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Statement of Faith

The Godhead

We believe that there is only one God, one in essence and one in being (Deuteronomy 4:35, Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 43:10, Isaiah 44:6,Isaiah 42:8).

We believe that God is tri-personal in nature existing eternally as God The Father, God The Son, and God The Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19, 2 Cor. 13:14, John 1:1, Acts 5:3-4, Luke 3:22).

We believe that God is the omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient Sovereign of the Universe who created all things in heaven and earth for His own purpose and pleasure (Colossians 1:16, Jeremiah 32:17, Psalm 147:5, Psalm 135:6, Jeremiah 23:24, Proverbs 15:3).

We believe that God is the “unmoved mover”, the uncaused beginning of all things. He is the eternal necessary being, perfect in every way, lacking in nothing (Genesis 1:1, Revelation 1:8, Isaiah 44:6, John 8:58, Matthew 5:48).

Jesus The Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is the unique Son of God (John 10:36), eternally existing as God but adding a human nature to His being at the incarnation (John 3:16, John 1:1). He is truly human and truly God (Mark 14:62, 1 John 5:10). He is the only way of salvation and reconciliation to God available to man (John 14:6).

God The Son “took on flesh” that He might demonstrate who God is, being the perfect image of The Father (Colossians 1:15-20, Hebrews 2:14).

By Jesus’ sacrificial death He was a penal substitution for the sins of all mankind (Galatians 3:13, Isaiah 53:6, Romans 5:6, Romans 3:25-26, Hebrews 9:22).

He was buried, then bodily rose again on the third day. He then ascended to the right hand of God the Father where he now sits functioning as our High-Priest, making intercession for those who love Him (1 Corinthians 15:4, Mark 16:19).

By his death atonement is provided for all men but is applied only to those who believe on Him (Matthew 25:46, John 3:16).

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the distinct personhood and deity of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is not the “force” or “power” of God, neither is He another name for Jesus Christ (John 14:26).

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the divine author and teacher of the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16).

The Holy Spirit baptises the believer into the church and indwells the believer at the moment of salvation (1 Corinthians 6:19).

He is a seal of God’s ownership of the believer. This seal is the Father’s guarantee of salvation to each individual member of the “body of Christ” – God’s church (Ephesians 1:13-14, Ephesians 4:30).

The Holy Spirit’s ministry includes the conviction, regeneration, empowering, equipping, instructing, sanctifying and guiding of the believer (Titus 3:5, John 3:5-6, Romans 8:11, Ephesians 3:16, 1 Peter 1:2).

It is the Holy Spirit who sovereignly distributes the spiritual gifts within the church (1 Corinthians 12:11-13).

The Bible

We believe that the Scriptures, containing the Old and New Testaments, are the inspired, inerrant, infallible and authoritative Word of God (Mark 7:8-13).

The books of Scripture do not “contain” God’s Word but ARE God’s Word. As such they are the supreme and final authority for man in all matters of faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:16, Mark 12:24, John 10:35, Luke 24:44-45, Mark 7:13, 2 Peter 1:21, John 13:16-20).

We believe that the Bible was inspired by God in its original autographs both in the ideas and concepts conveyed but also down to each and every word written (Matthew 5:17-18, Luke 16:17, Matthew 22:31-32).

Israel

We believe that God chose the physical descendants of Abraham through Isaac then through Jacob to be His special witnesses on earth (Matthew 22:32, Isaiah 43:10). He chose the descendants of Jacob/Israel to be His nation (Deuteronomy 7:6-8, Genesis 12:1-3). God’s name is forever intimately linked with the nation of Israel.

We believe that God has made certain unconditional covenants with Israel in which God made promises to the nation of Israel that have yet to be fulfilled (Genesis 15:18-21, Genesis 17:8, Judges 1:28-36, Zechariah:12:10). For this reason God’s character and trustworthiness are tied up with the fulfilment of these promises to His chosen nation – Israel (Romans 11:1).

The re-establishment of Israel as a nation in 1948 is the commencement of God’s plan to fulfil His unconditional promises to His special nation.

We believe the world hates Israel because Satan is the “god of this world”. The true church should love Israel, not because of her deeds but because of what she represents – namely the trustworthiness of God to His chosen people, be it Israel or the church (Jeremiah 31:35-37).

The Church

We believe that the church is comprised of those who, by faith alone and through no merit of their own, accept and trust in the saving work of Jesus Christ on the cross and acknowledge Him as the Lord and Saviour of all mankind (Romans 10:13, 1 Corinthians 1:2). This acceptance and trust in Christ leads to spiritual regeneration and baptism by the Holy Spirit into the true church, “the body and bride of Christ”( Colossians 1:24, 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Revelation 19:7-9)

The church is composed of both Jew and Gentile unified into one people by Jesus Christ. The church started at Pentecost and will accept no more members at the rapture.

The church is distinct from Israel. It is not “spiritual Israel”. Gentiles who believe in Jesus Christ have “replaced” Jews who reject Him but the church has not “replaced” Israel (Romans 9-11, Galatians 3:28-29, Galatians 3:16, Romans 11: 1-2).

Gentiles have been grafted into the spiritual blessings of the Jewish covenants of the Old Testament but the church does not fulfil the obligations God has made toward Israel in the unconditional Jewish covenants (Romans 11:1-36).

Angels & Demons

We believe in the personality and existence of angels. Angels are created beings who are higher than man in the order of creation (Psalm 8:5).
We believe that God created angels to be His ministers and servants but that some of them rebelled against God and now stand against Him (Hebrews 1:14). God allows this rebellion to continue as part of His eternal purpose in creation (Romans 8:28).

Satan

We believe in the personality and literal existence of Satan as the chief of the rebellious angels known as Demons. Satan – the adversary, is now mankind’s greatest enemy, especially to the people of God. Satan operates now as the god of this world. He is the arch-deceiver ( 2 Corinthians 4:4, John 8:44).

Humanity

We believe that man was created by God in God’s “image and likeness” (Genesis 1:27). Man was created with the freedom to follow God or rebel against God (Genesis 2:17). The first man Adam chose to rebel against God.

The rebellion of the first man – Adam, led to the entrance of physical and spiritual death into the creation. From then on, all of Adam’s descendants (humanity) except for Jesus Christ are born into a state of rebellion and separation from God being dead spiritually and dying physically (Romans 5:12).

In man’s fallen state of rebellion he is totally unable to reconcile himself with God by his own works. Without divine grace mankind would not even seek to be reconciled to God (Romans 3:10-12, John 3:27).

Salvation

We believe man is born separated from God. Salvation is an offer of reconciliation and forgiveness from God to mankind (Isaiah 59:2).
This offer is accepted by accepting and trusting in Christ’s finished work of atonement which culminated in the death, burial and bodily resurrection of Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5, Romans 10:9-10, Acts 4:10 – 12).

Salvation is wholly a work of God which is freely offered to man. This work of God is accepted by faith (Ephesians 2:8-9).

God does not force his work of salvation upon man but gives salvation to those who trust in Jesus Christ for it (John 1:12).

Good works are the inevitable fruit of the indwelling Holy Spirit but salvation is not maintained by them (James 2:26).

Salvation cannot be earned by man’s good works, neither does salvation require good works to be sustained. For this reason a man who is truly regenerated and given the indwelling seal of the Holy Spirit is eternally secure. No work of his can lead to the loss of his salvation as no work of his led to his salvation (2 Corinthians 5:17).