The most complete and reliable way God has spoken to people is through the Bible. God directed certain people at specific times to write the Bible through His Spirit. This means that, in its original writing, the Bible is complete, and all of it is what God wanted it to say. It is also without error down to the forms of the words used.
God’s existence and loving nature are evident in the world around us. He is better understood by seeing how He is described in the Bible. However, since God is infinite, He is beyond our understanding. The Bible tells us there is one God, but describes Him as existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
God the Father
He is Father over creation and all people. He has a special fatherly relationship with Jesus and those who have trusted in Jesus.
God the Son
is the Son of God. When He became human, He was conceived by the Holy
Spirit and born of Mary, a virgin. Though He was fully human, He was
fully God at the same time and never did anything sinful. He was
executed on a cross to pay the penalty for the sins of all people.
Three days after His death, He rose from the dead to establish that
those who have trusted in Jesus will rise to eternal life. Jesus
returned to Heaven and has been given a place of honor where He
represents us before the Father. Someday He will return to take those
who have trusted Him for forgiveness of their sins to Heaven with Him.
Later, He will return to the Earth to judge all people and rule the
God the Holy Spirit – The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God and is fully God.
Satan and Demons
Satan is a being that was created by God. He was created to be one of God’s angels, but he along with 1/3 of the created angels rebelled against God by wanting to be equal with Him. God will one day punish them to eternal torment.
God created the first man and woman. Unlike the other parts of God’s creation, He created them in His likeness. This similarity to God is the reason human life is valued above other forms of life, and we are commanded to love the people around us. God created the first man and woman with the freewill to choose obedience to Him or rebellion against Him, and they chose rebellion. This began a process of spiritual and physical death in them and their descendants. It also caused all their descendants to be born with an inability to successfully obey God in both attitude and action.
Sin and Its Remedy
Any action or inaction, thought, or motive that fails to meet God’s perfect standard is sin, and all people sin. God’s holiness will not allow Him to overlook even a single sin, thus preventing all people from being with God. God solved this problem by sending His Son, Jesus, to pay the penalty of death for the sins of all humanity. When people believe in Jesus’ death and resurrection and trust in Jesus’ payment for their sins, they are forgiven for all their sins and receive eternal life as a gift from God. At death, the souls of those who have trusted in Jesus immediately enjoy being in His presence. God promises that our forgiveness and eternal life can never be lost. He also tells us that there is no other method for being with God except through trusting in Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins.
The Church is made up of all the people who have trusted in Jesus. The purpose of the Church is to be Christ’s body, carrying out God’s work in the world today. His work is done through His people (the Church); by the power of the Holy Spirit, under God’s direction; and in obedience to Christ, who is the head of the Church.
The Church is commanded to perform two significant practices: baptism and communion. Both are symbolic of our dependence on Jesus’ death for the forgiveness of sin but are not a means of receiving that forgiveness.
The Bible describes many future events. Given God’s history of fulfilled prophecies as well as His control and knowledge of all things, we know these prophecies will come true. Jesus will one day gather His followers and take them to Heaven.