Before the universe existed, God existed. Dependent on nothing, God—Father, Son, and Spirit—was completely satisfied in Himself. Throughout all eternity this truth holds true: God needs nothing and no one; and yet He invites others to know and enjoy the freedom that He offers.
The Bible—both the Old and New Testament—is the Word of God, inherently and infallibly. When we read the Bible, God is speaking to us. His words are as relevant now as the day they were written, speaking to every area of our lives.
God chose to bring the world into existence as a glorious display of who He is. Mankind is a part of this display. God chose to allow man not only to take pleasure in all His goodness, but to be a part of this display: to reflect the very image of God.
Our first parents, Adam and Eve, disobeyed God and brought sin into the world. At this point, the universe was fractured. Humanity was seperated from God and subjected to His eternal judgment for their sin; and the image of God was clouded.
Jesus is fully God and fully man. He came to earth as the exact image of God. He lived a perfect life and died on a cross to bear the punishment for our sins, and rose victorious from the grave. When we place our faith in Jesus, His sacrifice covers our sins and we are accepted into the family of God. This is the Gospel.
Before Jesus returned to heaven, He gave His followers a mission: to tell everyone who Jesus was, and what He had done—to make disciples. This task was impossible but Jesus didn't leave His people helpless. He sent the Holy Spirit to empower them to bring the Gospel to the nations.
Ever since the moment when the Holy Spirit came, people who love Jesus have been living the mission and proclaiming what He has done. This group of people is called the Church. The Church exists to declare and display the Gospel to all people until Jesus returns, in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus promised that He would come again. When He does, He will end the reign of sin and death. Jesus will create a new heaven and a new earth. The Church will live for eternity in the presence of God who was and is and is to come.