The Basic Message of Christianity:
In the beginning before man, God had created angels or heavenly beings that would worship God. God’s greatest angel named Lucifer rebelled against God because Lucifer wanted to be equal to God the creator. Lucifer (which means “day star” in Isaiah 14:12 where the word is used as a title for the king of Babylon, who had exalted himself as a god.) warred against God the creator and lost. Lucifer and one third of the angels who warred against God the creator were cast down from God’s holy place to be separated from God the creator forever. Lucifer is now known as the devil or the prince and power of the air. Lucifer is also called Satan. SATAN (say’ tuhn) Transliteration of Hebrew word meaning, “adversary.” (normally translated in English as adversary or accuser. The same term is translated as a proper name. See Devil, Satan, Evil, Demonic. ) (The translation “Lucifer” comes from the Latin translation called the Vulgate : VULGATE The Latin translation by Jerome about A.D. 400 of the Bible)
God created the man Adam so that God the creator could have fellowship together with the man called Adam. God created a help mate for man called woman whose name was later changed to Eve which meant the mother of all living.
Satan now deceives Woman (Eve) into sinning against God the creator. While in the Garden of Eden Satan gets the woman to eat of the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Woman (Eve) then encourages the man ( Adam) to do the same.
Mankind is now condemned before the creator by their sin of disobedience to the creator. God the creator had told them that they could not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for in the day that they did, they would die and be separated from God.
God removed them from the Garden of Eden. Death was now a part of the world and of mankind. God’s redemptive plan was that He (Jesus) would have to come in the form of flesh, die for man’s sins, then apply His own blood as a covering for man’s sin debt and man’s sins. That is exactly what Jesus Christ, who was God in the flesh, did for all mankind.
Jesus then gave the decision for man to be saved to mankind. It is now up to every one to make their decision to except Jesus Christ as their savior or not.
- We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, each word having been God-breathed. God gave the Bible to the church, and the church is to serve God in obedience to the Bible. We hold the Bible as the final and supreme authority for our doctrine and lives, and that it is without error in its original writings (1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21) .
- We believe in one God who eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each is equal in attributes, power, and glory (Deuteronomy 6:4; Ephesians 4:4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
- We believe that Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit was born of a virgin, whose name was Mary. He is the unique Son of God, true God and true man (Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-14; 5:22-23).
- We believe that God created man in His own image, but through man’s willful choice to disobey God, sin came into the world and death through sin. All now are born in sin, spiritually dead, separated from God, corrupt in nature, and guilty before God (Genesis 1:26; 3:1-7; Romans 3:12; 5:12; 6:23).
- We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins in our place. He is our substitutionary and representative sacrifice. We believe that He rose again from the dead on the third day never to die again. We believe His work of salvation is finished, that the righteous demands of God are fully satisfied in the work of Christ on the cross, and that there is salvation in no other (Mark 10:45; Romans 6:1-14; Romans 3:24-25; 1 Pet. 1:18-19; 2:24; John 19:30; Hebrews 10:18; John 14:6).
- We believe that all who repent and believe the gospel are eternally saved. Salvation is a free gift of God apart from any human merit. We believe that God’s gracious offer of salvation can only be received freely, and that those who would add human merit to the gospel preach a false gospel (Mark 1:15; Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-10; Galatians 2:21; 3:10).
- We believe that every genuine believer is born again, sealed with the Spirit of God, and eternally secure in Christ. We believe that the evidence of new birth is the fruit of the Spirit and obedience to Christ. Every believer is a member of the body of Christ, the church, and gifted by the Holy Spirit for spiritual service. We believe that the goal of the Holy Spirit in this age is to glorify Christ. We believe that Christ alone is the head of the church and that we are called to serve Him. We believe that the local church is God’s primary means for reaching the lost and nurturing the saved (John 5:7; 1 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 1:13; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 1 Corinthians 12:11; John 16:14; Colossians 1:18; Luke 9:23; Matthew 16:18).
- We believe in the personal and imminent return of Jesus Christ for His church, the establishment of His millennial kingdom upon the earth, and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost. (John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20:4-15).