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Statement of Faith

The Essentials

THE BIBLE


The Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to all people. The Bible, consisting of Old and New Testaments was written by human authors under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and is therefore the Word of God, infallible and inerrant in the original writings. As the Word of God, the Bible is the final authority for faith and life.
 
2 Timothy 3:16-172 Peter 1:20-21
 

GOD


There is one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existent in three co-equal persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is sovereign over all things.
 
Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19Romans 11:36
 

JESUS CHRIST


The Son of God, Jesus Christ, is truly God and truly man, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, Mary. He lived a perfect and sinless human life, before dying willingly on a Roman cross to pay the penalty for the sin of all people. He was buried, but rose bodily from the dead three days later, triumphant over sin, death and Satan and was exalted to the Father’s right hand in Heaven, given all authority and power.
 
Matthew 3:17; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Philippians 2:5-11Colossians 1:15-20
 

THE HOLY SPIRIT


The Holy Spirit’s work is to convict people of their sin leading them to repentance and trust in Jesus Christ, for salvation. He indwells every believer from the time of their salvation, empowering them in every aspect of their individual and Church life. Some of His roles in believers include:
- Enabling to live a holy life and be a witness for Jesus Christ;
- Imparting of spiritual gifts for service; and
- Guiding into all truth.
All that are indwelt by the Holy Spirit are eternally secure.
 
John 16:8-11, 13-15; Acts 1:8, 1 Corinthians 12:4&11; Galatians 5:22-25Ephesians 1:13-14
 

PEOPLE


People were created in the image of God to exist for eternity in relationship with Him. The first people created walked in perfect fellowship with God, before Satan deceived them into disobeying God, bringing sin into the world and death by sin. All people have sinned and are therefore guilty in God’s sight, under His wrath, separated from Him and incapable of saving themselves from the consequences of sin. God’s desire is to restore people to a perfect relationship with Himself.
 
Genesis 1:27; Ecclesiastes 3:11; Isaiah 59:1-2; Romans 3:23, 6:23
 
 

SALVATION



Salvation is God’s free gift of grace available to all people, which cannot be earned through good works or self-improvement. The grounds of salvation are the perfect life, atoning death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. While salvation is a free gift it must be individually received through repentance of sin and trust in Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord. Such people are forgiven of all their sin – past, present and future – born again by the Holy Spirit and become children of God. Growing conformity to Christ and endurance in the faith will always characterise those who are truly saved.
 
John 1:12; Acts 20:21; Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-10; Colossians 1:22-23; Hebrews 3:6&14, 6:11-12; James 2:17; 1 Peter 1:3-5
 

SECOND COMING AND ETERNITY



The Lord Jesus Christ will return in person to gather His people, to manifest His Kingdom with power and glory and to judge the world in righteousness. Those who belong to Him will go to be with Him eternally in Heaven, while those who are not His will receive eternal judgment in a place of torment.
 
Acts 1:11, 17:30-31; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:1521:3-4
 

SATAN



Satan is a real being who is the adversary of both God and people. He is the deceiver who led people into sin and the accuser of all believers in Christ. He continues to wage war against God and His creation, both physical and spiritual. Satan and his angels were defeated by Jesus Christ at the cross and are destined for eternal judgement by God in a place of torment.
 
Genesis 3:1-7, 14-15; Job 1:6-12; Matthew 25:41; John 8:44; Ephesians 6:11-12; 1 Peter 5:8Revelation 20:10 
 
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THE CHURCH



The church, composed of both the universal church and the local church is best illustrated through the imagery of the “body” as described by Paul in Romans 12. It is comprised of all those members who have been born again, who meet together as an interdependent living spiritual body, of which Christ is the Head. The local church is governed by local leaders who are accountable before God and act as under Shepherds. Each member of the local church is called to meet together and to exercise their spiritual gifts to build up the body of believers.

The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
 
(Romans 12, Colossians 1:18, Hebrews 10:25, 1 Corinthians 1:14, Luke 22:14-20, Matthew 28:19)