What We Believe

THE BIBLE

We believe that the Bible, consisting of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is the revelation of God to mankind, is verbally and fully inspired by Him. The Bible is infallible and inerrant in its original manuscripts and is the supreme and final authority for all Christian faith and conduct.     (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 Corinthians 2:13; Deuteronomy 29:29; 2 Timothy 3:15; John 10:35; Psalm 138:2)

THE TRINITY

We believe that there is one living and true GOD, eternally existing in three persons: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit; equal in power and glory. Also, that this triune God created all, upholds all, and governs all things.     (Isaiah28:13; Nehemiah 8:8; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 1:3-4, 21)

GOD THE FATHER

We believe God the Father is Eternal in nature, with no beginning and no end. God the Father is self-existent and the source of all things. He is infinitely perfect in all of His attributes. His character is loving and benevolent and is displayed through His Mercy, Grace and Holiness. He is the Creator and sustainer of all things.     (1 Corinthians 8:4; John 4:24; 5:26; Genesis 1:1; Colossians 1:16, 17; Matthew 28:19)

GOD THE SON

We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man; that is, He is fully God and also fully man. He preexisted eternally with the Father, became man by being conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, lived a perfect life and died a substitutionary death for the sins of mankind. We believe that He arose bodily from the grave and that He ascended to heaven, where He is presently High Priest and Advocate for His people, and that He will return personally and bodily to the earth at the close of this age. He is the world's only Savior and is the Lord of all.     (Philippians 2:5-11; John 1:1; Matthew 1:23-25; 1 Peter 2:21, 22; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 1 Timothy 2:5, 6; 1Corinthians 15:20; Hebrews 4:14-16; John 14:3; Acts 4:10-12)

GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is fully God, the third Person of the Trinity. We believe that He was sent from the Father by the Son to convict the world of sin, to regenerate, indwell and sanctify those who trust in Christ; to baptize them into the Body of Christ, to seal them for the final day of redemption, to guide them into all truth, to fill them for a life of holiness and victory and to empower them for witness and service. We believe that He gives spiritual gifts to believers for the proper functioning of the Body of Christ, which is the Church.     (Acts 5:3,4; John 16:7-14; 3:5-8; 1 Corinthians 2:9-12; 3:16; 12:3-13,28-31; Ephesians 1:13,14; Acts 1:5-8; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Romans 8:13; 2 Thessalonians 2:13)

MANKIND & SIN

We believe that man was created by God; that he was made in the image and likeness of God and is dependent upon and accountable to his Creator. Through disobedience, the first man Adam sinned and fell from his original state of moral perfection. As a consequence, he brought upon himself and his descendants, i.e. the whole human race, the penalty for sin, which is spiritual and physical death. Since Adam, every person is born with an inherently sinful nature and sins in thought, word and deed, therefore all stand under the just condemnation of God. All humanity are unable to save themselves or to present deeds worthy of salvation before God.     (Genesis 1:26, 27; 2:7, 16, 17; 3:1-6; Romans 5:12-21; 6:23; Matthew 5:20-48; John 3:36; 1 Corinthians 6:8-11)

SALVATION

We believe that a person is saved by God's grace, through faith in Jesus Christ alone. Salvation has been made possible through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, whereby He died a substitutionary death for mankind as punishment for their sins, and through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ are given the assurance of Eternal Life. The benefits of this salvation include the forgiveness of sins and a new relationship with God, the impartation of new life and all the privileges that accompany a new relationship with God. The assurance of Salvation and Eternal Life is the present possession and the privilege of every believer in Christ.     (Ephesians 2:8, 9; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9; Acts 3:19; Romans 3:22-28; John 3:16; John 1:12; 10:28; Philippians 1:6)

THE CHRISTIAN LIFE (SANCTIFICATION)

We believe that God expects every believer to live a life of obedience, in which every area of his life is brought under the lordship of Jesus Christ and the fruit of the Spirit becomes increasingly evident in his life. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. The goal of the Christian life is to be conformed to the image of Christ. This life is characterized supremely by self-giving love for God and for others. The life and character of Christ, which grows through the Holy Spirit, in the believer, is noticeably distinct from the life of the world. A believer who resists the gracious working of the Holy Spirit and fails to grow in obedience is chastened in infinite love by his Heavenly Father so he may learn obedience.     (John 14:21; 2 Corinthians 10:4, 5; Galatians 5:22, 23; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Matthew 22:37-40; 1 John 2:15-17; Hebrews 12:5-14; Ephesians 4:17-32)

THE CHURCH

We believe that the Church is the universal company of God's redeemed people. The Church is His Body, of which He is the head, His Bride, whom He loves infinitely, and His temple, in which He dwells. The universal Body of Christ is visibly expressed in local assemblies, whose purpose is to glorify God through worship, fellowship, instruction in God’s Word, works of service and prayer. The supreme task in the mission of the Church is to make disciples for Christ in all the nations through the proclamation and teaching of the Gospel. The Church is also to demonstrate the love and compassion of Christ, through word and deed, in an alienated world.     (1 Peter 2:9, 10; Ephesians 1:22, 23; 4:1-6; 5:25-27; 2:19-22; 1 Thessalonians 2:14; Ephesians 3:6-10; Acts 2:42; Ephesians 4:11-13; Hebrews 10:25; Matthew 28:18-20; 26:26-29; 1 John 4:17; 1 Corinthians 10:16)

 

LIFE AFTER DEATH

We believe in the resurrection of the body for both believers and unbelievers. We believe in the imminent return of Christ to take His people to be with Him and to judge and rule the earth in righteousness. When resurrected, the believer’s body will be changed into the likeness of Christ’s glorious body. We believe that the believer goes to be with Christ in conscious blessedness immediately after death, having escaped the condemnation of his sins through faith in the atoning death of Jesus Christ. The believer will, however, stand before God to receive rewards for works approved by God or to suffer loss for works disapproved. The believer will live eternally in the immediate presence of God, while the unbeliever must face the eternal and holy Judge, who will sentence him for his sins. He will experience the punishment of eternal separation in hell from the presence of God, which was prepared for Satan and his demonic hosts.     (John 14:3; 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17; Revelation 11:15; 1 Corinthians 15:20, 23; 51-54; Philippians 1:23; Romans 8:1; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:11-21:8; Romans 2:6-11)