“If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains – but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.”(1 Cor. 13:2 Ph)
VERY IMPORTANT: In the Open Arms Forever Family we have unity in our essential beliefs), liberty in ALL non- essentials, and we express charity (love) in ALL of our differences.
1. 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.
- Gen. 1:1,26,27, 3:22; Ps. 90:2; Mt. 28:19; 1 Pet. 1:2; 2 Cor. 13:14
2. 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.
- Mt. 1:22-23; Isa. 9:6; Jn. 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Heb. 4:14-15; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; Rom. 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Tim. 6:14-15; Titus 2:1
3. 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 will also “fill” any believer with power for living, understanding spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. This “infilling” or as some call it “baptism” of the Spirit comes in answer to prayer and surrender to Him . He gives every believer a spiritual gift to use in the ministry of the church. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.
- 2 Cor. 3:17; Jn. 16:7-13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 2:12, 3:16; Eph. 1:13; Gal. 5:25; Eph. 5:18
4. 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. We accept it as the final authority for our beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.
- 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; 2 Tim. 1:13; Ps. 119:105, 160, 12:6; Prov. 30:5
5. ABOUT HUMAN BEINGS
People are made in the image of God. 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.
- Gen. 1:27; Ps. 8:3-6; Isa. 53:6a; Rom. 3:23; Isa. 59:1-2
6. 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 and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
- Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:8-9; Jn. 14:6; 1:12; Titus 3:5; Rom. 5:1
7. 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 is Hell (the second death). To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
- Jn. 3:16; 2:25; 5:11-13; Rom. 6:23; Rev. 20:15; Mt. 1:8; 2:44, 4