Abridged Statement of Belief
We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures, as originally written by holy men of God who were borne along by the Holy Spirit, were God-breathed, both equally and fully in all parts. We believe that these Scriptures are completely without error and therefore the final authority in all matters. We believe that the Bible is the only infallible guide for faith and practice. Believing the sixty six books of the Bible to be the completed Word/Revelation of God, we reject inspiration of all other extra-Biblical writings and revelations, including the apocryphal books.
The True, Triune God
We believe that there is only one living and true God, all knowing, all powerful and omnipresent. He is the Maker and Supreme ruler of heaven and earth and of all that exists; inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honour, confidence and love. We believe that in the unity of the Godhead there are three eternal and co-equal persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, who execute distinct and harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. As the Creator, He is Father to all mankind, but He is spiritual Father only to believers.
The Lord Jesus Christ
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He was/is both fully God and fully man, yet without sin. He voluntarily laid down His life on the cross of Calvary as a substitute in the sinners place to make full atonement for our sins. He bodily rose from the dead on the third day, and after forty days He ascended bodily into heaven.
Jesus is coming again, first to rapture his Church and then to establish His Kingdom. He will be the judge of all mankind. Eschatologically we hold to a pre-tribulation rapture and a pre-millennial (literal 1000 years) second coming.
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Person of the Godhead because He possesses all the attributes of personality and of Deity. He is equal with the Father and with the Son and is of the same nature. He convicts unbelievers of sin, righteous-ness and judgement. He is the agent of the new birth who immediately places (baptizes) the believer into the Body of Christ at the moment of salvation. He seals, indwells, fills, guides and teaches believers the way of righteousness.
We believe that the Holy Spirit endows believers with service gifts upon conversion. We are cessationist in that we believe that the Bible disavows the authenticity of sign gifts for today (prophecy i.e. foretelling/speaking in tongues/healing on demand). The gifts and the gifted men were, and are, based upon the direct biblical need of the church, i.e. an incomplete Bible at the time, and therefore not all of the offices and gifts of the early first century are operative today.
Concerning spiritual gifts, we believe that every believer has at least one, and that it is our responsibility, with God’s help, to discover and use it for God’s glory. The gifts are given to profit/edify others, not ourselves. It is the Holy Spirit who gives us our gift(s) and not us who ask for the ones we want. Not all Christians have the same gifts. Spiritual gifts are not synonymous with spirituality. The evidence of spirituality is the fruit of the Spirit, and not the gifts of the Spirit.
We believe that the scriptures teach that man was created by a direct act of God and not from any previously existing form of life. Hence we reject the teachings (theories) of evolution. We believe that man was created to glorify and enjoy God forever. By voluntary transgression man fell from his state of innocence, in consequence of which all men are now sinners by nature and by choice, and are utterly devoid of the holiness required by God’s standard, are positively inclined to evil and are therefore without defense or excuse and are under just condemnation to eternal punishment and to everlasting existence separated from God.
We believe that sin is the transgression of/disobedience to the law, thus to do anything that is contrary to the clear teachings/commands of God’s Word. Sin originated with Satan in heaven and first occurred with Adam and Eve on earth. By choice, Adam and Eve sinned, and as a result of them, the sinful Adamic nature has been passed down to all generations since. All sin is an abomination to God, but it is the Adamic nature in mankind that separates them from God and that will cause them to spend all eternity in Hell. In the blood of Jesus Christ, God has provided the solution to all sin. By God’s grace, through faith, the unsaved can be saved, and by confession of sin believers can be forgiven and restored to fellowship with God.
We believe that the salvation of sinners is divinely initiated, wholly by grace and accomplished only through the Gospel of Jesus Christ which involves his death, the shedding of his blood, His burial and His resurrection from the dead. Salvation is wholly apart from works and comes only after repentance of sin and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. In order to be saved, the sinner must be born again, being regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit, through faith in God’s Word. He then becomes the recipient of a new nature and possesses a salvation that is eternally secure.
Instead of being the ‘giving up of sin’ by ourselves, repentance is our mind being changed about sin, self and the Saviour, whereby we recognize before God our sinfulness, confess our willingness to turn from it and commit ourselves to God to actually do it.
We believe that salvation is both instantaneous (positional) and progressive (sanctification). In Christ, we are positionally perfect, however, in reality, we are still becoming perfect and will only in practice be perfect when we get to heaven However, we do believe that the true believer, submitted to the working of the Holy Spirit in his life, will manifest the likeness of Christ in growing measures through his life, evidencing that he possesses a new nature.
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