The inspiration of the Scriptures:
We believe that the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are inspired by God and are the revelation of God to humanity; they are the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct.
The one true God:
We believe that the one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent “I AM,” the creator of heaven and earth and the redeemer of all people. He is eternally existent in three persons; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
The Lord Jesus Christ:
We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ who is God revealed in human form. We believe in His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His atoning death, and His resurrection on the third day.
The fall of humanity:
We believe human beings were created good and upright, being made in the image of God. However, they became sinful by voluntary transgression of God’s command and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God.
The salvation of humanity:
We believe that a person’s only hope of salvation is through the atoning work of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who shed His blood on the cross that all may be saved. Salvation is received through repentance and faith.
We believe that sanctification is a progressive lifelong process beginning at salvation. It is the process of separation from evil as believers continually draw closer to God and become more Christ-like. When Christ returns the Holy Spirit will complete the work of sanctification in our lives.
We believe that the work of sanctification in the life of a believer results in a life characterised by the qualities referred to in Galatians 5:22, 23 and rejects the kinds of behaviour outlined in Galatians 5:19-20.
The Baptism in the Holy Spirit:
We believe that all believers are entitled to and should eagerly expect and seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Spirit, according to the command of Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Church. This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit received at the new birth. This experience:
- Enables them to evangelise in the power of the Holy Spirit with accompanying supernatural signs.
- Adds a necessary dimension to a worshipful relationship with God
- Enables them to respond to the full working of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
The initial physical evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit:
We believe that the baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is shown by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Holy Spirit of God enables them to do so.
The gifts of the Holy Spirit:
We believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit continue to be experienced by the Church. They are given to empower the believer for life, ministry and witness. They are intended to be part of the normal spiritual exercise of every believer.
The ordinances of the church:
We believe in baptism by immersion in water following salvation. All who repent and believe in Christ as Lord and Saviour are to be baptised. We believe in Holy Communion, also known as The Lord’s Supper, consisting of bread and wine. These symbols express our sharing in the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ. They are also a memorial of His suffering and death and a prophecy of His second coming.
The church and mission:
We believe that the Church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Holy Spirit, with divine gifts and graces for the fulfilment of the Great Commission. Every believer is an integral part of the universal Church and should find a place of connection and belonging in a local church, for the threefold purpose of evangelising the world, the worship of God and in building a body of believers, who are being perfected in the image of His Son.
We believe that divine healing and wholeness for the whole person is an integral part of the gospel.
The Kingdom of God:
We believe that Christ came to inaugurate the Kingdom of God. This Kingdom is therefore already present but is not yet fully realised. It is seen wherever God’s reign is extended and is a present reality in the hearts and lives of believers.
Marriage and family:
We believe that marriage was established by God and confirmed by Jesus Christ as a life-long relationship between one man and one woman. We believe that a Christian should marry within the community of faith. We discourage divorce as a solution to marital difficulties. Children are regarded as “a heritage of the Lord” and raising them is considered a sacred trust.
The return of Christ:
We believe in the physical and visible return of Christ. At this time those who have died believing in Christ will be resurrected. They will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air, along with those believers who are alive at the time of His return. This is the hope of all believers, in all ages. We believe in the millennial reign of Christ.
We believe that every person who has ever lived will face a day of final judgment. The righteous will be judged for rewards at the judgment seat of Christ. The unbelievers will face eternal separation from God in hell.
The new heavens and the new earth:
We believe in the promise of a new heavens and a new earth, the eternal home of the righteous