WhaT we Believe
1. The Bible
The Scriptures are True, Authoritative and Sufficient (Psalm 19:7-11; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
There is only one true God, Creator of heaven and earth, who eternally exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-6; Isaiah 46:9-10; John 17:3; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6; 1 Timothy 2:5;Genesis 1:26; Psalm 45:6-7; Psalm 110:1; Matthew 3:13-17; Matthew 28:17-20; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6).
All things exist for the glory of God (Psalm 148; Proverbs 16:4; Isaiah 61:3;Romans 11:33-36; 1 Corinthians 10:31; 2 Corinthians 5:15; Ephesians 1:3-14).
4. Our need for God
All humanity, Christ excluded, is sinful by both birth and action (Genesis 6:5; Psalm 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:23; 5:8, 12-21; 7:18; Ephesians 2:1-3).
The deserved penalty for sin is physical and spiritual death (Genesis 2:15-17; Genesis 3:19; Romans 5:12; 6:23; James 1:14-15).
Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, was born of a virgin and is both fully God and fully human (Matthew 1:20; Luke 2:52; John 1:1-4, 14; Colossians 1:15-20;Hebrews 1:1-3).
Jesus Christ died as the sacrificial substitute to pay the penalty for sin (John 1:29; 10:1-18; Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 1:4; 1 Peter 3:18).
Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead, ascended into heaven and will one day physically return (Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-53; John 1:20-21:25; 1 Corinthians 15:12-34; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16;Hebrews 9:28; 1 John 3:2; Revelation 1:7).
6. Blessed Hope
There will be a future physical resurrection of the dead. Only those who turn from sin and to Jesus in faith and repentance will be raised to eternal reward. Those who do not turn from sin and to Jesus will be raised to eternal punishment (Matthew 25:31-46; John 5:28-29; Acts 24:15).
Only through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ and repentance from sin can one be reconciled to God and experience true life and joy (John 3:18,14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:21-26; 1 Timothy 2:5-6)
Without faith it is impossible to please him Heb 11:6
Faith in God gives us the ability to partner with him in moving and acting on his behalf to a lost and dying world, and for the good of his children. Matt 21:20 Mark 11:22-24 Luke 1:37 2 Cor 5:7 James 2:14-26
8. Baptism in Water
The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded by the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on Christ as Saviour and Lord are to be baptized. Thus they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life.Matthew 28:19 Mark 16:16 Acts 10:47,48 Romans 6:4
9. Holy Communion
The Lord's Supper, consisting of the elements --bread and the fruit of the vine-- is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4 , a memorial of his suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26 , and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26 , and is enjoined on all believers "till He come!"
10. Holy Spirit
All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Spirit, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church. With it comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry.Luke 24:49 Acts 1:4 Acts 1:8 1 Corinthians 12:1-31
Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God.Romans 12:1,2 1 Thessalonians 5:23 Hebrews 13:12
The Scriptures teach a life of "holiness without which no man shall see the Lord."Hebrews 12:14
Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His death and resurrection, and by the faith reckoning daily upon the fact of that union, and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit. Romans 6:1-11 Romans 6:13 Romans 8:1,2 Romans 8:13 Galatians 2:20 Philippians 2:12,13 1 Peter 1:5
12. The Church and it's Mission
The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the Church. Ephesians 1:22,23 Ephesians 2:22 Hebrews 12:23
Since God’s purpose concerning man is to seek and to save that which is lost, to be worshipped by man, to build a body of believers in the image of His Son, and to demonstrate His love and compassion for all the world.
To be an agency of God for evangelizing the world. Acts 1:8 Matthew 28:19,20 Mark 16:15,16
To be a corporate body in which man may worship God. 1 Corinthians 12:13
To be a channel of God’s purpose to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son. Ephesians 4:11-16 1 Corinthians 12:28 1 Corinthians 14:12
To be a people who demonstrate God’s love and compassion for all the world. Psalms 112:9 Galatians 2:10; 6:10 James 1:27