We believe that Jesus is in fact the Christ, the Son of the living God (Matt. 16:15-16).That Peter proclaimed this as true, because he realized Jesus was the anointed one (Messiah) and had divine characteristics of God (Son of…). Jesus was with God in the beginning and was an active part of the creation of the world. He also came to this world, taking on flesh, and dwelling among us as a man (John 1:1-5, 14). The prophet Isaiah spoke of Jesus being born unto the earth and he declared Him to be “Mighty God”, nearly 700 years prior to Christ’ birth. It is clear that scripture verifies His resurrection from death as well (Matt. 28:1-8; Acts 2:23-36; Rom. 1:4), which is further proof of His divine qualities.
It is our belief that Christ came to this world out of God’s love for mankind (John 3:16). Through God’s love for mankind, He sent Jesus to save sinner’s (1 Tim. 1:15; Mark 2:17). God is holy (Rev. 4:8), and because of His holiness and our sinfulness, there was a separation made between us (Isaiah 59:2). In order for sins to be forgiven, there must be a shedding of blood (Heb. 9:22). Christ was our perfect sacrifice by fulfilling the Law and dying on the cross for our sins (Matt. 5:17; Heb. 9:11-14). Though Christ died for the sins of all mankind, one must obey His commands and His gospel in order to accept His sacrifice (John 14:21; 2 Thess. 1:5-8).
Christ’s amazing plan of salvation:
The scripture teaches that those who do not obey the gospel will be condemned (2 Thess. 1:5-8). Paul tells us that the gospel is Christ’ death, burial and resurrection (1 Cor. 15:1-5). We are obedient to the death burial and resurrection through the act of baptism (Rom. 6:3-8). At the point of baptism a person must hear the word of God (Rom. 10:17), believe and confess Jesus as Lord (Rom. 10:9), and repent on be baptized (Acts 2:38). God already paved the way by shedding His blood, He saved us through grace (Eph. 2:8-9), and He asked us to follow His commands (John 14:21). Those commands call us to follow His plan to have our sins washed away through baptism (Acts 22:16, 1 Pet. 3:21).