The Bible is God's Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural Guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture or error. The Bible is infallible, inerrant, and absolute truth. Where it speaks we listen and obey. Additionally, the Bible is God's covenant; the promises and provision of His Covenant, the requirements to keep His Covenant, the consequences for violating or rejecting His Covenant, and the story of that covenant in the history of man. Because God is faithful and trustworthy, we can depend on and believe His Word.
Psalm 12:6, 199:105, 160; Proverbs 30:5; 2 Timothy 1:13, 3:16; 2Peter 1:20-21
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1, 26-27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2, Matthew 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2
While many words can be used to describe the attributes of God such as All-Mighty, All-knowing, Ever-Present, and Righteous-Judge, the fact that Jesus introduced God as Father speaks to God being, above all, relational. Rather than being distant and removed from man and ruling the universe from some far-away throne, God is loving and personal. So relational is God the Father that ultimately God gave His only Son to satisfy His just and righteous requirements on behalf of sinful man in order to bring redemption and to restore relationship.
Through receiving this gift of God, we receive son ship and God the Father adopts believers into relationship with himself, into His family and makes us joint-heirs with Christ and heirs to God's glory.
Luke 1:35; Matthew 3:17; Romans 8:15-17, John 15:1-2; Hebrews 12:7-11
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is coequal with the Father. Jesus is the gift of God to us. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again someday to claim His own and take them to Heaven.
Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:22-23; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:3-4; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13;
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is coequal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living and witnessing with understanding of spiritual truth, and with guidance in doing what is right. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily. The Holy Spirit is the gift of God the Father given to the church on the day of Pentecost to empower believers to do the words and works of Jesus.
John 14:16-17, 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; Romans 5:5; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; 2 Corinthians 3:17, Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18