Man is created in the image and likeness of God. In Adam, all mankind fell into sin with the result that all men are sinners. Men are justly condemned to eternal judgment and can do nothing to earn salvation. (Romans 2:2-5; Ephesians 2:8-9; Genesis 1:27; Genesis 9:6; Romans 5:12; Romans 2:23; Ephesians 2:1)
The eternal Son of God became incarnate in the Lord Jesus Christ, being born of the virgin Mary, and is true God and true man. He died physically on the cross and was bodily resurrected three days later. (John 1:1-18; John 5:18; Hebrews 1:1-9; Hebrews 5:8; 1 John 5:20; 1 Timothy 2:5; 1 Corinthians 15:1-5)
Salvation is given by God not earned by man. The only means to man’s salvation is belief in Christ’s substitutionary death and resurrection. (Acts 4:12; Acts 13:38-39; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Romans 4:4-5; Romans 5:1; John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9; Acts 16:31)
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. He regenerates, indwells, baptizes, and seals all believers in Christ and empowers those yielded to God. (Matthew 28:19; John 3:3-7; Titus 3:5; 1Corinthians 6:19; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 2:12; Ephesians 4:30; Colossians 3:14)
The church is composed of all believers. It is the body and bride of Christ, formed by the baptism of the Holy Spirit and existing in two aspects, universal and local. The local church is a group of believers voluntarily joined together in love to worship God with praise and thanksgiving, and to glorify Jesus Christ through an aggressive effort to disciple others by the preaching of the gospel, and the exercise of spiritual gifts. The universal church is the worldwide company of believers, baptized by the Holy Spirit into one body. Its mission is to witness to Jesus Christ by preaching the gospel among all nations. At the rapture of the church, it will be caught up to meet the Lord, after which He will return to set up His Kingdom. (Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 5:24-30; 1 Corinthians 12:4-13,27)
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