I would also like to include here the announcement in that section that is more detailed as well so there is a clear understanding by everyone.
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- God is a Trinity, meaning that he is one God who exists in three persons. Those three persons are God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. They are identical in essence, characteristics, power, omniscience, eternal existence and purpose.
- Jesus Christ is the Second Person of the Trinity. He has existed eternally as God and is not a created being. He came to earth as God Incarnate, born of a Virgin. He was both fully man and fully God. He was crucified, rose the third day, and ascended to Heaven where He intercedes on our behalf.
- Christ's death is the only means by which we may be saved. His resurrection is evidence that His death did effectively deal with our sin. His work on the cross is the only basis for salvation. Those who know Jesus will spend eternity in heaven with God. Those who reject Jesus will ultimately spend eternity in the lake of fire.
- Satan is a real being, created as an angel by God, who rebelled against him and fell from God's presence. Christ will return some day and will deal with Satan who will, ultimately, end up in the lake of fire.
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