There is one
living, true and holy God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 6:2-3; 45:5-7; 1 Corinthians
8:4). He is an infinite, all knowing
Spirit (John 4:24), perfect in all His attributes. God is One in essence, yet eternally existing
in three Persons (Trinity)—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; 2
Corinthians 13:14)—each equally deserving of worship and obedience.
Father. He is the first Person of the Trinity, does all things according to His
will and purpose, and for His glory (Psalm 145:8-9; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Isaiah
45:5-7; Ephesians 1:11).
He is the
Creator of all things (Genesis 1:1-31; Ephesians 3:9). As the only all-powerful
(omnipotent) Ruler in the universe, He is sovereign in creation. He governs all things to accomplish His will
(providence), including His perfect plan for redemption (Psalm 103:19; Romans
11:36; Colossians 1:13; Ephesians 1:9-10).
fatherhood involves both His designation within the Trinity and His
relationship with mankind. He is Creator to all men (Genesis 1:27), but He is
Father to believers (Romans 8:14-15; 2 Corinthians 6:18).
sovereignty, He continually upholds, directs, and governs all creatures and
events (1 Chronicles 29:11; Job 38:41; Isaiah 46:9-11). He is neither author
nor approver of sin (Habakkuk 1:13; John 8:38-47), nor does He tempt anyone
(James 1:13). He holds mankind
accountable for their choices (1 Peter 1:17; Romans 14:10, 12).
graciously chosen from eternity past those whom He would adopt as His own
(Ephesians 1:4-6). He saves from sin all who come to Him through Jesus Christ
and, upon adoption, becomes their Father (John 1:12; Romans 8:15; Galatians
4:4-5; Hebrews 12:5-9).
God the Son.
Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Trinity, possesses all the divine
attributes and in these He is coequal, consubstantial (same essence) and
coeternal with the Father (John 10:30; 14:9).
God the Father created all things according to His own will,
through His Son, Jesus Christ, by whom all things are sustained (John 1:3;
Colossians 1:15-17; Hebrews 1:2).
In the incarnation (God becoming man) Christ accepted
all the essential characteristics of humanity and so became the God Man
(Philippians 2:5-8; Colossians 2:9). We teach that Jesus Christ represents
humanity and deity in indivisible oneness (fully man and fully God) (John 5:23;
14:9-10; Colossians 2:9; Phil 2:5-8)).
Jesus Christ was born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew
1:23, 25; Luke 1:26-35); and His purpose was to reveal God, redeem men, and
rule over God's kingdom (Isaiah 9:6; John 1:29; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews
7:25-27; 1 Peter 1:18-19).
Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through the
shedding of His blood and sacrificial death on the cross. His death was voluntary, substitutionary, propitiatory (appeased God’s
wrath), and redemptive (John 10:15-18; Romans 3:24-25; 5:8; 1 Peter 2:24).
Man’s justification is made sure by Jesus’ literal, bodily
resurrection from the dead. He has
ascended to the right hand of the Father, where He now mediates and intercedes
as our Advocate and High Priest (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:38-39; Acts 2:30-31;
Romans 4:25; 8:34; Hebrews 7:25; 9:24; 1 John 2:1).
With Christ’s resurrection, God confirmed the deity of His
Son and gave proof that He has accepted the atoning work of Christ on the
cross. Jesus' bodily resurrection is
also the guarantee of a future resurrection life for all believers (John
5:26-29; 14:19; Romans 1:4; 4:25; 6:5-10; 1 Corinthians 15:20, 23).
He is the Mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5), the
Head of His Body the church (Ephesians 1:22; 5:23; Colossians 1:18), and the
coming universal King who will reign on the throne of David (Isaiah 9:6-7; Luke
1:31-33). As such, He is the one through whom God will judge all mankind (John
5:22-23). On the basis of the death of
Jesus Christ, the believing sinner is freed from the guilt, penalty, power and
one day the very presence of sin. The
believer is declared righteous, given eternal life and adopted into the family
of God (Romans 3:25; 5:8 9; 2 Corinthians 5:14 15; 1 Peter 2:24; 3:18).
God the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, the third Person of the
Trinity, possesses all the attributes of personality and deity including
intellect (1 Corinthians 2:10-13), emotions (Ephesians 4:30), will (1
Corinthians 12:11), eternality (Hebrews 9:14), omnipresence (everywhere at
once, Psalm 139:7-10), omniscience (all knowing, Isaiah 40:13-14), omnipotence
(all powerful, Job 42:2), and truthfulness (John 16:13). He is coequal, consubstantial (same essence)
and coeternal with the Father and the Son (Matthew 28:19; Acts 5:3-4; 1
Corinthians 12:4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; and Hebrews 10:15-17).
It is the work of the Holy Spirit to execute God’s will with
relation to all mankind. We recognize His sovereign activity in creation
(Genesis 1:2), the incarnation (Matthew 1:18), the written revelation (the
Bible, 2 Peter 1:20-21), and the work of salvation (John 3:5-7).
At Pentecost the Holy Spirit came from the Father, as
promised by Christ (John 14:16-17; 15:26), to initiate and complete the
building of the Body of Christ, which is the church (1 Corinthians 12:13). The
broad scope of His divine activity includes convicting the world of sin, righteousness,
and judgment; glorifying Jesus Christ and transforming believers into the image
of Christ (John 16:7-8; Acts 1:5; 2:4; Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:18;
The Holy Spirit is the supernatural and sovereign Agent in
regeneration (born again), baptizing all believers into the Body of Christ (1
Corinthians 12:13). The Holy Spirit also indwells, sanctifies, instructs,
empowers them for service, and seals (guarantees) them unto the day of
redemption (Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13-14; Galatians 5:16-18; 22-26; 2
The Holy Spirit is the divine Teacher, who guided the
apostles and prophets into all truth as they committed to writing God's
revelation, the Bible (2 Tim 3:16). Every believer possesses the indwelling
presence of the Holy Spirit from the moment of salvation (justification), and
it is the duty of all those born of the Spirit to be controlled by the Spirit
(filled with the Spirit for progressive sanctification ( John 16:13; Romans
8:9; Ephesians 5:18; 2 Peter 1:19-21; 1 John 2:27).
The Holy Spirit is sovereign in the ministry of all spiritual
gifts to the church for the perfecting of the saints today. The Holy Spirit glorifies neither Himself nor
His gifts by showy or brash displays, but He does glorify Christ by
implementing His work of redeeming the lost and building up believers (John
16:13-14; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 2 Corinthians 3:18).