God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three persons are co-equal and are one God. (Genesis 1:1, 26, 27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2)

 

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 sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. Three days later He arose from the dead to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords. (Matthew 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; John 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; Titus 2:13)

 

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power to live and serve, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer spiritual gifts to equip them for effective and supernatural ministry. We need to be filled with the Holy Spirit daily, letting Him direct the words we speak, the thoughts we think and the decisions we make. When we live empowered by the Holy Spirit, we will live in love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. (2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:22-25; Ephesians 5:18)

 

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 for Christian belief and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error. (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Psalm 119:105, 160; Psalm 12:6; Proverbs 30:5; Matthew 24:35; Mark 13:31; Luke 21:33)

 

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 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. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1,2)

 

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 or her life by faith. (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12, Titus 3:5-7)

 

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. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. (Matthew 10:28, Matthew 5:29-30; Matthew 23:33; Luke 12:5)

 

No matter what your background, race, culture, gender or history, God made each of us to have eternal life with Him through Jesus Christ, a life where we are set free from the sins and failures of our past, where we are confidents about our present, and hopeful about our future. (John 3:16; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; John 10:10)

 

Every Christian is called to be a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ, to be on mission with God, to make a positive difference in our world, to win lost souls, to make disciples, to serve God and others with the talents, opportunities and influence God has given us, and to be committed to a strong local body of believers. (Colossians 3:17; 2 Timothy 4:2; 2 Corinthians 5:18-20; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; 1 Peter 4:8-11)

 

THRIVE Church is a family, an army and a team, called by Jesus Christ to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20), to win souls for His kingdom (Proverbs 11:30), to serve a broken world (Isaiah 61:1-6), to live an abundant life of passionate worship and praise in every area of our existence (John 10:10, John 4:23-24, 1 Corinthians 10:31), and co-work with God in building a thriving church that will realize this vision (Matthew 16:18; 1 Peter 2:4-5, 9-10).