What We Believe

Christian Doctrine

Inspiration of Scripture

We believe in the verbal inspiration and infallibility of Holy Scripture as originally given. We hold the Bible to be the Word of God, authoritative in its pronouncements and sufficient for our guidance in all matters of faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21; 3:2).

God

We believe that God is one God, revealed in Scripture as in Mark 12:29. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are an essential unity, one in essence, attributes, glory and majesty, eternal in all their ways (Matthew 28:19; Mark 12:29; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Isaiah 42:8; 46:9-10).

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ was God manifest in the flesh, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, thus being perfect God and perfect man (Colossians 1:15-20; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18, 25; Luke 1:35).

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the deity of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter sent down to earth at Pentecost. Being omnipresent, He is present in all places at all times with the Father and the Son. It is by the Holy Spirit that every believer is baptised into the one body of which Christ is the head. Every Christian is indwelt by the Holy Spirit and is made by Him a member of the Church universal (John 14:16-18, 26; 15:26; 1 Corinthians 12:7, 11-13; Romans 12:5; Galatians 3:26-27; Ephesians 1:13-14).

The Death of Christ

We believe that the death of Christ upon the cross was substitutionary in character, a propitiatory sacrifice by which reconciliation is effected between God and man (Romans 3:21-25; 2 Corinthians 5:18-19, 21; Titus 2:14; 1 Peter 2:24; 3:18; 1 John 3:5).

The Resurrection of Christ

We believe that our Lord Jesus literally and physically rose from the dead, that He was seen by His disciples over a period of 40 days, and that he ascended in His glorified body to the right hand of God (Mark 16:19; Acts 1:3, 9; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, 12, 20, 23).

One Mediator

We believe that there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. He is the only way to the Father, the only name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved (1 Timothy 2:5-6; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Hebrews 8:6; 9:15, 24; 12:24; 1 John 2:1).

The Sinfulness of Man

We believe that through the fall of the first man, Adam, sin entered into the world, and death by sin (Romans 3:23). As sin came by the disobedience of one (Adam), so by the obedience of one (Christ), many shall be made righteous. This is the work of the Holy Spirit in the heart of the believer. The Holy Spirit reveals what Christ has accomplished for us through the Gospel (Romans 5:12,15-19; Ephesians 2:1-5; 1 Peter 1:23).

The Salvation of Man

We believe that salvation is entirely by grace through faith in Christ Jesus, not of works, lest any man should glory (Luke 19:10; John 3:16-17; Romans 3:27-28; 1 Corinthians 1:26-31; Ephesians 2:4-9; 1 Timothy 1:15; Hebrews 7:25; 1 Peter 2:24).

The Return of Christ

We believe that Jesus will return in person to take His people to be with Himself, to set up His Kingdom in power and glory, and to judge all of mankind (Matthew 25:31-33; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Hebrews 9:28).

The Resurrection of the Just and Unjust

We believe that there will be a resurrection of the dead, of both the just and unjust, and that the former will enjoy eternal life and the latter eternal punishment (Revelation 20:1, 6, 11, 14; Matthew 25:31-46; John 5:28-29; 1 Corinthians 15:50-57).

The Devil

We believe that Satan is a created spiritual being, a fallen angel (Genesis 3:14-15; Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:12, 17), that old serpent called the Devil and Satan (Revelation 12:9). Satan, the god of this world, has blinded many eyes (2 Corinthians 4:4), for he is a liar and there is no truth in him (John 8:44). There is a place prepared for the Devil and his angels and those who do not know God through Jesus Christ (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10).

Christian Practice

Christian Ordinances

We believe that there are two Christian ordinances instituted in the New Testament: baptism and the Lord's Supper. In regard to baptism, we believe that on confession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, every Christian should be baptised. The mode of baptism in the early church was by immersion (Acts 8:38-39; 10:47-48; 16:30-34). The symbolism requires this as it sets forth the truth that we are buried with Christ and raised with Him to walk in the newness of life (Romans 6:3-10; Colossians 2:12). As to the Lord's Supper, we believe that it is the privilege of all believers to come together on the first day of the week to break bread in remembrance of the Lord, and to show His death till he come (Acts 2:42; 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32).

The Local Church

We believe that all Christians in any given locality constitute the church of God in that place. Those who accept New Testament principles as to the church may meet together, recognising the Lordship of Christ (1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:15-16; 5:23-24; Colossians 1:18-19) and the leading of the Spirit (Romans 8.5; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18; Galatians 5:13, 25), to express those principles in worship, in ministry, and in service (1 Corinthians 12:12-13, 27).

We believe that every Christian should fulfil his responsibilities to his fellow believers. We are exhorted not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together (Hebrews 10:25). This involves our attendance at the various meetings of the church and our loyal support of its activities. True fellowship is manifested by regular and liberal giving (1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 8:1-15; 9:6-8), and by the sustained interest in evangelism at home and abroad (Acts 13:1-3, 49; 14:26-28).

Our presence at the Lord's Supper acknowledges, but does not discharge, our duty to the assembly of which we are associated. This is accomplished by uniting in prayer, the fellowship of the saints, the study of God's Word, and the sounding forth of the Gospel in company with fellow Christians (Hebrews 10:24-25; Acts 2:42-47; 4:32; 5:42).

Church Discipline

We believe that since God is holy, there must be discipline in the local church. This may range from the avoidance of disorderly brethren, to the public rebuke of those who have sinned and even to excommunication in the case of those whose conduct or doctrine necessitates this extreme step (Matthew 18:15-17; Luke 17:3-4; Acts 20:29-30; 1 Corinthians 5:11-13; 1 Thessalonians 5:14; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15; 1 Timothy 5:20-21; 6:20-21).

Leadership and Authority

We believe that in New Testament times, each local church had several bishops, overseers, or elders--these being synonymous terms. We believe that the Holy Spirit still calls and qualifies such men to be examples, teachers, shepherds, and guides, and to exercise authority in the local church in accordance with the principles of the Word of God (Acts 14:23; 20:17, 28; Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4).