WHAT we believe: Our Core Beliefs
We Believe in…
One living and true God:
God exists eternally in three persons; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit -equal in power and glory. He has revealed himself to be perfect in love, holiness and righteousness. He created all, upholds all and governs all. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10-11; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22)
God the Father:
God has revealed Himself as a Father who is an infinite, personal Spirit -perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. He concerns Himself mercifully in our affairs. He hears and answers prayer; and He saves from sin and death all who come to Him in faith through Jesus Christ. (Deuteronomy 32:6; Psalms 103:13-15; Jeremiah 3:19; 2 Corinthians 6:18; John 14:9)
Jesus Christ is God’s one and only son, conceived by the Holy Spirit, and both truly God and truly man. He was born of a virgin; lived a sinless life; died an atoning death for our sins; rose bodily from the dead; ascended into heaven; and intercedes for His people. (Matthew 1:23; Hebrews 1-3; Acts 2:22; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Colossians 1:15-20; 1 Corinthians 15:4)
The Holy Spirit:
The Holy Spirit comes from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower for ministry all who believe in Christ. The Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and is an abiding helper, teacher, gift-giver, and guide. Through the indwelling Holy Spirit we can experience a progressive liberation from the bondage of sin, Satan and the world. (John 14:26; 16:5-15; Romans 8:12-17; 26-27; 1 Corinthians 12; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 3)
God’s plan to save man:
Man was created in God’s image, tempted by Satan and subsequently rebelled against God. Men and women became corrupted in their nature, expressing that in sinful deeds. They have come under God’s just condemnation. Those who repent of their sins, confess Jesus Christ as Lord and are baptized into Christ are declared righteous, forgiven of sin, incorporated into his body and empowered for service. No one can come to the Father except through Jesus. (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:17; 3:6; Romans 5:12-19; Ephesians 2:1-10; Titus 3:5-7)
The Believer’s Authority:
The believer possesses great authority, through Christ, over the powers of spiritual darkness, which are led by Satan, the ruler of this world. We actively exercise this authority as we pray, walk by faith, exercise spiritual gifts, and progress towards spiritual maturity in Christ. Furthermore, the Holy Spirit brings a reality of the Kingdom of God on earth as He acts in and through our lives with sovereign, supernatural power. (Matthew 18:18-20; 28:18-20; Ephesians 2:4-7; 6:16; 1 John 4:4)
The Church is the living, spiritual Body of Christ, of which Jesus is the Head and all those born again are members. The church is the primary instrument of God for the extension of His Kingdom today. Jesus Christ committed two ordinances to the Church: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The church in addition to promoting worship and mutual edification is to witness in word and deed to the reality of Christ as Savior and Lord, taking the gospel to all peoples, making disciples, baptizing and teaching all that Christ has commanded. (Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:22; Hebrews 12:23; 1 Corinthians 11:26; Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4)
Jesus Christ will return to the earth to raise the dead, judge the world, consummate His glorious Kingdom and bestow eternal blessing on those declared righteous through faith in Jesus Christ-this is the hope of the Church. The wicked, rejecting Christ as Lord and Savior, will be fairly judged for their sins and will be banned from God’s presence, along with Satan and his angels. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 2 Peter 3:13; Matthew 25:46; John 3:36; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8)
The Scriptures are given by divine inspiration and are thus the written Word of God. They are the final authority for the lives of believers in every culture and age, and are the trustworthy rule for our faith. They should be interpreted according to their context and purpose, and with regard to the living Lord who speaks through them in power by the Holy Spirit. The primary purpose of Scripture is to lead to faith in Jesus. (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 1:21)
HOW we believe:
- In our core beliefs we are united.
- In other things we enjoy diversity.
- In everything we show love.