We believe God exists.
We believe God has revealed Himself to all humanity.
We believe God has done this revealing of Himself through the Bible, and the person of Jesus Christ as He is presented and has been traditionally understood in the Bible.
We believe the Bible is the infallible and inerrant Word of God, and it should be understood in the plain understanding of the words used and the historical understanding of the Church down through the ages. These help us to a true and accurate understanding of the Bible and we come to know God thereby. But this does not mean that we have learned all we need to learn from the Bible, but that what we learn anew will not contradict what we have learned in the past in any foundational doctrinal matters.
We believe that we humans, every man, woman and child, live lives that are separated from God without hope, peace and purpose unless God acts in our lives to bring His presence, power and purpose to be realities for us personally. This separation from God is caused by something called "sin," which has produced in us a sinful nature.
You see, all have a sinful nature. That is evidenced in numerous ways, but just as an example, think about young children for a moment. We don't have to teach them to lie. We don't have to teach them to take a toy that someone else is already playing with. We don't have to teach them to throw a temper tantrum when they don't get their own way. This is evidence that we are very self-centered individuals right from the get go.
As we grow, we hope to learn to try to control this sinful nature, but it still exists regardless of the level of success we achieve in controlling it. This sinful nature is what separates us from God. So it must be dealt with.
God has dealt with this problem each one of us has by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty sin has created for us. Jesus Christ is the only means given by God to solve this sin problem. This penalty was paid when Jesus Christ died on the cross.
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