What we believe.
As a Church this is what we believe and this is our statement of faith - these truths are powerful, non-negotiable and guide all we say and do.
They can be summarised as follows:
We believe the Bible, as originally given, to be without error, the fully inspired and infallible Word of God and the supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
We believe that the Godhead exists co-equally and co-eternally in three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - and that these three are one God, sovereign in creation, providence and redemption.
We believe in the true and proper deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His real and complete humanity, in His sinless life, in His authoritative teaching, in His substitutionary and atoning sacrifice through His blood shed, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His heavenly intercession and we believe He is coming again soon (John 14 v 3) Jesus said "I will come again and receive you unto Myself that where I am there ye may be also."
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the deity of the Holy Spirit who proceeds from the Father and the Son and the necessity of His work in conviction of sin, repentance, regeneration and sanctification, and that the believer is also promised an enduement of power as the gift of Christ through the baptism in the Holy Spirit with signs following. Through this enduement the believer is empowered for fuller participation in the ministry of the Church, its worship, evangelism and service.
We believe in the universal sinfulness of all men since the Fall, rendering man subject to God’s wrath and condemnation. The Bible tells us in Psalm 51 v 5 " We are born in sin and shapen in iniquity.." and therefore mankind needs to come to a place of repentance before God.
We believe in the necessity for salvation of repentance towards God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ by which the sinner is pardoned and accepted as righteous in God’s sight. This justification is imputed by the grace of God because of the atoning work of Christ, is received by faith alone and is evidenced by the Fruit of the Spirit and a holy life.The Bible says in Romans 10 v 9 "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in thine heart that God has raised Him from the dead thou shalt be Saved."
We believe in the spiritual unity and the priesthood of all believers in Christ and that these comprise the universal Church, the Body of Christ. We believe that headship of the Church belongs solely to the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe in the ministries that Christ has set in His Church, namely, apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers and in the present operation of the manifold Gifts of the Holy Spirit according to the New Testament.
We believe in the baptism of believers in water in obedience to the command of Christ and the commemoration of Christ’s death by the observance of the Lord’s Supper until His return.
We believe that the Gospel embraces the needs of the whole man and that the Church is therefore commissioned to preach the Gospel to the world (Mark 16 14-16) and to fulfill a ministry of healing and deliverance to the spiritual and physical needs of mankind.
The Coming King
We believe in the rapture of the Church as found in 1 Thessalonians 4 verses 13-18 when we the Church will meet the Lord in the air. We also believe in the physical second coming of the Lord Jesus when He will set up his kingdom known as the Millennial reign of Christ.
The Future State
We believe in the resurrection of the dead first with the believers at the time of the rapture and also in the final judgement of the world, the eternal conscious bliss of the righteous in the dwelling place of God in a mansion prepared by the Saviour and the eternal conscious punishment of the Wicked. We believe in a Heaven to gain and a Hell to shun.