Statement of Faith

The Scriptures

As believers, we believe that “all Scripture is inspired by God,” written by men who “were moved by the Holy Spirit” to write the very words of Scripture. We believe that this encompasses all Scripture both Old and New Testament. We believe that all Scripture has as its centre story the Lord Jesus Christ, His person and work along with His first and second coming. We also believe that all the Scriptures were designed for our practical instruction.

The Godhead

We believe that the Godhead is triune ie. it exists eternally in three persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—and that these three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections, and worthy of precisely the same worship and obedience.

Man, Created and Fallen

We believe that man was originally created in the image and after the likeness of God, and that he fell through sin, and, as a consequence of his sin, lost his spiritual life, becoming dead in trespasses and sins, and that he became subject to the power of the devil. We also believe that this spiritual death, or total depravity of human nature, has been transmitted to the entire human race of man, the Man Christ Jesus alone being excepted; and hence that every child of Adam is born into the world with a nature which not only possesses no spark of divine life, but is essentially and unchangeably bad apart from divine grace.

Salvation only through the complete work of Christ

We believe that, because of man’s sinful fallen nature, it is impossible on ones own merit to enter the kingdom of God unless one is born again. We believe that our redemption has been accomplished solely by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, who was made to be sin, dying in our place so that in Him we may become His righteousness. We believe that the new birth of the believer comes exclusively through faith in Christ alone through repentance.

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Trinity, is a person and not a force and dwells in every believer upon conversion, and by His baptism unites all believers to Christ in one body. He is the source of all power and all acceptable worship and service, restraining evil in the world to the measure of the divine will, convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, regenerating all believers sealing them to the day of redemption. Until then, His continued work is to fill and equip every believer for service and a life that glories the Father.

The Church

We believe that all who are united in Christ are members of the church which is the body and bride of Christ. We believe that by the same Spirit all believers in this age are baptised into, and therefore become, one body that is Christ’s, no matter what race, tongue or culture, also becoming members one of another, solemnly keeping the duty of the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, loving one another with a pure heart.

Ordinances

We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the only sacraments and ordinances of the church and that they are a scriptural means of testimony for the church in this age.

The Christian Walk

We believe that every believer is called with a holy calling, to walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit, and thus live in the power of the indwelling Spirit. Seeing in this life that the flesh with its fallen nature is never eradicated, the Spirit remaining in us to the end of our earthly pilgrimage, needs to be constantly subjected to in Christ.

The Christian’s Service

We believe that every believer is bestowed enabling gifts by the Spirit. While there is a diversity of gifts, each believer is energised by the same Spirit, and each is called to his own divinely appointed service as the Spirit may will. We believe also that today some men are especially called of God to be evangelists, pastors and teachers, and that it is to the fulfilling of His will and to His eternal glory that these shall be sustained and encouraged in their service for God.

The Great Commission

We believe that it is the clear and direct message of our Lord Jesus Christ to those whom He has saved that they are sent by Him into the world. We also believe that, after one is saved, they are divinely appointed to be related to this world as strangers and pilgrims, ambassadors and witnesses, and that their primary purpose in life should be to make Christ known to the whole world.