OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH
The Scripture: The sole basis of our belief is the Bible, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. It was uniquely, verbally and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit and was written without error in the original manuscripts. It is the supreme and final authority in faith and life in every age.
God: There is but one God, infinite in power, justice, goodness and love, the Creator of the Universe, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - each of whom possesses all the attributes of Deity and the characteristics of personality.
Man: God created man in His own image and man, as he was originally created was innocent before God. But man chose to sin by disobeying God, and therefore was alienated from his Creator and came under divine condemnation. Thus all human beings are born with a corrupted nature and without spiritual life, and are totally incapable of pleasing God in and of themselves.
Jesus Christ: Jesus Christ our Lord is the Son of God who has eternally existed with God the Father, is truly God and one with the Father. God the Father relates to all creation through him, and through him everything was created. The Son of God came into the world by being conceived in the womb of the virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit. He took our common human nature from Mary and joined it to his deity. He is truly and fully God and man in one person. He lived a genuine sinless human life on earth and carried out God's will perfectly. In Jesus Christ, God is fully revealed. Jesus Christ, out of love for sinful men and women, came into the world to reconcile sinners to Himself. Jesus Christ lived a sinless life and voluntarily suffered and died as our substitute to pay for our sins, thus satisfying God’s justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone. He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died. He bodily ascended into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God the Father, where He, the only mediator between God and man, makes intercession for His own. He will return to earth personally, visibly and bodily - to judge all people and establish His Kingdom.
The Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit has come into the world to reveal and glorify Christ, to convict men and women of their sins, and to impart new life to all who place their faith in Christ. He indwells believers from the moment of spiritual birth, seals them until the day of redemption and empowers them to live a life pleasing to God.
Salvation: Men and women are freed from the penalty for their sins and not as a result, in whole or in part, of their own works, goodness or religious ceremony, but by the unmerited favour of God alone. God declares righteous all who have repented of their sins and put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation.
Baptism and Lord’s Supper: Jesus Christ has instructed those who believe in Him to be baptized in water as a symbol of their new birth in Christ. Baptism should be by immersion and is only for those who have personally accepted Christ. The Lord also instituted the Lord’s Supper as a remembrance of His suffering, death and resurrection. Neither baptism nor the Lord’s Supper has any merit in helping a person obtain eternal life.
The Church: All true believers make up the church worldwide and should assemble together in local churches - for worship, prayer, fellowship and teaching - become conformed to the image of Christ and to become equipped to carry out the “Great Commission” that Christ gave His followers in Matthew 28:19-20.
The Resurrection of the Dead: At physical death, the believer enters immediately into eternal, conscious fellowship with the Lord and awaits the resurrection of his or her body to everlasting glory and blessing. At physical death, the unbeliever enters immediately into eternal, conscious separation from the Lord and awaits the resurrection of his or her body to everlasting suffering.
Faith and Practice: Scripture is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. This church recognizes that it cannot bind the conscience of individual members in areas where scripture is silent. Rather, each believer is to be led in those areas by the Lord, to whom he or she alone is ultimately responsible.