We Believe

 

Below is a summary of the beliefs to which we adhere in our church.

 

  1. There is one God , maker of all things, to whom all creatures owe the highest love, reverence and obedience. God is revealed to us as one God in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit.
    (Deut 6:4, 1 Tim 2:5, Ps 5:3-6, Ecc 12:13, Ps 3:25-26, 1 Cor 13:14, Mt 3:16-17)
  2. The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God and are an infallible guide and final authority on all questions of what man is to believe and how he is to live. These are a complete and inerrant revelation of the will of God for His church until the end of time.
    (2 Tim3:15-17, Lk 24:25-27, Mt 19:4)
  3. All men have sinned against God by breaking His commandments, and, (being) guilty before God are subject to His judgement and wrath. Sin has so affected man’s nature that he cannot, in his own strength, live as God requires or bring about his own salvation.
    (Rom 3:23, 1 Jn 3:4, Gal 3:10, Rom 1:18-20, Rom 8:7-8, Eph 2:1)
  4. God in His great mercy and love, sent His Son into the world to be a mediator between sinners and Himself. The Son, being truly God took a real human nature and lived a sinless life in obedience to God the Father.
    (Tit 3:4-6, 1 Tim 2:5-6, Phil 2:6-8, 2 Cor 5:21, Is 53:4-6, Gal 3:13-14)
  5. God gave the Lord Jesus to die on the cross as a substitute for his chosen people, bearing the full penalty for their sins. Christ rose from the dead and He ascended into heaven where He lives and reigns.
    (1 Pet 2:24, 1 Cor 15:4, Rom 1:4, Lk 24:50-51, Heb 10:12-13, 7:24-25)
  6. To make the death of Christ effective for individual sinners, it is necessary for the Holy Spirit to work in them. The Spirit renews their natures, makes their souls alive, giving them the desire and ability to repent and believe in Christ as their Saviour and their Lord.
    (Tit 3:5-6, Jn 3:5-7, 6:44-45, Eph 2:8)
  7. God justifies sinners by faith and adopts them to be His children. The Holy Spirit indwells God’s people and further works in them and strengthens them so that they are more able to overcome temptation and sin in themselves. True believers are kept and preserved until they enter the joys of heaven.
    (Rom 3:24, Eph 1:5, Jn 14:7, Eph 3:16, Rom 6:1, Heb 13:20-21, Rom 8:9, Gal 5:16-26, Jd 24-25, 1 Pet 1:3-5)
  8. The church of Christ is instituted by God for His worship and service for the encouragement and building up of His people. The local church is a fellowship of believers in Christ. He has instituted two special ordinances for the local church: baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
    (Mt 6:18, Col 3:16-18, Eph 4:11-16, 1 Thes 1:1, 4-6, 2:13, Mt 28:19-20, 1 Cor 11:23-26)
  9. The Lord Jesus Christ will return visibly and bodily and in power and glory. The bodies of men after death return to dust but their spirits return immediately to God – the righteous to rest with Him, the wicked to be reserved under darkness until the last judgement. The bodies of all the dead, both the just and the unjust will be raised.
    (Acts 1:11, Jn 14:3, Rev 1:7, 1Thes 4:16, Gen 3:19, Acts 13:36, Ecc12:7, Lk 23:43, Acts 24:15)
  10. God has appointed a day in which He will judge the world by Jesus Christ when everyone will receive according to their deeds. The wicked will go into everlasting punishment in hell with the devil and his angels. The righteous in Christ, with glorified bodies, will live and reign with Christ forever in His heavenly kingdom.
    (Acts 17:31, Rom 2:6-11, Mt 25:46, Jn 5:28-29, 1 Jn 3:2, Phil 3:21, 1 Thes 4:17, 2 Tim 2:12)