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1. God is the Creator of the universe, and has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.

Genesis 1:1, 1:26-27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14

2. Jesus Christ is the Son of God and lived a sinless human life to be sacrificed for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. He is co-equal with the Father. 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 to earth again someday to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30, Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-

4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13

3. The Holy Spirit is present in the world to convict man of his sin and make him aware of his need for Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit lives in them from the moment of salvation. He is co-equal with the Father and the Son. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding for spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer at least one spiritual gift upon salvation. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily. Psalm 119:105, 119:160; 2 Timothy 3:16;

2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Proverbs 30:5

4. People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God's creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin." This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.

Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2

5. Salvation is God's free gift to us, but it is a gift we must consciously accept. 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. 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. Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6; 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1

6. Believers have eternal security for their salvation. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot "lose it." Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.

John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 10:10, 10:14; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Romans 8: 28-29

7. Eternity--People were created to exist for eternity. We will either exist forever in God's presence or forever separated from Him by sin. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be in union with Him is eternal life in Heaven. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.

John 3:16; Romans 6:23; 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9

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