Statement of Beliefs

THE BIBLE

We believe the Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God and that both the Old and New Testaments are inerrant in the original writings. The Scriptures are the supreme and final authority for faith and life. (2Tim 3:16,17; 2 Pet 1:20,21; Prov 30:5-6)

THE GODHEAD

We believe the Godhead exists in three eternal and co-equal Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three Persons are one God having precisely the same nature, attributes and perfections. (John 1:1-14; John 10:30, 14:23, 15:26; Col 2:9; Heb 1:1-3; Isa 9:6)

THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

We believe in: (a) His eternal existence as God; (b) His incarnation, conception by the Holy Spirit, virgin birth and perfect humanity; (c) His death on the cross as the substitutionary atonement for sin; (d) His literal, bodily resurrection from the dead; (e) His ascension and present ministry of intercession in heaven; and (f) His personal, future return to earth. (John 1:1,14; Matt 1:20-23; 1Cor 15:3; 1Pet 2:24, 3:18; John 20:19-20,27,28; 1Cor 15:20; Acts 1:9-11; Heb 7:25; 1Thess 4:16; Matt 24:30)

THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe: (a) that the Holy Spirit convicts men of sin, regenerates, baptises into the body of Christ, indwells, seals and sets apart believers unto a holy life; (b) that He keeps and empowers believers day by day; (c) that His ministry is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ; and (d) that He is the Teacher of the Word of God and the Guide for daily living. (Titus 3:5; John 16:7,8; Eph 1:13,14; John 14:16-17,26; 15:26; 2Thess 2:13)

CREATION

We believe the account of origins presented in Genesis is a simple but factual presentation of actual events. The various life forms (‘kinds’), including mankind, were made by direct creative acts of God. The special creation of Adam (as one man) and Eve (as one woman), and their subsequent fall into sin, is the basis for the necessity of salvation for mankind. (Gen 1:1-3, 24; Rom 1:20-25; Heb 11:3; 2 Pet 3:5-6; Rom 5:12-19; 1 Cor 15:21-22; 1 Tim 2:13-14)

MANKIND

We believe that: (a) man was created innocent and pure; and (b) Adam fell through the sin of disobedience. Therefore: (c) all people are corrupted in body, soul, and spirit; and (d) all people are lost and need redemption. (Gen 1:27,31; Rom 5:12,18,19; Rom 3:23; John 3:36)

SALVATION

We believe that: (a) salvation is by grace, a free gift of God apart from works; (b) salvation includes repentance, a turning in our hearts to God’s way from our own way; (c) salvation is through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; (d) all who receive Jesus Christ are both regenerated by the Holy Spirit and baptised into the one body of which Jesus Christ is the Head; and (e) true salvation will be manifested by a changed life. (Eph 2:8,9; Acts 16.31; 17:30, 20:20-21; 1Cor 12:13; 2Cor 5:17; Col 1:18)

SATAN

We believe Satan is: (a) a real being; (b) the deceiver who led mankind to sin against God; (c) the spiritual adversary of God and man; and (d) a spiritually defeated foe. (Gen 3:1-7; Matt 4:1-11; John 8:44; Rev 12:9; 20:2-3, 10; Eph 6:11-12; Isa 14:12-15)

BAPTISM & LORD’S SUPPER

We believe that the observance of the two ordinances of the Lord Jesus Christ namely, Baptism in water and the ‘Lord’s Supper’, is a Scriptural requirement for all believers. Baptism is by immersion of believers upon their profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and is a symbol of the believer’s spiritual union with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. The Lord’s Supper is a memorial of the sacrifice of the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ until His return. These ordinances are not to be regarded as necessary for salvation or the means of receiving it, but, rather ways the Bible commands that this salvation should be outwardly declared and remembered. (Matt 28:18-20; Acts 8:36-38; 16:33,34; Acts 2:42; 20:7; 1Cor 11:23-26)

FELLOWSHIP

We believe Christians should associate themselves with others like-minded for the purpose of sharing the Word of God, teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread and prayers. (Acts 2:42; Heb 10:24)

CHURCH GOVERNMENT

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church and under Him the Church shall be self-governing. In order to do so, the Church shall follow the principle of congregational government.

LOCAL CHURCH LEADERSHIP

We believe that Elders whom the Holy Spirit has raised are to oversee the local church with Deacons and Deaconesses looking after practical matters. (Acts 20:28; Titus 1:5-9; 1Peter 5:1-4; 1Tim 3:1-12; Rom 16:1)

THE FUTURE

We teach: (a) the imminent return of Jesus Christ in the pre-tribulational event known as the “Rapture of the Church”; (b) the bodily resurrection of the just to eternal abode and joy in the glory of God’s presence; (c) the visible, personal return of Christ to the earth in the event known as the “Second Coming”; (d) the physical reign of Jesus Christ on earth in the millennium; and ultimately (e) the bodily resurrection of the lost to judgement and conscious, everlasting punishment in the lake of fire. (1Thess 4:16,17; Matt 24:30; Zech 12:10; 14:3-4; Rev 20:4-6, 11-15)