The 66 books of the Bible are the written Word of God, divinely inspired and inerrant throughout. Its assertions are factually true in all the original manuscripts. The Bible is the only basis of true doctrine and constitutes the supreme authority, not only for faith, ministry and conduct, but also in such fields as history and science.
(2 Tim 3:16; 1 Pet 1:24-25; 2 Pet 1:20-21; Heb 4:12)
The Triunity of God
There is only one true God, existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are co-eternal and co-equal from all eternity, each with distinct functions but of one essence. God is omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient. Each member of the Trinity is further explained below.
(Deut 6:4; Matt 28:19; 2 Cor 13:14; Col 1:16; 1 Pet 1:2; 1 John 5:7)
We teach that God the Father is the first person of the trinity, an eternal, infinite, personal spirit. He is perfect in justice, holiness and wisdom. He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men through grace and love. He is sovereign over His creation and infallibly foreknows all that shall come to pass.
(Mt 6:9; 6:14; 6:26; 23:9; Lk 10:21-22; Jn 1:12; 1:18; 3:16; 6:27; Rom 1:7; 5:8; 8:14-15; 11:36; 2 Cor 6:17-18; 11:31; Gal 4:4-5; Eph 4:6; 1 Tim 1:1-2; 2:5-6; Heb 12:5-9; 1 Pt 1:3; Rev 1:6)
The Son – Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity, is the eternal Son of God who entered into the world through the virgin birth and lived among us without sin as perfect Man and perfect God, thus fulfilling the prophecy spoken by Isaiah.
(Prov 8:22-31; Is 7:14; Matt 1:22-23; Luke 1:26-35; John 1:1-14)
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, convicts the sinner; regenerates, sanctifies, guides, empowers and indwells the believer.
(John 14:16,26; John 16:7-8,13; Acts 1:8)
The Fall of Man
Because of Adam’s voluntary transgression (sin), the whole human race is inherently sinful by nature and in conduct, and is separated from God in this life and in eternity. It is impossible for any man to justify himself before a perfect God, and without redemption man is condemned to suffer eternal punishment in the lake of fire (Hell).
(Is 64:5-7; Rom 3:10-11,23; Rom 6:23; Rev 20:10,15, Rev 21:8)
Jesus Christ’s death and the shedding of His blood on the cross at Calvary is the only provision for man’s sin. Jesus shed His blood, thus satisfying the righteous demands of God’s justice that requires the shedding of blood for the remission of sins. Forgiveness, and thus the promise of eternal life, is bestowed freely upon all who, believing in the Lord Jesus Christ call upon the Lord for His mercy. Faith and repentance are two attributes that signify a person has understood the gospel unto salvation. Salvation is accomplished purely by God’s grace through ones’ faith, not by ones’ good deeds.
(Mark 16:16; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 Cor 11:23-26; Eph 2:8-9).
In the physical resurrection, ascension and glorification of the Lord Jesus Christ and that He is now seated at the right hand of the Father in Heaven.
(John 20; Acts 1:9-11; 2:22-24; 31,36; Eph 1:20-23; Heb 12:2)
The Fullness of the Holy Spirit
A Christian receives the fulness of the Holy Spirit at the time of salvation. The believer is to walk in a lifestyle that promotes sanctification and, thus, empowerment of the Holy Spirit for effective service.
(Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; 2:38-39; 8:14-17; 10:44-47; 11:15-17; 19:1-7; Eph 5:18)
The outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, and that the ministering gifts of the Holy Spirit, for the edification of the church body, continue to operate throughout the church age. We reject any form of charismatic or Pentecostal extremism, including any form of tradition-based or experiential theology.
(Acts 1:8; 2:16-17; 5:12-16; Rom 12:4-9; 1 Cor 12-14; James 5:16)
The ordinances that the church is called to continue in, neither of which are essential for salvation, but both of which are to be adhered to until the return of Jesus Christ, are baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Baptism by full immersion is for all believers, and is conducted in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit into Jesus Christ. Baptism, a public and symbolic declaration of ones faith in Christ, is a step of obedience to the Lords commands that is subsequent to salvation. (Matt 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:37-38; 10:47-48; Rom 6:4)
The Lord’s Supper, or Communion, is a meal of remembrance partaken of by all believers. It has the purpose of calling all believers to remember Christ’s death for man’s sin, thus magnifying God’s grace, while also reminding us to anticipate His soon return. The bread symbolises Christ’s body, and the cup, the shedding of His blood, which is the New Covenant.
(1 Cor 11:23-30)
In a literal six-day creation as described in Genesis, and that Adam was created as a sinless man, formed out of the dust of the earth in the image of God and did not evolve.
(Gen 1 & 2; Prov 8:22-31; Acts 17:24-26; Col 1:16)
In the institution of the church, the body of Christ, whose head is the Lord Jesus Christ and that believers are admonished to assemble together regularly in unity for the act of corporate worship and the teaching of the Word of God. Each believer is an integral part of corporate worship and of the body of Christ.
(1 Cor 1:10-17; 12:1:31; Eph 2:19-22; 4:15-16; 5:23; Col 1:18; Heb 10:25; 12:23)
The Church is admonished to continue preaching the message of Jesus Christ with the purpose of training and equipping believers to:
a. Glorify God
b. Evangelise the lost & make disciples
c. Edify and equip all believers for the work of the ministry.
(Matt 28:19; Eph 4:11-13; Col 1:27-29)
In Christ’s personal coming for His church — a literal gathering together of the saints. At which time, those who are dead in Christ and those who are alive and remain in Him will be caught up together in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and be with Him forever.
(1 Thess 4:16-17)
Christ’s Return and Reign
In Christ’s pre-millennial return, in the same way as His ascension, at which time He will establish his millennial Kingdom on earth.
(Acts 1:11; Rev 20:1-7; Zech 14:4)
Conduct Toward Other Christians
- In Essentials: Unity
- In Non-Essentials: Liberty
- In All Things: Charity