God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three (the Trinity) are co-equal and are one God. (Genesis 1:1, 26-27; Matthew 28:19).
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, born of a virgin, and an equal member of the Trinity (John 1:1-5). Jesus led a sinless life, and He died to take away the sins of the world. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven and will return again someday to judge the living and the dead.
The Holy Bible is our authority, and we are evangelical in doctrine.
Water Baptism is the outward symbol of an inner, spiritual work that has occurred in a believer’s life. This outward symbol represents a person’s death to their old life and a rising to new life in Christ. We are baptized in water to follow the example of our Lord Jesus Christ and because He has instructed us to do so as well.
Salvation is God’s free gift to all who accept it. This gift must be accepted on the basis of faith in Jesus Christ as one’s leader and forgiver. Self improvement and good works can never take away human sin.
The moment a person turns from self-rule and asks Christ to forgive their sins and attempts at managing their own lives, God sends the Holy Spirit into this person and they experience re-birth. Eternal life begins at this point, and only those who have experienced salvation will enter Heaven. Both Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. For more information on this, visit our Know God Personally page.
Baptism in the Holy Spirit is an experience which initiates a decisively new awareness of the all powerful presence of God working in one’s life and usually involves one or more spiritual gifts. This is a different experience from water baptism and is normal and expected of a Christian since God promised it to us.