What We Believe
The Bible is God’s Word. It is accurate, authoritative and applicable to our everyday lives. God has revealed Himself in the Bible, which consists of the Old and New Testaments alone. Every word was inspired by God through human authors, so that the Bible as originally given is in its entirety the Word of God, without error and fully reliable in fact and doctrine. The Bible alone speaks with final authority and is always sufficient for all matters of belief and practice.
(II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26)
God has existed in relationship with Himself for all eternity. He exists as one spirit in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Although each person of the Trinity is distinctly different, they each possess equal power and authority.
(I John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11).
God is all powerful, all knowing, ever present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, Holy. It is in Him that we live, move and exist. God is good. He is our Father. He is loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises.
(Exodus 3:14; Numbers 23:19; Leviticus 11:44-45; 19:2; Psalm 11:4-6; Malachi 3:6; John 3:16; 4:24; 5:26; 14:1; Acts 17:28; Romans 3:3-4)
Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. Jesus Christ was conceived by God the Father, through the Holy Spirit in the virgin Mary's womb; therefore, He is the Son of God. He offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
(John 1:1,14, 20:28; I Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; I Timothy 2:5; Matthew 1:18, 25; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:27-35; I John 1:7; Revelation 1:5, 5:9; Colossians 1:20; Romans 3:10-12, 23 - 25, 5:9; John 1:29)
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to convict us of sin and of Judgement, of our need to accept Jesus Christ as Saviour. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under his control daily.
(2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:1)
Men and women have been created in the image and likeness of God, and have inherent and equal dignity and worth. Our greatest purpose is to love, worship and obey God.
(Genesis 1:27; Matthew 22:37; John 4:24; John 14:15)
Men and women were created good and upright, but through disobeying God’s Word they sinned and became separated from God. Consequently following our own sinful ways leads to death and an eternity separated from God; our only hope of salvation is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in Him alone are we able to spend eternity in fellowship with God.
(Gen. 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21)
Our spiritual relationship with God is dependent on the work of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in our life.
(John 6:44, 65; Titus 3:5 - 7)
JESUS IN THE BELIEVER
Believers are people who have prayed to ask Jesus to come into their hearts, making Him Lord of their lives. They put their trust in what Jesus accomplished for them when He died, was buried, and rose again from the dead.
(John 1:12; John 14:17, 23; John 15:4; Romans 8:11; Revelation 3:20).
Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works – only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
(Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-13; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22,26,27,28).
Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ, which allows us to receive His salvation. Through repentance we receive forgiveness of sins and enter a relationship with Jesus.
(Acts 2:38-39, 3:19; I John 1:9).
Sanctification is the ongoing process of submitting to and obeying God’s Word and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ's character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life.
(I Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; II Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18, Romans 8:29, 12:1-2, Hebrews 2:11).
BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
Given at Pentecost, it is the promise of the Father, sent by Jesus after His Ascension, to empower the Church to preach the Gospel throughout the whole earth.
(Joel 2:28-29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5,2:1-4, 17, 38-39, 8:14-17, 10:38, 44-48, 11:15-17, 19:1-6).
THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the Church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection, and confirm the power of the Gospel. The Bible’s lists of these gifts are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of Biblical parameters.
(Hebrews 2:4; Romans 1:11, 12 :4-8; Ephesians 4:15-16; I Timothy 4:14; II Timothy 1:6-7; I Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; I Peter 4:10).
Baptism by immersion symbolises the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and is your public declaration that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour. Baptism does not save you, but shows the world that you have already been saved. And while baptism is not required for salvation, it is a Biblical command and demonstrates your love and obedience to Christ.
(Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48).
Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is an ordinance given to all believers by Jesus Christ to remember His sacrifice for us and to symbolise the New Covenant. The elements of bread and wine or juice are symbols of Christ’s broken body and shed blood. Communion is not a means of salvation. Rather, it is a testament of a believer’s faith in the atoning work of the cross.
(Matthew 26:26-29; I Corinthians 10:16-17, 11:23-29).
The Church is both a local and global body of baptised believers unified through faith in Christ. It is committed to the teachings of Christ and obeying all of His commands, and it seeks to bring the Gospel to the world. The Church works together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.
(Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; 4:11-13 Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23).
Marriage is defined in the Bible as a covenant, a sacred bond between one man and one woman, instituted by and publicly entered into before God.
Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.
(John 3:16; 1 John 2:25; 1 John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 25:31-46, Matthew 5:3, 12, 20, 6:20, 19:21; John 17:24; II Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 11:16; I Peter 1:4, Mark 9:43-48; Hebrews 9:27 - 28; Revelation 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8)
Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian.
(John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1:3-5)
Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His Kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures.
(Matthew 24:30 - 31, 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; I Thessalonians 4:15-17; II Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 1:7 - 8)