The 66 books of the canon are the complete, efficacious, inspired, infallible, sufficient, authoritative Word of God. The Bible is inerrant in the original manuscripts, God-breathed, and the complete and final authority for faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:16-17). The Holy Spirit guided the human authors using their unique writing styles to pen, in perfection, what God desired to be written (2 Peter 1:21, 1 Corinthians 2:7-13, Ephesians 1:9-10). The canon is closed and there is no more revelation until Christ’s return (Jude 1:3, Revelation 22:18-19). God only speaks through His Word today. The Scriptures are sufficient, there is no need for any other word from God (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Sola Scriptura.
There is one God who is Creator of all things (Genesis 1:1, Colossians 1:16, John 1:3), existing in three persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19, John 10:30, 1 Corinthians 6:11). Three persons in one being (Deuteronomy 6:4, James 2:19), essence, and glory existing simultaneously and not existing in three separate manifestations at different times in history (Matthew 3:16-17, Genesis 1:26, Genesis 3:22, Genesis 11:7, Psalms 110:1, Matthew 28:19, John 14:16). He is the only true and living God (Jeremiah 10:10, Isaiah 44:6). God is omniscient (Job 37:16, Psalms 147:5, 1 John 3:19-20), omnipresent (Jeremiah 23:24, Proverbs 15:3, Psalms 139:7-10), omnipotent (Hebrews 1:10, Daniel 2:21, Job 42:2, Psalms 33:6), eternal (Psalms 90:2, John 1:1-2), infinite (1 Timothy 1:17, Ephesians 1:11-12), immutable (Malachi 3:6, Exodus 3:14, James 1:17), and sovereign (Psalms 115:3, Romans 9:18, Isaiah 45:7). He is just (2 Thessalonians 1:6, Psalms 7:11, 2 Corinthians 5:10), holy (Isaiah 6:3, Isaiah 57:15, 1 Samuel 2:2), gracious (Ephesians 2:8, Hebrews 4:16, Romans 11:6), merciful (1 Peter 1:3, Joel 2:12-14, Ephesians 2:4-5), love (Romans 5:8, 1 John 4:8, John 3:16), good (Psalms 25:8-10, Romans 8:28, Psalms 145:9), faithful (2 Timothy 2:13, 2 Thessalonians 3:3, Psalms 33:4, 1 John 1:9), and righteous (Psalms 145:17, Psalms 119:142).
God the Father
God the Father is the adoptive father of all Christians (Romans 8:17, John 1:12). He sent Jesus to earth to satisfy His wrath against those whose sin He will pardon (John 3:16-17, 1 John 4:9). The Father deploys the Holy Spirit to teach truth to those who have believed (John 14:26, John 16:13).
God the Son
Jesus is God the Son. He exhibits all the attributes of the Trinity. He is the only son of God the Father (John 3:16, 1 John 4:9). The title “son of God” is a relationship reference to Jesus submitting to the Father and does not mean God the Father procreated Jesus. He is fully God (Colossians 2:9) and fully man (Galatians 4:4). He was not created, He has eternally existed (John 1:1-4). He condescended to earth (Philippians 2:5-8); robed Himself in humanity (John 1:14, Hebrews 2:9); lived a sinless life (2 Corinthians 5:21); was mocked (Luke 22:63), tortured, and crucified (Isaiah 53:5-7, Matthew 27:32-61, Mark 15:21-47, Luke 23:26-56, John 19:16-42); was resurrected after three days in the grave (1 Corinthians 15:4); walked the earth for 40 days (Acts 1:3) and was seen by over 500 people (1 Corinthians 15:6); ascended to Heaven (Luke 24:50-53) to sit at the right hand of God the Father (Mark 16:19), interceding for Christians (Romans 8:34). Jesus is the propitiation for sin of Christians (1 John 2:2). He took on our sin (1 Peter 2:24) and dressed us in His righteousness (Philippians 3:9, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peter 2:24).
God the Holy Spirit
God the Holy Spirit exhibits all the attributes of the Trinity while submitting Himself to God the Father and God the Son. The Holy Spirit regenerates the sinner (Titus 3:5), indwells believers (Romans 8:9), is the promised sign by which the Father guarantee’s the eternal salvation of believers (Ephesians 1:13-14), and illumines the truths of the Scripture to believers (1 Corinthians 2:9-13, John 14:26). The Holy Spirit intercedes for Christians (Romans 8:26-27), gives wisdom to Christians (Luke 12:12, Luke 21:15), and sanctifies the Christian (Galatians 5:22-23, 2 Corinthians 5:17)
Man is a direct creation (not through evolution) of God and uniquely created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27). Man was created on the sixth day of creation. Man was created without sin but Adam and Eve fell to sin in the Garden of Eden. Death entered creation and all of humanity has inherited a sin nature from Adam (Romans 5:12). All of mankind has sinned (Romans 3:23) and is condemned to eternal punishment in Hell (Romans 6:23). Sin separates mankind from God (Ephesians 2:12) with no ability to mend this separation (Ephesians 2:1, 8-9). Every person is radically depraved (Ephesians 2:1-3, Romans 3:23, Romans 8:7, Romans 5:12, Romans 3:10-12) with no ability of doing anything to please God or appease His wrath (Romans 8:8, Romans 7:18, Ephesians 2:1, Jeremiah 13:23, Ephesians 2:8).
Salvation is a gift from God and not something to be earned (Ephesians 2:8-9). Christ died in the place of sinners on the cross (Romans 5:8-9). Our sins were placed on Christ on the cross (1 Peter 2:24) and His righteousness has been placed on Believers (2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 4:5, Romans 5:17). Salvation is obtained by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone (Titus 3:5). For those who have been truly regenerated (born again), salvation is eternally secured (John 6:37-40, 10:27-30, Romans 8:38-39, Ephesians 1:13-14, 1 Peter 1:5, Jude 24). Good works are not necessary to obtain salvation, neither are they necessary to maintain salvation. Good works are only evidence of those who have been redeemed. Through Christ’s work on the cross, the Father’s calling us (Romans 8:29, John 6:37, John 15:16), the Holy Spirit regenerating and sanctifying work, we, who were once children of wrath deserving eternal punishment in Hell (Ephesians 2:1-3), have been adopted into the family of God and called Children of God (Romans 8:14-18).
“Ultimately justification is by works in the sense that we are justified by the works of Christ.” — RC Sproul
The Church is the Bride of Christ (Revelation 19:7-9, 2 Corinthians 11:2, Ephesians 5:25, Isaiah 54:5); a spiritual organism made up of every believer from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation (1 Corinthians 12:12-14, Revelation 7:9). Each Christian is equipped with various, individualized spiritual gifts for serving the Lord (1 Corinthians 12:4-7, Ephesians 4:16). The role of the Church is to equip the Saints for the work of the Lord (Ephesians 4:11-15), teaching sound doctrine and how to live the Christian life (Titus 2:1-10), encouraging each other (1 Thessalonians 5:14, 1 Thessalonians 4:18), correcting and rebuking those living in unrepentant sin (James 5:19-20), and leading the observation of the ordinances/sacraments (baptism and Communion/Lord’s Supper) (Matthew 28:19-20, 1 Corinthians 11:23-34). Men are to be the spiritual leaders over all, while women may lead other women and children (1 Timothy 2:12, 3:2, 12, Titus 2:3-5).
Role of the Christian
The role of the Christian is to be a witness for Christ in both word and deed (Ephesians 5:15) . The Christian is to be a member of a local church (Hebrews 10:25); study God’s Word (2 Timothy 2:15); pray continuously (1 Thessalonians 5:17); practice discernment (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22, John 7:24, Philippians 1:9-11); serve in the way the Spirit has uniquely equipped each (1 Corinthians 12:4-7, Ephesians 2:10); submit to the authority of the church, government, and each other (Romans 13:1-2, 1 Peter 2:13-14, Ephesians 5:21); encourage, serve, and correct other Christians (Hebrews 10:24, 1 Peter 4:10, Luke 17:3); and preach to Gospel all the world (Mark 16:15, Mark 28:19, Mark 13:10).
Christ will return physically and visibly (Revelation 1:7) one day to judge the living and the dead (2 Timothy 4:1, 1 Peter 4:5). The unrighteous will be condemned to God’s eternal wrath in Hell (Revelation 21:8, Matthew 25:41, Revelation 20:15 and the righteous will be rewarded with glorified bodies (1 Corinthians 15:42-53) and eternal life in Heaven (Matthew 25:46, Romans 6:23, John 3:16).
The souls of those saved by Christ are, at the moment of his/her death, immediately in the presence of the Lord (Luke 23:43, Philippians 1:23, 2 Corinthians 5:6-8), awaiting his/her resurrection and glorified body (1 Corinthians 15:50-57). The souls of the unbelievers remain in a conscious misery until the day when they will be resurrected (Luke 16:19-31, Revelation 20:12-13) and be cast into the Lake of Fire to suffer consciously and eternally (Matthew 8:12, Revelation 20:10, 15).