STATEMENT OF FAITH
- The Scriptures
The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are inspired of God. They are the revelation of God to man and the only infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct
- The Godhead
Our God is one, eternally existing in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, being co-equal. God the Father, the Creator of heaven and earth, is the source of the Word and the begetter. The Son is the Word made flesh, fully God and fully man, the only begotten, and has existed with the Father from the beginning. The Holy Spirit proceeds forth from the Father and is eternal.
- Man, his Fall and Redemption
Man is a created being made in the likeness and image of God. Through Adam’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to destroy the works of the devil. He gave His life and shed His blood to redeem man and restore him to relationship with God. Salvation is the gift of God to man, separate from works and the Law and is made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God.
- The New Birth and Eternal Life
Man’s first step towards salvation is godly sorrow that produces repentance. Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. Those who are born again of the Holy Spirit receive eternal life.
- The Church and its Mission
The Lord Jesus Christ is the Head of the universal Church which is His body. Each believer, having trusted in Him as Saviour and Lord, is an integral part of the universal Church. The purpose of the Church is to proclaim God’s truth, to administer the ordinances, to stimulate growth toward maturity and to bring glory to God through worship.
- Water Baptism
Baptism is by immersion in water and is for believers only. It is a direct commandment of our Lord and is a symbol of the believer’s identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.
Communion is a symbol, memorial and proclamation of the suffering and death of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is to be participated in by believers until Christ’s return.
- Baptism in the Holy Spirit
Baptism in the Holy Spirit brings divine power for life and service, the gifts of the Holy Spirit and their use in the ministry of the Body of Christ. Baptism in the Holy Spirit is evidenced by speaking with other tongues as the Spirit enables. This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth.
The Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see the Lord. Sanctification is a definite yet progressive work of grace, by which the believer is purified in heart and mind, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation.
- Divine Healing
Healing for physical ills of the human body is produced by the power of God through the prayer of faith and laying on of hands. It is provided for in the atonement of Christ and it is the privilege of every member of the Church today.
- The Return of Our Lord and the Resurrection of the Just
We anticipate the promised return of our Lord as King of kings and Lord of lords, which could occur at any moment. We believe that all who have died in Christ shall rise first then those who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them to meet the Lord.
- Future Reward and Punishment
We believe that at the moment of death, believers pass immediately into the presence of Christ and remain there in joyful fellowship with Him until the resurrection of the body at His second coming, after which they will be forever with the Lord of glory in Heaven. We also believe that at the moment of death, the unsaved descend to Hades where they are kept under punishment until their bodies are raised at the final judgment, after which they will suffer everlasting conscious punishment in Hell, separated from the presence of the Lord.
- Marriage and Family
Marriage was ordained by God as the union of one man and one woman. All sexual relations must therefore be reserved for that union. We believe that children are a blessing from the Lord. Thus all human life is sacred and worthy of protection from the moment of conception to the time of natural death.