God the Creator
God created the world in 6 literal days (Genesis Chp1) out of nothing (Heb11:1-3) by the Word of His Power (John 1:1-3; Psalm 19:1-6) and not by any intermediary process such as evolution (Heb11:3; 2 Peter3:3-6).
The One True God
We believe in THE ONE TRUE GOD: who is an intelligent, sovereign, spiritual and personal Being; perfect, infinite, and eternal in His being, holiness and love, wisdom and power; absolutely separate from and above the world as its Creator, yet everywhere present in the world as the Upholder of all things. He is revealed to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, three distinct persons but without division of nature, essence or being, and each having a distinct ministry in God’s relation to His creation and people.
God has revealed His Person and His character to mankind in
Creation (Roms1:20; Psalm 19)
By His inspired Word the Bible (1 Tim 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19ff; 1 Peter 1:11; Heb 4:12)
By His Incarnate Word Jesus Christ (John 1:1-2; 1:14,18; Col2:9; Hebrews 1:1ff)
The absolute sovereignty of God over all things in
Election to eternal Salvation (John 6:37, 44, 63-65; 10:3-4, 26-27; 17:2, 6, Romans 8:29ff; 9:15ff; Ephesians 1:4; 1 Peter 1:2)
Reprobation or the appointment according to the eternal counsels of God of the lost to their eternal destiny (Prov 16:4; John 16:39ff; Romans 9:18ff; 1 Peter 2:8)
His plan of Salvation (Acts3; 1 Peter 1:20)
Providence in general (Dan 4:17,25; Rom 8:28; Eph 1:11)
The plans and purposes of God for His people in particular (Rom 8:28ff; Rom 5:1-5; 1 Peter 1:7)
Ultimately in all things (Eph 1:11)
The Lord Jesus Christ
We believe in THE LORD JESUS CHRIST: who is the second Person of the Triune God, the eternal Word and Only Begotten Son; that without any change in His divine Person, He became man by miracle of the Virgin Birth, thus to continue forever as both true God and true Man, one Person with two natures; that as Man He was tempted in all points as we are, yet without sin; that as the perfect Lamb of God He gave Himself in death upon the cross, bearing there the sin of the world, and suffering its full penalty of divine wrath in our stead; that He arose from the grave in a glorified body; that as our great High Priest He ascended into Heaven, there to appear before the face of God as our Advocate and Intercessor.
The substitutionary sacrifice of The Lord Jesus Christ, who is the incarnate Son of God, is the sole and all-sufficient ground of redemption from the guilt and power of sin, and from God’s wrath and condemnation (Roms3:21-26; Heb9:26-28; 1Peter2:24, 3:18; 1John2:2)
The Holy Spirit
We believe in THE HOLY SPIRIT: who is the third Person of the Trinity, and the divine Agent in nature, revelation and redemption; that He convicts the world concerning sin, righteousness and judgment; that He regenerates, indwells, seals and anoints all who become children of God through Christ; that He further empowers, guides, teaches, sanctifies and fills believers who daily surrender to Him.
The divine inspiration of Holy Scripture
(1Tim 3:16; 1 peter1:11; 2 Peter 1:19-21) and consequently:
The writings of the Old and New Testaments as the very Word of God, verbally inspired in all parts and therefore wholly without error and altogether sufficient in themselves as our only infallible and authoritative rule of faith and practice.
The supreme authority of the scriptures in all matters of faith and conduct (Isa 8:20; 55:11; Matt4:6-11; John 5:39)
The sufficiency of scripture for Christian life and conduct (2Tim 3:15-17)
The ability of God to speak personally, powerfully, practically and with particular relevance to His people today by His inspired Word (1 Peter 2:1-4; 1 Co 14:25; Psalm 119)
The enduring value of the Word of God (Matt 5:18) which remains with an abiding relevance for us today (Rom 15:4).
We believe ALL MEN ARE BY NATURE AND CHOICE SINFUL AND LOST: that man was the direct creation of God, made in His image and likeness; that by personal disobedience to the revealed will of God, man became a sinful creature, the father of a fallen race which is universally sinful in both nature and practice, thus alienated from the life and family of God, under the righteous judgment and wrath of God, and has within himself no possible means of salvation.
Salvation By Grace Through Faith
We believe in SALVATION BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH: that salvation is the free gift of God, neither merited nor secured in part or in whole by any virtue or work of man, but received only by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, in whom all true believers have as a present possession the gift of eternal life, a perfect righteousness, deliverance and security from all condemnation, every spiritual resource needed for life and godliness, and the divine guarantee that they shall never perish; that this salvation affects the whole man; that apart from Christ there is no possible salvation.
Righteous Living and Godly Works
We believe in RIGHTEOUS LIVING AND GODLY WORKS: not as a means of salvation in any sense, but as its proper evidence and fruit; and therefore as Christians we should obey the Word of our Lord, seek the things which are above, walk as He walked, accept as our solemn responsibility the duty and privileges of bearing the gospel to a lost world; remembering that a victorious and fruitful Christian life is possible only for those who in gratitude for the infinite and undeserved mercies of God have presented themselves wholly to Christ.
The Existence of Satan
We believe in THE EXISTENCE OF SATAN: who originally was created a holy and perfect being, but through pride and wicked ambition rebelled against God, thus becoming utterly depraved in character, the great adversary of God and His people, leader of all other evil angels and wicked spirits, the deceiver and god of this present world: that his powers are vast, but strictly limited by the permissive will of God who overrules all his wicked devices for good; that he was defeated and judged at the cross, and therefore his final doom is certain; that we are able to resist and overcome him only in the armor of God, by the blood of the Lamb and through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Future Life, Bodily Resurrection and Eternal Judgment
We believe in FUTURE LIFE, BODILY RESURRECTION AND ETERNAL JUDGMENT: that the spirits of the saved at death go immediately to be with Christ in Heaven, that their works shall be brought before the Judgment of Christ for the determination of rewards which will take place at the time when Christ comes for His own; that the spirits of the unsaved at death descend immediately into Hell where they are kept under punishment until the final day of judgment, at which time their bodies shall be raised from the grave, that they shall be judged and cast into the lake of fire, the place of final and everlasting punishment.
The Second Coming of Christ
We believe in THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST: that His coming in the air to rapture His Church, which is our blessed Hope, is always imminent; that when He has first by resurrection of the dead and translation of the living removed from the earth His waiting Church, He will then pour out the righteous judgments of God upon the unbelieving world and after wards descend with His Church and establish His glorious and literal kingdom over all the nations for a thousand years.
Priesthood of All Believers
We believe in THE PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS: that Christ is our Great High Priest and through Him every born-again person has direct access into God’s presence without the need of a human priest; that the believer has the right and responsibility to personally study and interpret the Scriptures guided by the Holy Spirit.
The Church as consisting of all truly born again (regenerate) believers in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 2:47; 1 Peter 2:4)
The one universal Church as being expressed locally in autonomous companies of Christians gathered to the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, existing in dependence upon Christ and drawing authority from Christ (1 Co 5:4) whilst independent of human organisational forms, structures and hierarchies (Matt 18:20; 1 Co5 :4; 1 John 1:3; Rev 1:13ff)
The Local Church
We believe in THE IMPORTANCE OF THE LOCAL CHURCH: We believe that a New Testament church is a congregation of baptised believers united together by faith in Christ, having fellowship in the gospel and observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by His Word, and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by that Word; that its officers of ordination are elders and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures; we believe the true mission of the church is found in the “Great Commission”: first, to make individual disciples; second, to baptise the converts; third, to teach and instruct as He commanded. We hold to the autonomy of the local assembly; that the local church has the absolute right of self-government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organisations; and that the one and only superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel; that every church is sole and only judge of the measure and method of its cooperation, on all matters of membership, policy, or government, of discipline, of benevolence, and the will of the local church is final.
The Ordinances Given to the Church
We believe THE ORDINANCES GIVEN TO THE LOCAL CHURCH ARE TWO, BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER:
Biblical baptism is that of believers (Acts 2:38,41; 8:12,13; 8:36ff) by immersion (Acts 8:38; Rom 6:4ff) upon confession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 2:41) as an act of obedience to Christ (Matt 28:19), identifying the believer publicly with Christ personally (Acts 8:16; 1 Co10:1ff; ) and symbolically with Christs death burial and resurrection (Rom 6:4ff). This baptism is not causal with respect to salvation nor is it a work which contributes to the believers salvation (Eph2:8; Rom 3:28; Titus 3:5) nor to his regeneration (Luke 23:42-43; 1 Co 1:16-17) but rather as the outer expression of an inner work of God already wrought in the human conscience (1 Peter 3:21).
The Lord’s Supper is the partaking of the bread and cup by the believer as a continuing memorial of the broken body and shed blood of Christ. This bread and wine does not substantively become the actual nor the mystical body and blood of Jesus Christ.
Missions and Missionaries
We believe in MISSIONS AND MISSIONARIES: that all men everywhere are lost and condemned and that the command to go and preach the Gospel to the world is clear and unmistakable and this commission was given to the churches.
Separation From the World
We believe in SEPARATION FROM THE WORLD: that it is a command of God that all believers separate from all forms of godlessness, apostasy, compromise and worldliness.