There is one true and living God, who is Creator of everything. He is One in being, essence, and glory. His Oneness includes a Threeness revealed in three distinct yet co-equal Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, similar to one family having three members. Created in His image, mankind comprises a trinity of body, soul and spirit. God is eternal, infinite and sovereign; He is omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent; He is unchanging, perfect, holy, just and righteous; He is merciful, gracious, good and loving. He is the God of signs and wonders and the Judge of all.
2. Jesus Christ
We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the express image of the Father, who, without ceasing to be God, became man by pouring Himself into a human body. Through His incarnation he demonstrates what God is like, represents our Human race, and provides salvation for all.
We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary; that He is fully God and fully man; that He lived a perfect, sinless life; that all His teachings are true. The Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for all humanity as a substitutionary sacrifice for sins. His death is sufficient to provide salvation for all who receive Him as Saviour. We are justified in believing that He alone is the world’s Saviour, because as prophesied He rose from the dead on the third day—a literal, physical resurrection of His body to immortal life. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven in His glorified body and is now seated at the right hand of God as our High Priest and Advocate. He retains a physical human body, and is therefore the Pioneer and First-fruits of those destined for heaven.
3. The Holy Spirit
We believe in the deity and personality of the Holy Spirit. He brings conviction of sin, urges repentance and regenerates sinners. Jesus Christ desires to baptise born-again believers in the Holy Spirit, which seals them as belonging to Christ. Baptism in the Holy Spirit is distinct and separate from regeneration, occurring after a born-again experience, just as Pentecost occurred after Calvary. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit leads to a constant filling and provides the gifts (manifestations) of the Spirit to operate in a person’s life, and produces fruit of the Spirit in equal proportions. The Holy Spirit glorifies the Lord Jesus and makes Him real to us. Our bodies are His temple in which He dwells. He is the Divine Teacher who illuminates believers’ hearts and minds as they study the Word of God. We reject the unbiblical assumption that miracles, and the gifts of the Spirit no longer exist.
4. The Bible
We accept the veracity of the Old and New Testaments – the Bible’s sixty-six Books. They are God’s Word recorded in the language of man. We believe in the plenary, verbal inspiration of the Bible, that the original writings are the out-breathed, inspired, infallible and authoritative Word of God; that the Holy Spirit perfectly guided the writers to ensure they wrote precisely what He wanted, without error or omission. All translations into other languages have their weaknesses, and it is imperative that the Holy Spirit guides believers into all truth. The Bible is the complete and final authority for faith and practice. Doctrine is established on the plain statements of Scripture and the evidence of Biblical trends, not on the silences or uncertainties of individual texts. The Bible is the complete and final authority for faith and practice. Doctrine is established on the plain statements of Scripture and the evidence of Biblical trends, not on the silences or uncertainties of individual texts.
5. The Church
The true Church comprises all those who have been regenerated, and called-out from a worldly system into the Kingdom of God. The Church comprises people (not buildings) formed into a living body of members, with Christ as the Head. It is known as “the Body of Christ” – a physio/spiritual organism of all believers active in the world with the responsibility of sharing the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ. Mandates enable the Church to function as a genuine Christian group. They include believer’s baptism in water by immersion; receiving a Biblical Spirit baptism after conversion; participating in the Lord’s Supper (eating bread and drinking wine in remembrance of Christ’s sufferings and death); gathering regularly in Christ’s Name to worship the Lord and to receive His instructions and to love each other sincerely. We believe in the priesthood of all believers and in the ministries that Christ has set in His Church, namely, apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers.
God uniquely created us in His image and likeness. Adam’s sin caused the Fall which marred the image of God in us, and all mankind inherited a sinful nature. There is none righteous. We choose to sin, having thoughts and actions which are offensive to God, and the human race is unable to redeem itself.
Salvation cannot be earned by good works! It is offered to us through God’s mercy and grace as a gift, by means of the substitutionary death of Christ on the Cross and His glorious resurrection on the third day. We are saved from sin, judgment and hell, not by what we do, but by what Christ has accomplished for us and completed for us when He cried “It is finished.” The price of our salvation and forgiveness was paid in full by the Lord Jesus.
Individual human response is mandatory. Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. Good works, changed lives and obedience are the results of salvation, not requirements for salvation. Our compliance with the convicting power of the Holy Spirit, and our repentance, and our personal belief in Christ, allow salvation to be applied to us as individuals.
This troubled and dysfunctional world is manipulated by “the god of this world” which is the devil, or satan(1) himself. Often people ignorantly blame the true and living God for the trials and heart-aches they experience. But we must put the blame where it belongs. The devil was once a mighty “covering angel” over the throne of God, but with pride he led a group of angels in rebellion against God, and was evicted from heaven. He is the great enemy of God and man, and demons are his servants in evil. He and his demons will be eternally discarded in the lake of fire.
Angels are spirit beings. They are essentially God’s servants, whom God directs and sends out to help us. They are real and effective, and can reveal themselves to human eyes when required.
9. The Future
Physical death is the separation of the soul (spirit-nature and true personality) from the body. Through physical death we are “absent from the body and present with the Lord,” continuing like the angels as spirit beings until Christ returns. Then dead bodies will be resurrected and immortalised, and reunited with human spirits, to live as complete persons forever with the Lord.
We believe in the return of Jesus Christ to earth, which is called our “blessed hope.” It is a hope because it is a future happening. It is not a “hope-so” event which might, or might not occur! The personal coming of the Lord Jesus Christ to rapture His saints, evict evil and establish His millennial kingdom is stated and prophesied clearly. We believe in the physical resurrection of all people and in the final judgment. We accept the eternal conscious bliss of the righteous and the eternal conscious punishment of the wicked.
(1) I spell satan with a lower-case s, as he is totally unworthy of respect, despite English language rules.