Our BeliefOur Core Beliefs as a Church Body
What We Believe
The Bible is the inspired word of God that is without error. It is our supreme authority, surpassing all human reason and tradition. It records God’s revelation to all people throughout history to mankind, and gives instruction on living as a follower of Jesus Christ.
(2 Timothy 3:16)
There is one God, the loving creator of all things, who exists equally and eternally in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Although each member of the Trinity serves different functions, they possess all power and authority.
(1 Peter 1:2; Galatians 4:4-6)
People are the special creation of God, made in His own image and the crowning work of His creation. Every person is a spiritual being, uniquely created, possessing dignity, and worthy of respect and love.
(Genesis 1:26 & 27)
People were created to have intimate fellowship with God, but became separated in that relationship through their choice to disobey God, which we call “sin”. Sin taints even the good that we do. It cuts us off eternally from God and breaks our relationships, our attitudes and even our physical bodies.
(Genesis 2:16 & 17; Genesis 3:16-24; Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:23)
In order to overcome sin, the eternal Son of God, Jesus Christ, was conceived in human form by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. While on earth, He was both fully God and fully man and was without sin. He offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice for our sin and a substitution in our place by His death on the cross. God the Father raised Him from the dead with a glorified body. He ascended physically to heaven and there intercedes on our behalf, sending the Holy Spirit to be His representative on earth. He will return one day in power and glory to reign as King and to judge the living and the dead.
(Philippians 2:5-8; Colossians 1:21 & 22; Acts 10:39-43)
Salvation is a gift from God, through His love, grace and mercy and cannot be earned through our own efforts. Salvation occurs when a person who has recognised their sin repents and believes in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Salvation is available to all as it is not God’s will that anyone should perish.
(Ephesians 2:8; Colossians 1:13 & 14; 1 Timothy 2:3 & 4)
The Holy Spirit is present in the world to make people aware of their sin, their need for Jesus Christ and to bring them to salvation. The Holy Spirit is received when a person commits their life to Jesus Christ, and permanently lives in them as the seal of their faith. He provides believers with the power for living, understanding of spiritual truth and guidance in doing what is right. He gives believers spiritual gifts, to be used in service for God, and Christians should seek to live each day under His control.
(2 Corinthians 1:21 & 22; Ephesians 1:13; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11)
Jesus Christ will one day return visibly and victoriously, to gather His believers to Himself. At this time everyone, both believers and unbelievers, will be raised to life and finally be judged by the Lord Jesus Christ to determine their eternal status. After this we will exist either eternally with God in Heaven through the forgiveness found in a relationship with Jesus Christ, or eternally in Hell separated from God by our sin.
(Matthew 24:4-21; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17)
The universal Church is the body of all believers who confess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. The Local Church is a smaller community of believers who meet regularly for worship, fellowship, teaching of the Scriptures and seeking to save the lost. The Church is central to God’s plan of salvation for the world. The Church works together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.
(Ephesians 4:11-16; Ephesians 5:21-33)
Baptism and Communion are the only two ordinances which were given by Jesus Christ through Scripture to be observed by the church throughout all ages. Baptism is the immersion of believers in water upon their profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and is a public declaration of their belief in His death, burial, and resurrection. Communion is a time of thanksgiving for Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross which is represented by the sharing of bread and wine together as a church family.
(Romans 6:4; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
In addition to the essential beliefs above, we have liberty in all other nonessential beliefs in an attitude of love.
“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters… Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls… So then each of us will give an account of himself to God… So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.”