Gospel Summary and Core Beliefs Summary:

1The holy, triune God 2of the universe , as revealed in 3the Bible, in response to 4man’s rebellion against him, 5sent his Son into the world to 6redeem 7his people to him through 8Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. His people 9respond to this love with faith and repentance through the 10regenerating work of the Holy Spirit.
  • While the Bible does not explicitly use the word “trinity”, it does clearly express the idea of the trinity. The Father is God (John 17:1-5). The Holy Spirit is God (Acts 5:3-5). The Son is God, yet the Father, the Holy Spirit, and the Son are not three gods but one God (John 1:1, John 5:18, John 10:30). The one God eternally exists in the three persons of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit who are co-equal and co-existent and share all of the attributes of God.
  • God reigns sovereignly over his creation, the universe (Gen. 1, Isa. 14:24). He made all things good and for his praise, and he continually works to sustain his creation (Gen. 1, Ps. 19:1, Heb. 1:3). He continues to actively work in his creation with the ultimate goal of uniting all things in himself through Jesus Christ (Eph. 1:10-11).
  • The Bible, made up of the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament, is the infallible Word of God (2 Tim. 4:16). It is not primarily a book of history, or a book on how to live —although it contains both history and laws— but God’s perfect revelation of himself to man. The Scriptures can only be rightly understood if they are seen to point to the person and work of Jesus Christ (Luke 24:27). The Bible contains all knowledge necessary for salvation, holiness, and knowing God and is the highest authority for deciding matters pertaining to these issues.
  • God created man and woman in his image to worship, love, and glorify him (Gen. 1:27, Isa. 43:7). Man, under the temptation of Satan, rebelled against God (Gen. 3). Now, all men live in a state of rebellion against God. All have rejected God’s rightful rule over their lives and seek to live independently of God. In God’s sight all men are sinful and thus deserving of death and of his wrath (Rom. 1:18-32, Rom. 3:9-13). All men have a natural predisposition to sin and are unable to do anything but sin apart from the grace of God (Rom. 3:10-18, 23). Man’s sin has not only caused his fall from grace and fellowship with God, but also the fall of creation from the perfection and goodness it had when God created it. When man sinned, suffering, disease, and death entered the world (Gen. 3). God’s plan of redemption
  • Jesus Christ, the second person of the trinity, is both fully man and fully God (John 1:14, Phil. 2:7-8, John 1:1, John 5:18). God, the Father, sent him into human history by the virgin birth that he might perfectly reveal God to man and redeem man from his sin (Luke 1:26, Col. 1:15, Heb. 1:3, Tit. 2:14). He lived a perfect, sinless life (1 Pet. 2:22). He suffered death on a cross where the wrath of God was poured out on him, paying the penalty for sin and removing the guilt of sin (Rom. 3:23-26; Hebrews 10:22). On the third day after his death, he was physically resurrected proving that the penalty for sin had been paid in full (John 20, 21). After 40 days of teaching and proving he had resurrected, he ascended into heaven where he reigns over creation and intercedes for his people until he returns (Acts 1:9, Heb. 7:25).
  • Jesus came into human history that man might be reconciled to God and enjoy the fellowship he had with God before the fall (Eph. 2:15-16, Col. 1:20). Now, all who have salvific faith are able to enjoy fellowship with God, and are adopted as sons and daughters into the household of God through the redemptive work of Christ (Eph. 1:4-10). Furthermore, God is not only working to reconcile men to himself but also all of creation, that Satan, sin, and death might be ultimately destroyed, and unbroken fellowship with God might be had for all believers forever (Rev. 21).
  • The Church is all who truly have faith in God through Christ by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit in all times and all places. The Church is the body and bride of Christ who are sent out to proclaim and display God’s glory in the world (Eph. 5:23-27, 1 Cor. 12:12-14). The Church is to meet locally and regularly as a group of regenerated believers who gather together to worship God under biblically qualified leaders, to discipline one another for the purpose of holiness, to observe the sacraments of baptism and communion, to sacrificially give of themselves and their possessions for the edification of the body, and to fulfill the Great Commission, all in submission to the Scriptures by the Holy Spirit to the glory of God (Mt. 4:10, Tit. 1, 1 Tim. 3:1-13, Acts 2:42-47, Mt. 18:15-20, Rom. 12:9-13, Acts 4:32-37, Mt. 28:19-20, 2 Cor. 5:11).
  • Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection accomplish the salvation of his people. Salvation is a free gift given by God, and as such, there is nothing man can do to earn or deserve it (Eph. 2:8-9). Salvation is made possible by Jesus’ life in which he lived a perfect sinless life and by his death where he exchanged his righteousness for our sins, thus enabling a sinful people to stand before God without drawing his just wrath (Col. 1:15, 1 Pet. 2:22, Rom. 3:21-26, 2 Cor. 5:21, Eph. 1:7). Jesus’ resurrection proves that he has defeated Satan, sin, and death on behalf of his people, those who have faith in him, that they may be free from sin to worship God. In short, salvation is given by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for the glory of God alone.
  • Faith is trusting the promises and character of God. It is not simply an intellectual knowledge of these promises or the character of God, but a trust which transforms every aspect of life. True faith leads to a treasuring of the person of God and a joyful obedience to the commands of God (Jas. 2:19, Heb. 11, Mt. 6,21; 22:34-40, Ps. 19:7-11). Faith involves repentance which is a turning away from an allegiance to Satan, sin, and the world and placing allegiance with God in Christ, trusting in what was accomplished through the person and work of Christ (Mt. 4:17, Acts 2:38).
  • In man’s fallen state he is completely incapable of exercising faith in God (Rom. 3:9-18, Eph. 2:1-5, Ez. 37:1-14). But God, being rich in mercy, sends his Spirit to regenerate the hearts of his people, giving them new hearts with new natures inclined toward faith and obedience in God (Eph. 2:4-5, Jer. 30:31-34, Ez. 36:27, 2 Cor. 5:17). Not only does the Holy Spirit give us a new heart that is inclined toward faith and obedience to God, but he also dwells in the believer where he sanctifies, teaches, and guides the believer in the ways of God, where he prays on the believer’s behalf, where he preserves the believer in God, and where he assures the believers of their salvation and adoption by God (John 14:17,25, 1 Pet. 1:2, Rom. 8:4, 15-17,26, Eph.1:13-14).

Gospel Summary and Core Beliefs Summary:

1The holy, triune God 2of the universe , as revealed in 3the Bible, in response to 4man’s rebellion against him, 5sent his Son into the world to 6redeem 7his people to him through 8Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. His people 9respond to this love with faith and repentance through the 10regenerating work of the Holy Spirit.
While the Bible does not explicitly use the word “trinity”, it does clearly express the idea of the trinity. The Father is God (John 17:1-5). The Holy Spirit is God (Acts 5:3-5). The Son is God, yet the Father, the Holy Spirit, and the Son are not three gods but one God (John 1:1, John 5:18, John 10:30). The one God eternally exists in the three persons of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit who are co-equal and co-existent and share all of the attributes of God.
God reigns sovereignly over his creation, the universe (Gen. 1, Isa. 14:24). He made all things good and for his praise, and he continually works to sustain his creation (Gen. 1, Ps. 19:1, Heb. 1:3). He continues to actively work in his creation with the ultimate goal of uniting all things in himself through Jesus Christ (Eph. 1:10-11).
The Bible, made up of the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament, is the infallible Word of God (2 Tim. 4:16). It is not primarily a book of history, or a book on how to live —although it contains both history and laws— but God’s perfect revelation of himself to man. The Scriptures can only be rightly understood if they are seen to point to the person and work of Jesus Christ (Luke 24:27). The Bible contains all knowledge necessary for salvation, holiness, and knowing God and is the highest authority for deciding matters pertaining to these issues.
God created man and woman in his image to worship, love, and glorify him (Gen. 1:27, Isa. 43:7). Man, under the temptation of Satan, rebelled against God (Gen. 3). Now, all men live in a state of rebellion against God. All have rejected God’s rightful rule over their lives and seek to live independently of God. In God’s sight all men are sinful and thus deserving of death and of his wrath (Rom. 1:18-32, Rom. 3:9-13). All men have a natural predisposition to sin and are unable to do anything but sin apart from the grace of God (Rom. 3:10-18, 23). Man’s sin has not only caused his fall from grace and fellowship with God, but also the fall of creation from the perfection and goodness it had when God created it. When man sinned, suffering, disease, and death entered the world (Gen. 3). God’s plan of redemption
Jesus Christ, the second person of the trinity, is both fully man and fully God (John 1:14, Phil. 2:7-8, John 1:1, John 5:18). God, the Father, sent him into human history by the virgin birth that he might perfectly reveal God to man and redeem man from his sin (Luke 1:26, Col. 1:15, Heb. 1:3, Tit. 2:14). He lived a perfect, sinless life (1 Pet. 2:22). He suffered death on a cross where the wrath of God was poured out on him, paying the penalty for sin and removing the guilt of sin (Rom. 3:23-26; Hebrews 10:22). On the third day after his death, he was physically resurrected proving that the penalty for sin had been paid in full (John 20, 21). After 40 days of teaching and proving he had resurrected, he ascended into heaven where he reigns over creation and intercedes for his people until he returns (Acts 1:9, Heb. 7:25).
Jesus came into human history that man might be reconciled to God and enjoy the fellowship he had with God before the fall (Eph. 2:15-16, Col. 1:20). Now, all who have salvific faith are able to enjoy fellowship with God, and are adopted as sons and daughters into the household of God through the redemptive work of Christ (Eph. 1:4-10). Furthermore, God is not only working to reconcile men to himself but also all of creation, that Satan, sin, and death might be ultimately destroyed, and unbroken fellowship with God might be had for all believers forever (Rev. 21).
The Church is all who truly have faith in God through Christ by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit in all times and all places. The Church is the body and bride of Christ who are sent out to proclaim and display God’s glory in the world (Eph. 5:23-27, 1 Cor. 12:12-14). The Church is to meet locally and regularly as a group of regenerated believers who gather together to worship God under biblically qualified leaders, to discipline one another for the purpose of holiness, to observe the sacraments of baptism and communion, to sacrificially give of themselves and their possessions for the edification of the body, and to fulfill the Great Commission, all in submission to the Scriptures by the Holy Spirit to the glory of God (Mt. 4:10, Tit. 1, 1 Tim. 3:1-13, Acts 2:42-47, Mt. 18:15-20, Rom. 12:9-13, Acts 4:32-37, Mt. 28:19-20, 2 Cor. 5:11).
Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection accomplish the salvation of his people. Salvation is a free gift given by God, and as such, there is nothing man can do to earn or deserve it (Eph. 2:8-9). Salvation is made possible by Jesus’ life in which he lived a perfect sinless life and by his death where he exchanged his righteousness for our sins, thus enabling a sinful people to stand before God without drawing his just wrath (Col. 1:15, 1 Pet. 2:22, Rom. 3:21-26, 2 Cor. 5:21, Eph. 1:7). Jesus’ resurrection proves that he has defeated Satan, sin, and death on behalf of his people, those who have faith in him, that they may be free from sin to worship God. In short, salvation is given by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for the glory of God alone.
Faith is trusting the promises and character of God. It is not simply an intellectual knowledge of these promises or the character of God, but a trust which transforms every aspect of life. True faith leads to a treasuring of the person of God and a joyful obedience to the commands of God (Jas. 2:19, Heb. 11, Mt. 6,21; 22:34-40, Ps. 19:7-11). Faith involves repentance which is a turning away from an allegiance to Satan, sin, and the world and placing allegiance with God in Christ, trusting in what was accomplished through the person and work of Christ (Mt. 4:17, Acts 2:38).
In man’s fallen state he is completely incapable of exercising faith in God (Rom. 3:9-18, Eph. 2:1-5, Ez. 37:1-14). But God, being rich in mercy, sends his Spirit to regenerate the hearts of his people, giving them new hearts with new natures inclined toward faith and obedience in God (Eph. 2:4-5, Jer. 30:31-34, Ez. 36:27, 2 Cor. 5:17). Not only does the Holy Spirit give us a new heart that is inclined toward faith and obedience to God, but he also dwells in the believer where he sanctifies, teaches, and guides the believer in the ways of God, where he prays on the believer’s behalf, where he preserves the believer in God, and where he assures the believers of their salvation and adoption by God (John 14:17,25, 1 Pet. 1:2, Rom. 8:4, 15-17,26, Eph.1:13-14).