As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we affirm the following as a summary of what we believe to be basic truths about God and His works.


THE BIBLE

We believe the Bible to be the complete Word of God; that the sixty-six books (Genesis to Revelation), as originally written, comprising the Old and New Testaments were verbally inspired by the Spirit of God and were entirely free from error; that the Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice and the true basis of Christian unity (Matthew 24:35 // II Timothy 3:16, 17 // II Peter 1:21 // Revelation 22:18, 19).

GOD

We believe in one God, Creator of all, holy, sovereign, eternal, existing in three equal Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:1, 26 // Deuteronomy 6:4 // John 4:24 // Isaiah 6:3 // Revelation 5:13).

Jesus Christ

We believe in the virgin birth, that Jesus Christ is both fully God and fully human, His sinless life, and His sacrificial death on the cross of Calvary. We also believe in His physical resurrection, His ascension to heaven, His intercession for all believers and His coming again (Matthew 1:18-25 // Luke 24:39 // John 14:1-3 // Acts 1:10 // I Corinthians 15:51,52 // Revelation 20:6).

THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is God and the third person of the Trinity. He convinces people of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; He regenerates, sanctifies, illuminates and comforts those who believe in Jesus Christ (John 14:16,17 // John 16:7-14 // Acts 1:8 // Romans 8:11).

SATAN

We believe that Satan is the originator of sin, the archenemy of God and humanity (Genesis 3:15 // Job 1:6-12 // Matthew 4:1-10 // John 8:44 // Ephesians 6:11,12).

HUMANITY

We believe the first man (Adam) was created by God in His image; Adam sinned, becoming guilty before God, resulting in total universal depravity and subjected all humanity to physical and spiritual death (Genesis 1:26 // Psalms 14:1-3 // Jeremiah 17:9 // Romans 5:12-19 // Ephesians 2:1).

Salvation

  • Regeneration: We believe that salvation is by God's choice and grace alone. Jesus Christ, by appointment of the Father, voluntarily gave His life on the cross to satisfy the justice of God, and that sinners are saved by faith alone in the finished work of the Saviour and not by any of their own works (Acts 4:12 // Ephesians 2:8,9 // Hebrews 10:1-14 // I Peter 1:18, 19).

  • Assurance: We believe in the eternal security of all those who have been born-again by the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ and that it is the privilege of all such to be assured of their present and eternal safety (John 10:28, 29 // Romans 8:33-39 // Philippians 1:6 // II Timothy 1:12).

  • Sanctification: We believe that those who have been born-again by the Holy Spirit are sanctified by the offering of the body of Jesus Christ and they will, through faithful reading of the Word of God, prayer, and following the leading of the Holy Spirit, become more and more like Jesus Christ (John 17:17-19 // Romans 8:28, 29 // Hebrews 10:10; 13:12 // I John 1:7-9).

The Church

  • The Universal Church:  All believers are members of the body of Christ. Spiritual unity is to be expressed among Christians by acceptance and love of one another across ethnic, cultural, socio-economic, national, generational, gender, and denominational lines (Matthew 16:18; // Acts 2 // 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 // Ephesians 2:14-22; 4:4-6 // 1 Corinthians 12:12-30).

  • The Local Church:  The local church is a gathering of believers who get together for worship, prayer, instruction, encouragement, mutual accountability, and community with each other.  Through it, believers invest time, energy, and resources to fulfill the Great Commission - reaching lost people and growing them into fully devoted followers of Christ. As it relates to the church, men and women are both expected to lead; however, the office of elder/pastor is reserved for qualified men (1 Timothy. 3 // Titus 1 // Acts 2:41-47,12:5, 20:7 // 1 Corinthians 14:26-33 // Galatians 2:2 // 1 Timothy 5:16 // Hebrews 10:25).

Spiritual Gifts

We believe that all who are born-again receive spiritual gifts administered by the Holy Spirit to glorify Christ in the building of His church. We further believe that the Holy Spirit is sovereign in the bestowing of His gifts and that there is not any one specific gift which needs to be sought as a sign of spiritual maturity or filling of the Spirit (Romans 12:3-8 // I Corinthians 12 // I Corinthians 14 // Hebrews 2:3,4).

Christ's Resurrection

We believe that Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead and that upon His return He will raise from the dead those who have died in Christ and after the millennium those who have died in unbelief (I Corinthians 15:4-8, 51-54 // I Thessalonians 4:16 // Revelation 20:12-15).

Ordinances

  • Baptism is for believers by immersion in obedience to our Lord’s command and as a testimony to our identification with Him in His death, burial and resurrection (Matthew 28:19, 20 // John 3:23 // Acts 8:38).

  • The Lord’s Supper (Communion) is given to believers as a symbolic memorial of His sacrificial death and the new covenant in Christ’s blood (Luke 22:19, 20 // I Corinthians 11:23-26).

Christ's Return

We believe in the personal, bodily and glorious return of Jesus Christ; in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust; in the eternal blessedness of believers and in the judgment and conscious, eternal punishment of the wicked (Matthew 24:4-5; 11; 23-27 // Luke 17:28-30 // Mark 8:38 //  Acts 3:19-21).

Judgment

We believe that followers of Jesus will be judged at the judgment seat of Christ according to what they have done for the Lord and that the unbelievers will be judged at the Great White Throne judgment according to what they have done with the Lord’s offer of salvation (I Corinthians:11-14 ; 5:10 // II Peter 2:9 // Revelation 20:11-15).

Heaven and Hell

We believe in Heaven, an indescribable place of beauty and holiness, where God dwells with His angels and where His believers will live for eternity with their Saviour.

We believe that Hell is a place of eternal and conscious suffering. It is a place prepared for the devil and his angels and all those who have not received God‘s salvation through faith alone in Jesus Christ (Daniel 12:2 // Luke 15:22,23 // John 14:1-3 // Revelation 20:10; 21:8).

To God alone be the glory!

 

Our beliefs are adapted from The Fellowship