Faith Statement

We believe:

•    We believe the Bible, consisting of the books of the Old and New Testaments but excluding the Apocrypha is the inspired Word of God and is the infallible, all sufficient authority for faith and practice.

 

•    We believe there is one True and Living God who is the eternally self existent "I AM" and who has also revealed Himself to be One being in Three Persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 

 

•    We believe in the perfect deity and humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth and bodily resurrection. 

 

•    We believe in the person of the Holy Spirit, His work of conviction, regeneration, sealing, indwelling, empowering and sanctification of the believer; In the Holy Spirit's enabling gifts to the members of the Church individually as He chooses. 

 

•    We believe in the Biblical account of creation. 

 

•    We believe that Man was created in God's image without sin and given dominion over creation, fell by voluntary transgression as a result of which all men are born with a sinful nature.

 

•    We believe that Salvation is through faith alone in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who was born sinless of a virgin, lived a sinless life, was shown approved of God by His miraculous ministry, died once for our sins according to the Scriptures, was buried, raised from the dead in bodily form on the third day and triumphantly ascended to heaven; Through His blood we have redemption. 

 

•    We believe the New Birth is an instantaneous operation of the Holy Spirit upon repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. 

 

•    We believe in God´s conditional electing grace; that Christ substitutionary death provided a perfect satisfaction and ransom for the sins of every human, but that it’s application is limited to those who through divine enablement trust Christ. God therefore foreknows those who by repentant faith will become part of his “elect” – “chosen” people. 

 

•    We believe in the eternal security of every true believer. 

 

•    We believe that baptism by immersion in water is enjoined upon all who have repented, believed with all their hearts and confessed that Jesus Christ is Saviour and Lord. 

 

•    We believe that the Breaking of Bread is enjoined on all believers until the Lord comes and is a representation only of his atoning body and blood. 

 

•    We believe in the true Christian Church, which is comprised exclusively of all who by virtue of repentance from sin and faith in Christ are born again of God's Holy Spirit and have become part of Christ's body; The identity of the Body of Christ on earth is primarily perceived through the local church; We strongly confess the local church to be sovereign and autonomous.  At the same time we reject sectarianism and divisiveness as great evils. 

 

•    We believe in the spiritual unity of all who are born of God as opposed to unbiblical “so called” interfaith/ecumenical unity. 

 

•    We believe in the pre-millennial personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

•    We believe in the prophetic purposes of God for Israel and the Jews. 

 

•    We believe in the personality of Satan, that he is the unholy god of this age, and the ruler of all the powers of darkness, destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the Lake of Fire. 

 

•    We believe that God has given the Church a Great Commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations.

 

•    We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God's wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to support his local Church financially. 

 

•    We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society, and that those in positions of power and responsibility are to be prayed for, conscientiously honoured and obeyed. 

 

•    We believe in the final judgement of the living and the dead by Christ, in the everlasting conscious punishment of the unsaved and the everlasting conscious bliss of the redeemed. 

 

•    We believe that marriage is between one man and one women for life. The only ground for legitimate divorce is porneia (illicit sexual immorality) in line with the teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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