We believe in…
In the One true & living God
In the one true & living God, eternally existent in three Persons in unity: God the Father, God the Son & God the Holy Spirit.In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious & atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His continuing intercession for all believers & in His personal return to consummate history & to receive all born again believers to Himself.
In the Holy Spirit
In the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth, sent from the Father, to bear witness to Christ.
In the Bible as the sole basis of our belief
In the Bible as the sole basis of our belief, the divinely inspired Word of God & the final, absolute & infallible authority on all matters of faith, conduct & practice.
That man was created in the image of God
That man was created in the image of God but that by voluntary disobedience he fell from perfection; that while we were yet sinners separated from God, Christ died for us, signing the pardon of all who believe in Him; that we have no righteousness in ourselves & must come to God pleading the righteousness of Christ. Upon sincere repentance & a wholehearted acceptance of Christ, we are justified before God but those who reject Christ will be eternally separated from God.
The present ministry of the Holy in Spirit Baptism
That all believers are entitled to & should ardently expect & earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism with the Holy Spirit & fire according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Church. With the baptism with the Holy Spirit & fire comes the endowment of power for life & service, the bestowing of the gifts & their practical application in the work of the ministry.
In the one, holy, universal Church
In the one, holy, universal Church. All who repent of their sins & confess Jesus Christ as Lord & Saviour are regenerated by the Holy Spirit & form the living Body of Christ of which He is the Head & of which we are all members.
In the imminent return of Jesus
That Jesus will return for a Church that is the manifestation in the earth of Jesus in all His fullness & a Church that is walking in the fullness of all He achieved through His victory on Calvary
In apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds & teachers
In Christ’s leadership of the Church through the ascension ministries of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors & teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry & for the unity, maturity & growth of the Church.
The Lord's Supper, water baptism by full immersion, laying on of hands & anointing with oil
In the partaking of the Lord’s Supper in memory of His death, resurrection & imminent return; in baptism by immersion for believers; in the laying on of hands & the anointing of the sick with oil.
In the privilege & responsibility of wise stewardship
In the privilege & responsibility of wise stewardship of all that God has given, including the giving of time, money & talents as the Lord directs.
In marriage as defined by God & His Word
We believe that marriage was ordained by God at creation as the sacred union of one man and one woman, to the exclusion of others. All sexual relations must therefore be reserved for that union. Christian marriage is a representation of Christ’s relationship to His church. We also believe that children are a blessing from the Lord. Thus all human life is sacred and worthy of protection from the moment of conception. (Genesis 1:26-28; 2:24; Psalm 127 & 128; 139:13-16; Matthew 19:1-10; I Corinthians 6:9-11; Ephesians 5:22-33; Hebrews 13:4)
Those who are called to office in the church are to lead a life in obedience to Scripture and in accordance with biblical standards for behaviour and conduct. Among these standards is the requirement to live either in fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman or chastity in singleness. Scripture condemns sexual sin including:– adultery (Exodus 20:4, Matthew 15:19, Romans 2:2, Romans 13:9, 1 Corinthians 6:9, Hebrews 13:4, James 2:11)– fornication (sex outside of marriage) (Acts 15:20 & 29, Acts 21:25, 1 Corinthians 6:9, Hebrews 13:4)– homosexual practices (Romans 1:26–28; 1 Corinthians 6:9–10; 1 Timothy 1:9–10)
Christians are therefore not to promote or celebrate sinful practices, but are to be free from them in Christ, through repentance and through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and the Word. Anyone refusing to repent of any self-acknowledged practice which the Scriptures refer to as sin should not be ordained and/or installed as deacons, elders, ministers, or in any position of leadership in our churches.