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.
Jesus is coequal with the Father and Holy Spirit. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on the 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 to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as 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. The Christian seeks to live under His influence daily.
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. Sin separates us from God and causes all forms of human brokenness.
The Bible is God’s Word to all men. 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 truth without any mixture of error.
Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist 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 literal places of eternal existence.
Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. For we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
Jesus’ death on the cross and subsequent resurrection from the dead three days later is the foundation for all Christian faith. Baptism is a timeless and physical reminder of what Jesus did for us. It is the way the Christian publicly declares their faith in Jesus Christ as a result of the salvation of their souls. This act of obedience is an external symbol of spiritual rebirth and newness to life.
*descriptions of beliefs adapted in part from life.church.
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You may have accepted Christ at Brookside, somewhere else altogether, maybe even years ago, but you’ve never been baptized. Regardless, if you’ve made a decision to follow Christ, but you’ve never been baptized, we are here for you.