Statement of Faith

 

 

  1.  God
    We believe in the true and living God, creator of all things, who is holy, sovereign, eternal, existing in three persons, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. All three Persons have the same nature, attributes and perfections, but each exists separately, yet are one. (Genesis 1:1)

     
  2. God the Father
    We believe in God the Father – the first person of the Trinity, who brought all things into existence by His will. He is the sustainer, provider, designer and initiator of the plan of Salvation. He gave His one and only Son to be the Saviour of mankind. (Genesis 1; John 3:16)

     
  3. God the Son
    We believe in God the Son Jesus Christ – the second person of the Trinity; and His absolute and essential deity, the active agent in creation, who is eternal in His existence with the Father in His pre-incarnate glory, in His virgin Birth, sinless life, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, triumphant ascension, mediatorial ministry, and personal return. He is the one and only Saviour of sinful mankind. (John 1:1-18)

     
  4. God the Holy Spirit
    We believe in God the Holy Spirit – the third person of the Trinity; and the essential deity of the Holy Spirit, who glorifies the Father and the Son, convicts people of sin, brings spiritual life to believing sinners, indwells, guides, instructs, gives spiritual gifts and empowers the believers for holy living and service. (John 14:15-17; Romans 8:26,27; Acts 1:8)
     
  5. The Bible
    We believe the Bible is the complete Word of God, – that the entire 66 books as originally written, comprising the Old and New Testaments were inspired by the Holy Spirit, and were entirely free from error, and that the Bible is the final and only authority in all matters of Christian faith and Christian life. (II Timothy 3:16, 17)

     
  6. Satan
    We believe Satan exists as a fallen angel, the archenemy of God and man, described by Jesus as the Prince of the world. Satan along with the other fallen angels will be active in this world until their final judgement at the Great White Throne.

     
  7. Man
    We believe that man was created in the image of God for fellowship with God, but that his choice to disobey God marred that image, alienated him from God, left him dead in sin, and under God’s wrath.

     
  8. Salvation
    We believe that God, by His mercy and grace restores to Himself all those who through faith turn from their sin and trust the resurrected Christ who died on the cross for their salvation. Only those who receive Jesus as their Lord and Saviour are spiritually born anew by the Holy Spirit and thus become Children of God. True believers are kept by the power of God so that none are lost. This secure position in Christ does not entitle one to sin with impunity.

     
  9. Sanctification
    We believe that members of the body of Christ are set apart and declared faultless as to their standing before God forever by the one offering of Christ on the cross and are one with Him.

    As to their spiritual state they are being sanctified (set apart/being made Holy) with the constant washing by the Word; by the blood of Christ, and by the inner working presence and power of the Holy Spirit. The believer can experience victory over the power of sin and enablement to live a life of holiness resulting in the fruit of the Spirit.

     
  10. Marriage
    We believe, as a matter of doctrine and religious practice, that the term “marriage” is reserved for the covenant relationship between one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others, as ordained by God.

     
  11. The Church
    We believe that Jesus Christ is the Head of the church which is His body. All persons who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been made spiritually alive by the power of the Holy Spirit, are united together in His body. All faithful believers covenant to unite themselves with a local church for worship, teaching, fellowship, service, mission, and the observance of the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Table.

     
  12. Ordinances
    We believe that there are only two ordinances for the church to regularly observe.

    a. Baptism is the immersion of believers in water, whereby they obey Christ’s command and are setting forth their identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection

    b. Communion, or the Lord’s supper, is the memorial feast whereby believers partake of the elements of bread and wine, which symbolize the Lord’s body given and His blood shed, proclaiming His death until He come.

     
  13. Things to Come
    We believe that when a person dies the physical body returns to dust while the soul, which is immortal, continues in a conscious state.

    We believe that the souls of those who die as believers will abide with the Lord until He returns for His church, at which time the glorified bodies of the dead in Christ will be resurrected and, together with the believers who are alive, will meet the Lord in the air. Later, Christ will return to earth with His Saints, and establish His Kingdom of righteousness and peace.

    We believe the souls of those who die as non-believers will abide in a conscious state in Sheol (the place of the dead apart from the presence of Christ) until the last day when they will be resurrected to be judged and cast into the lake of fire. (Luke 16:19, John 14, 1 Thess. 4, Rev. 20)

 

 

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