Who is God?
God the Trinity
We are fully convinced that the universe was created by, is ruled by, and is held together by one God and that he is the only God that there is. We are fully convinced this one God is triune – meaning that He eternally exists as three distinct persons – but He is not three separate gods. The three persons of God are: God the Father, God the Son (who is Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit. While they perform distinct roles in creation, providence, redemption, and relationship, their roles are harmonious. The three persons of the Trinity are co-eternal in being, power, glory, nature, attributes and perfections, and are equally worthy of worship, confidence and obedience. God the Trinity is spirit and is a personal God (refer to Genesis 1:1, Matthew 28:18-19, Mark 12:29, John 1:14, Acts 5:3-4, 2 Corinthians 13:14, John 4:24 and Deuteronomy 6:4).
God the Father
We are fully convinced in God the Father, the first person of the Trinity. We are fully convinced that He is an infinite personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We are fully convinced that the Father ordains the events of history, He foreknows all that shall come to pass, He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of humankind, He is the hearer and answerer of prayers and that He is the one who sends His Son, Jesus, to save humankind from sin and death through His death on the cross (refer to Isaiah 53:10, Matthew 23:9, John 3:16, Matthew 6:9, Ephesians 1:3-6 and Isaiah 41:21-29).
God the Son
We are fully convinced that Jesus came to earth as a man without ceasing to be God. We are fully convinced that He was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of a woman named Mary who became His earthly mother and that she gave birth to Jesus as a virgin. We agree with Jesus’ teachings, believe He lived a sinless life on earth and that he performed miracles. We are fully convinced that when Jesus came to earth, He was fully God while being fully man. We are fully convinced that Jesus received the wrath of God that was directed toward the sin of humans and that Jesus died as a substitute in our place – the death that humans deserve – to pay for human rebellion against God. We are fully convinced that Jesus’ death on the cross was the work that accomplished redemption for all who receive His death as their substitute and that Jesus’ work is the only work that can make a person right with God. We are fully convinced that Jesus rose from the dead in a literal, bodily resurrection, that He ascended into heaven where He is exalted at the right had of God the Father and that He now acts as an intercessor, high priest and advocate for all who believe and trust in Him. We are fully convinced that Jesus will return one day to earth to judge the living and the dead (refer to John 1:1 & 14, Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 1:18-23, Colossians 2:9, Hebrews 4:14-16, Luke 24:36-43, 1 John 2:1-2, Romans 3:23-25, 1 Peter 2:24, 1 Timothy 2:5, 1 Peter 4:5).
God the Holy Spirit
We are fully convinced that God the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Triune God – and that He came forth to humanity from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. We are firmly convinced that He is the supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ and indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. We are fully convinced that He is the divine teacher and helper who guides believers into truth and that it is the responsibility and privilege of all Christians to continually seek the filling of the Holy Spirit. We are fully convinced that the Holy Spirit empowers Christians with supernatural gifts, or talents, to perform ministry to the church and to the world (refer to John 16:8-11, 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 & 27-31, Romans 12:3-8, Romans 8:9, 2 Corinthians 3:5-6, Ephesians 1:13-14, Ephesians 5:18 and Galatians 5:22-26).