To glorify God and prepare for the return of the Lord Jesus Christ through prayer, Bible study, worship, fellowship and by telling others about Him.
We as a group of believers who gather together in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, hereby declare the following to be our Statement of Faith:
The Bible is verbally inspired of God, inerrant in the original documents, and of supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and practice. 2 Tim. 3:16 & 17; 1 Cor. 2:13; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Heb. 4:12 & 13; Psa. 119:89.
There is one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect, holy, eternally existent in three equal Persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God is gracious, merciful, compassionate, abounding in steadfast love and is the righteous judge of all men. Matt. 28:19; John 1:18; Eph. 4:6; Heb. 9:14.
The Lord Jesus Christ in whose person, by incarnation, true Deity and perfect humanity have been united. Scripture declares His virgin birth, sinless life, atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension, and return in the air for His people and His visible return to earth to establish His kingdom. 1 Tim. 2:5 & 6, & 3:16; Luke 1:34 & 35, & 24:39; Heb. 4:14-16; 1 Peter 2:22 & 24; 1 John 2:1 & 3:5; 2 Cor. 5:21; Rom. 5:19; 1 Cor. 15:1-9; Eph. 1:20.
The Holy Spirit is personal and fully God, possessed of all the distinctively divine attributes. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. At redemption, He baptises each believer into the Body of Christ and comes to indwell him permanently. The Holy Spirit seals the Christian and sets him apart to a holy life. His power enables the believer to live a godly life. 1 Cor. 6:19 & 12:13; Eph. 1:13 & 14, & 4:30; Rom. 8:9 & 11; Gal. 5:16, 22 & 23; John 16:7-15.
Man through Adam was originally created in the image of God. Through Adamâ€™s wilful sin, man fell and died spiritually. Thus this spiritual death and totally depraved sin nature has been transmitted to the entire human race. Therefore every human being is born into the world with a nature which does not possess divine life but is sinful and unchangeable apart from the grace of God found in Jesus Christ. Gen. 1:26-28 & 2:16 & 17, & 3:1-24; Isa. 59:1 & 2; Psalm 51:5; Rom. 5:12 & 19; Rom. 3:23; Acts. 4:12.
Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone because of Christ alone. No one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born again. This involves repentance and faith by man and regeneration by the Holy Spirit. This is essential to the salvation of man. Redemption is wholly by the blood of Christ and salvation is by grace alone through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Each born again person possesses eternal life. John 3:7, 8 & 16; 1 Peter 1:18-23; Acts 3:19; Eph. 2:8 & 9; 2 Cor. 5:17; Rom. 3:24-26.
The cross is where God’s righteousness and love were displayed in the death of his Son; where Christ died for sinners and made possible a free offer of salvation to all who will believe in Him. Col. 1:20-22; 1 Cor. 1:18 & 23; Gal. 6:14.
Jesus Christ rose from the dead, according to the Scriptures, in bodily form, and thus became the first fruits of them that sleep. Upon His return He will raise up from among the dead those who have died In Christ, this being the first resurrection. After the thousand years, He will raise them that have died in unbelief from their graves to receive their sentence. Daniel 12:2; John 5:28 & 29; Rom. 1:4 & 8:23; 1 Cor. 15:1-58; Rev. 20:5 & 6.
The word “rapture” does not appear in Scripture, however it is a term that is commonly recognised as defining that event described in 1 Thess. 4:13-18. It is the event which will be for only those who have put their faith in God from the time of Adam to the time of the ‘shout’. It will take only an instant to happen. Those raised from among the dead at this time will have their bodies changed and glorified. Those believers in Christ who are living will also be changed, and glorified together with those believers who have been raised from among the dead, to meet the Lord in the air. The Old Testament saints will be the ‘Friends of the Bridegroom’ while those from the New Testament time will be the ‘Bride of Christ’. This ‘rapture’ will take place before the Tribulation. 1 Thess. 1:9 & 10; & 4:13-18; Rev. 3:10 & 11; Phil. 3:20 & 21.
Following the ‘Rapture’, there will be a time of tribulation on the earth for seven years. At the end of the seven years, the Lord Jesus will return physically and appear on earth in judgement with His glorified saints. He will set up His earthly Kingdom over a cleansed and purified earth, sharing it with His people. 2 Thess. 1:7-10; Matt. 25:31-46; Luke 17:20-37; Rev. 19:11-21.
The Church universal is not an organization but a living organism comprised of all believers. The local assembly is the expression of that Church universal and gathers by the leading of the Spirit to commemorate the Lord’s Supper in worship, prayer, fellowship, edification and evangelism. Eph. 1:22 & 23; 1 Cor. 12:12-27; Matt. 18:20; Acts 2:42.
The Lord’s Supper was commemorated by the early church on the first day of the week. It is the privilege and duty of every believer to heed the Lord’s request: “This do in remembrance of Me”. No person who gives a credible confession of faith is to be refused participation in the communion of our Lord unless that person is wilfully engaging in sin, persists in dissemination of false doctrine or creating schism, or is being disciplined by another assembly for such practices. Believers are free to exercise their common priesthood under the leadership of the Holy Spirit to remember and worship their Lord. Acts 2:42 & 46 & 20:7; Luke 22:15-22; 1 Cor. 11:23-26; Matt. 26:26-29; 1 Cor. 10:16 & 17; 1 Peter 2:9
PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS
All believers in the Lord Jesus Christ are Priests of God, and as such can worship the Lord . 1 Pt. 2:5-10. The roles of men and women are distinct, as outlined in scripture. Men have the public office. 1 Tim. 2:8: 1 Cor. 14:1-33: 1 Cor. 14:36-40. Women occupy a non-public office in the assembly. 1 Tim. 2:9-15; 1 Cor. 14:34 & 35.
The Scriptures anticipate every believer should take the name of Christ publicly through immersion baptism. Rom. 6:1-12; Col. 2:12; Matt. 28:19; Gal. 3:27; Acts 2:41.
The Scriptures reveal the eternal security of all who are actually born again by the Spirit of God through faith in Christ. It is the privilege of all such to be assured of their present salvation and eternal security. John 5:24 & 10:28 & 29; Rom. 8:28-39; John 3:36; 2 Tim. 1:12.
Satan is a person, the father of lies, a murderer from the beginning and the great deceiver of all the nations. He will be overcome by the Lord Jesus Christ as the seed of the woman and cast into the bottomless pit for a thousand years, and finally committed to the Lake of Fire with all his angels to be tormented for ever and ever. Gen. 3:15; Job 1:6-12; John 8:44; 2 Cor. 11:13-15; Eph. 6:11-16; Rev. 20:1-3 & 7-10.
The Holy Spirit has blessed the church with specific endowments which are expressed as “gifts” to and through the believers. In His wisdom and sovereignty, God designed certain gifts primarily for the foundation period of the Church, while the majority are available for exercise today. Rom. 12:6-8; Eph. 4:11; 1 Cor. 12:6-10 & 28-31; 2 Cor. 12:12; Heb. 2:4.
It is the responsibility of all Christians to:
- love God, fellow Christians, and their neighbours;
- to worship God in spirit and in truth;
- to study the Scriptures;
- and pray continually in order to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ in daily living.
They are to be filled with the Spirit, be fruitful, share the Good News of salvation through Christ, and encourage one another in faith, as we look expectantly for the coming of our Lord. They are to be the salt and light of the earth, demonstrating God’s righteousness and compassion. John 4:23-24 & 15:17; Luke 10:27; 2 Tim. 2:15; 1 Cor. 10:31; Eph. 5:18-21; Gal. 5:22-26; Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Titus 2:11-15; Matt. 5:13-16.