"The righteous keep moving forward, and those with clean hands become stronger and stronger." Job 17:9
Solid Foundation, Exciting Future…
Here’s a view of where we’ve been and where we are heading!
God is great: He is all-powerful, all-knowing, ever-present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, Holy. It is in Him that we live, move, and exist. God is good. He is our Father. He is loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises.
Jesus Christ is completely human but, at the same time, completely God. We believe in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, and in His miracles. He is the only plan for bringing people who are far from God back into a right relationship with God. He was the substitution for us in satisfying the Law’s demands for perfection. He defeated death in His resurrection so that we can have life. He ascended to the right hand of the Father. He will return to this earth in power and glory to rule for a thousand years.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit’s presence assures us of our relationship with Christ. He guides believers into all truth and exalts Christ. He convicts people of their sin, God’s righteousness, and the coming judgment. He comforts us, gives us spiritual gifts, and makes us more like Christ.
The blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the only way of salvation through the forgiveness of sin. Salvation occurs when people place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin and receive His nature. Salvation is a gift from God, and it cannot be earned through our own efforts. Jesus, God in the flesh, became the sinner crucified on the cross so that you and I could become sons (daughters) of God. He took our place and sin nature and killed it, satisfying the law’s demand. We can now be born again and receive His nature.
Salvation in (the) Greek is the word Sozo. Sozo literally means – Safety, Soundness, Healing, Deliverance, and Preservation. So when we receive salvation we receive safety, soundness, healing, deliverance, and preservation.
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit
The baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues, according to Acts 2:4, is given to the believers who ask for it, for the endowment of power for life and service and the bestowment of the gifts of the Spirit and their uses in the work of service. Believers are not saved through the baptism of the Holy Spirit, they are given an additional anointing. An example of this is how the Holy Spirit lived in Jesus’ body yet still descended upon him before his earthly ministry began.
Man is created to exist forever. He will exist either eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is Heaven. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.