We believe that Jesus of Nazareth died upon a Roman cross in about a.d. 30. We also believe that on the third day, he rose from the dead – and that changes everything.
These basic facts, rooted in history, are the core of the Christian faith, but there are various other presuppositions and implications that derive from them:
God made the entire universe. There is nothing that exists that God did not make, except God himself. God is therefore our rightful ruler.
Humanity lives in a state of permanent rebellion against our Creator. This is called “sin”, and we see it acted out whenever people ignore God or each other, and seek to fulfil their own desires at the expense of others’. We all deserve to die as punishment for this rebellion.
Jesus’s death was no accident: It was God’s plan to save people like you and me from sin and the death we all deserve. Jesus’s death paid the penalty for our rebellion.
Jesus’s resurrection reveals that death has now been defeated, and that salvation from is available to everyone who puts their trust in him. Everyone who calls upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ will be saved, and will one day be raised from the dead just like him.
Jesus is the only way to salvation. Those who trust in him will be saved. Those who don’t will receive the punishment they deserve for their sin.
The Bible is the word of God. It contains all that is necessary for salvation, and everything it says is reliable and true.
God is three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – yet he is one God. This is called the “Trinity” (Tri + unity).
Jesus of Nazareth was the second person of the Trinity, God the Son, so he was fully God, and was at the same time fully human.
For what I received, I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve.