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Written by Pastor Ray   

 

The Godhead exists co-equally and co-eternally in three persons Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and these three are one God.

 

Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary, is fully man and fully God, lived a sinless life and His teaching is authoritative.

 

He performed miracles, died on behalf of man to atone for his sin, rose again on the third day, ascended to the Father’s right hand and He is coming again personally, physically and visibly to reign forever. He will judge the living and the dead.

 

The Holy Spirit is fully God, He is a person with whom we can have fellowship and we are dependent upon His work in repentance, regeneration and sanctification.

 

We believe that we may receive the promise of His power through the baptism of the Holy Spirit with signs following.

 

The scriptures, as originally given are fully inspired and infallible; the final authority in all matters.

 

Mankind has been universally sinful and guilty since the fall, making them subject to God’s wrath and eternal condemnation.

 

However, the good news is that salvation is available to all people. It is received when we repent of our sin toward God and believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and that He paid the price for our sin by His death on the cross.

 

Those who believe should be baptised by full immersion in water, publicly pledging allegiance to Jesus Christ, thus sealing their commitment.

 

All believers are called to be a “royal priesthood, a holy nation” 1 Peter 2:9. They comprise the universal Church, the body of Christ, which was and is commissioned to go into all the world and preach the gospel.

 

This body is called to commemorate the death of Christ by the observance of the Lord’s Supper.

 

Christ has set in the church apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, and has given the body the gifts of the Holy Spirit to perform His work.

 

WE BELIEVE IN:

 

1) THE BIBLE

 

We believe the Bible, composed of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired (God-breathed) Word of God 2 Timothy 3:16.

 

It is the final authority for all matters of faith and practice. In other words, it is the revealed will of God concerning what Christians should believe and how they should live.

 

The Bible is our ultimate statement of faith.

 

Therefore, we assert the following:

 

In essential beliefs: Ephesians 4:4-6

 

In non-essential beliefs: Romans 14: 1-22

 

In all our beliefs: 1 Corinthians 13:2; Ephesians 4:15

 

2) GOD

 

There is only one, true God, eternally existing in three distinct personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

 

These three are one God, having the same nature, attributes, and perfections, and are therefore worthy of the same worship and obedience. God is the Creator, Sustainer, and Ruler of the universe.

 

Genesis 1:1; Genesis 1:26-27; Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Timothy 2:5; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14

 

3) JESUS CHRIST

 

Jesus Christ is the Son of God, meaning He is co-equal with the Father. He is the express image of the invisible God and Creator of all things.

 

He became a man, being born of the Virgin Mary, and lived a sinless life. Consequently, Jesus offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross.

 

He rose bodily from the dead after three days, demonstrating His victory over sin and death.

 

He ascended to heaven, seated in authority, and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

 

John 1:1-5; John 1:14; John 5:18; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-3; Hebrews 4:14-15; Philippians 2:5-11; Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:22-23; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Acts 1:9-10

 

4) THE HOLY SPIRIT

 

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son. He is Creator, and is present in the world to convict people of their sin and make them aware of their need for the Saviour - Jesus Christ.

 

People are regenerated (born again) by the Holy Spirit, and He lives in believers to manifest the character of Christ.

 

He provides believers with power for holy living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance for life.

 

He also gives Christians spiritual gifts so they might serve the church and the world in a manner that surpasses their own natural abilities and limitations.

 

The victorious Christian life must be lived under His daily control.

 

Genesis 1:2; John 14:16-17; John 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; Acts 5:34; 1 Corinthians 2:10-14; 1 Corinthians 12:3-11;2 Corinthians 3:17-18; Galatians 5:22-25; Ephesians 1:13; Ephesians 5:18

 

5) PEOPLE

 

People are created in the image of God, and are designed to reflect His character.

 

People are the supreme object of God’s creation and love.

 

Through wilful transgression and disobedience, people have fallen from their originally created state of righteousness peace, and joy into a state of separation from God.

 

Being separated from the source of life, love, and joy has resulted in bondage and death.

 

People are unable to deliver themselves from their sinful condition, but are totally dependant upon the power of God as presented in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

Genesis 1:26-27; Psalm 8:3-4; Isaiah 53:6; Isaiah 59:1-2; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12-21

 

6) SALVATION

 

Because people are unable to save themselves from their sinful condition, salvation is altogether the work of God.

 

Neither good works nor self-improvement can make up for our sin.

 

Salvation is the free gift of God.

 

However, like any gift it must be received.

 

This gift is received by faith, or by believing and trusting in Jesus Christ who died as our substitute that we might live.

 

Through repentance from sin and faith toward God, we turn from our self-ruled life to trust in Jesus as Lord and Saviour.

 

John 1:12; John 14:6; Romans 5:6-21; Romans 6:23; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5

 

7) THE CHURCH

 

The church is composed of all who have experienced, through faith in Christ, the new birth into the family of God.

 

All true believers are then members of the universal church, the body of Christ.

 

Since the New Testament exhorts believers to gather for such purposes as worship, prayer, fellowship, sharing the Lord’s Supper, teaching of the Word, ministry to fellow Christians, and evangelism, the local church is an indispensable part of God’s plan for His people and the world.

 

The local church is God’s chosen instrument for both the nurture of Christians and world evangelism.

 

We believe in the spiritual unity of all true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and in co-operating with one another for the causes of evangelism, social action, and missions.

 

Matthew 16:16-18; Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 4:4-6; Ephesians 4:9-16

 

8) ETERNAL DESTINY

 

God created people to exist forever.

 

We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. Eternal separation from God is Hell.

 

Eternal fellowship and union with God is Heaven. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.

 

John 3:16; Matthew 25:31-46; Matthew 19:29; 1 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 20:11-15

 

9) MISSION

 

We are called to: To preach the Gospel (The Good News).

 

Baptise in the name of The Father, the Son and The Holy Spirit.

 

Drive out all evil spirits.

 

Lay hands on the sick and see them healed.

 

Mark 16:15-18