In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity.
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 are co-equal and are one God.
(Genesis 1:1,26,27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father.
Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins
of all people by dying on a cross. He 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 someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
(Matthew 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15;
1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13)
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God.
He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ.
He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation.
He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of
spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right.
He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved.
As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.
(2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8;
1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18)
The Bible is God’s Word to us.
It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit.
It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God,
it is the truth without any mixture of error.
(2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6, Proverbs 30:5)
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character.
People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential
for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”.
This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
(Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2)
Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it.
We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works.
Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty.
When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved.
Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
(Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:2; Titus 3:5, Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1)
People were created to exist forever.
We will either exist externally separated from God by sin or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation.
To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life.
Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
(John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; 2 Corinthians 2:7-9)
In ESSENTIAL BELIEFS we have UNITY.
“There is one Body and one Spirit...there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
and one God and Father of us all...”
In NON-ESSENTIAL BELIEFS we have LIBERTY.
“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters...
Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls...
So then each of us will give an account of himself to God...
So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.”
—Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22
"In ALL BELIEFS we show CHARITY “
...If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God,
and if I have the faith that can move mountains - but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.”
—1 Cor. 13:2 (Phillips)
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