Statement of Beliefs
A) The Bible
We believe that God has revealed himself in the Bible. The Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it alone has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20,21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31,32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32.
B) The Trinity
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons; that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption.
Genesis 1:1,26; John 1:1,3; Matthew 28:19; Romans 1:19,20; Ephesians 4:5,6.
C) God the Father
We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He infallibly foreknows all that shall come to pass, that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of individual people, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
Luke 10:21,22; Matthew 23:9; John 3:16; 6:27; Romans 1:7; I Timothy 1:1,2; 2:5,6; I Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6.
D) Jesus Christ
We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, truly divine and truly human, yet without sin. Conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in the atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, so reconciling us with God. We believe in His bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, His reign as the only saviour and mediator of the world, and His personal visible return to earth.
Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1; 20:28; II Corinthians 5:21; I Peter 2:21-23; John 20:30,31;
Matthew 20:28; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:6-8; 6:9,10; I Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:28.
E) The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide.
John 14:16,17,26; 15:26,27; 16:8-14; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; Galatians 5:22-26.
F) The human Race
All people, being created in the image of God, have inherent and equal dignity and worth. Their greatest purpose is to obey, worship and love God. As a result of the fall of our first parents, every aspect of human nature has been corrupted and all men and women are without spiritual life, guilty sinners and hostile to God. Every person is therefore under the just condemnation of God and needs to be born again, forgiven and reconciled to God in order to know and please Him.
Genesis. 1:26; 5:2; Genesis 2:17; Genesis 3; John 3:14-16; 5:24; 8:12; 10:26-28; Romans 9:22;
II Thessalonians 1:9; Rev. 20:10,14,15; 21:3,8; Psalm 51:7; Jeremiah 17:9.
We believe that salvation is entirely a work of Godâ€™s grace and cannot be earned or deserved. It has been accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ and is offered to all in the gospel. God in His love forgives sinners whom He calls, granting them repentance and faith. All who repent and trust Jesus Christ as Saviour are justified by faith alone, regenerated by the Holy Spirit and become new creatures, adopted into the family of God, delivered from condemnation and receive eternal life.
James 1:14,15; Romans 3:19; 5:19; Proverbs 28:13; John 1:13; 3:16; I John 1:9; II Corinthians 5:17; Romans 8:1.
H) The Church
We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, associated for worship, work, and fellowship. We believe in the priesthood of all believers, that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world. We believe the unity of the body of Christ is expressed within and between churches by mutual love, care and encouragement. True fellowship between churches exists only where they are faithful to the gospel.
Ephesians 2:19-22; Acts 1:8; 2:42; Ephesians 5:19-21; Hebrews 10:23-25.
I) Christian Conduct
We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of his fellow men; that his conduct should be blameless before the world; that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions; and that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ.
I Corinthians 10:31; Romans 12:1-3; Hebrews 12:1-2; John 14:15,23-24; I John 2:3-6;
II Corinthians 9:6-9; I Corinthians 4:2; Colossians 1:9-10.
J) The Ordinances
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church, baptism and the Lord's Supper. We believe that Christian baptism should be administered to the believer with water into the name of the triune God. Baptism is a symbol of union with Christ and entry into his Church but does not impart spiritual life. We believe that the Lord's Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death, using common bread and the juice of grapes without any change in their nature. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ and received by faith.
Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 11:23-26.
K) The Last Things
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgement, the eternal joy of the righteous in heaven and the endless suffering of the unrepentant in hell.
Matthew 16:27; Mark 14:62; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; Phil. 3:20; I Thessalonians 4:15; II Timothy 4:1;
Titus 2:13; I Corinthians 4:5; I Corinthians 15; II Thessalonians 1:6-10; Revelation 20:11-15.