DECLARATION OF FAITH

The Bible

We believe the Bible to be the complete Word of God; that its sixty-six books, as originally written, were verbally inspired by the Spirit of God and were entirely free from error; that it presents us particularly with the Lord Jesus Christ; and, that it is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21; John 20:31; Psalm 119:105)

God

We believe in one God existing in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit – co-existent, eternal and co-equal in all Their attributes. (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2)

Jesus Christ

We believe in the absolute and essential deity of Jesus Christ, in His eternal existence with the Father in pre-incarnate glory, in His virgin birth, true humanity, sinless life, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, triumphant ascension, mediatorial ministry and personal return. (John 1:12,14; Romans 3:21-26; 8:34; 1 Cor. 15:1-19; Acts 1:9-11)

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the absolute and essential deity and personality of the Holy Spirit, His illuminating, convicting, regenerating, sanctifying, empowering and comforting work and His abiding presence in the believer. (2 Cor. 3:17; John 3:5; 16:8,13,14; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9)

Satan

We believe that Satan is an evil personality, the originator of sin, the arch-enemy of God, the great deceiver of man, but also is a defeated foe, whose destiny is eternal punishment. (Gen. 3:1-7; 2 Cor. 4:4; 1 Peter 5:8; Rev. 20:10)

Man

We believe that man was created in the image of God, but that he sinned by disobedience, becoming guilty before God and depraved in all areas of his life, thereby
incurring physical and spiritual death. (Gen. 1:26-27; Romans 3:10-23; 6:23)

Salvation

We believe that salvation is a free gift of God given by His grace, only to those who exercise repentance from sin and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, being born again by the Holy Spirit, thereby receiving eternal life and becoming children of God who are predestined to be conformed to the image of Christ. (Eph. 2:8,9; John 1:12; 3:5,6,16; Romans 8:29)

The Church

We believe that the universal Church includes all who have been regenerated by God as they have responded in repentance and faith to the Lord Jesus Christ, and includes local fellowships of believers and are being brought to maturity as disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ so that they reflect the character of God, build one another up, administer the ordinances and serve others, so as to fulfil the mission He has given them. We believe that the local Church is an interdependent body exercising its own divinely awarded gifts, precepts and privileges under the Lordship of Christ. (Acts 2:41-47; Eph. 4:1-16)

Missions

We believe that “missions” is the process of God’s planting and perfecting propagating churches amongst the peoples of the world and that it is our crucial responsibility to promote and participate in evangelism, discipling and the establishing of new churches, both locally and internationally. (Matt. 16:18; 28:16-20: Acts 1:8)

The Future

We believe in the personal, bodily and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ, in the resurrection of the just and unjust, in the eternal blessedness of the redeemed and in the judgment and conscious, eternal punishment of the wicked. (1 Thess. 4:16; Matt. 5:46; John 5:28,29)