Statement of Faith

WHAT WE BELIEVE:

UNITY OF THE ONE TRUE AND LIVING GOD

We believe in the unity of the one true and living God who is the eternal, self-existent ‘I AM’, who has also revealed himself as one being co-existing in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit, equal in power, but distinct in roles. We believe in the love, grace and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world.

INSPIRED WORD OF GOD

We believe that the Bible is the fully inspired divine Word of God, without error in its original manuscripts and fully accept it as the supreme, infallible, all sufficient authority for faith and life.

FALL OF MAN

We believe that God created all people in his own image – male and female – to be holy, pure and upright and to care for his creation. As a result of sin by choosing to not trust in the provision and promise of God the Father, mankind incurred the penalty of divine judgement which is death physically, spiritually and spending eternity in hell.

LIFE OF JESUS

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s eternal Son was begotten of the Father, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary; fully God and fully man, yet sinless in his earthly ministry.

SALVATION THROUGH FAITH

We believe in the atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross. We believe in the justification of sinners solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ, who, according to the Scriptures, suffered and died for our sins on the cross, was buried, and in doing so, paid the price of sin. We believe he was raised in body on the third day, defeating evil and redeeming us through his blood, so reconciling us with God by creating in us a new life.

NEW BIRTH

This initial experience of coming to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is also known as the new birth, and is an instantaneous and complete operation of the Holy Spirit to empower and sustain the believer to endure and overcome to the end of his or her walk on earth, so to not be condemned by God’s eternal judgement, in order to enjoy eternal glory with God in heaven.

CHRISTIAN LIVING

At the moment of salvation, the believer stands in right relationship with God and is adopted as a member of God’s family. As a result of being saved and justified by faith and grace alone, the new believer’s thoughts and spirit is renewed and starts making choices of faith to overcome sin in obedience to the Lord’s purpose and calling of living a holy life, being guided and strengthened through the Word of God. An example of this, the Scriptures teach that the marriage covenant was ordained by God himself; for it to be a lifelong covenant between one man and one woman for the ultimate purpose of displaying the glory of God in the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his church. The Bible teaches that the expression of human sexuality is limited to such a marital relationship only. Furthermore, the believer living in righteousness has a special love of one another as God’s love is perfected in the believer who increasingly bears the fruit of the Holy Spirit and demonstrates faith and justification through good works.

RESURRECTION OF ALL WHO TRULY BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST

We believe in the bodily resurrection of Christ, the first fruit of our resurrection; in his ascension to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only Saviour of the world.

BAPTISM BY IMMERSION IN WATER

We believe that all who have truly repented and believe in Christ as Lord and Saviour are to be baptised by immersion in water as a normative part of becoming a disciple.

WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe in the ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, brings revelation of God’s Word, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness.

GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe in the operation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the gifts of Christ in the Church today.  We believe in the baptism and anointing of the Holy Spirit as the receiving of extraordinary power to the believer for Christ-exalting ministry and witness, of which the speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance is one of many signs in which the Holy Spirit works in and through a believer.

THE BODY OF CHRIST

We believe in the church, the body of Christ both local and universal to be the bride of Christ, the priesthood of all believers – given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit’s gifts to worship God, to declare his endless praises and bring glory to him and serve him from our hearts by living sacrificial lives as a response to his love and proclaiming the gospel and his love.

THE RETURN OF JESUS AND DAY OF JUDGEMENT

We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to fulfil the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgement, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heaven and earth.