Statement of faith
We believe that the Bible is the infallible Word of God consisting of 66 books (39 Old Testament and 27 New Testament). It is inspired by God who chose specific men to record His thoughts and ways. It consists of His dealings with man’s sin and His only plan of salvation for all mankind. It reveals the depth of His true love for fallen man. (2Pet 1:21, Mt 5:18, Jer 1:9, 2Tim 3:16, 1Thess 2:13, 2Sam 23:2, Mk 12:30, Acts 4:25, Rev 22:18-19).
The Godhead (The Trinity)
We believe the Godhead consists of three persons – The Father, Son and Holy Spirit; each having the same nature, working together in creation, redemption and salvation of all mankind. (Gen 1:26, Isa 9:6, Jn 1:1, 10:30, Acts 5:4, Phil 2:6, Col 2:9, 1Jn 5:7).
God the Father
We believe there is One and only One True Living God – The All-Knowing, All-Powerful and Ever-Present God. God is Spirit. He is the Creator of all things, the ultimate Ruler, Holy and worthy of receiving all honor, adoration, love, worship and submission. His nature desires that He enjoy intimacy with mankind as He dwells in their midst. (Duet 6:4, Gen 1:1, Isa 40:28, Jn 1:3, 4:24, Col 1:16, 1Tim 2:5)
We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God the Father, born of the Virgin Mary and by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is God revealed in the flesh. Although He was equal with God, He did not take advantage of this equality. As an ordinary man He was pure and undefiled and He revealed the Father’s true nature. We believe in the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on the cross to make atonement for sin by offering Himself and shedding His precious blood for all mankind. In doing so, He once and for all paid the penalty for the sins of all mankind so that we could be set free from the power of sin. We believe He died, was buried and on the third day rose from the dead. He won complete victory over Satan. He then ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He now makes intercession for us all. (Isa 9:6, Jn 1:1-14, Rev 19:13, Isa 7:14, Rom 6:23, 1Jn 3:4, Isa 53:4-8,10, Heb 10:1-18, Lk 24:46-51, Acts 1:10-11, 2Cor 13:5).
We believe the Holy Spirit is God. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. He is the Counselor Jesus promised would come, to lead us into all truth. The Holy Spirit carries out the work of sanctification in each believer making him more like Jesus. He gives comfort, power and unmerited grace. He brings revelation and understanding on every aspect of the Godhead. (Acts 5:4, Jn 16:8, 16:13, 14:16-17, Acts 1:8, Jn 5:7)
We believe the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, were created by God in His image and likeness. Both man and woman were made equal. He gave them a free will. They were capable of choosing to obey or disobey God. (Gen 1:26; 2:7, 16-17, 1Tim 2:13-14).
The Fall and its Effect
Adam and Eve by their disobedience sinned causing a break in relationship with their Creator. This resulted in spiritual separation and physical death entered the world. Because of the fall, mankind will experience punishment for their sin in a place called Hell. All mankind bears the nature of Adam and Eve. Each human being is born in sin and sins out of choice. We believe that it is impossible for any human being to please God or in any way escape the punishment of sin by anything he may or may not do, apart from Jesus Christ. (Eph 2:8-9, Jer 2:22, Rom 3:23, 8:7-8, Gal 3:10-11).
As declared in the Bible in Heb 6:2, we believe in eternal judgment, so called because the sentence pronounced will be irrevocable. We believe that man’s sin (unless he receives forgiveness by believing in Jesus Christ) will take him in a conscious condition to hell, a place of everlasting banishment from God from where there is no return. All will have to give an account of themselves to God. (Heb 9:27, Lk 16:19-31, Rev 14:10-13, Rom 14:12).
We believe in the doctrine of the ‘Salvation of man’. All mankind has sinned and so have separated themselves from God. The only way to God is by believing and appropriating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in our lives. We receive forgiveness for our sins because of the penalty He paid by shedding His precious blood. If we do not accept this, man is lost forever without any hope.
Everyone can obtain salvation by:
Accepting that Jesus Christ died for their sins.
Believing that because of His death and resurrection, Jesus is their only substitute and that He is able to cleanse and forgive all their sins. Confessing Him to be the Lord and Saviour of their lives.
(Isa 59:2, Rom 3:23, Acts 4:12, Jn 14:6, Jn 3:36, Heb 10:1-18, Rom 6:23, Jn 1:12, Eph 2:8-9, Rev 3:20, Jn 3:15-16).
We believe that when a person accepts Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, God imputes them with His righteousness by His Holy Spirit and an imperishable seed is planted in them (new birth). From there on a process of ‘Regeneration’ begins. New birth can take place by faith in Jesus Christ alone, and cannot be brought about by customs, traditions or rituals. (Jam 1:18, Jn 3:3-8, 2Cor 5:17, 21).
We believe in Baptism in water and Baptism of the Holy Spirit:
In Mt 28:19-20 Jesus commands all believers to be baptized in water. We believe in water baptism by immersion. This is an act of identifying with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is also a declaration to the world of our commitment to follow Jesus and to belong to God’s family – the church. (Rom 6:1-13, Col 2:12, Lk 3:21).
In Acts 1:4-8 Jesus commanded His disciples to remain in Jerusalem until they received power from on High. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit enables each believer to receive power and boldness to be a witness and to live a godly life. We believe that the fullness of the Holy Spirit comes upon the believer when he is baptized. This baptism also enables each believer to receive spiritual gifts for the edification of the church. (Acts 2:38, 1Cor 12:7-11).
We believe that prayer is an integral part of the Christian life. We follow the pattern of prayer shown by the Lord Jesus Christ as well as various other forms of prayer as shown in the Bible. (Mt 6:9-13, Eph 1:15-19, 6:18).
We believe in the worthy participation of Holy Communion (bread and wine being symbolic of the body and blood of Jesus) by all born again believers. This is their duty and privilege to remember His death until He comes again. (1Cor 11:23-24)
The Return of Jesus
We believe that one day God will send Jesus in bodily form to receive His bride, the Church. He will come in glory and the dead in Christ will rise. They will be caught up in the air together with those who are alive and be transformed as they meet Him. (1Thess 4:13-19, Jn 11:25, 1Cor 15:51-52)
The Church and Fellowship
We believe that Jesus is the Head of the church (His Body) and it functions according to what is said in the Word of God. We believe that the church is the family of God, made up of all believers. Because there is One Father we are all brothers and sisters in Christ. The Bible commands the regular meeting of believers in Heb 10:25. They all have an equal standing before God, but are submitted to godly leadership established in each local church. The local leadership is made up of men and women who are recognized as being of good and attested character and repute. (Heb 13:17, 1Tim 3: 1-7).
Further, we believe in the five fold ministry i.e. the role of the Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher, to prepare the church for works of service that the body may be built up and to attain the unity of all believers. We believe the church is an expression of the Kingdom of God and is called to be a witness of His presence in demonstrating the outworking of His rule by influencing communities. (Eph 4:11-13, Rom 12:3-8)
We believe in the existence of Satan who is the accuser of the brethren and the adversary of all godly people. He uses his power and influence to instigate rebellion against God through the world system and his team of fallen angels. We believe Jesus made a public spectacle of Satan on the cross by breaking his power over mankind and thus making a way for people to be freed and to come under the rule of God. We believe Satan and his fallen angels will be ultimately judged and thrown into the lake of fire prepared by God. (Isa 14:12-18, Eze 28:12-19, Col 2:15, Rev 12:10)
The Church and the State
We believe in freedom of religion. The state will not interfere with matters of religion except to protect every person in their right to worship God. (1Tim 2:1-3, Acts 4:19, Acts 5:29)