We teach that there is but one living and true God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-7; 1
Corinthians 8:4), an infinite, all-knowing Spirit (John 4:24), perfect in all His attributes, one in
essence, eternally existing in three Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; 2
Corinthians 13:14)—each equally deserving worship and obedience.
God the Father.
We teach that God the Father, the first Person of the Trinity, orders and disposes all things
according to His own purpose and grace (Psalm 145:8-9; 1 Corinthians 8:6). He is the
Creator of all things (Genesis 1:1-31; Ephesians 3:9). As the only absolute and omnipotent Ruler in the universe, He is sovereign in creation, providence, and redemption (Psalm
103:19; Romans 11:36). His fatherhood involves both His designation within the Trinity and
His relationship with mankind. As Creator He is Father to all men (Ephesians 4:6), but He is
spiritual Father only to believers (Romans 8:14; 2 Corinthians 6:18). He has decreed for His
own glory all things that come to pass (Ephesians 1:11). He continually upholds, directs, and
governs all creatures and events (1 Chronicles 29:11). In His sovereignty He is neither the
author nor approver of sin (Habakkuk 1:13; John 8:38-47), nor does He abridge the
accountability of moral, intelligent creatures (1 Peter 1:17). He has graciously chosen from
eternity past those whom He would have as His own (Ephesians 1:4-6); He saves from sin
all who come to Him through Jesus Christ; He adopts as His own all those who come to Him;
and He becomes, upon adoption, Father to His own (John 1:12; Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:5;
God the Son.
We teach that Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Trinity, possesses all the divine
excellencies, and in these He is coequal, consubstantial, and coeternal with the Father (John
We teach that God the Father created according to His own will, through His Son, Jesus
Christ, by whom all things continue in existence and in operation (John 1:3; Colossians 1:15-
17; Hebrews 1:2).
We teach that in the incarnation (God becoming man) Christ surrendered only the
prerogatives of deity but nothing of the divine essence, either in degree or kind. In His
incarnation, the eternally existing second Person of the Trinity accepted all the essential
characteristics of humanity and so became the God-Man (Philippians 2:5-8; Colossians 2:9).
We teach that Jesus Christ represents humanity and deity in indivisible oneness (Micah 5:2;
John 5:23; 14:9-10; Colossians 2:9).
We teach that our Lord Jesus Christ was virgin born (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23, 25; Luke
1:26-35); that He was God incarnate (John 1:1, 14); and that the purpose of the incarnation
was to reveal God, redeem men, and rule over God’s kingdom (Psalm 2:7-9; Isaiah 9:6; John
1:29; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 7:25-26; 1 Peter 1:18-19).
We teach that, in the incarnation, the second Person of the Trinity laid aside His right to the
full prerogatives of coexistence with God and took on an existence appropriate to a servant
while never divesting Himself of His divine attributes (Philippians 2:5-8).
We teach that our Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through the shedding of
His blood and sacrificial death on the cross and that His death was voluntary, vicarious,
substitutionary, propitiatory, and redemptive (John 10:15; Romans 3:24-25; 5:8; 1 Peter
2:24). We teach that on the basis of the efficacy of the death of our Lord Jesus Christ, the believing
sinner is freed from the punishment, the penalty, the power, and one day the very presence
of sin; and that he is declared righteous, given eternal life, and adopted into the family of God
(Romans 3:25; 5:8-9; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15; 1 Peter 2:24; 3:18).
We teach that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead
and that He is now ascended to the right hand of the Father, where He now mediates as our
Advocate and High Priest (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:38-39; Acts 2:30-31; Romans 4:25; 8:34;
Hebrews 7:25; 9:24; 1 John 2:1).
We teach that in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave, God confirmed the deity of
His Son and gave proof that God has accepted the atoning work of Christ on the cross.
Jesus’ bodily resurrection is also the guarantee of a future resurrection life for all believers
(John 5:26-29; 14:19; Romans 1:4; 4:25; 6:5-10; 1 Corinthians 15:20, 23).
We teach that Jesus Christ will return to receive the church, which is His Body, unto Himself
at the rapture, and returning with His church in glory, will establish His millennial kingdom on
earth (Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20).
We teach that the Lord Jesus Christ is the One through whom God will judge all mankind
- Believers (1 Corinthians 3:10-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10)
- Living inhabitants of the earth at His glorious return (Matthew 25:31-46)
- Unbelieving dead at the Great White Throne (Revelation 20:11-15)
As the Mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5), the Head of His Body the church
(Ephesians 1:22; 5:23; Colossians 1:18), and the coming universal King, who will reign on
the throne of David (Isaiah 9:6; Luke 1:31-33), He is the final Judge of all who fail to place
their trust in Him as Lord and Savior (Matthew 25:14-46; Acts 17:30-31).
God the Holy Spirit.
We teach that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, eternal, underived, possessing all the
attributes of personality and deity, including intellect (1 Corinthians 2:10-13), emotions
(Ephesians 4:30), will (1 Corinthians 12:11), eternality (Hebrews 9:14), omnipresence (Psalm
139:7-10), omniscience (Isaiah 40:13-14), omnipotence (Romans 15:13), and truthfulness
(John 16:13). In all the divine attributes He is coequal and consubstantial with the Father and
the Son (Matthew 28:19; Acts 5:3-4; 28:25-26; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14;
Jeremiah 31:31-34 with Hebrews 10:15-17).
We teach that it is the work of the Holy Spirit to execute the divine will with relation to all
mankind. We recognize His sovereign activity in creation (Genesis 1:2), the incarnation
(Matthew 1:18), the written revelation (2 Peter 1:20-21), and the work of salvation (John 3:5-
We teach that the work of the Holy Spirit in this age began at Pentecost, when He came from
the Father as promised by Christ (John 14:16-17; 15:26) to initiate and complete the building
of the Body of Christ, which is His church (1 Corinthians 12:13). The broad scope of His
divine activity includes convicting the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment;
glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ and transforming believers into the image of Christ (John
16:7-9; Acts 1:5; 2:4; Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 2:22).
We teach that the Holy Spirit is the supernatural and sovereign Agent in regeneration,
baptizing all believers into the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13). The Holy Spirit also
indwells, sanctifies, instructs, empowers them for service, and seals them unto the day of
redemption (Romans 8:9; 2 Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 1:13).
We teach that the Holy Spirit is the divine Teacher, who guided the apostles and prophets
into all truth as they committed to writing God’s revelation, the Bible (2 Peter 1:19-21). Every
believer possesses the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit from the moment of salvation,
and it is the duty of all those born of the Spirit to be filled with (controlled by) the Spirit (John
16:13; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18; 1 John 2:20, 27).
We teach that the Holy Spirit administers spiritual gifts to the church. The Holy Spirit glorifies
neither Himself nor His gifts by ostentatious displays, but He does glorify Christ by
implementing His work of redeeming the lost and building up believers in the most holy faith
(John 16:13-14; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 2 Corinthians 3:18).
We teach, in this respect, that God the Holy Spirit is sovereign in the bestowing of all His
gifts for the perfecting of the saints today, and that speaking in tongues and the working of
sign miracles in the beginning days of the church were for the purpose of pointing to and
authenticating the apostles as revealers of divine truth, and were never intended to be
characteristic of the lives of believers (1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 13:8-10; 2 Corinthians 12:12;
Ephesians 4:7-12; Hebrews 2:1-4).