At Bluff Creek, the Bible is our sole guide.
The Bible is God's Word to all people, written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian belief and living. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6, Proverbs 30:5)
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He exists eternally as one in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. There is one God in three persons. (Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
Jesus Christ 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 to earth again to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13)
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make us aware of our need for Jesus Christ. He lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation and provides Christians with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. We seek to live under His control daily. (2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13-14; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18)
People are made in the spiritual image of God to be like him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although people have tremendous potential for good, they are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called sin. This attitude separates people from God. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2)
Salvation is by grace, through faith. It is a gift from God for all people that God lovingly offers to every person; every person has the freedom to accept or reject this gift from God at any time.
Grace is God's payment for our sins through the sacrifice of His Son when we did not deserve it. We can never be saved by making up for our sins by self-improvement or good works. (John 3:16-18; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Timothy 2:3-4; 2 Peter 3:9)
- Faith (belief and trust) in Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross as the only way, and all that is needed, for men and women to be reconciled with God. (John 14:6; Acts 4:8-12; Romans 3:25-26)
- Repentance of our sins, sorrow for our past sins and a decision to want to no longer have them as a part of our life.
- Baptism, by immersion, is God's ordained response for us to His grace by associating with Jesus' death burial and resurrection in the watery grave of baptism. (Acts 3:19; 2:38; 8:26-38; Romans 6:1-4; 1 Peter 3:21)
Eternity is how long we were created to exist with God. We 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 places of eternal existence. (John 3:16; 1 John 2:25, 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15)
The Church is the body of Christ on earth. It exists to communicate the good news of new life in Jesus Christ to the world, to teach his followers to obey his teachings, and to equip his followers for ministry. The church is made up of those who have placed their faith in Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:27; Matthew 28:19-20; John 10:10; Ephesians 4:11-14; Acts 2:38)