God is the creator and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three
persons–the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three persons are
co-equal and are one God.
About Human Beings
All human beings are made in the spiritual image of God, made for relationship
with him and to be like him, representing him in the world. Although human
beings were created with the highest potential for good, we sinned and are
marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God. We are born with this attitude
and it separates us from a relationship with God.
Human beings were created to exist forever. That means that human beings will
either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in relationship with God
through the forgiveness and salvation that comes in Jesus Christ. To be eternally
separated from God is hell. To be eternally in relationship with God is eternal life.
Heaven and hell are places of eternal existence.
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is eternal and co-equal with the Father.
Jesus was born of a woman to take on human flesh so that he could bring
salvation for humanity. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered himself as
the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all humanity by dying on a cross. He bodily
arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate his power over sin and
death. He ascended to heaven’s glory and will return again to earth for the day
of judgment–then he will reign over the new heavens and earth forever.
About the Bible!
The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God. They were
written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Therefore the Word of God is inspired by God and is his revealed truth without
error–essential for understanding salvation and how to live faithfully.
Salvation is the gift of God to human beings. Human beings can never cover or
pay for their own sin by self-improvement or good works. The only way to
receive the gift of salvation is by putting your faith (trusting) in Jesus Christ as
God’s gracious offer of forgiveness and redemption. Jesus made atonement for
our sins and justified us to make us right in relationship with God. There is no
other means to salvation. Eternal life begins the moment one believes and
puts their faith in Christ.
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the
world to make human beings aware of their sin and need for Jesus Christ. Once
a person puts their faith in Christ, the Holy Spirit lives within them. The Holy
Spirit provides each believer with confidence, understanding of spiritual truth, and
guidance for doing what is consistent with God’s desires.
Baptism by immersion symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus
and by it a person is making public declaration of their faith in Christ. It demonstrates
that a person has died to their sin and been raised to a new way of life. Baptism
does not save, but demonstrates to the world that an individual has put their faith in
Christ and are committed to living according to his way of life. Baptism is not
required for salvation, but it is a command for every Christ follower and shows their love and obedience to Christ.
Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is also commanded by Jesus for all believers
to participate in on a regular basis. It is an ongoing reminder for believers of why
Jesus died for our sins. The elements of bread and juice symbolize Christ’s
broken body and shed blood to cover the sins of human beings. Each time we
participate, believers are reminded of the great sacrifice Jesus made and that we
live in the reality of a new covenant with God.
About being Reformed
What does it mean to be reformed? Simply put, it’s a historic faith perspective on
how to understand the Bible and to live in relationship with God. Being reformed
means we are committed to the sovereign grace of God in every aspect of our
relationship with him. We are brought into relationship with God solely by God’s
grace in Christ and live by faith in this grace daily.