We are Christians, being called that because we are followers of Jesus Christ.
God and His Word - We believe in God the Father, Jesus (the only Son of God), and the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of God that resides within and guides those who have been adopted by God into His family). We believe in the Bible as God's words of love and direction to us, to show us what we are to believe and how we are to live. The Bible clearly tells us of these three parts or attributes of God.
God Created Everything - We believe that God is the creator of life and everything in existence that we can see and experience.
While the Bible tells of God's creation of everything, all of creation itself tells of God as the creator - with it's complexity, it's order, it's beauty, it's relationships and systems, and the life that is in it.
God Lets Us Choose to Obey Him or Not - God is holy and perfect in every way. In His wisdom, He created humans [That's us. Well most of us anyway ;-) ] in His own image. He has given us a free will to choose how to live - to follow His commands, which are given for our good, or to do what we decide is best. When we fail to follow God's commands, we call that sin. The Bible tells us that God hates sin and that sin brings a penalty and punishment. Understand that it is the sin that God hates and not the people He created.
Our Relationship with God - The Bible tells us that God wants to have an eternal, forever relationship with us. He wants us to be with Him forever. However, our sin destroys this relationship God wants to have with us. Because of the sin of people, the world has heartaches, sadness, injustice, pain, poverty, etc. The Bible tell us that sin brings the ultimate penalty - death! Not just our physical death, but separation in our relationship with God FOREVER. The Bible calls this separation "hades or hell."
Everybody has Sin - The Bible tells us the unfortunate truth - everybody has sinned and deserves God's punishment. It tells us
too that God is just and that the penalty for sin must be paid.
The Bible also tells another interesting point: The reason for God's Commands, like the Ten Commandments, was to not only show us how God wants us to live, but to show us that we could not, in our own strength and through our own choices, be good enough to keep the commands. By knowing just how far we are from living like God wants us to live, and knowing our helplessness in avoiding the penalty for sin, we realize our need for God to save us. When God saves us from sin's penalty, all the glory goes to Him, and we cannot claim that we are good enough or smart enough to save ourselves. This is where God's plan for Jesus comes in.
God's Good News - Jesus - The Bible also tells us the GREAT NEWS of Jesus! This is why we call ourselves followers of Jesus Christ. According to the plan of God, Jesus was sent to earth to let people see more clearly the love, nature and character of God. Jesus also served another purpose: To be the means by which people could be forgiven for the penalty of sin, so their relationship with God could be restored.
The Bible says that God demonstrated His love for us in this: "While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:28. God's sent Jesus to earth to live among us, giving Him a free will to choose to follow God's commands or not. However, unlike us, Jesus never sinned. He never disappointed God of failed to follow His Commands. He never broke His relationship with God.
Therefore, Jesus did not merit death and separation from God. The Bible tells us however that Jesus chose to allow Himself to be beaten severely, treated with great dishonor, nailed to a cross and put to death; and to suffer separation from God for 3 days, to pay the penalty for the sin of anyone who would acknowledge Him and accept His act of love as the payment for the punishment of their sin.
The Bible tells us that Jesus was physically raised from death and from His separation from God, and was restored in His relationship with God the Father. Jesus sits at the right hand of God (the place of highest honor) and welcomes into God presence all those who have put their faith and trust in Him (Jesus).