- There is only one God who is the Creator and Redeemer of all that is. He exists in three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. He is unmatched in holiness, extravagant in mercy, perfect in justice, and driven by unfailing, immeasurable, extraordinary love.
God created all humankind in His image to know Him and have a relationship with Him, yet we willfully rejected God’s plan for us and the glory for which we were intended. Because of this, sickness, death, and judgment entered the world and now creation experiences the effects and consequences of sin.
God, in His great love, chose to send the Son into the world to become one of us, born of the Spirit of God and a woman—Mary—who was a virgin. This Son of God and Son of Man was named Jesus.
Jesus faced every temptation of sin and conquered it, and thus became the perfect sacrifice required to pay the price for the sins of the world. He willingly took the judgment and consequences of our sin—which was death—upon Himself and defeated it. He was resurrected, fully alive, and is now seated victoriously at the Father’s side.
The sacrifice of Jesus, Son of God, makes it possible for all humankind to be reconciled to a relationship with God and restored to the glory for which He intended us. This salvation is offered freely to all who are willing to believe and receive His great gift of love and forgiveness. It cannot be achieved; it must be received by faith (Eph. 2:8-9).
All humankind will either experience eternal life with God in heaven or eternal separation from Him in hell. This will be determined by our choice to receive His free gift of forgiveness, offered through Jesus, or reject it.
Everyone who has received this amazing gift of reconciliation to God available through Jesus becomes a new creation, is adopted as a son or daughter of God, and is given the gift of the Holy Spirit to live within us empowering us to live in victory over sin and its consequences.
God has revealed His entire plan for our redemption in the Bible—which was written by men under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, is without error, and is the final authority on which we base our faith.
The baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire (Matt. 3:11) is a complete immersion in the power and presence of God. It is intended to equip us to more fully operate in the gifts of the Spirit for the purpose of revealing God’s love, speaking His message, and demonstrating His power to the world (Acts 1:8; Acts 2:1-41; 1 Cor. 2:4-5; 1 Cor. 13).
During His ministry on earth, Jesus announced and demonstrated the presence of the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is not a physical kingdom, but a present spiritual authority which enables us to live in the desires God has for us both here on earth and in heaven.
The Kingdom of God is characterized by freedom, healing, peace, and abundant life (Matt. 10:7-8). Those who choose to receive Jesus have been given authority to minister as Jesus did, proclaiming and demonstrating this kingdom, in the love of God and by the power of the Holy Spirit.