Our Statement of Faith
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The Bible – We believe the Bible (Old and New Testaments) is the inspired Word of God, and that none may add thereto or take away therefrom, except at their peril. It is the complete and final authority for faith and practice (Matthew 5:18; 2 Timothy 3:16-17) The Holy Spirit was the divine author of Scripture (2 Peter 1:21). While still using the individual personalities of the human authors, the Spirit superintended them to insure that they wrote precisely what He wanted written, without error or omission, everything is written there by design.
The Trinity – We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit and these three are one God, (Deuteronomy 6:4; Colossians 1:16) yet one in being, essence, power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections (John 10:30). God is our creator (Genesis 1:1), is eternal (Psalm 90:2), infinite (1 Timothy 1:17), sovereign (Psalm 93:1) and unsearchable (Romans 11:33-34). God is omniscient (Psalm 139:1-6), omnipresent (Psalm 139:7-13), omnipotent (Revelation 19:6, and unchanging (Malachi 3:6). God is holy (Isaiah 6:3), just (Deuteronomy 32:4), and righteous (Exodus 9:27). God is love (1 John 4:8), gracious (Ephesians 2:8), merciful (1 Peter 1:3), and good (Romans 8:28).
Jesus Christ – We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is fully God, the expressed image of the Father, who, without ceasing to be God, became man in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man (Matthew 1:21; John 1:18; Colossians 1:15). We believe that God the Word became incarnate in the person of Jesus Christ; that He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and was born of the virgin Mary; that He is truly God and truly man; that He lived a perfect, sinless life; that all His teachings are true (Isaiah 14; Matthew 1:23). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for all mankind (1 John 2:2) as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice (Isaiah 53:5-6). We hold that His death is efficacious for all who believe (John 1:12; Acts 16:31); that our justification is grounded in the shedding of His blood (Romans 5:9; Ephesians 1:17); and that it is attested by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:6; 1 Peter 1:3). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven in His glorified body (Acts 1:9-10) and is now seated at the right hand of God as our High Priest and Advocate (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25).
The Holy Spirit – We believe in the deity and personality of the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4). We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8-11). He regenerates sinners (Titus 3:5) and indwells believers (Romans 8:9). He is the agent by whom Christ baptizes all believers into His body (1 Corinthians 12:12-14). He is the seal by whom the Father seals believers unto the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:13-14). He is the Divine Teacher who illumines believers’ hearts and minds as they study the Word of God (1 Corinthians 2:9-12). We believe that the Holy Spirit is ultimately sovereign in the distribution of spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:11). We believe that speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles follow those that believe. (Mark 16:17-18)
Angels and Demons – We believe in the reality and personality of angels. We believe that God created an innumerable company of these sinless, spiritual beings who were to be His servants and messengers (Nehemiah 9:6; Psalm 148:2; Hebrews 1:14).We believe in the existence and personality of Satan and demons. Satan is a fallen angel who led a great company of angels into rebellion against God (Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:12-15). He is the great enemy of God and man, and the demons are his agents in his unholy purposes. He and his demons shall be eternally punished in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10).
Man – We believe that man came into being by direct creation of God and that man is made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27). We believe that the human race sinned in Adam (Romans 5:12), that sin is universal in man (Romans 3:23), and that it is exceedingly offensive to God. We believe that all mankind, because of Adam’s fall, has inherited a sinful nature. Humanity is utterly unable to remedy its lost estate (Eph 2:1-5,12). We believe that all men are guilty and in a lost condition apart from Christ (Romans 2:1).
Salvation – We believe that salvation is a gift of God’s grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross (Ephesians 2:8-9). Christ shed His blood to accomplish justification through faith, propitiation to God, redemption from sin, and reconciliation of man. Christ died for us (Romans 5:8-9) and bore our sins in His own body (1 Peter 2:24). We believe that all those who have truly placed their faith in Christ are eternally secure in their salvation, kept by God’s power, secure and sealed in Christ forever (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 38-39; Ephesians 1:13-14; 1 Peter 1:5; Jude 24).
The Church – We believe that the Church consists of all persons who have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and made new creations in Christ Jesus. We believe that the Church, which is the Body and Bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again believers of the present age (1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25-27). We believe that the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Lord and Saviour, and that separation from sinful pleasures, practices is instructed by God (Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; 1 John 2:15-17).
The Saviour – We believe that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and that through the death and risen power of Christ, all who believe and confess Jesus as Lord can be saved from the penalty and power of sin.
The Healer – We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ is the Healer, and that healing is provided for in the atonement.
The Baptiser – We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ is the Baptiser in the Holy Spirit, and that this Baptism with signs following is promised to every believer.
The Coming King – We believe in the personal return of our Lord Jesus Christ to receive unto Himself all born again believers.
The Great Commission – We believe in the Great Commission as the primary mission of the Church. It is the obligation of believers to witness, by word, demonstration of power and life, to the truths of God’s Word. The gospel of the grace of God is to be preached to all the world (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:19-20). New believers are to be discipled and taught to obey the Lord and to testify concerning their faith in Christ as Saviour and to honour Him by faithful living.
The Fruit – We believe that everyone who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour should produce the nine-fold fruit of His spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
The Gifts – We believe that the Church should claim and manifest the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:8-10).
The Ministry – We believe that God has given some Apostles, some Prophets, some Evangelists, some Pastors and some teachers, for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, and for the edification of the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-12).
The Future State – We believe in the resurrection of the dead, the eternal happiness of all true believers in Christ, and the eternal punishment of all Christ rejecters.
The Ordinances – We believe in the following ordinances:
1. Partaking of the Lord’s Supper in memory if our Lord’s death and imminent return.
2. Baptism by immersion for believers.
3. The laying on of hands.
4. The anointing of the sick with oil.