Sierra Vista First Baptist Church
Thursday, July 27, 2017

What We Believe

 
 
1. The Essentials We Believe About God
 
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. 
 
 
2. The Essentials We Believe About Jesus Christ
 
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
 
 
3. The Essentials We Believe About the Holy Spirit
 
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. 
 
 
4. The Essentials We Believe About the Bible
 
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
 

5. The Essentials We Believe About Human Beings
 
 
 
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin."  This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
 
 
6. The Essentials We Believe About Salvation
 
 
 
Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life, ask God to forgive us for our sins and ask Jesus to come into our life as our Lord and Savior, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment you receive Jesus Christ into your life by faith and is available to anyone who will receive it. 
 
 
7. The Essentials We Believe About Eternal Security
 
 
 
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and  power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.
 
 
8. The Essentials We Believe About Eternity
 
 
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God means we will exist forever in hell. Hell is a very real place of eternal separation from God. It includes continuous, never ending pain, suffering, anguish and never having any hope for a better future…hopelessness. To be eternally in union with God means we will live with Him forever in heaven.