What We Believe

About God

God is the Cre­ator and Ruler of the uni­verse. He has etern­ally exis­ted in three per­son­al­it­ies: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. These three are co-​​equal and are one God.
Gen­esis 1:26 – 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Mat­thew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Cor­inthi­ans 13:14.

About Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-​​equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sin­less human life and offered Him­self as the per­fect sac­ri­fice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demon­strate His power over sin and death. He ascen­ded to Heaven’s glory and will return again some day to earth to reign as King of kings, and Lord of lords.
Mat­thew 1:22 – 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1 – 5; 14:10 – 30; Hebrews 4:14 – 15; 1 Cor­inthi­ans 15:3 – 4; Romans 1:3 – 4; Acts 1:9 – 11; 1 Timothy 6:14 – 15; Titus 2:13 – 14.

About the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is co-​​equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make man­kind aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Chris­tian from the moment of sal­va­tion. He provides the Chris­tian with power for liv­ing, under­stand­ing of spir­itual truth, and guid­ance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spir­itual gift when they are saved to be used in ser­vice for God. As Chris­ti­ans we seek to live under His con­trol daily.
2 Cor­inthi­ans 3:17; John 16:7 – 13; 14:16 – 17; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor­inthi­ans 2:12; 3:16; Eph­esians 1:13; Gala­tians 5:25; 1 Peter 4:10; Romans 12:3 – 8; Eph­esians 5:18.

About the Bible

The Bible as ori­gin­ally given is God’s Word to us. It was writ­ten by human authors, under the super­nat­ural guid­ance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Chris­tian beliefs and liv­ing. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mix­ture of error. The Bible is the basis for all we believe.
2 Timothy 3:15 – 16; 2 Peter 1:20 – 21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160; Pro­verbs 30:5.

About People

People are made in the spir­itual image of God, to be like Him in char­ac­ter. People are the supreme object of God’s cre­ation. Although every per­son has tre­mend­ous poten­tial for good, all are marred by an atti­tude of dis­obedi­ence toward God, called “sin”. This atti­tude sep­ar­ates people from God and causes many prob­lems in life.
Gen­esis 1:27; Psalm 8:3 – 6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1,2.

About Salvation

Sal­va­tion is God’s free gift to us, but we must per­son­ally accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-​​improvement or good works. Only by trust­ing in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of for­give­ness can any­one be saved from sin’s pen­alty. When we turn from our self-​​ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into their life by faith.
Romans 6:23; Eph­esians 2:8 – 9; John 14:6; 1:12; Titus 3:5; Gala­tians 3:26; Romans 5:1.

About Eternal Security

Eternal life is a free grace gift of God won for us by Jesus Christ, and avail­able through faith. Any per­son who has been genu­inely saved, is trust­ing Christ to sus­tain them through the work of His Spirit, who con­tin­ues to seek after God, and who is respons­ive to the dis­cip­line of God, can be totally con­fid­ent of their eternal secur­ity.
John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10; 12:1 – 12; 1 Peter 1:3 – 5.

About Eternity

People were cre­ated to exist forever. They will either exist etern­ally sep­ar­ated from God by sin, or etern­ally with God through for­give­ness and sal­va­tion. The place of eternal sep­ar­a­tion from God is hell. The place of eternal secur­ity with God is heaven. To be etern­ally in uni­son with Him is eternal life. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal exist­ence.
John 3:16; John 2:25; John 5:11 – 13; Romans 6:23; Rev­el­a­tion 20:15; Mat­thew 24:46.

About Bap­tism and Communion

Bap­tism and com­mu­nion are the only two man­dat­ory ordin­ances of Scrip­ture. Bap­tism is the immer­sion of believ­ers upon their pro­fes­sion of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and is sym­bolic of the fel­low­ship of the regen­er­ate in His death, burial, and resur­rec­tion. Com­mu­nion is a memorial reg­u­larly prac­tised until He comes, of the sac­ri­fice of the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Colos­si­ans 2:12; 1 Cor­inthi­ans 11:23b-26.

About Ser­vice and Sacrifice

The Bible teaches that every Chris­tian is called to “full-​​time Chris­tian ser­vice” regard­less of voca­tion. As a “min­is­ter”, every Chris­tian should find a place of ser­vice and min­istry. Rev­el­a­tion 1:6; 1 Peter 2:9. The empower­ment for true ser­vice is intim­acy with Jesus Christ through prayer, obed­i­ence to His Word, and depend­ence on the power of the Holy Spirit within. The Holy Spirit, in addi­tion to gift­ing every believer, places believ­ers in appro­pri­ate min­istry areas, and super­nat­ur­ally mani­fests His pres­ence as the believer min­is­ters in His power.
John 15:5; Phil­ip­pi­ans 2:13; Eph­esians 5:18; John 14:21,23; Romans 12:3 – 8; Eph­esians 4:11 – 13; 1 Cor­inthi­ans 12:7 – 11, 28 – 31.

Recog­nising that all we pos­sess as Chris­ti­ans belongs to God, we are encour­aged to give lib­er­ally to God’s work in our church through our tithe, and to other causes through our offer­ings.
1 Cor­inthi­ans 6:20; 16:2; Mala­chi 3:10; 2 Cor­inthi­ans 8 – 9. It is the respons­ib­il­ity of every Chris­tian min­is­ter to share the Good News of the Gos­pel with those God leads across our path, by life and word.
1 Peter 3:15; James 2.

About the Church

Christ is the recog­nised head of the church uni­ver­sal (of which our church is a local expres­sion), not any per­son, group, or reli­gious organ­isa­tion. While recog­nising the value of asso­ci­at­ing and cooper­at­ing with other groups of Chris­ti­ans, we believe every local church should be self-​​governing through the lead­ing of the Holy Spirit, yet inter­de­pend­ent with other churches and our denom­in­a­tion.
Colos­si­ans 1:18.

The local church is God’s liv­ing struc­ture designed to

a. cul­tiv­ate within its mem­ber­ship true wor­ship and spir­itual ser­vice
John 4:23 – 24; 1 Cor­inthi­ans 3:16 – 17; 6:19; Eph­esians 2:19 – 22

b. pre­serve His rev­el­a­tion and unfold His eternal pur­pose and sal­va­tion in Jesus Christ
Eph­esians 1:6,9,12,14; 3:10; 1 Timothy 3:14 – 15.

c. cul­tiv­ate true fel­low­ship and mutual care among the chil­dren of God
Acts 2:42 – 47; 4:32 – 33; Eph­esians 2:20 – 22; 1 John

d. edify and per­fect the saints of God
Acts 20:27 – 28; Eph­esians 4:11 – 16; 1 Peter 5:1 – 3

e. admonish the unruly and to dis­cip­line the impen­it­ent pro­fess­ing Chris­ti­ans
Mat­thew 18:15 – 17; 1 Cor­inthi­ans 5:11; 2 Thes­sa­lo­ni­ans 3:6 – 15; 1 Timothy 5:19 – 20

f. bear the weak in faith, care for the ill in the faith, and restore the erring ones in the faith and life
John 15:1 – 7; Romans 15:1 – 15; 1 Cor­inthi­ans 3:9; Gala­tians 6:1; Colos­si­ans 2:16 – 23; 1 Thes­sa­lo­ni­ans 2:7 – 16.

g. pro­claim the gos­pel and evan­gel­ise the world
Mat­thew 5:13 – 14; 28:18 – 20; Mark 16:15 – 16; Luke 24:45 – 49; John 20:19 – 23; Acts 1:8

h. func­tion in this world as a con­science and judge of cul­ture and move­ments. It is the salt of the earth and the Light of the world.
Mat­thew 5:13 – 16; Phil­ip­pi­ans 2:14 – 16; 1 John 4:1

i. demon­strate before the world the vir­tues of God the Father, the ser­vant­hood of the Son, and the pres­ence and grace of the Holy Spirit, in lov­ing, unselfish, and sac­ri­fi­cial ser­vice to needy man­kind.
2 Cor­inthi­ans 1:3; Mark 10:45; Hebrews 10:29; Mat­thew 5:16; Gala­tians 6:10; Phil­ip­pi­ans 2:15 – 16; 4:5; 1 Peter 2:9