God is. He created everything for His glory and our good, and your eternal purpose is to glorify God by enjoying relationship with HIm. It is how you are most fulfilled and how God is most glorified (Genesis 1:27-31).
Every human has separated themselves from God as a result of sin (wrong). That separation has led to every death, evil, and pain that is in the world. The world is broken, because humanity has separated itself from God. (Genesis 3:1-24; Romans 3:23; 5:12-21, 6:23)
There is nothing you can do to save yourself. There is nothing we can do to earn back our relationship with God. We owe a debt that we could never pay back, because we have wronged an infinite God. (Ephesians 2:8-10; Romans 10:9-10).
God made a way. God loved you so much that He came to get you back (John 3:16).
Jesus is both God and man. He became one of us by being born of a virgin in order to reveal God to us, die in our place, and raise from the dead to make all things new. (John 1:1-3, 14; Matthew 1:18; 2 Peter 3:18; Colossians 1:15-19; 2:9).
Jesus died in your place. He served as your substitute, paying the debt you could never pay. His death makes it possible for you to be in relationship with God again. (Romans 3:21ff; 5:6-9; 8:1-2; 1 Peter 1:18-20).
Jesus rose from the dead. He rose from the dead to make your whole life and everything else in this world whole again. His body actually physically rose from the dead. Just as sin brought death into the world, so Jesus death and resurrection brings life that makes all things new. He is in a process of putting right everything that is wrong in this world. (Matthew 28:1-10; 1 Corinthians 15; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-12; John 20; Acts 1:6-11; 1 John 2:1, Revelation 21:3-5).
You just need to accept the gift. Salvation is not a result of your works. All you have to do is believe that Jesus died for your sin and rose from the dead to give you new life and declare Him as Lord of your life. While it requires no work on your part, this is no small commitment. Making Jesus Lord of your life is more than just believing He is God. It means putting him in charge of your life. It is an act of repentance and surrender that changes everything...for the good. (Romans 6:1-14; 8:28-30; John 3:1-8; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 2 Peter 1:3-5).
You have been made alive. When you surrender your life to Christ (believe and declare, "get saved," "born again," justified, etc.), you are spiritually made alive. At that moment and from then on, God dwells in you, making it possible for you to become like Jesus and do things you have never done before. You are God's child. You've been adopted, and nothing can take that away. While you are not immediately perfect, you have all it takes to become like Jesus. God is in you, helping you love unconditionally, not sin, and do good that you never thought possible. Ultimately, you are going to become like Christ. God is making sure of it. (Romans 6, Romans 8:28-30)
The Bible is trustworthy. God gave you the Bible (Scripture, God's Word), so that you could know Him. It is His perfect, "God-breathed" Word. It's original manuscripts have no error and are the ultimate authority when it comes to knowing and obeying God. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:20,21).
There is only one God. However, He exists eternally as three persons: Father, Son (Jesus), and Holy Spirit. This means that God has been in perfect relationship with Himself for all eternity. He is inherently relational. This is one of the most complex beliefs related to following Jesus, so feel free to ask for a deeper explanation. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:8; Acts 5:3-4).
The Church exists to lead people to follow Jesus. The Church is everyone who has put their trust in Jesus. We are a body of faith that exists to lead people to follow Jesus, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We are to love God and love people in all that we do, and we celebrate Jesus saving work and the unity we have by taking communion (The Lord’s Supper, symbolic bread and juice). Effectively, the Church's job is to see God make all things new as we help people become like Jesus. (Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 22:17-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
Jesus is coming back. Jesus is currently interceding for us in heaven. He could return at any moment to consummate history and set up His earthly kingdom. Ultimately, there will be an eternal judgement for every human being. Those who put their trust in Jesus will enjoy eternity in Heaven with God. Those who reject Jesus will spend eternity in a literal hell. (Acts 1:11; 1 Corinthians 15; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10).
Christian and Missionary Alliance Essentials and Distinctives
We are a part of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, a Christ-centered global movement more than 6 million strong. Our Acts 1:8 family--Inspired by Jesus' love and empowered by His Spirit--is passionate to bring the good news about Him to our neighborhoods and world. Though we have articulated our Beliefs in lay language for communication purposes, we fully affirm the CMA Statement of Faith as well as the CMA articulation of the Fourfold Gospel that Jesus is our Savior, Sanctifier, Healer, and Coming King.