WHAT WE BELIEVE
Our statement of faith includes a summary of what we believe as a church and believe to be essential for living as followers of Jesus Christ.
1. The Holy Scriptures is the Word of God
a. The entire Scriptures are God-breathed and inspired by God alone (2 Timothy 3:16).
b. There are 66 books in the Holy Scriptures, divided into Old and New Testaments.
c. God’s Word is the absolute authority and is the base, premise and foundation for life as a Christian.
2. There is one God who is infinite (Psalm 147:5), eternal (Deuteronomy 33:27), holy and glorious (Isaiah 6:3). He is the Great I AM (Exodus 3:14), a God of love (1 John 4:8), grace (Joel 2:13) and mercy (Ephesians 2:4). God is Almighty (Revelation 1:8), One being in three persons namely God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
3. God the creator of the universe and made man perfect in His own image (Genesis 1:27). Mankind is made for the Glory of God (Isaiah 43:7) to live with Him and for Him to bring absolute joy, purpose and satisfaction.
4. Mankind has sinned against God and fallen short of the Glory of God (Romans 3:23) and is condemned to eternal punishment in hell to satisfy the right requirements of a perfect, just and Holy God.
5. Salvation is by grace alone, through faith.
a. We cannot save ourselves.
b. God, in His grace, has made a way for salvation by sending His One and only Son, Jesus Christ into the world (John 3:16).
c. Jesus Christ is both fully God and fully man and died on the cross to pay the penalty for lost sinners. He rose from the dead on the third day (1 Thessalonians 4:14), conquering sin and death and ascended to be with the Father in glory.
d. All who repent of their sins and believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour will be saved. This is God's free gift of grace to all who put their faith in Him.
6. Fallen sinners who are rescued by the saving grace of Jesus Christ have the absolute assurance of salvation (John 5:24) that they have been adopted into the family of God as His children and will spend eternity with Him in Glory.
7. Christians are commanded in Scripture to be baptised upon their profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 16:31-33). They are also to partake regularly in the Holy Communion as a remembrance of Christ’s body and blood, which was sacrificed for His people on the cross (Acts 20:7).
8. Christians should meet together as the local church (Hebrews 10:25). Jesus Christ is the head of the church (Ephesians 1:22) and we meet together to worship God, to praise Him, study His Word, seek Him in prayer and to have fellowship with one another as a family in His Name.
9. Christians are called to ‘go and make disciples of all nations’ (Matthew 28:19). Christians have a heart-felt duty to reach out with the message of the Gospel to the lost. This is the burden placed upon the church and it is the rich blessing of God’s people to be ambassadors for Christ for the sake of God’s Glory and the furtherance of His Kingdom.
10. Christ will return again one day to judge all people (Revelation 22:12) and to raise the dead to life (Hebrews 9:28), welcoming the righteous in Christ into heaven and casting the unrighteous to eternal damnation in hell. Christ reigns victorious over sin and death and will return to ultimately conquer Satan and all the evil of this world and everyone will worship and praise His Name.
We believe that the Word of God is the absolute and ultimate authority for Christians and that the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith is a good summary of what the Bible teaches.