Adam and Eve were created in the image of God, but fell from this position by disobeying Him. This rebellion is called sin and separated humanity from God. As a result of this fall, their moral nature was corrupted and spiritual and physical death ensued. This sinful nature has been transmitted through Adam to all, resulting in the total depravity of all mankind. All are sinners and have sinned, falling short of the glory of God. Humanity’s restoration to fellowship with God is made possible only through spiritual rebirth.
Genesis 1:26, 5:1, 9:6, 3:6-8, 17-19; John 3:3, 6-7; Romans 3:23, 5:1-12, 3:10-24; 1 Peter 1:3-4
Jesus Christ came to fulfill the will of God, destroy the work of the devil and accomplish our redemption. He died for our sins, was buried and rose again on the third day, personally appearing to His disciples. He ascended to the right hand of the Father, where He now reigns, and will come again at the end of this age. He is the Savior of mankind.
Matthew 27:32-28:10; John 1:29; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20, 21; Matthew 27:32-28:10; John 1:29; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20, 21; Acts 1:1-11; Romans 4:22-25, 5:9;1 Corinthians 15:4; Colossians 1:20; Hebrews 9:12, 22; 1 John 3:8; Revelation 1:5, 5:9
The gospel of Christ is the power of God for the salvation of all who believe and is the only way of restoration for humanity through the removal of sin and all that separates us from God. Christ, having died for our sins, bore the wrath of God and completely satisfied God’s righteous requirements, so that all may be fully reconciled to Him. This salvation is freely offered to all by grace, which means it is undeserved and unearned. Salvation is a gift of God, not as a result of our good works or any human effort.
Acts 16:31; Romans 1:16-18, 4:22-25, 5:1-2; Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2: 8-9; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 9:22; 1 Peter 3:18
Salvation is by grace through confessing faith in the work of Jesus in His death on the cross and resurrection from the dead. When putting our trust in Christ and what He has done for us, we are eternally justified by Christ becoming our righteousness, and indwelt with God’s presence. Through salvation, sinners become new creations, born again with a purpose in God. We are not saved by works but for good works, which God has prepared in advance for us to do.
John 1:12, John 3:16, 5:24; Romans 3:21-26, 8, 10:8-13; Ephesians 2:8-10; 2 Corinthians 5:17, 21; 1 John 5:11-12
The apostle Peter’s response to the question, “what must I do to be saved?” was three-fold. First, we repent, turn from our own ways and independent lifestyle and turn toward God and obedience to His will. Second, we are baptized in water. Water baptism is done by immersion in water as an act of obedience and public confession of the Lordship of Jesus Christ. It is an identification of the believer with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. Third, we receive the infilling or baptism of the Holy Spirit. Baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ and the Old Testament prophets to all believers. It is a dynamic and distinct event for all believers. By it, God empowers us to become His witnesses.
Matthew 3:11, 23:19; Acts 1:5, 8, 2:4, 17, 38-39, 2:38-39; 8:14-17, 10:44-46,1:15-17, 19:1-6; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Colossians 2:12