The Bible is the inspired written Word of God, the product of holy men of old who spoke and wrote as they
were moved by the Holy Spirit. The New Covenant, as recorded in the New Testament, we accept as our infallible guide in matters of faith, conduct and doctrine. (2 Tim. 3:16 ; 1 Thess. 2:13 ; 2 Peter 1:21 )
The one true God showed as the eternally self-existent “I Am”, the Creator of heaven and earth, and the Redeemer, and Restorer of mankind. He further showed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, also known as the Holy Trinity (Deut. 6:4 ; Isa 43:10-11 ; Matt 28:19 ; Lk 3:22 ).
Man was created good, with no sin in him, blameless before God and in right relationship with Him. However, by Adam’s voluntary transgression, man was forever marked by sin and incurred not only physical death, but spiritual death also. This death led to a broken relationship and eternal separation from God. (Gen 1:26, 27, 31; 2:17; 3:6-10; Rom 3:23, 5:12-14)
With man’s fall there was no hope of restoring the relationship with God, sins mark kept us separated. The only hope was to remove the mark, and that’s what Jesus came to do. Through His death, burial, and resurrection Jesus became the redeemer that man needed, but we have to accept it. This is what we call salvation. Through acceptance and confession of Jesus as Lord, and repentance from a sin-stained life man is brought back into right relationship with God. (Lk 24:46 ,47; Jn 3:3; Rom 10:8-10 5:15, 18-19; Eph 2:8; Titus 2:11,12)
After salvation the next step for every believer is water baptism. Baptism by immersion is talked of and commanded in scripture as a necessary action for all who repent and confess faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In this they are declaring to God, family, and the world that they have died with Christ(under water) and are being raised(out of water) to a new life; one now marked by the redemption of Jesus Christ. (Matt 28:19; Mk 16:16; Acts 10:47, 48; Rom 6:4 ,5)
The Holy Spirit was promised as a gift to come from the Father(God), to us, by Jesus Christ. The baptism with the “Holy Ghost and fire” was spoken of in the Old Testament by the prophet Joel, by John the Baptist about what Jesus would do, by Jesus Himself, and received by the early church. This same Holy Spirit is a promise to us now as well, and is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth. He guides believers into all truth, exalts Christ, convicts people of their sin, God’s righteousness, and the coming judgment. He comforts us, strengthens us, gives us spiritual gifts, and makes us more like Christ. (Joel 2:28-29; Mark 1:8-10; Luke 3:16, 3:35, 4:1, 11:13, 12:12; John 7:37-39, 14:16, 15:26-27, 16:7-14; Acts 1:4-8, 2:1-4; 10:44-46, 11:15, 13:2; Romans 8:9-11, 14-16, 26-27; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2 Peter 1:2; Revelation 22:17)