This is an overview of our core beliefs as a church.
The Bible is the Word Of God.
We believe that the Bible, both Old Testament and New Testament, is the divinely inspired inerrant written Word of God, and we accept these Scriptures in their entirety as the supreme and final authority for all matters of Christian faith and practice.
God – Father Son & Holy Spirit
We believe in the existence of one God in three Persons who is everlasting and unchanging:
God the Father who is sovereign, eternal and perfect.
The Son of God, who is Himself God, who without any loss of His essential deity, became the man Jesus Christ through the activity of the Holy Spirit and through the virgin birth. We believe that He lived as a man without sin, that He died on the cross as a perfect and complete sacrifice, that He rose bodily from the dead, and that He ascended into heaven where he is now seated at the Father’s right hand interceding as the believer’s high priest.
The Holy Spirit, who is Himself God, and who is present in the world to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, to convict people of their sin and need for the Saviour, to lead them to repentance, to regenerate and indwell those who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord, and to guarantee them their eternal inheritance. We also believe that the indwelling Holy Spirit seeks to enable each believer to live in a manner worthy of his or her calling in Christ by manifesting the fruit of the Spirit in his or her life, and bestows one or more spiritual gifts upon each believer to prepare him or her for Christian service.
We believe in the existence of spiritual beings known as angels who serve God.
Satan & Demons,
We believe in the actual existence of the Devil and demons who chose to rebel against God’s authority and are the ultimate source of all evil, opposed to God and to God’s purposes, and seeking to tempt God’s people away from the ways of God. We also believe that Satan and his demons were defeated through the death and bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, and that they are ultimately subject to the purposes of God and will be confined to Hell forever.
Human beings, both male and female, are created by God in His own image. We also believe that, through the rebellion and disobedience of the first human beings, Adam and Eve, this image was marred and that all people are now in a fallen and lost condition which has separated them from God and caused disharmony between themselves. Human beings can never make up for their sin by self improvement or good works, and that salvation from the penalty and power of sin is offered as a free gift by God to all human beings on the basis of the work of the Lord Jesus Christ – His perfect obedience, His atoning death and His bodily resurrection. There must be repentance towards God and confession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ in order to personally experience salvation.
One Christian Church
We believe in one holy universal Church composed of all people (irrespective of denomination) who, through faith in Jesus Christ alone, have been born anew by the Holy Spirit and are therefore united together as the Body of Christ, of which He is the head. We also believe that the local church is an expression of the Body of Christ, meeting in a particular locality.
In response to the example and command of the Lord Jesus Christ, baptism by the immersion in water of those who have repented and believed; is a symbol of sharing His death, burial, and resurrection.
(Matthew 3:13-17; Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 6:3-5)
The communion of the Lord’s supper, celebrated in response to the example and command of the Lord Jesus Christ, is a memorial until He comes again, of the sacrifice of the body and blood of Jesus Christ.
Heaven and Hell
We believe in the resurrection of the dead, the personal glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ and the subsequent judgment of all people by Him (1) – the saved to everlasting life and blessings in heaven (2) – and the unsaved to everlasting punishment in hell (3)
(1) (1 Corinthians 15:20-28; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 19:11-16; Revelation 20:11-15)
(2) (John 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 4:17; 2 Corinthians 5:1; Revelation 21:3,4,22-27; Revelation 22:4-5)
(3) (Matthew 25:41,46; 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9; Luke 13:28; Revelation 20:10,13-15).