What We Believe

Statement Of Faith

l. WE BELIEVE in the plenary and verbal inspiration of the Old and New Testament scriptures and that they are the supreme and final authority in faith, doctrine, and life. (Psalm ll9:l60; Proverbs 30:5; Matthew 5:l7,l8; II Timothy 3:l6,l7)

2. WE BELIEVE in the one true God: who is an intelligent, sovereign spiritual and personal being; perfect, infinite, and eternal in His being, holiness and love, wisdom and power; absolutely separate from and above the world as its creator, yet everywhere present in the world as the upholder of all things. He is revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, three distinct persons but without division of nature, essence or being, and each having a distinct ministry in God's relation to His creation and people. (Genesis 1:1,2; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 83:18; John 10:30; 15:26; Ephesians 4:6; Philippians 2:5-11)

3. WE BELIEVE in the Lord Jesus Christ who is the second person of the triune God, the eternal Word and only begotten Son; that without any change in His divine person He became man by miracle of the virgin birth thus to continue forever as both true God and true man, one person with two natures; that as man He was tempted in all points as we are, yet without sin; that as the perfect Lamb of God He gave Himself in death upon the cross, bearing there the sin of the world, and suffering the full penalty of divine wrath in our stead; that He arose from the grave in a glorified body; that as our great high priest He ascended into Heaven there to appear at the right hand of God as our advocate and intercessor. (Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:1,14; 3:16; l Corithians 15:3-6; Galatians 4:4-5; Philippians 2:5-10; Hebrews 4:14-16; 1 John 2:1,2; 1 Timothy 2:5)

4. WE BELIEVE in the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the triune God, that He can be resisted, tempted, grieved and quenched. His work is to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. When He is received, following conviction of sin and genuine repentance toward God, He indwells the believer and at that time baptizes him into the body of Christ. This is the only baptism of the Holy Spirit. The indwelling of the believer is regeneration or the "new birth". He leads and guides the believer into all truth thus producing the fruit of the Spirit in the believer's life. He anoints for service and empowers for life. He gives a gift or gifts to each and every child of God for his place of ministry in the body of Christ, the true church. (Acts 7:51; 5:9; 6:5,8; Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; John:16:5-11; 14:16,26; 3:5; Galatians 5:22-23; Luke 4:18; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11,13)

5. WE BELIEVE in the existence of Satan, who originally was created a holy and perfect being, but through pride and wicked ambition rebelled against God thus becoming utterly depraved in character, the great adversary of God and His people, leader of all other demons, the deceiver and god of this present world; that his powers are vast, but strictly limited by the permissive will of God who over-rules all his wicked devices for good; that he was defeated and judged at the cross, and therefore his final doom is certain; that we are able to resist and overcome him only in the armour of God by the blood of the Lamb and through the power of the Holy Spirit. (Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:11-19; Ephesians 6:12; 1 Peter 5:8; 1 John 3:8; Revelation 12:9-11; 20:10

6. WE BELIEVE that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death. All human beings are born with a sinful nature and are incapable of pleasing God. Only through repentance from sin and acceptance by faith of Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour can regeneration by the Holy Spirit and life that is pleasing to God be received. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 51:5; Romans 3:10-12,23; 5:12; 8:8; 10:9-13; John 1:12; 3:5-7)

7. WE BELIEVE that spiritual growth and maturity in the Christian life, should be the only goal of every believer. This can only be achieved through the work of the Holy Spirit in the personal and collective study of the bible and prayer on a regular and consistent basis. Every believer has received a gift or gifts from the Holy Spirit and has both the right and responsibility to exercise these gifts under the direction of the Holy Spirit and in fellowship with the Christian church for the work of the ministry for the building up of the body of Christ. We believe in the priesthood of all believers; that they have direct access into God's presence without the need of a human priest or intermediary (1 Peter 2:1-3,5; John 14:26; 11 Timothy 2:15; Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; Romans 12:6-8; 1 Timothy 2:5)

8. WE BELIEVE that sanctification, is that work of Spirit of God within the believer which sets him apart for God. This setting apart takes place at that time when the sinner is regenerated by the Spirit of God. Sanctification is also the work of God in the believer through the Word which changes him into the image of Christ progressively. Sanctification is that work of God which perfects the believer into the likeness of Christ. (1 Peter 1:1-2; John 17:17; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8; Romans 8:5-11; Galatians 5:16-26)

9. WE BELIEVE that when a sinner is convicted of sin, has genuine repentance toward God, and is regenerated by the Spirit of God, he is placed in Christ for time and eternity. This should not be construed as a licence to sin. Christ, and Christ alone saves. When He imparts eternal life it is "eternal life" - everlasting life based only upon His finished work on the cross. Should our walk play any part in our "staying saved", then salvation becomes Christ plus our walk and we would have whereof to boast when we reach heaven. "God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ." (John 3:16; 10:28-29; Romans 6:1-2; 1 John 3:9; Galatians 6:14)

10. WE BELIEVE in the resurrection of the believer, to eternal life and in the resurrection of the unbeliever to everlasting punishment; that the spirits of the saved at death go immediately to be with Christ in heaven, whence they await the resurrection of their bodies when Christ comes for His own. We believe that their works shall be brought before the judgment seat of Christ for the determination of rewards. We believe that the spirits of the unsaved at death descend immediately into Hades where they are kept under punishment until the final day of judgment, at which time their bodies shall be raised from the grave, that they shall be judged at the great white throne and cast into Hell, the place of final and everlasting punishment. (Romans 6:23; 11 Corinthians 5:10; Luke 16:19-24; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8; John 10:28-29)

11. WE BELIEVE in the second coming of Christ, that His coming in the air to rapture His church, which is our blessed Hope, is always imminent; that when He has first, by resurrection of the dead and translation of the living, removed from the earth His waiting Church, He will then pour out the righteous judgments of God upon the unbelieving world and afterwards descend with His church and establish His glorious and literal kingdom over all nations for a thousand years. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:4-6)

12. WE BELIEVE in the following ordinances of the church. We believe in the regular observance of the Lord's Supper according to the example the Lord Jesus Christ gave us. It is a memorial of His death. We believe in baptism by immersion for all believers as a necessary step of obedience to God's Word and a witness of the commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:23-31; Matthew 28:19; Acts 8:38)

13. WE BELIEVE that all believers are members of the body of Christ, the universal church, and are in submission to Jesus Christ, the head. As such, scripture commands us to preserve an attitude of love and peace towards one another and to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the body of Christ. (Ephesians 1:22,23; 4:1-3)