God is the eternal creator of the entire universe, the one and only wise God. His attributes include holiness, righteousness, peace, purity, and truth. He acts not only as Creator but also as Redeemer, Protector, and Ruler of the universe. He is the Patriarch of the Godhead – God the Father. He has revealed Himself to man through nature, conscience, the Law, the written Word, His Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Christ is the Holy One – the Son of God. He is the “Lamb slain before the foundation of the world.” He was equally with God and was God from the beginning. The incarnate Christ was virgin born, conceived of the Holy Spirit, and born of Mary. He lived a completely sinless life and died a vicarious death in payment for man’s sin. His gift made possible atonement for man and satisfied God’s requirement.
The Bible is the single source of authority of life. It was written by men “as they were moved upon by the Holy Ghost.” It is literally a God-breathed Book. It reveals God’s holiness to man, man’s sinfulness to himself, and the need of salvation to all man kind. It also shows the nature, manner, and source of salvation in Jesus Christ. The Bible is my daily source of sustenance and strength. It brings conviction of sin yet promises forgiveness. It offers comfort, peace, life, light, joy, and recreation.
Ephesians 1:3-14. God selects (v.3), Jesus saves (v.7), and the Holy Spirit seals (v.13). I believe no man can come to the Father unless the Holy Spirit draws him. I believe no man can come to the Father but by Christ. I believe that man without God is totally depraved. But through His mercy and grace has provided, for those who believe, redemption, regeneration, justification, sanctification. Salvation is simple enough for a child yet deep enough that only God knows the height, depth, width, and breadth of it. Therefore, I believe that man becomes a Christian but acknowledging he is a sinner, turning to God through repentance. Believing in Christ for forgiveness of sin, and laying his whole life into the hands of God.
The church is a local body of baptized believers that has been commissioned by God to a world-wide talk. Its purpose is evangelism, education, discipleship, fellowship, ministry, and counseling in its local setting. The New Testament refers over ninety times to this body being local. The ordinances are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The Lord’s Supper commemorates the death of our Lord on Calvary. It is a picture of that body and blood that were given for our sins (our Passover Lamb). It is a time of examination, confession, and restoration on the part of the church. Baptism is a testimony. It is a showing forth of obedience to the Lord on the part of the convert. It pictures the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. It is not for salvation but is evidence that salvation has already taken place. Baptism is by immersion. It is a prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lords’ Supper.