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The following is a summary of our view of the essentials of Historic Christianity:
The Bible is the inspired word of God. It is without error in its original manuscripts and contains everything we need to know about having a right relationship with God and our fellow human community. The Bible is the basis for all of our essential beliefs (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
God is one (Mark 12:29), yet mysteriously exists in three Persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), who are to be equally loved, honored, and surrendered to (Matthew 28:19).
People are created by God and in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). Therefore, all people must be treated with dignity, honor, and respect (James 3:9-10). At the same time, in their quest for independence and self, all people have been alienated from God and are without hope apart from His loving and gracious intervention (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1). As the image of God, we are most alive when our lives are centered on Him.
Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human. He is the sole Mediator able to restore the broken relationship and the resulting alienation that exists, between God and people (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).
Restoration between God and people (also called ‘Salvation’) begins when the Holy Spirit gives people a new heart, leading and enabling them to trust in Jesus for salvation (John 1:12-13). Because God loves His creation, He will also restore the entire universe to a condition of beauty, rest, joy, perfection, and freedom (Romans 8:18-30). God's world, which began as a promising Garden (Genesis 1:27-31), will find its fulfillment in a perfected, life-giving City in which there will be no more death, mourning, crying, or pain (Revelation 21:1-8).
Good works do not and cannot make a person acceptable to God (Ephesians 2:8-9), but are the natural outcome of authentic faith in Jesus (James 2:17). However, we become more fully human—the very best version of ourselves—to the degree that we follow God’s loving commands. His commands, properly understood, are neither limiting nor oppressive. They are life-giving and submission to them is essential for human flourishing.
The Church is the family of God and consists of those who place their functional trust (faith) in Jesus. God wants all members of His worldwide Church, together with their children, to be active in a local church which meets regularly to worship God, serve each other, and be a life-giving presence in the local community and the world (Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 10:24-25).