What we believe
Our Church subscribes to and teaches the evangelical understanding of the Christian faith and the full and final authority of the Bible as the revealed Word of God, inspired by the Spirit of God.
We believe in the triune God
We believe in God the Father
We believe in God the Son
We believe in God the Holy Spirit
We believe in the Bible as God’s Word
We accept the Bible (The Scriptures – the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament) as the written Word of God.
The Bible is the only essential and infallible record of God’s self-disclosure to mankind. The whole of the Bible (from Genesis to Revelation) points to Jesus Christ and leads us to salvation through faith in Him. Being given by God, the Scriptures are fully inspired by God. Therefore, as originally given, the Bible is free of error in all it teaches.
Each book is to be interpreted according to its context and purpose and in reverent obedience to the Lord who speaks through it in living power. All believers are exhorted to study the Scriptures and diligently apply them to their lives. The Scriptures are the authoritative and normative rule and guide of all Christian doctrine, life, and practice.
The Scriptures are totally sufficient and must not to be added to, superseded, or changed by later tradition, extra-biblical revelation, or worldly wisdom. Every doctrinal formulation, whether of creed, confession, or theology must be put to the test of the full counsel of God in Holy Scripture.
Luke 24:27; John 10:35; 16:13-15; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 3:15,16; Hebrews 3:7; Revelation 22:18,19.
We believe in the Bible’s view of Man
God made man – male and female – in His own image, as the crown of creation, that man might have fellowship with Him.
Genesis 1:26,27; 2:7; Psalm 100:3; Isaiah 43:7.
Tempted by Satan, man rebelled against God. Being estranged from his Maker, yet responsible to Him, he became subject to divine wrath, inwardly depraved and apart from a special work of grace, utterly incapable of returning to God.
Genesis 3; Romans 3:9-23; 5:12-14; 6:23
This depravity is radical and pervasive. It extends to his mind, will, and affections. He is at enmity with God, living under the dominion of sin and Satan.
Fallen, sinful people, whatever their character or attainments, are lost and without hope apart from salvation in Christ.
Acts 4:12; Job 15:14-16; Isaiah 64:6; Romans 10:2,3
We believe in the Gospel (The Good News)
Jesus Christ is the gospel. The good news is revealed in His birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension. Christ’s crucifixion is the heart of the gospel, His resurrection is the power of the gospel, and His ascension is the glory of the gospel.
Christ’s death is a substitutionary and propitiatory sacrifice to God for man’s sin. It satisfies the demands of God’s holy justice and appeases His holy wrath. It also demonstrates His love and reveals His amazing grace.
Romans 3:25; 5:9; Galatians 3:13; 4:4,5; Colossians 1:14; 2:14; Hebrews 2:17; 1 John 2:2; 4:10
Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man, revealing God to mankind and reconciling man to God. There is no other way by which men may be saved.
John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 5:10; 1 Timothy 2:5
At the heart of all sound doctrine is Jesus Christ, His death on the cross, and His resurrection. Through this alone sinners are redeemed for the purpose of glorifying God.
1 Corinthians 2:2; Ephesians 1:7
We believe that man needs to respond to the Gospel
Man’s response to the gospel is rooted and grounded in the free and unconditional election of God for His own pleasure and glory.
Romans 8:29; Ephesians 1:4,5; 2:8,9; 2 Thessalonians 2:13,14; 2 Timothy 1:9,10
This gospel of grace is to be sincerely preached to all men in all nations.
Matthew 24 14; 28:18-20; Luke 24:47; Acts 1:8
The message of the gospel is only effectual to those who by God’s grace put saving faith in Christ and genuinely repent of their sins.
Luke 13:1-3; Acts 2:37,38; Romans 10:9
Biblical repentance is characterized by a changed life, as evidenced by kingdom living.
Matthew 16:24,25; Galatians 5:6; Ephesians 2:10; James 2:17
We believe in man’s inheritance through the Gospel. Salvation, the free gift of God, is provided by grace alone, through faith alone, because of Christ alone, for the glory of God alone.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 1:5,6; 2:8,9; 1 Timothy 2:5
Anyone turning from sin in repentance and looking to Christ and His substitutionary death receives the gift of eternal life and is declared righteous by God as a free gift. The righteousness of Christ is imputed to him. He is justified and fully accepted by God.
Romans 4:5; 6:23; 8:1,2; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 3:18
Through Christ’s atonement for sin an individual is reconciled to God as Father and becomes His child. The believer is forgiven the debt of his sin and via the miracle of regeneration liberated from the law of sin and death into the freedom of God’s Spirit.
Matthew 26:27,28; Romans 8:3,9,14-17; 1 Peter 1:3