Statement of Faith

The Bible

We believe the Bible to be the completed Word of God; that the sixty-six books as originally written, comprising the Old and New Testaments, were inspired by the Spirit of God and were entirely free from error. We believe that the Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice and we seek to submit our minds to its truth and our lives to its commands.

2 Timothy 3: 16-17; Matthew 5: 18; 2 Peter 1: 21

The Trinity

We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons that these are equal in their divine characteristics, and that they execute distinct but united roles in the work of creations, providence and redemption.

1 Corinthians 12: 4-6

God The Father

We believe in God, the Father, an infinite personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of mankind, that He hears and answers prayer, that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.

Genesis 1: 1-2; John 1:1; Deuteronomy 6: 4; Matthew 3: 13-17 and 28: 19; Philippians 2:5

Jesus Christ

We believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord, Saviour and Redeemer, who is the only son of God. He is fully God and fully Man. He was born of the Virgin Mary and He lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father. We believe that He bore in His own sinless body, the punishment we deserve. His death for us on the cross and His bodily resurrection from the dead have made reconciliation between God and man possible.   By His death He has revealed divine love, upheld divine justice and removed our guilt.

Luke 1: 31-32; John 1: 1-3, 3: 16 and 14: 6; Hebrews 4: 15

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is God; one with Father and the Son and an equal within the Trinity. We desire the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, leading us to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. We rely upon the presence, fullness and comfort of the Holy Spirit to guide us in our understanding of the Word of God and in the application of its truth for our lives. We acknowledge that it is the Holy Spirit who convicts us in matters of sin and righteousness, produces within us the fruit of the Spirit and empowers us with His gifts for service and ministry.

Matthew 3: 13 -17; John 3: 5-6 and 16: 7-14; 1 Corinthians 2: 9-13; Galatians 5: 16, 22-23

Sin

We believe the human race was created in the image of God, to rule the earth and enjoy fellowship with Him. We believe that all people are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sin and are born again are given a new nature by the Holy Spirit. We believe that the forgiveness of sins is available to all those who seek it through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Genesis 1: 27; Romans 3: 23-24 and 5: 12-19; 2 Cor 5: 17; John 3 Luke 17:4

Satan

We believe in the personality of Satan and evil spirits. Though created by God for His pleasure, they rebelled against God and thus become the ultimate source of all evil. As such, they are instrumental in keeping mankind from trusting Christ for salvation. They also seek to lead God’s people into sin.   As the enemies of God they shall suffer eternal punishment by the hand of God.

John 8: 44; 1 Peter 5:8; 1 John 3: 8 and 4: 4;   Hebrews 2: 14

Future Things

We believe in the personal and bodily return of the Lord Jesus Christ who will judge both the living and the resurrected dead. The righteous will inherit eternal life and the unrighteous will receive eternal punishment. The future will bring the complete fulfillment of God’s promise and the ultimate realization of Christ’s majestic, glorious kingdom of peace and righteousness. The culmination of history is eternal life with God [the Father, Jesus His Son, and the Holy Spirit] in the new heavens and new earth.

Daniel 12: 2;   John 5: 28-29; Revelation 20 – 22

Local Church Membership

We believe that the membership of the local church should be comprised of committed believers called out from the world, separated unto the Lord Jesus, voluntarily associated for the ministry of the Word, the mutual encouragement of its members, the advancement of the gospel and the practice of the celebration observances. We believe it is a sovereign, independent body, exercising its own divinely granted gifts, precepts and privileges under the Lordship of Christ, the great Head of the church.

Matthew 16: 17-19; 1 Corinthians 12: 12-27

Celebration Observances

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two celebration observances to the local church, baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that baptism is the immersion of the believer in water, in obedience to Christ’s command and to identify with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the memorial wherein the believer partakes of the two elements, bread and fruit of the vine, which symbolize the Lord’s body and shed blood, proclaiming His death until He comes.

Matthew 28: 18-20; Acts 2: 38-42 and 8: 36-40; Luke 22: 14 – 20; 1 Corinthians 11: 23-34

Discipleship

We believe and commit ourselves to the path of discipleship taught and exemplified through the life and ministry of our Lord. In doing so, we commit ourselves to helping proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to all people, to seeking first His kingdom and His righteousness and, as Jesus Christ leads, to a path of services to all who are in need.