STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe in the unity of the true and living God who is the eternal, self-existent one, who has revealed Himself as one being in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit and who is the Creator and preserver of things visible and invisible – Deuteronomy 6:4; Mark 12:29; Matthew 28:19; Genesis 1:1; Psalm 86:9-10; Isaiah 43:10-11; John 1:1-3.
We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the second person of the triune Godhead, who was and is the eternal Son of God – that He became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary. We believe in His sinless life, miraculous ministry, atoning death, bodily resurrection, glorious ascension and abiding intercession – Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22; Acts 2:22; 10:38; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 9:12; Luke 24:39; 1 Corinthians 15:4; Acts 1:9; Ephesians 4:8-10; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the third person of the triune Godhead, who proceeds from the Father and the Son and is ever-present and active in the work of convicting and regenerating the sinner and sanctifying and guiding the believer into all truth – John 14:26; John 16:8-11; 1 Peter 1:2; Romans 8:14.
We believe in the inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, namely the Old and New Testaments in their original writings. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is infallible, revealing the will of God concerning us all in all things necessary to our salvation and is absolutely supreme and sufficient in authority in all matters of faith and conduct. The Bible does not simply contain the Word of God, but is, in reality, the complete revelation and very Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that whatever is not contained therein is not to be enjoined as an article of faith – Matthew 5:17,18; 24:35; John 5:39; 2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:19-21.
We believe that God’s answer to man’s sinful state is in the death of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ upon the cross, whose sufferings and shed blood have made full atonement for the sins of the whole world, that there is no other ground for salvation – 2 Corinthians 5:18-21; Galatians 1:4; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14; Hebrews 9:25, 26; 1 Peter 1:19, 20.
We believe salvation is by grace and is received through repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. This experience is also known as the new birth and is an instantaneous and complete operation of the Holy Spirit whereupon the believing sinner is regenerated, justified and adopted into the family of God and becomes a new creation in Christ Jesus and heir of eternal life – Titus 2:11, 3:5-7; 1 Peter 1:23; 1 John 5:1.
The Church consists of all who put their faith in Jesus Christ. He gave His church the ordinances of baptism and communion. The Church exists to carry on the ministry of Jesus Christ and further advance His kingdom by undoing the works of the enemy, preaching and living the good news of God's love, and discipling the nations–baptizing and teaching them to love and obey God.
We believe that Baptism, by single immersion, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, is enjoined upon all who have repented and have believed in Christ as Saviour and Lord and that it is symbolic of our identification with Christ in his death, burial and resurrection – Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 10:47-48; 2:38-39; Romans 6:4-5; Colossians 2:12; Mark 16:16.
Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil and of dedication unto God. We believe it is the glorious provision for every believer in Christ to be made pure in heart and wholly sanctified through the operation of the Holy Spirit, by the blood of Jesus and the Word of God – John 17:15-19; Acts 15:8-9; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4; Hebrews 2:11; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; Hebrews 10:16-19; Romans 12:1-2.
We believe that the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is the bestowing of the believer with power to be an effective witness for Christ. This experience is distinct from, and subsequent to, the new birth; is received by faith.
Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4,5,8; 2:1-4; 8:15-19; 11:14-17; 19:1-7.
In accordance with the teachings of the Scriptures, we trust our heavenly Father to protect and heal our bodies from sickness and disease. We believe that divine healing for the body, as with all redemptive blessings of God, has been provided for us by the atoning death and victorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ; it is the privilege of all believers and it is appropriated by faith in our heavenly Father’s unfailing promises – Exodus 15:26; Isaiah 53:4; Matthew 8:16,17; 1 Peter 2:24; Psalms 103:3; James 5:14-15; Mark 16:17-18.
We believe in the personal return of our Lord Jesus Christ to gather his people unto himself. Having this glorious hope and earnest expectation, we purify ourselves, even as He is pure, so that we may be ready to meet Him when He comes –John 14:1-3; James 5:7-8; Titus 2:13; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; 2 Thessalonians 2:1; 1 John 2:28; 3:2, 3.
We believe in the everlasting punishment of the wicked (in the sense of eternal torment) for satan, demons and those who wilfully reject and despise the love of God manifested in the great sacrifice of his only Son upon the cross for their salvation – Matthew 25:46; 13:49-50; Luke 12:47-48; 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:11-15.