WhaT we Believe

1) ​The Bible

  • All Scripture is true, authoritative and sufficient (Ps. 19:7-11, 2 Tim. 3:16, 2 Pet. 1:20-21)

 

2) God

  • There is only one true God, Creator of heaven and earth, who eternally exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Gen. 1:26, Deu. 6:4, Ps. 45:6-7; 110:1, Isa. 45:5-6; 46:9-10, Matthew 3:13-17; 28:17-20, Jn. 17:3, 1 Cor. 8:4-6; 12:4-6, 1 Tim. 2:5)

 

3) Glory

  • All things exist for the glory of God (Ps. 148, Prov. 16:4, Isa. 61:3, Rom. 11:33-36, Eph. 1:3-14, 1 Cor. 10:31, 2 Cor. 5:15)

 

4) Our need for God

  • All humanity, Christ excluded, is sinful by both birth and action (Gen. 6:5, Ps. 51:5, Jer. 17:9, Rom. 3:23; 5:8,12-21; 7:18, Eph. 2:1-3)

  • The penalty for sin is both physical and spiritual death (Gen. 2:15-17; 3:19, Rom. 5:12; 6:23, Jm. 1:14-15)

 

5) Jesus

  • Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, was born of a virgin, and is both fully God and fully human (Matt. 1:20, Lk. 2:52, Jn. 1:1-4,14, Col. 1:15-20, Heb. 1:1-3)

  • Jesus Christ died as the sacrificial substitute to pay the penalty for sin (Jn. 1:29; 10:1-18, Rom. 5:8, 1 Cor. 15:1-4, 2 Cor. 5:21, Gal. 1:4, 1 Pet. 3:18)

  • Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead, ascended into heaven and will one day physically return (Matt. 28:1-20, Mk. 16:1-8, Lk. 24:1-53, Jn. 1:20-21:25; 14:3, Acts 1:11, 1 Cor. 15:12-34, 1 Thess. 4:16 Heb. 9:28, 1 Jn. 3:2, Rev. 1:7)

6) Blessed Hope

  • There will be a physical resurrection of the dead and only those who turn from their sin toward Jesus in faith and repentance will receive an eternal reward. Those who do not turn from their sin will be condemned to eternal punishment (Matt. 25:31-46, Jn. 5:28-29, Acts 24:15)

 

7) Faith

  • Through faith alone in the person and work of Jesus Christ coupled with repentance from sin can one be reconciled to God and experience true life (Jn. 3:18; 14:6, Acts 4:12, Rom. 3:21-26, 1 Tim. 2:5-6)

  • Without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6)

  • Faith in God gives us the ability to partner with Him through the power of the Holy Spirit in communicating His Word and will to a lost and dying world (Matt. 21:20, Mk. 11:22-24, Lk. 1:37, 2 Cor. 5:7, Jm. 2:14-26)

8) Water Baptism

  • The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded by the Scriptures. All who repent and believe in Christ as Saviour and Lord are to be baptized thus declaring to the world that they have died with Christ and have also been raised with Him to walk in newness of life (Matt. 28:19, Mk. 16:16, Acts 10:47,48, Rom. 6:4)

 

9) Holy Communion

  • The Lord's Supper, consisting of the elements (bread and the fruit of the vine) is the symbol which we express our sharing of the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Pet. 1:4)

  • It is a memorial of his suffering and death and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Cor. 11:26)

 

10) Holy Spirit

  • All believers are entitled to and should earnestly expect the promise of God the Father through the command of His Son Jesus Christ to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Included in the baptism is the anointing of power, life abundantly, and the reception of gifts for ministerial uses (Lk. 24:49, Acts 1:4,8, 1 Cor. 12:1-31)

 

11) Sanctification

  • Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil in dedication to God (Rom. 12:1,2, 1 Thess. 5:23, Heb. 13:12)

  • The Scriptures teach a life of "...holiness without which no man shall see the Lord" (Heb. 12:14) 

  • Sanctification, obtained by the believer through their new identification in Christ as children of God, is afforded to them by Jesus' death and resurrection. A daily renewal of one's faith allows for the continuation of the dominion of the Holy Spirit within the believer (Romans 6:1-13; 8:1-2,13, Gal. 2:20, Phil. 2:12,13, 1 Peter 1:5)

 

12) The Church and Her 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; 2:22, Heb. 12:23)

  • God’s purpose concerning human beings is to seek and to save that which is lost, to be worshipped by His creation, to build a body of believers in the image of His Son Jesus, and to demonstrate His love and compassion for all the world through the leading and power of the Holy Spirit

    • To be an agency of God for evangelizing the world (Matt. 28:19,20  Mk. 16:15,16, Acts 1:8)

    • To be a corporate body in which man may worship God (1 Cor. 12:13)  

    • To be a channel of God’s purpose to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son (Eph. 4:11-16, 1 Cor. 12:28, 1 Cor. 14:12)

    • To be a people who demonstrate God’s love and compassion for all the world (Ps. 112:9, Gal. 2:10; 6:10, Jm. 1:27)