What We Believe

 THE GOOD NEWS

The Bible contains it! We are separated from God by sin. By our own efforts, we can’t bridge the gap. Only Jesus, God and Man, was able to be our sinless substitute at the Cross, paying the price for our sin, bridging the gap of separation between us and God.

Jesus welcomes whoever comes to Him and offers them a new life that will never end. We each need to confess all sin to God, ask His forgiveness, turn from all sin and ask Jesus to become our personal Lord and Saviour. This is the beginning of a new life as a child of God. The Bible says “if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation, the old has passed away, the new has come”.

STATEMENT OF FAITH

The unity of the Godhead comprising the Father, Son and Holy Spirit – John 1:1-14; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Genesis 1:26; Titus 2:13; Acts 5:3,4; Hebrews 1:8.

The Holy Scriptures – their inspiration, infallibility and unquestionable authority – 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19-21.

The Lord Jesus Christ – His eternal co-existence with the Father and with the Spirit – John 1:1; Hebrews 13:8; Hebrews 1:8; 2 Corinthians 13:14.

His virgin birth – Luke 1:27-33; Isaiah 7:14
His sinless life – 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15; 1 Peter 2:22
His death in our place – Hebrews 2:9; Hebrews 10:5,10,12; 2 Corinthians 5:21
His resurrection – 1 Corinthians 15:20; Romans 4:25; Colossians 1:18
His ascension and continual intercession – John 3:13; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25
His second coming – 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Matthew 16:27; Matthew 24:30
His reign upon earth – Zechariah 14:4,9 Revelation 20:4
The corruption of human nature – the necessity of repentance, new birth and the eternal doom of those who refuse to repent – Psalm 51:5; Ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 5:12; Acts 2:38, 3:19; Titus 3:5; Revelation 20:11-15; Jude 7.

The believer is acquitted of sin’s penalty, cleansed and separated to God through the finished work of Christ – Romans 3:21,22; Romans 5:18; Hebrews 2:10,11; Hebrews 13:12.

That those who trust in Jesus as their Lord and Saviour are called to live a transformed life – Romans 12:1-2; 2 Cor.5:17; 1 Thes.5:22 and as such have the responsibility to:

Encourage other Christians through meeting together for worship and fellowship – John 4:23; Acts 2:46; Heb.10:25.
Uphold the moral directives and ethical values contained in the Bible as expressed within the context of our personal life, and our married life (the covenantal relationship of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others) – Gen 2:24; Heb.13:4; Eph.5:25-31, and our relationship with others.
Share the Good News to all the world – Matt.28:18-20;Mark 16:15-18; Acts 1:8.
Be active in expressing God’s love through social justice Ex.22:22; Psalm 68:5; Is.58:6,7; James 1:27; 1 John 3:17.

The practice of Baptism by immersion and of the Lord’s Supper – Acts 2:38; Matthew 3:13-15; Mark 16:16; Romans 6:4; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34; John 6:47-58.

The Baptism with the Holy Spirit for believers, after the pattern of the following Scriptures – Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8; Acts 2; Acts 8:14-17; Acts 10:34-48; Acts 19:6; Mark 16:17, 18.
The nine gifts of the Holy Spirit for edifying, exhorting and comforting the church, the body of Christ – 1 Corinthians 12-14.

Recognition of the specific ministries and functions of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, Teachers, Elders and Deacons – Ephesians 4:11; Acts 14:23; Acts 6:1-8; Acts 15:22; Acts 16:4; 1 Timothy 3:1-10; 1 Timothy 5:17, 18.

The privilege of responsible giving in tithes and offerings – Genesis 14:20; Malachi 3:8-10; 1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 9:6,7; Hebrews 7:4-6.

The essential spiritual unity of the universal church, regardless of organisational affiliation – Gal 3:26-28;1 Cor 12:18-20.

The involvement of every believer in the life and outreach of the church under scriptural leadership – Psalm 100:2-4; Acts 2:46,47; Acts 12:5-18; 1 Corinthians 16:1-3; 2 Corinthians 8:1-14; Hebrews 10:25; Hebrews 13:17.

Healing as an integral part of the atoning work of Christ – Numbers 21:9; John 3:14; Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:16,17; 1 Peter 2:24,25; Mark 16:17,18; James 5:14,15; 1 John 3:8.