Our Faith

The Bible
We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God (Hebrews 1:1-2; 2 Peter 1:19-21), inerrant, infallible, and totally free from error in the original manuscripts. The Word of God is our only authority, and it is absolutely sufficient for all matters of life and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

The Godhead/Trinity
We believe and teach that there is one God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-7), the living and true God, existing eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – each having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections (Genesis 1:26; Matthew 28:18-19; Mark 1:10-11; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Heb 1:3).

God the Father
We believe that God the Father is infinite in power and knowledge, wisdom, love and goodness; perfect in holiness, and demonstrates His character through His gracious plan to redeem man from sin (Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 53:1-10; John 3:16, 14:6-9). The nature of God the Father is completely and perfectly revealed in the Son (Colossians 1:15, 19; Heb 1:3).

God the Son
We believe and teach that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God and continues to be the God-Man forever (John 10:30, 14:9; Colossians 2:9; Philippians 2:5-8). We believe and teach that Jesus is the second person of the Holy Trinity, being of the one and same essence, both co-equal and co-eternal with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. We believe and teach that He was born of the virgin Mary, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit, entered into human flesh in order that He might reveal God, in obedience to the Father by shedding His precious blood to redeem His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21; Philippians 2:5-8). We believe and teach that He Himself, through His substitutionary death on the cross, is the propitiation for our sins, and along with His bodily resurrection from the dead, guarantees redemption and salvation for all those who repent and believe (John 3:16). We also believe and teach that He later ascended into heaven, is exalted at the right hand of God, where He is our High Priest and Advocate. (John 1:1, 14, 18; Luke 1:35; Romans 3:24-26; 4:25; Ephesians 1:7, 20-21; Hebrews 4:14; Colossians 1:17-19; Hebrews 1;3, 3:1, 7:23-25, 9:24, 12:2; I John 2:1-2)

God the Spirit
The Holy Spirit is a divine personal being who regenerates (John 6:63) and indwells (Romans 8:9, 11) every believer and seals the believer as God’s eternal possession (Ephesians 1:13, 4:30). Christ has baptized every believer into one Spirit, and this baptism forms one body of all believers – The Church (1 Corinthians 12:13-14). Every believer is gifted by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:11), and should seek to be continually filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5: 18 -19). We believe and teach that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to the church for the common good of all believers. Since each gift is given according to God’s sovereign will and discretion, the possession of any gift is by grace and does not constitute spiritual maturity. The proper use of the gifts are for the edification of the body; to promote united worship of God in the congregation, to give preeminence and glory to Jesus Christ, and continually to facilitate the growth of each member of the body into maturity in Christ (Isaiah 28:11; John 16:14; Acts 4:8, 31, Romans 8:23, 12:1-21; 1 Cor. 12:11-13, 13:8, 14:21; Ephesians 1:13, 4:7-16). The Holy Spirit glorifies neither Himself nor His gifts by uncontrolled, flamboyant displays, but He does glorify Christ by implementing His work of redeeming the lost and building up believers in the most holy faith (John 16:13,14; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 12:4-11; 2 Cor. 3:18).

Salvation
We believe and teach that salvation is the free gift of God to unworthy sinners based on the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ as presented in the Holy Scriptures. Salvation is granted on the basis of God’s grace alone, not man’s good works, through regeneration by the Holy Spirit, through faith in Christ alone (John 1:12, 3:16-18, 36, 6:35-40; Acts 20:20-21, Romans 3:21-28, 4:1-5, 10:9-13; Ephesians 2:8-9) and repentance from sin (Matthew 3:2, 4:17; Mark 1:15, 6:12; Luke 5:32, 13:1-5, 24:44-47; Acts 2:37-39, 3:17-26, 17:30-31, 20:20-21, 26:17-20; 2 Corinthians 7:10, 12:21; 1 Thessalonians 1:9; Hebrews 6:1). At salvation, the believer immediately passes out of spiritual death into spiritual life, and from the old creation into the new; being justified, accepted before the Father as Christ, His Son, is accepted; loved as Christ is loved, having his place and portion as linked to Him, and one with Him forever. (John 5:24, 17:23; Acts 13:39; Romans 5:1; 1 Corinthians 3:21-23; Ephesians 1:3; Colossians 2:10; 2 Peter 3:18; 1 John 4:17, 5:11-13). Salvation is given by the grace of God’s sovereign will (Matthew 11:27; John 6:44; Ephesians 2:8-9) and is received in belief and faith (Matthew 11:28; John 6:47).

Man
We believe and teach that man was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26, 2:17), but fell from his original state of spiritual life through sin against God, which was transmitted to the entire human race with Christ being the only exception. We also believe and teach that every child of Adam is born into the world with a nature which not only possesses no spark of divine life, but is totally depraved apart from divine grace (Genesis 6:5; Psalm 14:1-3, Psalm 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; John 3:6, Romans 3:10-18, 5:12, 18; Ephesians 2:1-3). Man can only obtain spiritual life and salvation through the Redeemer, Jesus Christ (John 3:16, 14:6).

Satan
Satan is a created, living and angelic being, who has fallen and is now in open rebellion against God. Satan is evil, depraved and the great enemy of God and mankind (Job 1:6-7; Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 4:2-11; John 8:44, 1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:9).

Eternal Destinies
We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the unsaved (Matthew 16:27, 25:31-46); the unsaved to the resurrection of judgment and eternal punishment (Matthew 10:28; Revelation 20:15) and the saved to the resurrection of life and eternal glory (Revelation 21-22).

The Church
Every believer in Jesus Christ, as Saviour and Lord, is a member of the universal Church, which is His body (1 Corinthians 12:12). Having become a member of Christ’s Body, continuance is unconditional and security is assured through God’s keeping power (John 10:28-29; Ephesians 1:13, 4:30). The purpose of the Church is to proclaim the excellencies of Christ (1 Peter 2:9) through the saving message of the Gospel (Romans 1:16; Matthew 28:18-20), and to worship God in awe and reverence according to His holy character (Hebrews 12:28). The saints are equipped for this heavenly mandate through the regular gathering together as a collective body (Ephesians 4:12-13).

We teach that the one supreme authority for the Church is Christ (1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 1:22; Colossians 1:18). The biblically designated officers serving under Christ, and over the assembly, are elders (Acts 20:28; Ephesians 4:11) and deacons, who are recognized by their biblical character, conduct, and qualification (1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-5).

We teach the importance of discipleship (Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Timothy 2:2), mutual accountability of all believers to each other (Matthew 18:5-14), and the need for discipline of sinning members of the assembly in accord with the standards of Scripture (Matthew 18:15-22; Acts 5:1-11; 1 Corinthians 5:1-13; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15; 1 Timothy 1:19-20).

The Return of Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ will personally return to receive His bride, the Church and will subsequently rule in righteousness, establishing His earthly Kingdom and exercising dominion over the whole world (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51-57; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Timothy 6:14-16).