1. The Holy Trinity
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and are one God. (Genesis 1:1, 26, 27 & 3:22; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
2. The Fall of Man
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called sin. Sin separates us from God and causes many problems in our life. (Gen 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Rom 3:23)
3. The Salvation of Man
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 of death.
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. (Rom 6:23; Eph 2:8-9; John 14:6, 1:2; Gal 3:26; Rom 5:1, 10:9-10)
4. The Gift of Grace
Jesus offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He physically rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death.
Jesus ascended to Heaven and will physically return again someday to earth to reign as King. (Matt 1:22,23; John 1:1-5,14; Heb 4:14-15; 1 Cor 15:3-4; Rom 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Tim 6:14-15; Isaiah 7:14; 9:6)
5. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit begins to dwell within us at the moment of salvation. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is another biblical experience that follows salvation. This baptism of the Holy Spirit is available to every believer who seeks it. In 1 Corinthians 12-14, the Bible lists many gifts of the Holy Spirit baptism that God uses in His people to encourage and edify others. (Acts 2:1-4; 8:14-17; 10:44-46; Gal 3:14-15)