WHAT WE BELIEVE
Our Statement of Faith
Our core beliefs are centered in Christ and His message, found and supported in Scripture.
The basis of our belief is in the 66 books of the Bible both Old and New Testament. We believe that “all scripture is given by inspiration of God”, and originated from God and that it was revealed to individuals chosen specifically for that purpose. Scripture speaks with the authority of God, while reflecting the backgrounds, styles and vocabularies of the human authors. We hold that the scriptures, in their original manuscript, are the unique, full, and final authority on all matters of faith and practice, and there are no other writings similarly inspired by God.
2 Timothy 3:15-17 / 1 Thessalonians 2:13 / 2 Peter 1:21
God exists in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – each possessing all the attributes of deity and the characteristics of personality. In the beginning, by His power, wisdom and goodness, God created the world and everything in it. He continues to sustain His creation and He is operating throughout history to fulfil His redemptive purposes.
Deuteronomy 6:4 / Isaiah 43:10-11 / Matthew 28:19/ Luke 3:22
God’s desire is to call all people into fellowship with Himself. By defying God and going his own way, man became alienated from God. This “fall” happened at the beginning of human history and all people since then have suffered the consequences of the fall and are in need of God’s saving grace. The salvation of mankind is a work of God’s free grace, rather than the result of human works or goodness. Each person can receive salvation through repentance and faith. God assures us that He will then continue His saving work in us forever.
Genesis 1:26-27 / Genesis 2:17 / Genesis 3:6 / Romans 5:12-19 / Luke 24:47 / John 3:3 / Romans 10:13-15/ Ephesians 2:8/ Titus 2:11 / Titus 3:5-7
The second Person of the Trinity is Jesus Christ who, following a miraculous conception and birth, lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father. Jesus voluntarily paid the price for the sins of all humans by dying on the Cross as our substitute. After His death, He rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father. Jesus is the only Mediator between God and humans. He has promised that He will come to earth again to complete God’s eternal plan.
Matthew 1:21-23 / John 3:3 / Romans 10:13-15 / Ephesians 2:8 / Titus 2:11 / Titus 3:5-7
THE HOLY SPIRIT
Following the example of Jesus, Christians are called to a life of obedience by submitting to the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit applies the saving work of Christ by indwelling every believer at the point of salvation, giving each gifts to build up the body of Christ. The Holy Spirit guides believers in understanding and applying the scripture. His power and control are appropriated by faith, making it possible for the believer to lead a life of Christ like character and to bear fruit to the glory of the Father.
Acts 1:4 / Acts 1:5 / John 20:22 / Luke 24:49 / Acts1:4-8 / 1 Corinthians 12:1-31 / Acts 2:4
When we die, believers will be received into eternal communion with God. Having rejected God, unbelievers will suffer His judgment in eternal condemnation.
Matthew 24:27-30 / 1 Corinthians 15:50 / 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 / Revelations 3:11-13 / Revelations 14:10-12/ Revelations 19:20 / Revelations 20: 11-15
Through union with Jesus Christ, all believers become members of His body, the one true Church. The Scripture commands believers to gather for worship, prayer, fellowship and the teaching of the Word; to observe Baptism and Communion as established by Jesus Christ; to offer service to the body through the development and use of talents and gifts; and to engage in outreach to the world. The local expression of the church is found wherever God’s people meet regularly in obedience to this command. Members, led by elders or other supportive leaders, work together to glorify Christ.
Matthew 28:19-20 / John 4:23 / 1 Corinthians 11:26 / Ephesians 1:23 / Colossians 3:24 / James 2:14-21