A. God’s Word
The Holy Bible (consisting of the 66 Scripture books of the Old and New Testaments) is the fully inspired, canonical Word of God. These Scriptures are complete and without error, constituting the Church’s only authoritative instruction
in all matters of faith and life.
B. The God of the Bible
The Holy Bible clearly teaches that there is only one God, the True and Living God, who alone is the Sovereign Creator and Ruler of the universe and the Savior and Judge of mankind, and who “works all things according to the counsel of His will.” This one God has revealed Himself as three distinct Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; they are the same in substance, and equal in power and glory. This Triune God alone is worthy of man’s worship; He demands that service to Him be done only according to His will as revealed in the Holy Bible.
The Holy Bible clearly teaches that from before the beginning of creation, man was the focus and central objective of all of God's creative activity. 1. All things were created before Man but for him, as God's special creature, the
only image of the Creator Himself in His creation.
2. The Almighty Triune God created all things by the mere Word of His power,
within the six morning-and-evening days, according to His holy will and the
perfection of His counsel. He neither used nor needed any long process, regardless of what the analyses of finite and fallen man may conclude.
3. God created Man, male and female, in His own image, in knowledge,
righteousness, and holiness. The first man and the first woman, were created as
fully mature humans, and were given divine authority to rule over all things and
creatures which God had created on earth.
4. The Lord created the man first as the federal head of the human race. Having
shaped Adam’s body from the dust of the ground, God breathed into it an immortal
soul. Adam was put in the Garden of Eden and authorized to eat from all of its
trees but not of the tree of “the knowledge of good and evil.” 5. From Adam’s very substance, God created Eve to be his helpmate.
The Holy Bible unambiguously asserts that God’s will for human marriage is the
monogamous unity of a man and a woman, a male and a female. This is the only
biblical foundation for establishing human families.
Adam, by choosing to disobey God, brought the curse of death upon the whole
human race. In this fall into death, man lost fellowship with God and became
corrupt in every aspect of his nature and being. Therefore, Adam and all his
offspring are, consequently, under divine wrath and condemnation as law and
covenant breakers, and are liable to death and hell forever. Having become totally
antagonistic to God and devoid of all spiritual good, man has no ability whatsoever
to participate in atoning for his sin.
F. God’s Plan of Redemption
The Holy Bible teaches that Almighty God, from before the creation of the world,
designed a redemptive plan, absolutely consistent with His own holy wrath against
and declaration of penalty for man’s sin. This plan for the redemption of mankind
required God’s own intervention to propitiate that wrath and satisfy that penalty.
The Scriptures of the Old Testament gradually reveal this divine plan. It involved
the calling of Abraham, through whom an earthly nation was established as a
depository of God’s revealed intention to set up a universal kingdom and a blessed
new humanity from among all families of the earth. The Scriptures of the Old
Testament proceeded to reveal that the King of this universal kingdom would be a
descendant of David. The Scriptures of the New Testament affirm, with infallible
proofs, that Christ fulfilled that plan.
G. The Promised Redeemer
Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Holy Trinity, is the eternal Son of God, who for us and for our salvation became fully man, being conceived by the Holy Spirit, in the womb of the Virgin Mary, and born of her, from the promised line of Abraham and David, with a human soul not impacted by Adam’s sin. Christ, by His perfect obedience and atoning death, provided full atonement to God for the sins of His elect people. He was raised bodily from the dead and ascended to heaven, where He sits at the right hand of God, and from where He reigns over His universal Church and Kingdom. At the last day, a day known only to God, Christ will return in glory to judge the living, who will be changed, and the dead, who will be resurrected bodily. The righteous will enter into the eternal enjoyment of His eternal glory and mercy, and the wicked will consciously suffer eternal destruction from the presence of God.
H. The Promised Spirit
The Holy Bible asserts that Christ's perfect life and saving work form the complete and exclusive ground of the believer's justification, which is received solely through faith in Christ. In His enthronement, Christ, being fully divine and fully human, qualifies as the one and only Mediator between God and man. The Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Holy Trinity, breathed Scriptures through the prophets and apostles. God the Holy Spirit further authenticated their writings and ministry by means of supernatural gifts, which have long since ceased. He takes the things of Christ and sovereignly applies them to His people: calling, regenerating, sanctifying, and glorifying them for Christ's eternal Kingdom. The sanctifying work of God's Spirit is a progressive process of destroying sin and developing holiness in the believer; it reaches completion only at glorification.
I. The Body of Christ
The Church is the instrument ordained by God to bring the message of the Gospel
to our lost and condemned human race. The mission of the Church is, therefore, the faithful preaching of the Gospel and the discipling of all nations, baptizing them
and teaching them to obey all that Christ has commanded in all of the Holy Bible.
These commandments are summarized as to love God with all the heart, all the
mind, all the soul, and all the strength; to love believers as Christ has loved us; and, to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.
J. The True Gospel
While the Gospel has redemptive implications for all areas of life, its main purpose
is to reconcile sinful man to the Sovereign, Holy God; it is “the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes.” This Gospel is not relativized by human
culture, but rather transcends and redeems it.
K. The Christian Life
Christians are enabled, by faith in Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit, to obey
the whole moral Law of God and consequently are responsible to work for the
hallowing of God’s name, the establishment of God's Kingdom, and the doing of
God’s will in all areas of life.