God is creator and ruler of the universe. In this fast-changing world, an unchanging God wants us to know the eternal bliss of a relationship with Him.
Jesus is the Son of God. He is co-equal with God the Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. He arose from the dead to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again to bring salvation to the righteous and condemnation to those who do not obey the Gospel. Jesus is the bedrock foundation of the Worthington Church.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and Jesus Christ. He, through the written Word of God, makes people aware of their need for salvation in Jesus Christ. He also lives in the hearts of every Christian from the moment of baptism (Acts 2:38).
The Bible is God’s Word. It was written by human authors, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the only source of truth for our beliefs and behavior, for our character and conduct. Because it is inspired by God, the Bible is God’s truth without error. Our faith in God’s Word and the direction it offers us is central to a meaningful life.
People are the ultimate of God’s creation. We were made to experience God’s love and goodness. Although every person has tremendous power for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience to God called sin. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
Salvation is God’s free gift but we must accept it by faith. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as our sacrifice can we be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn to Jesus in faith, repentance, confession, and baptism we are saved. Baptism is the point at which we are saved and the point at which we begin the process of Spiritual growth.
The Church is God’s family of saved people, the distinctive body of Christ (Ephesians 4:4). Because of this, we seek to restore all the aspects of Christ’s church, including the essential nature of baptism, acapella music in worship, the autonomy of the local congregation, the weekly observance of the Lord’s Supper, and the role of men and women in and out of the worship assembly.
Our souls are created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or we will live eternally with God through His grace and mercy. To be eternally separated from God is to experience Hell. To be in eternal union with God is Heaven. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence.