What we believe in
1. The Triune God
There is one God, creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three Persons – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
2. The Deity and Humanity of Christ
Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who took on humanity to become the God-man. He is eternally one with God the Father. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary so that two entire and perfect natures – the divine and the human – were united in the one Person, Jesus of Nazareth.
3. The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ.
4. The Divine Inspiration of the Scriptures
The Scriptures are the infallible and inerrant Word of God. These Scriptures are the full and complete revelation of His will for the salvation of people and the final, divine authority on all matters that they affirm and not just on faith and doctrine.
5. The Sinfulness of Humankind
Humankind was made in the image of God and for fellowship with Him, but fell from this innocent state to become sinful and rebellious. Every human being, other than Christ, has been born a sinner and is in need of salvation.
6. Christ’s Atonement for the Sin of Humanity
In order to redeem humankind from the guilt, penalty and power of sin, Jesus Christ took on humanity to become the God-man and died a sacrificial death on our behalf.
By His resurrection, God’s acceptance of His atoning death was demonstrated and Christ’s righteousness made available to us for our justification. Sinners are justified and reconciled to God on the occasion of their repentance and faith, not through any personal merit of their own, but solely on the basis of God’s gracious gift of righteousness in Jesus Christ received through faith.
7. The work of the Holy Spirit in Salvation
The Holy Spirit convinces sinners of their sinfulness, leads them to personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour and so brings them consequently to spiritual new birth (regeneration) to become God’s children. The Holy Spirit indwells believers, witnesses to their relationship with God, leads unto all truth, bestows gifts for effective service and produces graces for holy living and empowerment for evangelism.
8. Christ’s Church
The ‘universal church’ is the body of people whom God has separated from the world through faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. Christ is the head of the church. All regenerate (born again) persons are members of this universal church which takes local form wherever groups of believers unite for worship, fellowship and service in accordance with scriptural principles.
9. The Baptism of Believers by Immersion
Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is a public declaration of a person’s faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. It symbolises the believer’s identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection; the remission of sins; and the believer’s dedication of him/herself to God to live and walk in newness of life.
10. The Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of the Lord in which gathered believers eat bread, signifying Christ’s body given for His people, and drink the cup of the Lord, signifying the New Covenant in Christ’s blood. The Lord’s Supper is done in remembrance of the Lord and proclaims His death until His return.
11. The Return of the Lord Jesus Christ
At the end of this age, according to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally, physically and visibly in His glory to the earth. This blessed hope purifies and enlivens true Christian faith. The full consummation of the kingdom of God awaits His return.
12. The Resurrection of the Dead
There is to be a bodily resurrection from the dead for all people. Jesus was resurrected bodily from the grave. The believer will be resurrected to everlasting blessedness and joy in the presence of the Lord; the unbeliever to everlasting and conscious punishment.
13. Rewards and Punishments in a Future State
God has appointed a final judgement for the world. After that time, Jesus Christ will have judged every person and each will have received reward or punishment according to their deeds. Salvation is, notwithstanding this judgement of our works, by faith. At the judgement our works shall declare the presence or absence of such saving faith.
14. Family and Marriage
The family is established by God and is formed between a man and a woman for the rest of their lives.
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