The Bible

We believe the Bible to be the verbally inspired word of God, authoritative, without error, infallible and God-breathed, and therefore the only rule of faith and practice.

Matthew 5:18; John 16:12-13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17;
2 Peter 1:19-21.

 

The Godhead

We believe in one triune God, existing in three persons - the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.  Each is eternal in being, identical in essence, equal in power and glory.  Each has the same attributes and perfection. 

Genesis 1:26; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 6:8; 48:16;
Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14. 

 

 The Person and Work of the Father

We believe God the Father, who along with His Son, is the sovereign Creator and authority of the universe.  It is He who authored the divine decrees, who gave His Son for our redemption and His Holy Spirit as a pledge and seal of our salvation, in order to glorify Himself.  He is holy and just in all His ways.  He is loving and just, “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

Deuteronomy 10:14-15; Psalm 139; 145:17; John 3:16; 15:26; John 17:1-6; Ephesians 1:13-14; 1 Peter 1:16; 2 Peter 3:9.

 

The Person and Work of Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is the divine eternal Son of God born of the Virgin Mary.  As true man and true God He lived a sinless life, died a predetermined death for our sins, arose bodily from the grave triumphantly and is now at the right hand of God interceding for those who trust in Him.

Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2, 14; Acts 1:9-10; Romans 3:24-25; 8:34; Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 7:25; 9:24; 1 Peter 1:3-5; 2:24;
1 John 2:1-2; 5:20.

 

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is the divine person of the Godhead who convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment.  He regenerates, baptizes (places into the church), indwells, seals and fills those who are redeemed.  He bestows spiritual gifts upon those who believe and brings them into submission to Christ’s authority.

John 16:7-15; 1 Corinthians 12:4-14; 6:19-20;
Ephesians 1:13-14; 5:18; Titus 3:5-6.
                            

 

Man, Created and Fallen

We believe that man was originally created in the image of God, but that he fell through sin and because of sin lost his relationship with God.  We also believe that this spiritual death (or total depravity of human nature) has been transmitted to the entire human race, the man, Christ Jesus being the exception.  Man is therefore incapable of pleasing God and is, therefore, under just condemnation, bound to hell, the place of eternal punishment. 

Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 3; Romans 3:22-23; 5:8, 12-15; Ephesians 2:1-2, 12; Revelation 20:11-15.

Salvation

We believe that salvation is wholly by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone.  He died in the sinner’s place as their substitute and that no act, by the sinner, contributes to their salvation.   It is for all who believe and receive the substitutionary blood atonement of Jesus Christ who died and rose again in our place in order that we might be declared righteous and adopted into the family of God. 

John 1:12-13; Acts 2:37-38; Romans 4:22-25; 10:9-10;
Galatians 4:5-7; Ephesians 1:7-12; 2:8-10.

 

Eternal Security

We believe that all redeemed, once adopted into God’s family, are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever. 

John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 38-39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; 1 Peter 1:5.

 

Assurance of Salvation

We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word and through the witness and work of the Holy Spirit producing within His children a childlike love, gratitude and obedience.

1 John 3:13-24; 5:13; 2 Peter 1:10-11.

 

Sanctification 

We believe that though each believer is secure in Christ forever and can rejoice in the assurance of their salvation, it is not to be an occasion for sin. Each believer is not only set apart by God for heaven but also His glory on earth. Therefore, the Holy Spirit continues to work in every believer making them holy by convicting them of sin and conforming their character, affections and behavior into the image of Christ so that they persevere in Christ.

Romans 6; 13:13; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 7:1; Galatians 5:13; Ephesians 5:25-27, 32; Philippians 1:6; Titus 2:11-15;
Hebrews 10:35-39.

 

The Believers Warfare

We believe that because of the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit in the believer, it is the believer’s responsibility and obligation to turn away from sin and flee their own “fleshly desires” so as not to carry out the deeds of the flesh.

Romans 6:13; 8:12-13; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:10; 1 Peter 1:14-16; 1 John 1:8; 3:5-9.

 

Ministry and Gifts of the Spirit

We believe that the “ministry of the word” is the “work of service”, thus making it the responsibility of every believer.  We believe that spiritual gifts are divinely bestowed upon every believer to serve in a particular way.   

Acts 6:4; 2 Corinthians 5:18; Ephesians 4:12; Colossians 4:17.

We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts which are necessary for the perfecting of the saints to do the work of the ministry. 

Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 18; Ephesians 4:7-12.

 

The Church

We believe that the Church universal is the invisible body of Christ composed of all born-again believers throughout the world.  The local church is a visible group of believers who meet together regularly for the worship of God, instruction in the Word of God, evangelization of the lost and the observance of the ordinances of the church.

Acts 2:43-47; 1 Corinthians 12:27.

 

Church Ordinances

  1. Believers Baptism – Public profession of faith whereby one, who repents of their sins, identifies themselves with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
    Matthew 28:19; Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6:1-6;
    1 Corinthians 12:12-14.

     

  2. The Lord's Supper – A corporate gathering whereby believers proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. 
    Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:23-28.

 

The Personality of Satan

We believe in the existence of a personal devil, the arch enemy of God and man.  He is the Father of lies, the deceiver and ruler of the world.  He has already been judged and will be eternally punished in the lake of fire. 

Job 1:6-7; Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 4:2-11; John 8:44; 12:31; John 14:30; 16:11; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2; 6:12;
1 John 4:4; 5:19; Revelation 12:9; 20:10.

 

Second Coming of Jesus Christ

We believe in the literal, physical and imminent return of Jesus Christ with His saints, to establish His Kingdom.

Matthew 24:29-31; Revelation 19:11-16.

 

Eternal State

  1. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. 

     

    Daniel 12:2; Matthew 25:46; John 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Revelation 20:5-6, 12-13.

  1. We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss, they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord.

     

    2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 20:4-6.

  1. We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when, with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire to suffer everlasting conscious punishment.

     

    Matthew 25:31-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26;
    2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 1:6-7; Revelation 20:11-15.