The Holy Scriptures
We believe that the original manuscripts of the Old and New Testaments were verbally inspired by the living God, and were written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Inspiration refers to the original manuscripts, the record of which we contend is the original autographs and not any particular translation or translations of them whatsoever; they are God’s complete and final Word of Truth and are the supreme, final and only infallible authority for doctrine, faith, and conduct. *
(2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21)
* In order to safeguard the integrity of our doctrinal statement and avoid confusion in an era when many unsuitable translations and paraphrases are being produced, the King James Version shall be the practical translation for ministering and teaching. Others may be used for comparison or reference.
We believe in one God, eternally coexistent as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We believe that that each person of the Godhead is separate and distinct with the same attributes of omniscience and omnipresence, and is perfect in holiness and righteousness.
(Deuteronomy 6:4; Genesis 1:26; John 1:18)
The Person and Work of Jesus Christ
- We believe in the absolute, essential, and eternal Deity of Christ, the Son of God; that Jesus as the Son of Man was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary; that he is true God and true man, the Lord Jesus Christ, who was and is the only sinless human being and the only One who could be the Saviour of mankind.
(Hebrews 1:8; Luke 1:35; 1 Timothy 2:5; John 1:1,14; Matthew 1:21)
- We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ made one final and complete sacrifice for the sins of the world, that in His body on the cross He was man’s representative and substitutionary sacrifice for sin, and His death and shed blood is the only means of redemption from sin acceptable to God: We believe the plan of salvation was conceived in the mind of God before the foundation of the world and is offered by God’s grace to all who exercise saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
(Colossians 1:20-22; Hebrews 9:22; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
- We believe in the real bodily resurrection of the crucified Body of Jesus Christ, His physical bodily ascension into Heaven where, since his ascension, He sits as Head of all things to the Church, and at God’s right hand. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man.
(1 Corinthians 15:14-17; Romans 1:4; Ephesians 4:7-10; 1 Timothy2:5)
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
- We believe the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that He is the Supernatural Agent of regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption.
(John 16:8-11; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 1:13,14)
- We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who assists believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit.
(Ephesians 1:17,18;5:18; 1 John 2:20,27)
- We believe that God is Sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer. God uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip believers in the assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry.
(Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11,28; Ephesians 4:7-12)
- We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary. We believe that speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit and that the ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, though God frequently chooses to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing.
(1 Corinthians 1:22, 13:8; 14:21,22)
The Total Depravity of Man
We believe that man was created by God in God’s image, as recorded in Genesis, that Adam sinned entirely of his own volition and responsibility, that Adam as the mortal father of the entire human race passed sin and death on and into the whole of humanity, and all are born sinners with a corrupt and sinful nature and are spiritually dead.
(Genesis 1:26; Romans 3:9,23; Psalms 51:5; Romans 5:12)
- We believe that, because the universal result of sin, all responsible human beings are dead in trespasses and sins, are lost and condemned, and this position and condition is changed only for those who trust Christ as Saviour and are thus saved from the penalty of sin and of spiritual death, and that such believers are the miracle of regeneration born of the Spirit, made spiritually alive and are immediately baptized into the body of Christ, which is the only true Church.
(John 3:6,7; Ephesians 2:1; 1 Corinthians 12: 12,13)
- We believe that salvation from the penalty of sin and spiritual death is only by grace through faith in all Jesus Christ has accomplished through his physical death and resurrection. We believe that all born-again believers have eternal life and are eternally secure. We believe that salvation is not by works, but that good works and holy living should be the continual result and evidence of the new birth and salvation in each believer’s life.
(John 10:28, Galatians 2:16, Romans 3:24, Ephesians 2:8-10)
We believe that the Church, the Body of Christ dispensational and distinct from Israel, began at Pentecost as recorded in the book of Acts, on which day the Holy Spirit according to the promise of Jesus Christ became for the present age a permanent resident in the bodies of believers, that without the indwelling Holy Spirit none are saved, and the Holy Spirit is the only revealer of God’s truth.
(Ephesians 2:11-18; Galatians 3:16,27; John 16:30; Ephesians 1:22,23).
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