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Our Statement Of Faith
We believe there is only one true and living God who is infinite in every excellence, and who eternally exists in three persons – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfection, and worthy of precisely the same homage, confidence and obedience. (Matt 3:16-17; 28:19; Jn 15:26; 1 Cor 12:4-6; 2 Cor 13:14; Eph 4:4-6)
We believe in God the Father, the Creator and Lord of the universe, and the Heavenly Father of all who become His children through faith in Jesus Christ. God the Father revealed Himself through Jesus Christ. Through Christ believers have access in one Spirit to the Father. (Gen 1:1; Psa 19:1-3; Jn 1:1-2, 10-14, 18; Eph 2:18)
We believe in God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, true God and true man, miraculously conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He may reveal God and redeem sinful man. He died on the cross and shed His blood as a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins. He rose bodily from the dead and ascended into heaven and shall come again personally and visibly to receive His church and to judge the living and the dead, as He promised. (Isa 52:13 — 53:12; Matt 1:18-25; Lk 1:35; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Cor 15:20-23; 1 Jn 2:1-2)
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in God the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Triune God who, existing eternally with the Father and the Son, came into the world on the day of Pentecost according to the divine promise, and by His baptism unites all believers to Christ in one body. We believe that speaking in tongues was not the common nor necessary sign of the baptism or of the filling of the Holy Spirit. We further believe that the Holy Spirit regenerates, indwells, and seals all believers for the day of redemption. The Holy Spirit gives gifts to believers for service in the church, to build up the body of Christ for the attainment of unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. (Jn 14:26; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:1-4; Rom 8:9, 12:4-8; 1 Cor 3:16; 12:3, 7-10, 12-13, 27-30; Eph 4:11-16)
We believe in the Old and New Testaments as the verbally inspired, inerrant and infallible Word of God in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the divine and final authority for Christian faith and life.
The Word of God is true and reliable in all matters it addresses. (Num 23:19; Tit 1:1-3; 1 Thess 2:13; 2 Tim 3:14-17; 2 Pet 1:20-21)
We believe in the existence of Satan as a personal being and a fallen angelic creature of God, who is the originator of sin and the open and declared enemy of God and man and leader of the company of angels who followed him in his fall. In his warfare against God and the people of God he appears as an angel of light, counterfeiting the works of God, denying the person and work of Christ and salvation by grace alone. Satan was defeated and judged at the Cross though that judgment was not then executed. He now rules as the “god of this world”, but is destined to eternal punishment in the lake of fire. (Isa 14:12-15; Eze 28:12-19; Matt 25:41; Jn 8:44, 14:28-31; 2 Cor 11:13-15; Eph 6:10-12; Heb 2:14-15; Ja 4:7-8; Rev 12:9; 20:1-3, 7-10)
We believe that God, the Sole Creator of life, created man and woman in His image and likeness. He joined them together for life as husband and wife, from whom the whole human race has descended. These, our first parents, willfully disobeyed God and fell through sin, plunging the whole human race into condemnation and death. Man is essentially and unchangeably sinful apart from God’s salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. (Gen 1:26-27; 3:1-24; Rom 3:23-24; 5:12-21)
We believe that, owing to universal death through sin, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless born again to be children of God, having a new nature imparted from above, a new life implanted by the Holy Spirit through the Word. We believe, that our redemption has been accomplished solely by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, who was made to be sin and a curse for us, dying in our place and stead. We believe that no human effort or works can add to the efficacy of the blood of Jesus Christ or to the merit of the finished work wrought for us by Him who united in His person absolute deity with perfect and sinless humanity. We believe that we are called to be holy, to walk not after the flesh with its sinful nature, but after the Spirit, and so to live in the power of the indwelling Spirit that we will not fulfil the lust of the flesh, to the end of our earthly pilgrimage. (1 Pet 1:13-21; Rom 3:21-26; 8:1-9; Gal 5:16-26)
We believe in the church universal which consists of all born-again believers baptized into the body of Christ by the Holy Spirit. We believe in the church local, the tangible and geographical manifestation of the church universal, a congregation of baptized believers bound together by covenant to accomplish the will and the work of God, making disciples of all the nations. Christ has commanded the church to observe two ordinances, the Baptism of believers which we practise by immersion and the Lord’s Supper, both symbolic expressions of the message of salvation. Local churches are autonomous bodies competent to fulfill their ministries under the headship of the Lord. (Matt 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 2:42-47; 11:19-30; 1 Cor 11:23-29; Eph 4:15-16)
We believe in the personal, imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His own, the church, and His subsequent return to earth in power and glory to set up His messianic kingdom. We further believe in the resurrection of the dead, the eternal blessedness of the saved in the presence of the Lord, and the eternal judgment of the unsaved in the lake of fire. (Matt 25:31-46; 1 Cor 15:50-58; 1 Thess 4:13-18; Rev 20:4-6, 11-15).