1) The one true and living God, who eternally exists in three persons in unity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe in one living and true God, eternal and of infinite power, wisdom, goodness and righteousness. He is a faithful and loving God who is the Creator and preserver of all things. (Genesis 1:1, Jer. 10:10 and I Timothy 1:17).
In the unity of the Godhead there are three persons in one substance, with identical qualities and attributes. The Father (God), the Son (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Spirit. (John 1:1,2; 4:24; 5:18; 10:30).
- GOD THE FATHER
The Father exists eternally as the creator of heaven and earth, the giver of the law, to whom all things will be subjected, so that He may be all in all.
(Gen. 1:1-2-7 ; 1 Cor. 8-6; 2 Cor. 6:8; 1 Tim. 1:17).
The Lord Jesus-Christ, the eternal and only begotten son of the Father, is true God and true man. He was conceived of the Holy SpIrit, born of the virgin Mary and by His sinless life, miracles and teaching gave full revelation of the Father. He died upon the cross, the just for unjust as a substituting sacrifice. He rose from the dead. He is now at the right hand of the Father as our great High Priest. He will come again to establish His Kingdom in righteousness and peace. (Matt. 16:16; Matt. 1:23; 1 Cor. 15:3-7; Acts 1:9-11; Matt. 24:30).
- HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is also God, performing actions and possessing the attributes of Deity. His personality is shown by the fact that He has personal characteristics, and that individuals may relate to Him as a person.
(John 14:26; 2 Peter 1:21; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 12:4-11; Eph. 4:11-12; John 16:8).
2) The Divine Inspiration and Authority of the Holy Scriptures.
We believe that the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments combined constitute the Holy Scriptures. Nothing may be added nor can anything be deleted. The Holy Scripture is the inspired and inherent Word of God, that is, without error or failure of basic contents and meaning in the original manuscripts.
The Holy Scripture contains all the necessary truth to lead men and women into salvation. (Ps. 19-7; John 17:7; Romans 15:4; I Thess. 2:13 and II Tim. 3:15-17).
3) The original perfection of creation; the inherent corruptness of humanity through the Fall; the necessity of repentance and regeneration by grace and through faith in Christ alone, and the eternal separation from God of the finally unrepentant.
We believe that mankind was created in HIS own image (Gen. 1:27), but because of Adam’s sin (disobedience) man inherits a corrupt nature that inclines him to do wrong. (Genesis 3:6; 6:5; Romans 5:12).
Man is incapable of achieving a life without sin on his own. (Proverbs 20:9; Romans 3:20; Gal. 2:16). Because man is created in God’s own image, we have a God-likeness which includes knowledge between right and wrong – the ability to choose which course we will take – and the responsibility for our actions or our choices. (Joshua 24:15; I Kings 20:40; John 7:17).
We rejoice in the saving and keeping power of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. However, we do recognize the responsibility that is ours to maintain a spiritual walk. We believe that after we have experienced regeneration it is possible to fall into sin. In this life, there is no height or strength of holiness from which it is impossible to fall. But by the Grace of God one who has fallen into sin may, by confession and true repentance, find forgiveness and be restored into fellowship with God. (Matt. 18:21,22; I John 1:9; 2:1,24,25). Let us always remember that our security is in abiding in fellowship with God. He is always willing to keep us, but we must be willing to abide.
We believe that those who have not accepted Christ as their personal Saviour and are unrepentant will be judged by God in His perfect justice. (Ecclesiastes 12:14; Matt. 25:31-46; II Cor. 5:10; Romans 2:16).
4) The Virgin Birth, sinless life, atoning death, triumphant resurrection, ascension and continuing intercession of our Lord Jesus Christ. His second coming and eternal kingdom reign.
We believe in the personal return of Jesus Christ to receive His believers into heaven and eternal life.
The time of His return is unknown; however, it may be at any moment. This is the glorious hope of all God’s children. (John 14:1-3; I Thess. 4:13-18; James 5:7, 8; Rev. 22:12-20).
5) The justification and sanctification of believers through the finished work of Christ, their security as they remain in Him and their future resurrection in an incorruptible body.
Justification is an act of God whereby He declares penitent sinners “the righteousness of Christ”. The act of JUSTIFICATION makes me “just as if I’d never sinned”.
We believe that Jesus Christ, the living Son of God, was given by God as a sacrifice for the sins of all men. Christ died on the cross to mend the broken relationship between God and man which was caused by man’s sin of disobedience. However, this broken relationship may be restored into perfect harmony through belief in Jesus Christ – by faith – not on the basis of our works. (Gal. 5:4,5; Eph. 2:8,9).
This belief and faith in Jesus Christ, recognizing Him as Lord and Saviour, gives men and women the free gift of eternal life. (John 1:29, John 3:16; I Cor. 5:7; Eph. 5:2; I Peter 1:19).
We believe that sanctification is the work of God and the Holy Spirit – making the believer pure in heart and totally committed and dedicated to God. This work is both instantaneous and gradual or progressive. It begins when a person is saved and continues throughout life.
This process of sanctification is the working of the Holy Spirit in a believer’s life, bringing the believer to wholeness and holiness and convicting us of our lukewarmness and apathy in our relationship with the Lord. It further brings purity of heart, soul and mind and, ultimately, perfection. (Deut, 30:6; Luke 1:74, 75; Acts 15:8,9; 1 Cor. 6:11; Eph. 4:13,24; 1 Thess 4:3,7; James 4:8).
6) The Sacraments of Baptism by immersion and of the Lord’s Supper.
We believe that God ordained two sacraments: The Lord’s Supper and Water Baptism.
The Lord’s Supper is received in remembrance of Christ’s death for our sin. The bread represents His broken body and the wine His shed blood. It is also a remembrance of God’s love and grace towards us, and of the love we must share with one another. (Matt. 26:26,38; Mark 14:22-24; I Cor. 10:16 1 Cor. 11:25-33).
Water Baptism is an outward, symbolic act signifying salvation and cleansing from sin. (Num. 8:7; Mark 16:16; Acts 22:36).
The word baptize means to bury in water. We believe in baptism by immersion at an age of accountability. Our infants are dedicated to the Lord. Baptism is for those who are knowledgeable of sin and the need to repent.
7) The Baptism of the Holy Spirit for believers with supernatural signs empowering the Church for its mission in the world.
Prior to His ascension, the Lord Jesus Christ commanded His followers to wait for the promise of the Holy Spirit because the power of the Holy Spirit was necessary to be witnesses and to express the life of Christ. (Acts 1:1-8).
Paul also commanded the believers in Ephesians 5:18 to be filled with the spirit. (“be filled” is a present passive imperative. It is not “have you been filled?” but “be filled now on a continuing basis”.) The Word of God would not command us to receive something that has not been freely given and was not available to us. (Acts 19:2-6).
A person who is being continuously filled with the Holy Spirit will manifest the character and ability of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Anointed One.
8) The gifts of the Holy Spirit for building up of the Church and ministering to the world.
- GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT
We believe that Jesus Christ, through the Holy Spirit, has given spiritual/natural gifts to believers (severally as He wills).
The Gifts of the Holy Ghost for the edification, exhortation and comfort of the Church, which is the body of Christ.
The purpose of the gifts is to build up the Body of Christ (The Church) thereby bringing glory to God.
The gifts are to be exercised in love and emphasize the need for unity. (I Cor. 12:4,11,18,21-25).
9) Christ’s leadership of the Church through Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, Teachers and elders for the unity, maturity and growth of the Church.
We believe that Jesus gives governmental gifts to the Church (Eph. 4:11-16) to equip and adjust the saints for the work of the ministry and for the edification of the Body of Christ.
10) The privilege and responsibility of wise stewardship of all that God has given, including the practice of tithes and offerings to the local church.
It is our privilege to bring to the Lord our tithes and offerings as an acknowledgement of His Lordship in our lives. (Gen. 14:20; 28:22; Prov. 3:9-10; Mal. 3:10; I Cor. 16:2; II Cor. 9:6-7; Heb. 7:1-10).
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