What is our source for understanding and teaching?
Our primary source for understanding and teaching comes from the Bible, which we hold to be the inerrant Word of God. We have no other “book.” The Old and New Testaments are the supreme and final authority for faith and life.
What do we teach about God?
God is the loving creator and sustainer of the universe and of all living things (Gen. 1:1ff). There is one God in three persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God is love and He loves the world (I John 4:16). God is light, for He is completely pure and righteous (I John 1:5). God will one day judge the world with justice (Hebrews 12:29). The only way to a relationship with God is through His Son, Jesus Christ.
What do we teach about Jesus the Christ?
Jesus Christ was with God in the very beginning, and God created the universe through Him (John 1:1-4). Jesus was born of the virgin Mary; He took on flesh and blood and lived among us (Matthew 1:18-21; John 1:14). Jesus’ literal death on the cross saves us from our sin. His bodily resurrection changed the course of history and created the path to eternal life (I Cor. 15). He presently intercedes before God for His children (Heb. 7:25). One day, He will return to judge the earth and bring eternal life to His followers.
What do we teach about the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit’s primary role in the life of the believer is to counsel us in the truth, convict us of sin, witness to Jesus and empower us to live holy lives pleasing to God (John 15:5-13; Gal. 5:22-24). The Holy Spirit is the teacher of God’s Word and guides the believer daily.
What do we teach about sin?
All humans have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory and are in need of salvation (Romans 3:23, 24). Sin is a lack of conforming to the will and character of God. When Adam and Eve rebelled against God’s will in the Garden of Eden, sin entered the world (Gen. 3). Since that time, each of us is born with a sinful nature, i.e., a tendency to sin. Being “born again” is when you accept Christ’s sacrifice for your personal sin and begin a new life of living for God (John 3:5).
What do we teach about Salvation?
Salvation is by grace through the acceptance of Christ’s death on the cross on behalf of one’s sin (Eph. 2:8-9). It is a gift which cannot be earned or achieved by works. Thus, God receives all the glory for our salvation. This does not imply that what we do is irrelevant, for out of our love for Him we will be responsible to live a life worthy of God’s grace. The reformers used to say, “We are saved by faith alone, but faith is never alone.” Our faith is expressed in obedience, repentance (Luke 13:3), confession and baptism (Acts 2:38). Though no man can snatch us from God’s hand (John 10:28), we continue to have a free will to live for God by the power of the Holy Spirit or turn from Him (Galatians 6:7-9; Heb. 10:26; Romans 8:13). There is security as long as our trust is in Him — not ourselves.
What do we teach about baptism?
Baptism is the God given step of faith taken by new converts in the book of Acts as instructed by Christ and the New Testament letters. We are convinced of the dramatic and ancient symbol of baptism by immersion. The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ are pictured in our death to the past. Burial in baptism and resurrection (coming up from under the water) symbolize our new life in Christ (Rom. 6:1-5). Please study these scripture on this vital subject: Matt. 28:18-20, Mark 16:16, Acts 8:35-38; Romans 6:1-4, I Cor. 12:13, Titus 3:5, Gal. 3:27 and I Peter 3:20-21.
What do we teach about the future?
Scriptural prophecy can be interpreted many ways. One of the things on which the Bible is clear concerns the return of Christ. God will ultimately be victorious and those who live for Christ will receive eternal life. We anxiously await His coming and look forward to His heavenly reign. As stated in Revelation, “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.” (Rev. 22:20)
What do we teach about communion?
Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper as He shared the Passover feast with His disciples (Matt. 26:24-27). Acts 2:42 indicates that communion in the early church was as essential to worship as teaching, fellowship and prayer. Acts 20:7 gives the example that it was observed on the first day of the week. The purpose of communion is to remember Christ’s death and shed blood for us (I Cor. 11:24-26).