Our beliefs

Bible

Both the Old and New Testament, are divinely inspired and are the revelation of God to man. All Scripture is God-breathed – the Holy Spirit inspired the authors, revealing to them what He wanted to be written (Acts 1:16; 2 Tim.3:16; 2 Pet.1:20-21).

These scriptures are infallible truth, containing no contradiction or error. It is the final authority for faith, doctrine and life. The canon of the Bible is closed.

Christians must remain receptive to the illumination of Scriptural truth by the Holy Spirit (Matt 5:18; John 17:17; Rom.10:17; 15:4; 1 Cor.10:11; 2:13; James 1:21).

GOD

God is Spirit – infinite, eternal, uncreated and unchangeable in His being or attributes. In Him all things have their source, support and end (John 4:24; Ps.102:25-27; Gen.1:1-26; John 1:1-3; Heb.1:1-3; Col.1:15-17).

There is one true God who has a plural nature – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit – all distinct personalities, all designated God (John1:1,18,14; Heb.1:8; Acts 5:3,4).

The Bible does not teach that there are three gods but upholds the doctrine of the Trinity – one God who reveals Himself in three persons – equal in power and glory (Gen.1:26; Matt.3:16, 17; 28:19; Acts 10:38; 1 Cor.12:4-6).

JESUS

Jesus Christ is Lord and the Son of God. He is the Only Begotten of the Father (John 1:1-3, 18; 17:5; Heb.1:2- 12; 13:8).

 

By taking on the form of man, Jesus is the Word that became flesh. He was miraculously ‘Virgin Born’ of the Holy Spirit, without a human father, born to a woman born of flesh (John 1:14, 8; Isa.7:14; Matt.1:18-25).

 

The Bible declares His absolute deity and His complete humanity. He lived a sinless life on earth; teaching, preaching and performing miracles with divine authority (Matt. 16:13, 16; Philip.2:5-8; 1 Tim.2:5; Heb.2:14-18; 4:15; 2 Cor.5:21; Matt.4:23, 24; Acts 2:22).

 

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, was buried. Christ died for all and rose bodily from the dead. (1 Cor.15:3, 4, 14-21; Luke 24:6, 39; Acts 4:33; Rom.1:4; 5:10; 8:11).

 

He ascended to the Father in heaven. He is alive forevermore in His resurrected body and exalted position, representing us before the throne of God as our High Priest and Advocate (1Tim.3:16; Mark 16:19; Philip.3:20, 21; Rom.8:34; Heb.4:14-16; 7:24, 25).

 

He will return to earth a second time to judge all mankind.

salvation

All have sinned – therefore humankind is in a lost sinful state, fallen from original righteousness (Isa.53:6; Rom.3:9-12, 23; 1Cor.15:21, 22; Gal.3:22).

Jesus Christ gave His life as a substitutionary sacrifice and ransom for all (1 Cor.15:3; Matt.20:28; 1 Tim.2:3-6). His atoning death on the cross and His shed blood fully paid the price of redemption required for the release of sinners.

Through His death all people can obtain the forgiveness and remission of sins; washing and cleansing from unrighteousness; justification and pardon from the guilt of transgressions; righteousness and right standing with God; propitiation and reconciliation which restores fellowship and favour with God; healing and wholeness; the victorious life; and the gift of eternal life (Gal.3:13, 14; 1 Pet.1:18, 19; 2:24; Col.1:13, 14; Rom.3:22-26; 5:8-11, 17-19; Titus 3:4-7; 1 John 2:2; 3:8; Rev.12:10, 11).

People are not able to save themselves by works; by trying to keep the Law or the Ten Commandments; by personal merit in themselves; by self-effort; or by natural development from within – no one can add anything to the completed atoning work of Christ (Isa.64:6; Rom.3:20, 28; Gal.2:16; Titus 3:5). Salvation is by grace, the free gift of eternal life from God to all those who believe in Christ.

baptism

Water baptism is a direct commandment of our Lord. Baptism is by immersion of water and is for believers only (Matt 28:19; Acts 2:38, 39; 8:36-39; 16:31-33).

The ordinance of baptism is an act of obedience; a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection; a declaration that the believer has died with Christ and has been raised with Him to walk in newness of life; a public confession of the new believer’s faith in Christ; and the answer to a good conscience toward God (Matt.3:13-17; Rom.6:3-5; Col.2:12; 1 Pet.3:21)

breaking of bread

“Breaking of bread” is called both the “Lord’s Supper” and “communion”.

Breaking of bread is the regular partaking of the emblems of the bread and the cup as symbolic of the Saviour’s broken body and the shed blood.

Believers are remembering the Lord Jesus Christ; proclaiming His death; giving thanks for the benefits of his broken body and shed blood; expressing their communion with Him and one another; celebrating His resurrection; and anticipating His return (Matt.26:26-29; 1Cor.10:16,17; 11:23-32).

baptism in the spirit

The new birth is the work of regeneration that the Holy Spirit executes, by which He then indwells the believer.

 

The baptism in the Holy Spirit is an experience distinct and subsequent to the new birth (Titus 3:5; John 3:5, 6; 14:16, 17; Acts 8:14-17; 19:2).

 

Jesus baptizes in the Holy Spirit and according to His command, all believers are entitled to and should expect the Promise of the Father – the baptism in the Holy Spirit.

 

This was the normal and needful experience of Christians in the Church of the early days (Matt.3:11; Acts 1:4, 5; 2:38, 39; 11: 15, 16). Through baptism in the Holy Spirit believers are empowered and equipped for life and service; and with it comes the bestowment of the supernatural gifts of the Spirit and their uses in the work of the ministry (Mark 16:17; Acts 1:8; 1Cor.12:4-11).

 

The baptism of the Holy Spirit is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance (Acts 2:4; 10:44-46; 19:6).

 divine healing

Divine healing was provided for in the Old Testament and is an integral part of the Gospel. The New Testament declares that through Christ’s redemptive work, full provision has been made for physical healing and health. It is the privilege of the believer today (Ex. 23:25; Isa.53:4, 5; Matt. 8:16, 17; 1 Pet. 2:24; Gal. 3:13, 14; Luke 10:9).

Healing is for physical ills of the human body and is wrought by God’s power in different ways, like laying on of hands; the prayer of faith; anointing with oil; or the gifts of healing (Mark 16:17, 18; 6:13; Acts 28:8, 9; James 5:14-16; 1Cor. 12:9).

 

Miracles are supernatural works, signs or wonders of the unchangeable God and are possible in the present day (Mark 16:17-20; John 14:12; Acts 6:8; 8:6; 1Cor. 12:10; Rom. 15:18, 19; 2Cor. 12:12).

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