“We believe that the Bible is the inspired, authoritative Word of God. It is without error in all its teaching.”
“We believe that there is one God, Lord of the universe, eternally existent in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”
“We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ; in His virgin birth; in His perfect, sinless life; in His miracles; in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood; in His bodily resurrection; in His ascension to heaven to the right hand of God the Father; and in His personal and visible return in power and glory.”
“We believe that all people are lost sinners and that regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.”
“We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.”
“We believe that all people will be resurrected-those who are saved to eternal life and those who are lost to eternal damnation.”
“We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.”
“We believe that God, as Creator, is the ultimate Owner of all possessions on earth. God has given people the authority to be stewards of those possessions and the responsibility to faithfully manage them according to the principles in the Word of God.”
Who am I in God’s View?
Let’s examine five steps found in the Bible that outline how you can be
introduced to God and begin to know Him well:
1. God loves you and wants you to experience peace and an abundant life.
God created people in His own image and desires an intimate relationship with each of us. God wants us to enjoy an abundant life. The Bible tells us…
“We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1).
“God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16)
“[Jesus] came that they might have life and might have it abundantly” (John 10:10).
2. Unfortunately each of us is separated from God.
The reason most people are not experiencing this abundant life is because we are separated from God. Each of us has done something wrong in our lives — this is called sin — that has separated us from God. The Bible says…”For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
“Your sins have cut you off from God” (Isaiah 59:2, TLB).
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
3. This relationship is a gift from God.
An enormous gap separates us from God. Individuals try without success to bridge this gap through their own morality or good works. God offers you a relationship with Himself, not because we earn it or deserve it but as a free gift that is, by grace.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourself, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
4. God’s only provision to bridge this gap is Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is the only solution to this separation. He died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sin and to bridge the gap between us and God.
Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6).
“For Christ also has suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18a).
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
5. We must each receive Jesus Christ.
To enter into a relationship with God and experience the abundant life, you need only to ask Jesus Christ to come into your heart and become your Savior and Lord. The Bible says …
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20).
“If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).
If you desire to know the Lord or you are not certain whether you have this relationship, we encourage you to settle this issue by praying this simple prayer:
Dear Father God, I know that I am separated from You because of my sin, and I need you to forgive me. Thank You for sending your only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I invite Jesus Christ to come into my heart and life as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for the gift of salvation and eternal life. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.