The Essentials

 
  1. The sixty-six books of the Bible, in their original manuscripts, are entirely and exclusively the Word of God. They are inspired of God and are completely without error. They are the sole authority for all matters of faith and practice. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

  2. The Triune God is loving and merciful, but He is also a God of righteousness, judgment, and wrath. He condemns sin and cannot accept it, nor those who practice it, into His presence. Romans 1:17-25

  3. Man was created perfectly by God, but the original pair sinned against Him and were cursed with a fallen nature, which they passed on to all their descendants. All men are, therefore, sinners by nature as well as by choice. They all fall short of God's standards and are condemned by His justice. Man is incapable of rectifying the situation, and can do nothing to save himself. Romans 5:12, 3:9-23

  4. The Eternal Son, the Second Person of the Trinity, took upon Himself a human nature at His incarnation, through the virgin birth. He became completely human in every way, apart from sin, and yet retained all the attributes and prerogatives of Deity. He literally is God in the Flesh. John 1:1-14

  5. Jesus Christ literally took the sin of the world upon Himself and paid the price for it required by God's justice. He provided redemption for man's sin through the shedding of His own innocent blood by sacrificing His own life for that of the sinner on the cross. Hebrews 9:11-15

  6. Christ triumphed over the Devil once and for all when God raised Him from the dead. His resurrection was literal, physical, and permanent, and it established life and righteousness for all who would believe. In His glorified state, He ascended into heaven where He sits on the right hand of the Father, awaiting His glorious and triumphant return. Philippians 2:5-11

  7. Salvation is the gift of God, purchased entirely by the completed work of Jesus Christ. It is accomplished by the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit in the life of the repentant sinner when he exercises faith in Christ and receives Him as His own personal Lord and Savior. He receives the gift of salvation by God's grace, through faith, and faith alone. Ephesians 2:1-9