There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God’s essence, the totality of His Being, is Love—a love seen most clearly in God’s revelation of Jesus Christ.
“Son of God,” “God in the flesh,” revealed to the world so we might know God and become more like Him. Through Jesus, humanity is saved and redeemed by God’s great unmerited gift of grace and mercy. The revelation of Jesus, his life, ministry, death, and resurrection, is our hermeneutical key, our litmus test, to understanding God and God’s will in our world today.
The Holy Spirit
God continues to participate in our world today through His Spirit. We are enlightened, encouraged, consoled, strengthened, and nourished by God’s Spirit. As the Spirit inspired men of old to write the Scriptures, He continues to enlighten and illuminate men and women today to understand His Truth.
God created human beings in His image. That image has been corrupted and distorted through human sin and selfishness. Nevertheless, the image of God, though corrupted, continues to exist within all men and women; therefore, every man and woman possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
Through the redemption of Jesus Christ we have been made “new.” This new birth is given by God’s grace and involves a change of heart as one repents of their sins and turns to God in trust, through faith in Jesus Christ. God’s grace and mercy justifies humanity, enabling us to form authentic relationship of peace and love with God. Each man and woman goes through a process of sanctification, where they seek to progress toward moral and spiritual perfection through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling within them. Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed.
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is the record of God’s revelation of Himself to humanity. The criterion by which the Bible is to be interpreted is Jesus Christ.