Statement of Faith

The Bible

We believe the Bible is God’s word to man and was written by men who were under the direct inspiration of the Holy Spirit. It is thus verbally inspired and without error and is the only authority for the lives of people and the church. Through the Bible we come to understand who God is; who we are; how we are to live and God’s great plan of redemption.

Matthew 24:35; John 6:63; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; I Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:21

God

There is only one true God and he eternally exists in three persons. (The Trinity.) God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Father, Son and Spirit all possess the same nature, attributes and glory. God is not distant and unknowable but has revealed himself to mankind and we can know him personally through his Son Jesus. God wants us to have a relationship with him and enjoy him for all eternity.

Ephesians 1:3; Romans 8:15; Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:35; Hebrews 1:1-2; 1 Corinthians 2:9-10; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 2:18; 1 John 5:7

God has no beginning or ending. He is the creator of everything, the source of all life and intimately involved with all he has created. He is eternally the Sovereign authority of all things and nothing occurs outside of his ultimate control. He alone is all-powerful, all-knowing, and ever-present in all places.

Genesis 1:1-31; Isaiah 40:18-29; Daniel 4:35-37; 1 Timothy 6:15-16

Jesus Christ

His Deity

The Lord Jesus Christ is equal with God and is declared in the Bible to be God. As such Jesus possesses the attributes of God and receives the honour and worship due only to God.

John 1:1-18; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:15-20; 2:9; 1 Timothy 3:16; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 1:1-13

His Life

We believe that Jesus Christ is God the Son, and that through his virgin birth, both true humanity and deity were united in one person.

John 1:1,14; Matthew 1:21; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:3

His Death

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross, and through the shedding of his own blood provided a full and perfect substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of all who repent and believe; and also for the sins of the whole world.

Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 John 2:2; John 1:29

His Resurrection

We believe in the death, burial and bodily resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. His ascension into Heaven ensures the resurrection of all who have received God’s gift of eternal life through him.

Acts 4:10; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; John 11:25,26; Romans 4:25; 6:5,8; Hebrews 9:16-28

His Return

According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord. 

Isa. 2:4; 11:9; Matt. 16:27; 18:8-9; 19:28; 24:27, 30, 36, 44; 25:31-46; 26:64; Mark 8:38; 9:43-48; Luke 12:40, 48; 16:19-26; 17:22-37; 21:27-28; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11; 17:31; Rom. 14:10; 1 Cor. 4:5; 15:24-28, 35-58; 2 Cor. 5:10; Phil. 3:20-21; Col. 1:5; 3:4; 1 Thess. 4:14-18; 5:1 ff.; 2 Thess. 1:7 ff.; 2; 1 Tim. 6:14; 2 Tim. 4:1, 8; Titus 2:13; Heb. 9:27-28; James 5:8; 2 Peter 3:7 ff.; 1 John 2:28; 3:2; Jude 14; Rev. 1:18; 3:11; 20 to 22:13

Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit indwells all true believers, sealing them as belonging eternally to Christ. We believe that God the Holy Spirit has united every believer in the body of Christ (also called the church) at the time of conversion. The filling of the Holy Spirit is an ongoing and daily work as we yield ourselves to the Lord. It relates to the Spirit’s control as he empowers and instructs the believer in godly living. The Holy Spirit is also active in the world convicting people of sin, righteousness and judgment.

1 Corinthians 6:19; 12:13; John 14:16,17; 16:8-11,13,14; Galatians 5:16,22-25; Luke 3:16; Ephesians 5:18

Man

We believe that man was originally created (male and female) as a physical and spiritual being in the image of God to have meaningful relationship with Him and to fulfill his purpose. Through Adam’s disobedience to God (eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden,) we have all inherited a sin nature. We live in willful defiance of and opposition to God because of this nature, which is common to every person. Everyone is responsible for their own sin but cannot save themselves. As a result, each individual is destined for eternal punishment and separation from God in Hell. However, every person has also been given a will, which is the ability to choose between good and evil; between serving self and serving God; between everlasting life or separation from God. Every person will be held accountable to God for the choice made, the consequence of which will be endured endlessly.

Genesis 1:26-28; 2:7,8,18-25; Matthew 10:28; Romans 1:18-32; 3:10-12,20,23; 5:12; 6:23; Revelation 20:11-15

Satan

Satan is the archenemy of God and humanity. He was there in the Garden of Eden deceiving Adam and Eve. He is hostile to everything good and seeks to frustrate the plans and purposes of God for His people. Though he possesses great power, he is limited in what he can do. He comes to steal, kill, destroy and to tempt God’s people, but we can resist him and he will flee from us. One day Satan will be thrown into the Lake of Fire where he will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

Genesis 3:1-7; Job 1:6-12, 2:1-6; John 10:10; Ephesians 6:10-20; Revelation 20:10

Salvation (Good News!)

We believe that salvation from eternal punishment and separation from God is secured only through faith in Jesus Christ. It is a gift from God and cannot be obtained through good works. We must repent and believe that Jesus bore our sins on the cross and fully paid the debt of our sin to God’s full satisfaction. By receiving Jesus as our Saviour and Lord, we are saved and cannot lose our salvation. We receive eternal life and nothing can ever separate us from his love. The good news is that this salvation is available to every man, woman and child regardless of who they are or what they have done.

Ephesians 2:8,9; John 1:12; 3:16; 10:28,29; 1 John 2:2; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Romans 6:1-23; 10:13; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 1:13; Acts 2:21; Revelation 22:17

Church

The Church is not a building or man made organization. It is the body of Christ and is composed of all who have personally received God’s gift of eternal life. As such we are to receive our Brothers and Sisters in Christ just as the Lord has received us. Christ is the only Head of the Church, which is made up of all true believers baptized by the Holy Spirit into one Body. Through the Church, God manifests Himself to a lost world and reaches out in saving grace and acts of kindness to save humanity. The Church is a family who corporately worship God; fellowship with one another; disciple new converts; evangelize the lost and serve the Lord. The church celebrates two ordinances: baptism and the Lord’s supper.

Romans 15:7; Acts 2:47; Matthew 16:18; Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 1:22-23; 1 Corinthians 12:13,27

Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

Baptism is an outward sign of an inward reality. Christians are immersed under the water in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. It is a picture of the Christian’s union with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Communion (the Lord’s supper) is a celebration of the death of Jesus for sinners. The wine represents his blood and the bread represents his body and as we partake of this together we proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.

Matthew 28:19; Luke 22:14-20; Romans 6:3,4; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32

Missions and Evangelism

God has called the church on mission with him in this world. He has commissioned the church to go in his authority with the gospel to all nations. Consequently, every believer has the great privilege and responsibility to be a witness for Jesus Christ. This is to be done at all times that by all possible means some might be saved. He has also gifted some to be evangelists, who give themselves fully to proclaiming the gospel.

Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8, 13:1 – 4; Ephesians 4:11; 2 Timothy 4:1 -5; 1 Peter 3:15