Statement of Beliefs
The Bible is the inspired written word of God, inerrant and of final authority in all matters of faith and practice (II Timothy 3:16).
- There is one God, the Creator, eternal, sovereign, all-powerful, all-knowing, omnipresent and existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16-17).
- All people are created in God's image and with an eternal soul, but are separated from God by sin and are therefore lost. Jesus Christ, the unique Son of God, born of a virgin and living a life of perfect righteousness was sent by God the Father to be a sacrifice for our sins by dying on the cross. Through his death, burial and resurrection from the dead, all who believe on him are saved from their sins and reconciled to God (Romans 3:24).
- The only way of salvation is through Jesus Christ (John 14:6).
- Through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers, Christians are to live a life of growing conformity to the character of their Lord (Galatians 5:22-26).
- Salvation is a free gift of God offered to all people and effected through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9).
- Jesus Christ will return imminently to claim his people and to judge the world for its sin. Those who are saved look forward to his return and for the eternal rewards of heaven. Those who are lost are condemned to eternal punishment and separation from God (II Thessalonians 1:7-9).
- Satan, the devil, is the angelic enemy of God and of humanity (II Corinthians 4:4).
- The Church is one body composed of all the earth's believers who meet in local assemblies to work for the spread of the Gospel (Matthew 28:19-20).
- Participation in the ordinances of our Lord, baptism and communion, is a response of obedience of the believer because of his or her new life in Christ, not a method of obtaining salvation or favour with God. Believers are baptized to demonstrate their allegiance to the Lord and their spiritual connection with his death, burial and resurrection. Believers participate in communion to remember the sacrifice of Jesus on their behalf, partaking of bread and wine to symbolize his broken body and blood shed on our behalf (I Corinthians 11:23-34).
- All Christians have been forgiven by God and restored to God and have direct access to him through Jesus Christ. All believers are therefore priests to God. All believers have been given spiritual gifts to use in the service of God's kingdom. God has given instruction concerning leadership, order, responsibility and service in the local church (I Timothy 3:15).