The Scriptures highlight truths on on many fundamental parts of the Christian faith. Each belief we highlight is backed by Scripture. These are not our opinions; these are teachings from the Word of God.
Be encouraged. Be challenged. Be emboldened in your understanding of His Word.
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally and plenary inspired Word of God. The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible and God-breathed and, therefore, are the final authority for faith and life. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament are the complete and divine revelation of God to Man.
The Scriptures must be interpreted historically, contextually and under the rule that Scripture must interpret Scripture. We believe that the Bible is divinely preserved for the English speaking world in the Authorised King James Holy Bible. The King James Holy Bible is our authority in faith and doctrine. (2Sam. 23:2; 2Tim. 3:16-17; 2Pet. 1:20-21).
We testify to the 'apocrypha' being present in the original 1611 Authorised Bible as beneficial for historical study but do not believe them to form any or part of the cannon of holy Scripture as testified by the Lord Himself concerning the writings of Moses through to the minor Prophets (Matt. 11:13-14; Luk. 24:27)
We believe in the One God, eternally existing in a tri-union of persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost (Spirit) - each person being co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. (Isa. 4:6; Joh. 14:10,17,26; Joh. 15:26; 2Cor. 13:14)
THE PERSON AND WORK OF GOD THE FATHER
We believe that God is our Heavenly Father.(Isa. 64:8; Matt. 6:9; Luk. 11:2) We believe the Father is the Sustainer of all living and created things and as the first person in the Godhead receives worship and thanksgiving from all who are adopted through the redemption of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Isa. 48:16; Col. 1:12; Phi. 4:7)
We believe that the Father sent His Eternal and only begotten Son out of His love for His creation. We believe both the Father and the Son make their presence known in all believers through the indwelling of the Holy Ghost which proceeds from the Father and the Son. (Isa. 48:16; Joh. 3:16-17; 1Joh. 4:14)
THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal and only begotten Son of God became man without ceasing to be God; having been conceived by the Holy Ghost and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men. (Isa. 7:14; 9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and, that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Gen. 3:15, 22:8; 1Joh. 3:8; Joh. 20:19-21)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor and Advocate. (Psa. 24:7-10; Act. 1:9-11; Heb. 2:17)
THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY GHOST
We believe that the Holy Ghost is the third person of the Godhead who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptising all believers into the body of Christ; indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. (Gen. 1:1-2; Joh. 14:26; Rom. 8:9)
We believe that He is the divine Teacher who assists believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit (Joe. 2.28; Eph. 1:17-18; Joh. 14:16-17)
We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer. God uniquely uses evangelists, bishops, and deacons to equip believers in the assembly so that they can do the work of ministry. (Joe. 2:28; Rom. 12:3-8; Esp. 4:7-12)
Speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Ghost, and that ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, though God frequently chooses to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing. (Gen. 11:1; 1Cor. 1:22; 13:8; 14:21-22)
THE TOTAL DEPRAVITY OF MAN
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God. However in Adam's sin the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature and became alienated from God. Man is totally depraved and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Gen. 1,26,27; Psa. 14:3; Rom. 3:10; ) (Gen. 6:5-6; Jer. 19:4-5; Rom. 3:23; 6:23; Eph. 2:1-3; 4:17-19)
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. We believe that all sins, except blasphemy of the Holy Ghost, are forgivable. (Gen. 6:8; Rom. 5:1,2,15; Eph. 2:8-10) (Psa. 51:1-3; 2Cor 7:10; 1Joh 1:9) (Eze. 35:12-14; Matt. 12:31-32; Act. 5:3-10)
THE ETERNAL SECURITY AND ASSURANCE OF BELIEVERS
We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever. (Job. 19:25-26; Joh. 6:37-40; Joh. 27-30; 1Pet. 1:4-5)
We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty (grace) as an occasion to the flesh (to sin). (Deu. 9:12; Gal. 5:13; 1Pet. 2:16; Rom 6:1)
We believe that the local church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is solely made up of born-again baptised persons. (Exo. 15:13; 1Cor. 12:12-14; Rom. 6:3-5)
We believe that the establishment and continuance of local house churches or church gatherings is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures which should be 'closed' meetings except for commendations made by letter or church member. (Mal. 3:16; Joh. 20:26; Act. 2:1-2; 2:46; 16:10-12; Rom. 16:1)
We believe in the autonomy of the local church, free of any external authority or control. Being subject only to their bishop, deacons and elders for spiritual guidance, teaching and discipline who are themselves subject to the Head of the church: the Lord Jesus Himself. (1Sam. 8:7; Eph. 4:11-15; 5:23-24; 1Pet. 5:1-4)
We recognise water baptism, the Lord's Supper and Head Covering (long hair) of women as the Scriptural ordinances of obedience for the church in this age. (Matt. 28:19-20; 1Cor 11:23-26; 1Cor 11:3-16)
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Saviour and Lord. God commands His people to separate from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations, and to refrain from all uncomely and immoderate appearances, piercings, and bodily markings. (Jos. 23:6-8; 24:15; Ezr. 10:11; Lev. 19:28; Rom. 12:1-2; 2Cor 6:14-18)
THE SECOND ADVENT OF CHRIST
We believe in that blessed hope. The personal, imminent return of Christ who will catch away His saints prior to the seven-year tribulation period.
At the end of the Tribulation, Christ will personally and visibly return with His saints, to establish His earthly Messianic Kingdom which was promised to the nation of Israel. (Zec. 14:4-11; 1The. 4:13-16; Tit. 2:13; Matt. 24:30; The Rev. 20:1-6)
THE ETERNAL STATE
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men: the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. (2Sam. 12:23; Job. 19:25-26; Matt. 25:46; Joh. 5:24-29)
We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious punishment until the second resurrection: when with soul and body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire for eternal punishment. (Psa. 55:15; Luk. 16:19-31; 23:43; The Rev. 20:11-15)
We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection: when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. (Ecc. 12:7; Luk. 23:43; 2Cor. 5:8; 1The 4:16-17)
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