The Bible is God's Word to us. It is infallible and without error and is our final authority in matters of faith, doctrine and lifestyle. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 2:21).
There is one God existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each is eternally existent, one in essence, possessing the same nature and attributes, perfect in holiness, and infinite in power, wisdom, love and goodness. They do however have different roles, functions and activities. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19)
The Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God; God manifest in flesh. He is fully God, fully man and without sin. We believe in His virgin birth, atoning death, bodily resurrection, present glory, imminent return and coming kingdom. (John 1:1, 1 John 5:20, Luke 1:35, Matthew 1:20, 1 Peter 1:18-19, Romans 4:25)
We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ (John 16:14). The Holy Spirit regenerates the sinner upon belief in Christ, baptizing the believer into one body of which Christ is the head. The Holy Spirit indwells, guides, instructs, fills, comforts and empowers the believer for godly living (Mark 13:11, John 14:26, John 16:13, Romans 5:5, 1 Corinthians 3:16). The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, of God's righteousness and of coming judgement (John 16:8-11). While we believe that the scriptures do not teach that certain gifts have ceased, they indicate that use of the gifts vary according to the need each gift meets (John 16:8, John 13:15, Titus 3:5, Ephesians 1:22, Ephesians 4:11-12, Romans 8:9-17, Romans 12:4-8, 1 Corinthians 3:16, 1 Corinthians 12:4-19, Galations 5:25, Hebrews 4:1-4, 2 Corinthians 12:12).
Sin and Salvation
Mankind was created by God innocent and in His image. Due to man's deliberate disobedience "Sin" which separated mankind from God entered the world. Death, not only physical but also spiritual, is the result of this "Sin". All persons since that time are born sinners, proving it by their lives in thought, word and deed, and are in need of a Saviour. God has provided this Saviour who is Christ the Lord. All who turn to Him in confession and repentence can receive God's forgiveness just by asking for it. (Romans 4:25, John 3:36, John 10:28)
The Church, referred to as the Body and Bride of Christ (Ephesians 1:22-23), is composed of all persons who truly believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour. Every believer is baptized into the body of Christ by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:12-27, Galatians 3:27, Colosians 1:24). Jesus Christ is Head of the Church (Ephesians 5:22-32, Colosians 2:19) and as such, He directs the activities of His Church on earth. The local Church is the expression, in any locality, of the Church universal. It is composed of believers who gather as a corporate testimony to the Lordship of Christ (Colosians 1:18) and to the oneness of the Body of Christ (John 17:20-21).
Priesthood of All Believers
We believe in the priesthood of all believers. In old testament times, people did not approach God directly. A priest acted as an intermediary between God and sinful human beings. With Christ"s shedding of His blood and victory on the cross, that pattern changed. Jesus became the believer's high priest and now all believers have access to the Heavenly Father through Him. Now we can come directly into God's presence without fear. We have the responsibility of introducing others to Him. When we are united with Christ as members of His body, we join in His priestly ministry of reconciling God and man by the preaching of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Hebrews 4:14 to Hebrews 5:10, 1 Peter 2:9-10, 2 Corinthians 5:18-21).
The Church carries out two symbolic acts which significantly reflect our christian faith.
Baptism of believers by immersion is an expression of a person's identification with Christ and signifies that the one being baptized has been crucified with Christ, buried with Him and now risen with Him to walk in newness of life. Baptism is not a means of, nor an aid to salvation, nor a prerequisite to fellowship at the Lord's Supper. Baptism is an act of obedience and is administered on confession of one's faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:19, Acts 8:35-39, Romans 6:3-6)
The Lord's Supper, The Breaking of Bread or Communion was the foremost practice of the early New Testament Church. It is commemorated on the first day of the week and we believe it is the privilege of every believer to keep the Lord's command "This do in rememberance of Me". (Luke 22:19, Acts 20:7).
When Christ Jesus comes back, His coming will usher in a series of end-time events, which will culminate in the end of the age. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost. We believe in the imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ in the air to call to Himself all the believers from this world, commonly known as the rapture of the church. His promise to return is an incentive for holy living and faithful service. (John 14:1-6, 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18, Acts 1:11, Titus 2:13)