consciousness in death. When a person dies, the body returns
to the ground, the spirit (breath) returns to God, and thoughts
perish. The dead remain in this state, which the Bible often calls
sleep, until the day of resurrection. The sleep of the dead shall
seem to them as nothing in the time of their awakening. The blessed
hope of the gospel is that every believer shall be resurrected from
the dead, as was Jesus Christ.
- Ecclesiastes 9:5, 6; 12:7; Psalm
146:3, 4; John 11:11-14; Acts 2:29-35; Hebrews 11:13, 39, 40; 1
23. Prophecy, Signs of the
Bible prophecy was given for our instruction and warning,
and that we might know history is moving toward its ultimate climax.
Today's events and human conditions confirm the Word of God and the
certainty of Jesus Christ's soon return. These fulfillments
emphasize the call for sinners to flee from the wrath to come, and
the call for believers to come out of religious
- 2 Peter 1:19-21; Luke 21:5-36; 2
Timothy 3:1-7; Revelation 14:9-12; 18:4.
24. The Regathering of
Scriptures contain many promises that the descendants of the
children of Israel shall return to inhabit the lands of the Bible
(formerly called Palestine) for a climactic period of history. This
prophecy is being fulfilled, and the events of the Middle East
continually signal that the return of Christ is imminent.
- Isaiah 11:11, 12; Jeremiah 31:7-12;
32:37-44; Ezekiel 37:21-28; 38:8-16; Amos 9:11-15; Luke 21:20-24,
31; Psalm 102:16.
25. The Second Coming of
Jesus Christ will return to Earth in fulfillment of an
often repeated Bible prophecy. He will come audibly, visibly,
bodily, and suddenly - in the clouds of heaven, as He departed. No
one knows, nor can they know, the day or hour of His coming; but
there is more reason than ever to believe it is near. Human history
has this appointment, and believers live in this expectation: Christ
is coming back to Earth to consummate the plan of
- John 14:1-3; Acts 1:7-11; 1
Thessalonians 4:16; Revelation 1:7; Matthew 25:31, 32; Mark 8:38;
13:32; Luke 17:22-37; Job 19:25-27.
26. Resurrections, Rewards, and
God is preserving the faithful until
the day of resurrection to be rewarded, and is reserving the wicked
until the Day of Judgment to be punished. At the second advent of
Jesus Christ, the righteous dead will be raised to immortality and
to the rewards of their service on the new earth. After the
millennium, the unrighteous dead will be resurrected to receive the
wages of their sin, which is annihilation and destruction in the
lake of fire. This will be the everlasting fate of those who are
unrepentant and unbelieving until the end.
- John 5:28, 29; Acts 24:15;
Revelation 22:12; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; 1 Corinthians 15:20-23,
51-53; 1 Peter 1:5; 2 Peter 2:9; 2 Timothy 4:1; Revelation 5:10;
20:5, 11-15; Romans 6:23; Ezekiel 18:4, 20; Malachi 4:1-3; Job
27. The Kingdom: Present, Millennial,
kingdom of God (kingdom of heaven) is realized in three
1. The spiritual kingdom of grace exists now as
God rules in the lives of obedient believers. Although God's kingdom
has always been, it was publicly announced and most clearly revealed
in the ministry of Jesus Christ. We become its citizens when we turn
from our sins to faith in Jesus Christ.
2. The millennial
kingdom begins with the Second Advent. Jesus Christ our Lord will
reign on the throne of His glory and put all enemies under His feet.
This is the time of restoration of the earth, when the redeemed
shall rule with Jesus Christ on earth for one thousand years. At the
close of the millennium, the New Jerusalem will come from
3. The eternal kingdom of God will come to pass
when Jesus Christ turns the kingdom to the Father. God will dwell
with His people in the new heavens and earth, where there will be
righteousness and peace forever with no disappointment, defilement,
- Psalm 145:13; Matthew 3:2; 4:17;
12:28; Luke 17:20, 21; Colossians 1:13; Revelation 20:4-6; Psalm
2:8, 9; 1 Corinthians 15:21-28; Revelation 11:15; 21:1-27.