God is one God in three persons (Elohim) [Genesis 1:1-2,26; John 1:1-2,14] known as the Holy Trinity: God the Father, Jesus Christ His one and only begotten Son [John 3:16], and the Holy Spirit. God is omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient and sovereign. Jesus Christ was incarnated through the Virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit coming upon and overshadowing her [Luke 1:26-35; Matthew 1:18], He was fully God and fully man [John 5:18; Philippians 2:6-7] – the unique God-man – at all times during His earthly ministry. He was preexistent as part of the Triune Godhead from ‘the beginning’ [Genesis 1:1; John 1:1; 1 John 1:1-3] and He is ‘the alpha and the omega’ [Revelation 1:8, 21:6, 22:13], the beginning and the end.
Salvation into eternal life is only through Jesus Christ [John 14:6] as a result of His death, burial and resurrection on the third day [Philippians 2:8; Matthew 28:1-7; Luke 24:1-10,46; 1 Cor. 15:3-4] thereby defeating Satan [Genesis 3:15; Philippians 2:9-11] and atoning for our sins [John 3:16; Romans 5:8, 10:9]. Christ has now ascended to be at the right hand of the Father [Acts 2:33] serving as our mediator [Galatians 3:19-20; 1 Timothy 2:3-6]. Salvation is a free gift of unmerited grace through faith in Jesus Christ [Ephesians 2:8-9]. Jesus’ death also fulfilled the Law of Moses [Matthew 5:17, Romans 8:1-2]; consequently, Christians are free from this bondage [Galatians 3:10-25].
If we believe the aforementioned and acknowledge the fact that we are sinners in need of a savior [Romans 3:23, 5:12, 6:23], repent of our sins [Luke 13:5; Matthew 3:2], and accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior we will gain eternal life [Romans 10:9,13]. At the point of salvation the Holy Spirit indwells each and every believer [Romans 5:1-2,5] identifying each one as a Christian who becomes a new creature [2 Corinthians 5:17]. Christians are a Royal Priesthood [1 Peter 2:9] with the confidence to enter the Most Holy Place [Mark 15:37-38] to petition the Father by prayer [Hebrews 10:19-22] in the Name — i.e., in the character — of Jesus Christ His Son as revealed through His Word.
The Holy Spirit empowers all believers [Romans 8:9-11] to live out the Christian life; and, His indwelling is a seal guaranteeing eternal life [2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Ephesians 1:13-14]. The Holy Spirit’s presence brings conviction of sin and guides into all Truth [John 16:8-11,13]. He will testify and bring glory to Jesus Christ [John 15:26, 16:14]. The Holy Spirit gives believers spiritual gifts [1 Corinthians 12:7-11; Romans 12:4-8] disbursed just as He determines [1 Corinthians 12:11] and He intercedes on our behalf [Romans 8:26-27].
Jesus Christ is the Word made flesh [John 1:1-2,14]. The Holy Bible in its original languages is the Holy Spirit-inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word of God [Proverbs 30:5; 2 Peter 1:20-21] complete unto itself. The Bible will never be superseded or supplemented by any other teaching [Proverbs 30:6] and nothing should be subtracted from it [Deuteronomy 4:2; Matthew 5:17; Revelation 22:18-19]. Its full counsel provides the way to live a complete Christian life [2 Timothy 3:16-17].
All Christians should have a part in the Great Commission making disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey the teachings contained in His Word [Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 24:47].
The New Testament (NT) presents the church as meeting in private homes (even outside by the river – Acts 16:13 and other public places at different times Acts 5:12), not specially erected religious structures or formally designated places that were routinely attended. In fact, the gathering places themselves are never emphasized in Scripture and NEVER called “a church.” Some try to emphasize the few Scriptures where it mentions that the believers met in “Solomon’s porch” in the Temple “continually” as an intended parallel to a “church building” attended each week, but this is an ignorant application. Solomon’s porch was not “a church”. It was a large covered area on the outside of the Temple on the eastern wall and was a common meeting place because of its size and means of shelter. It was also available “without rent”. Additionally, the Temple was not “attended” at all times of the year but only according to certain ritual festivals and other appointed times so the “continually” would have referred to these common feasting times when Jerusalem was a buzz with people. Christians often gathered in these public places during these times, not only for the purpose of their own meetings together, but also to evangelize their Jewish brethren who did not yet know Christ. Those that met also were not a certain “denomination” of Christianity, but as many of the believers within that city that could gather. The early Christians had no thought of “denominationalism” for they understood that ALL of God’s people, wherever they meet, are His Church. As stated previously, the most common form of gathering was among family in private homes. Churches did not have self-identifying names and view themselves as “organizationally” separate from other members of the body of Christ. There were no “membership rosters” or “tithe records” or “static liturgies” because no such mindset existed in the early Church.
New Testament church gatherings were informal and participatory. Each member – male and female – had something to contribute within scriptural bounds. It is a far cry from today’s “worship services” in which a crowd assembles to watch the paid clergy (and “worship team”) perform for them.
Jesus Christ will visibly and physically return again [Matthew 24:30; 1 Thessalonians 4:16] in the same manner He went to heaven [Acts 1:10-11] and gather all Christians unto Himself in the clouds, first the dead, then the living [1 Corinthians 15:51-54; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17] which is known as the rapture of the Church. At which time, Jesus’ visible and physical return will initiate the Day of the Lord (Wrath) upon the unbelievers remaining after the rapture. The Day of the Lord will end with Armageddon as Jesus destroys Antichrist, the false prophet, and the worlds armies thereby establishing His Earthly Millennial Kingdom. Satan is bound and held in the bottomless pit until the end of the Millennium where he will be loosed for a season to deceive the nations of the World and rise up against the Christ. Unbelievers/non-disciples will be separated from God and will forever dwell in Hell (Gehenna) [Matthew 13:41-42], while believers will be in God’s presence in Heaven [Matthew 13:43; Daniel 12:3] for all eternity [John 3:15-16, 4:14, 5:24, 6:40, 10:28, 17:2; Revelation 3:21].