We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as originally written were God-breathed, both verbally and in every part. We believe God, who is Truth, communicated through Spirit-controlled men so that the Scriptures are without error and therefore authoritative in all they teach and in all matters they touch. We believe the Bible is the supreme revelation of God’s will for man and constitutes the only infallible guide for faith and life.
THE TRUE GOD
We believe in one God, the Creator of heaven and earth; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three Persons, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory, having precisely the same nature, attributes, perfections and executing distinct yet harmonious offices in the great work of redemption and worthy of precisely the same honor, confidence, and obedience.
We believe God the Father is neither begotten nor proceeds from any other person. The Father ordained creation, election, redemption and all that comes to pass. God the Father is uniquely related as the Father of Jesus Christ the Messiah, Israel and Christians.
THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He, being in very nature God took on human nature. He lived an absolutely sinless life and in His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins, dying not as a martyr, but as a voluntary substitute in the sinner’s place. He rose from the dead on the third day and ascended bodily into heaven where he intercedes for the saints. He will come again to rapture the Church and after seven years of tribulation he will return to establish His Kingdom on earth.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with God the Father and God the Son and is of the same nature. We believe He was active in the creation and that He continues to work in this world in order to fulfill the purposes of the Godhead. His relation to the world is that he convicts of sin, righteousness and judgment. We believe the Holy Spirit is the agent of the new birth and places each believer into the body of Christ at the moment of salvation. He indwells, seals, guides, fills, teaches, endues with spiritual gifts, sanctifies, helps and intercedes for the believer.
We believe the Scriptures teach that Satan is a created being who fell from his original state and is the “god of this age” and “the prince of the power of the air”. He is full of all deception and seeks continually to frustrate the purposes of God and to ensnare the sons of men. He was conquered by Christ on the cross and is condemned to everlasting punishment.
We believe in the Genesis account of creation and that it is to be accepted literally and not allegorically or figuratively; that creation was not a matter of evolution over interminable periods of time, from lower to higher form of life, but as a direct act of God in six twenty four hour days as recorded in the Bible.
MAN AND SIN
We believe the Scriptures teach that man was created in God’s image by a direct act of God and not from any previously existing form of life. By voluntary transgression he fell from his state of innocence, in consequence of which all men are now sinners by nature and by choice, utterly devoid of the holiness required by law, positively inclined to evil, and therefore under just condemnation to eternal punishment and everlasting existence separated from God without defence or excuse.
We believe the Scriptures teach that salvation of sinners is divinely initiated, wholly of grace, and accomplished only through the mediatorial work of the Son of God. Salvation is entirely apart from our works and is based upon the sole condition of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ always with genuine repentance. In order to be saved the sinner must be born again, being regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit through faith in God’s Word Thereby becoming the recipient of a new nature. The great gospel blessing which Christ secures is justification, that judicial act of God accompanied by the pardon of sin and the imputation of divine righteousness. The believer who has personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is completely justified and in possession of an eternal secure salvation.
We believe the Scriptures teach that the Church is the Body of Christ, comprising of all born again believers, from Pentecost to the rapture of the church, whether Jew or Gentile, and is distinct from the nation of Israel. The local Church is a congregation of baptised believers, who gather regularly on the first day of the week observing the ordinances of Christ governed by His Laws, exercising the rights, responsibilities and privileges invested in them by the Word. The two offices are – Pastors, sometimes called elders or bishops, and Deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are defined in the Scriptures. These two offices are to be held by heterosexual men. The local church has the following distinctives:
- Sole authority of the Scriptures for faith and practice.
- Autonomy and independence of the local church.
- Believers’ baptism by immersion before Church membership.
- Two offices, Pastor and Deacon.
- Two symbolic ordinances, Baptism and the Lord’s Table.
- Individual priesthood of the believer and soul liberty.
- Separation of Church and State.
The ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper must be administered by the local church.
We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water. Baptism is a picture of the crucified, buried and risen Saviour, and of the believer’s identification with Him. Believer’s Baptism is the command of our Lord and therefore is a prerequisite to church membership.
The Lords Supper
We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes, and should be preceded by solemn self-examination. Observance of the Lord’s Supper is for believers only.
We believe the Scriptures teach that every believer should be separated unto God from the world. With the aid of the Holy Spirit, the believer should walk in Christian love and holiness. The Scriptures admonish every believer not to love the world nor the things of the world, but rather to flee evil desires, avoid every kind of evil and refrain from questionable practices which destroy one’s testimony, offend one’s brother and fail to glorify God.
We believe the Scriptures teach that the believer should be separated from apostasy in ecclesiastical organisations which include radicals, liberals and those who sanction theological compromise. This doctrine is based upon God’s eternal principle of division between truth and error and His specific command to be separated from unbelievers and disobedient brethren. This truth is to be practised with and attitude of devotion to God, humility, and compassion, yet with conviction, to create the proper condition and atmosphere for the main objective, of glorifying God.
We believe that civil government is ordained by God. The State’s God-given responsibility is to maintain moral and social order, and to uphold the dignity of human life. Christians are commanded to honour, obey and pray for the legitimate representatives of the State. However, when political authorities seek to restrict the exercise of Christian conscience, the believer is to obey God rather than men. We believe in the separation of Church and State.
TONGUES AND WONDERS
We believe the Scriptures teach that in the opening years of the Church Age the Holy Spirit gave special spiritual gifts to individual believers. Among these were the gifts of tongues, the interpretation of tongues, healing, prophecy, and knowledge. These unique gifts had an important but temporary role in the transitional period between Old Testament Judaism and the Christian Church. By the close of the first century AD, and in conjunction with the completion of the New Testament, these sign gifts ceased.
We believe the gift of tongues was the ability to speak real human languages and was a sign of judgment against the generation of Jews who rejected Jesus Christ as the promised Messiah. Other miraculous sign gifts were the fulfillment of Old Testament promises concerning the credentials of Messiah. They were given for the benefit of the faithful of Israel as an endorsement of the new message referred to by Paul as a “mystery”. These sign gifts had ceased to be necessary once that generation of Israelites had passed.
We believe in the imminent, pre-tribulational rapture of the church, living and dead, when the Lord himself shall descend from heaven to catch up believers to meet Him in the air to be with Him forever.
We believe that the rapture of the Church will be followed by the tribulation the fulfillment of Daniel’s seventieth week for Israel. The tribulation will be a seven year period of judgement on the house of Israel and the world. The latter half will be a time of Jacob’s trouble which our Lord called the Great Tribulation. This time will be followed by the Lord’s second coming.
The Second Advent
We believe in the pre-millennial return of Jesus Christ at the end of the seven year tribulation period. It will be a visible and bodily return with His saints for judgement upon the nations and to institute the millennial Kingdom here on earth in fulfillment of the promises made to Israel.
The Eternal State
We believe the Scriptures teach the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust. All those who through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ will spend eternity in full enjoyment of God’s presence in a literal heaven, and those who through impenitence and unbelief refuse to accept God’s offer of mercy will spend eternity in everlasting punishment in a literal lake of fire.