We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and is God. He was born of Mary the virgin. Though he was tempted in every way, Jesus lived a sinless life. He died the death of the cross on our behalf, in order to reconcile man with God. Jesus Christ rose from the dead on the third day and ascended to Heaven, where he is seated at the right hand of God the Father. He will come back to earth to take those who have been washed by his blood. Those who die in Christ will be resurrected to eternal life, while unbelievers will be condemned to eternal punishment.
We believe the Bible (The Old and New Testament, excluding the Apocrypha) is the infallible, inspired Word of God. It is our basis of faith and life. Everything must be tried and tested by its authority. (2 Timothy 3:16, Galatians 1:8).
We believe in the Biblical revelation of God as the Holy Trinity: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ) and God the Holy Spirit. The three distinguishable persons are one indivisible God. (1 John 5:7, John 10:30, John 17:22).
We believe everyone has sinned against God and must repent. True repentance is evidenced in a change of mind, a breakaway from sin and worldly lifestyle. (Romans 3:23, 1 John 1:8, Matthew 3:8, Ephesians 2:10, Ephesians 5:1-12).
We believe salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ and not by works. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is our redeemer and the only mediator between men and God. (Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 5:10, John 3:16, Acts 2:21, Acts 4:12, Romans 10:9-11).
We believe that when a repenting sinner is made righteous, a divine and progressive sanctification takes place in the believer. We call this process spiritual growth. (Philippians 1:6, 3 John 1:2, Ephesians 4:13, Phiippians 1:9, Colossians 1:9-10).
We believe water baptism is a public declaration of one individual’s faith in Jesus Christ. Baptism symbolises the death, burial and resurrection that Jesus Christ experienced for our sakes. It is a burial of the sinful (‘old’) nature, which is crucified with Jesus Christ when someone receives him as their Lord and Saviour. Therefore, water baptism is by full immersion of the body (to completely cover the body in water), representing burial. Rising out of the water represents immediate spiritual resurrection to newness of life and provides a prophetic declaration of the bodily resurrection to come. We baptise in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, in accordance with the Great Commission. (Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12, Acts 8:38-39).
Holy Spirit Baptism
We believe every believer can experience the Father’s promise of baptism in the Holy Spirit, just as the first Christians did in the early church, with speaking in tongues as the first evidence of the baptism. (John 7:39-29, Acts 1:8, Acts 10:44-46, Acts 19:6).
Gifts of the Holy Spirit
We believe the gifts of the Holy Spirit operate today just as they did in the early church. (1 Corinthians 12:1-12).
We believe in tithing and that God will bless and prosper us as we give generously. Jesus came to give us overflowing life. (John 10:10, Deuteronomy 15:10, Malachi 3:10, 2 Corinthians 9:8, Galatians 6:6, Luke 6:38).
We believe the local church is part of God’s redemption plan. It should be organised as presented in the New Testament. It is the local expression of the universal church, comprising all believers. (1 Corinthians 1:2, Colossians 4:15, Philemon 1:2, 1 Thessalonians 1:1, Revelations 2:8, 12, 18, Revelations 3:1, 7).
Heaven and Hell
We believe in the existence of Heaven, God’s eternal dwelling place, and Hell, a place of eternal punishment reserved for Satan, other fallen angels and any person who dies without having accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. (John 14:1-4, Revelations 20:11-15, Revelations 21:23-27).
A New Earth
We believe the Lord’s original plan in creation has not changed. His plan is to give the earth to his children (those who are led by the Spirit of God – Romans 8:14) as an inheritance. Thus, all born again believers are ambassadors of the Kingdom of God and possess a mandate to execute and extend Kingdom dominion within their spheres of influence. (Genesis 1:28, Psalms 2:8, Psalms 115:16).