Statement of Beliefs

The Bible

The Holy Scriptures are divinely inspired, infallible as originally given, the supreme authority and fully sufficient in all matters of faith and practice.

God

There is only one living and true God, who is eternal and infinite in being and perfection, power, knowledge, holiness and love.
God is the sovereign creator and sustainer of all things
God, though one, exists in three Persons — God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ) and God the Holy Spirit.

Men and women before God

Every person in his or her natural state is separated from God by his or her sin. Consequently, every person in his or her natural state is spiritually dead and subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.
God, in His great love, has provided redemption from the guilt, penalty and power of sin only through the sacrificial death (as our representative and substitute) of Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God.

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary and was both fully man and fully God.
Jesus Christ, though sinless Himself, was crucified for our sins.
The Lord Jesus rose bodily from the dead and has ascended into heaven, where He continuously acts as our high priest, advocate and intercessor. One day, He will return to earth in glory.
The Lord Jesus will judge all people, both living and dead, and bring God’s kingdom to completion. Believers will fully realise their salvation, but unbelievers will be condemned to eternal punishment.

Salvation

A person who repents of his or her sins and puts his or her faith in Jesus Christ is saved. The Lord Jesus takes all that person’s sins, pays the penalty due for those sins by His death on the cross and gives that person eternal life by His resurrection from the dead. In Jesus Christ, God makes that person His child and brings him or her into eternal fellowship with Him.

The Holy Spirit

It is the Holy Spirit who causes a person to be brought to spiritual life, to repent of his or her sins and to put his or her faith in the Lord Jesus.
The Holy Spirit dwells and works within every believer.

Satan

Satan is the chief antagonist of God and mankind. He blinds the minds of unbelievers to stop them obtaining salvation and is constantly at war with believers, tempting and otherwise afflicting them in the hope of destroying their faith.
Despite Satan’s ongoing destructive activity in the world, he has already been defeated by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When Jesus brings God’s kingdom to completion, Satan will be thrown into hell and tormented forever.

The Church

Believers together form God’s church, which exists both universally and locally in each separate community of believers.
The church’s role is to glorify God, testify to the world about Jesus Christ and be the place where believers are built up in their faith.
No believer is in any sense closer to God because of his or her official position in the church. Instead, every believer is a priest and has direct access to God through faith in Jesus Christ.
Every believer in a local church has received gifts from the Holy Spirit for use within the church and the world and must use those gifts according to the measure of grace he or she has received from God.
Each local church must observe the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper.
Each local church must observe the ordinance of baptism.