I believe: Jesus is my Savior and the Ruler over everything. He died for everyone’s sins, and was raised from the dead by God.
“If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.”
I believe: There’s one God and that He’s eternal. He’s the amazing Creator, Sustainer, and Ruler of everything. God’s been revealed in three different, but equal people which are God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. These three people are known as the Trinity. The Trinity is God and He is holy, just, powerful, wise, and loving. God the Father is the first person of the Trinity and the source of everything that God is and does.
I believe: Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the second person of the Trinity. He’s completely God and completely human. Jesus lived a sinless life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice by dying on a cross for the sins of all of mankind. He was dead for three days, but came back to life to demonstrate His power over sin and death. Right now Jesus lives in Heaven with the Father, but one day He’ll return again to earth to reign as King of all.
The Holy Spirit
I believe: The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity and indwells us the moment we become Christians. He convicts us of our sin, regenerates us, baptizes us, prays for us, and helps us to be more like Jesus by giving us guidance and instruction. The Holy Spirit also gives us power to help each other build up the church on earth.
I believe: Humans are made in the spiritual image of God to be like Him in character. We’re meant to have meaningful relationships with each other and, most importantly, with Him. God gave us the responsibility to populate the earth and take care of it. We were created good and given freewill, but Adam, the first man, willfully disobeyed God which brought sin and death into the world. Through generations, sin has spread to all people and it’s because of sin that we’re separated from God. Although we’re separated from God by sin, He loves us and nothing can ever separate us from His love.
I believe: We were created to exist forever. We have a choice to exist eternally separated from God by sin or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is to have spiritual death and exist in Hell. To be eternally with God is to have eternal life and exist in Heaven. Heaven and Hell are real and physical places. Hell is a place of punishment and suffering and Heaven is a place of blessing, reward, and fellowship with God and all Christians. God loves us and wants to save us from Hell.
I believe: Salvation means to be saved from eternal death. It’s God’s gift to us. God sent Jesus to die for our sins so that we can be forgiven. We can’t earn forgiveness for our sins by doing good deeds or being a good person. The only way for a person to be saved is for them to tell God they’re genuinely sorry for their sins, believe that Jesus died for their sins and was raised from the dead by God, and to openly declare that Jesus is Lord. The moment we apologize, believe, and confess, we are saved and will have eternal life with God.
I believe: The Bible is the Word of God, but it wasn’t written by God. It was written by humans who were supernaturally guided by the Holy Spirit. Because it was guided by God, it’s absolutely true, without error, and authoritative. The Bible was originally written in Hebrew, Greek, and other ancient languages and each book of the Bible reflects the culture and environment of the author. So, we need to understand the history, compare Scripture with Scripture, and look to the Holy Spirit to properly interpret it. The Bible was written so we can know, believe, and trust in Jesus. It tells us the truth, helps us realize what we’re doing wrong, and teaches us to do what’s right.