Sharing Christ Within the Community

Statement of Faith

Article 1 – The Scriptures

We believe the divine authority and the verbal, plenary (complete) inspiration of the whole canonical Scriptures. We believe that all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, by which we understand that the whole of the book called the Bible is inspired in the sense that the Holy Spirit gave the identical words of the sacred writings to the holy men of old, chosen by Him to be the channel of His revelation to man. This divine inspiration extends equally and fully to all parts of these writings as appeared in the original manuscripts.

Mark 12:30; Acts 1:16; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21

Article 2 – The Godhead

We believe the Godhead externally exists in three persons – the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, and that these three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections and worthy of the same homage, confidence and obedience.

Genesis 1:26; Isaiah 63:8-10; Matthew 28:18-20; John 1:1-4; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:1-3; Revelation 1:4-6

Article 3 – The Fall

We believe that man was originally created in the image and likeness of God, and that he fell through the sin of disobedience, and as a consequence lost his spiritual life, becoming dead in trespasses and in sins and subject to the power of the Devil. We also believe that this spiritual death, or total depravity of human nature has been transmitted to the entire human race.

Genesis 1:26, 2:17, 6:5; Psalms 14:1-4, 51:5; Isaiah 53:6, 64:6; Jeremiah 17:9; John 3:6; Romans 3:10-17, 5:12-19; Ephesians 2:1-3; 1 Timothy 5:6; 1John 3:8

Article 4 – Regeneration

We believe that regeneration is by the work of the Holy Spirit. We also believe that, owing to man’s universal depravity and death in sin, no one can see or enter the kingdom of God unless born of the Holy Spirit, whereby he becomes a new creature.

John 3:3-8; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 6:15; Titus 3:5; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:23

Article 5 – The Atonement

We believe the atonement is by the shed blood of Christ whereby our redemption has been accomplished by the shed blood of our Lord, who knew no sin but was made to be sin for us, dying in our place, a sacrifice acceptable to God, and effectual for every sinner who receives Him as Lord and Saviour.

Leviticus 17:11; Matthew 26:28; Romans 5:6-9; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:13; Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 9:14-22; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 1 John 2:2

Article 6 – Salvation

We believe that salvation is by the grace of God. We also believe that the blood of Jesus Christ shed for us on the cross paid the full penalty for our sins and provides the sole basis for God’s forgiveness. Salvation occurs when an individual turns from sin and self in repentance, to Jesus Christ and places their faith in His death and resurrection as sufficient payment for sin.

John 1:12, 3:16,18, 36, 6:29; Acts 13:39; Romans 5:1, 9, 10:9; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 2:11-14

Article 7 – Security

We believe that all true believers cannot lose their salvation and will be kept by God, secure forever.

John 5:24, 10:28, 13:1; Romans 3:29; 1 Corinthians 5:1, 6:19; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 1 John 5:13; Jude 24

Article 8 – The Deity and Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ

We believe in the essential deity and Virgin Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that all scriptures centre about Him, His person, His work, His sacrificial death on the cross and His coming again. We believe that He is the Christ, the Son of the living God, and that He was born of a Virgin, conceived by the Holy Spirit, having no human father.

Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18, 22-23, 16:16; Luke 1:35; John 5:23-24, 39, 10:28, 30; Acts 17:2-3, 18:28, 26:22-23

Article 9 – The Church

The Church which is His body: We believe in the spiritual unity of all true believers in Christ. That all who are regenerated by the Holy Spirit of God are members of the church which is His body, the bride of Christ. “For as the body is one, and has many members, and all members of that one body being many, are one body; so also is Christ. For by one spirit…….1 Corinthians 12:12-13”.

The Local Church: We believe that the local church of the New Testament is an organized body of baptized believers, congregationally governed, united together in sacred covenant to worship the Lord, to edify the believers and to proclaim the gospel to all people. The ordinances of the church are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, its officers are pastors (elders) and deacons.

Matthew 16:16-18; Acts 2:42-47; Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 1:22-23, 4:3; Colossians 3:14-15

Article 10 – The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

We believe that when the Holy Spirit came upon the whole body of believers on the day of Pentecost, it was the fulfilment of the announcement made by John the Baptist, and the promise of Christ to individually endow them with power to witness, and collectively baptize into one body, which was the formation of the church, which is His body.

We further believe that since the time the gospel went forth to the Gentiles, we receive the Holy Spirit without delay, through saving faith in Jesus Christ. All who believe in Christ are born of the Holy Spirit, sealed by Holy Spirit, and baptized into the body of Christ by the Holy Sprit.

We also believe that the New Testament distinguishes between being indwelt by the Holy Spirit and being filled with the Holy Spirit. There is one baptism of the Holy Spirit, but many fillings.

Matthew 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16, 24:46-49; John 1:33, 14:16, 18, 26, 15:26-27, 16:7-15; Acts 1:4-5, 8, 2:1-4

Article 11 – The Deity and Personality of the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, the third person of the Godhead who is now, throughout this age of grace, here present in the true church. Having been sent for the express purpose of guiding the members of the church in the truth of Christ and sent into the world that sinners might be convicted of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.

John 7:38-39, 14:16-17, 15:26, 16:8-15; Acts 1:8, 2:4

Article 12 – Sanctification

We believe that sanctification, which is setting apart unto God is threefold:

(1) It is already complete for every saved person because their position toward God is the same as Christ’s position.

1 Corinthians 6:11; Ephesians 4:24; Hebrews 10:10, 14; Jude 1

(2) While the standing or position of the Christian is perfect in Christ, their present state is imperfect due to their sin nature. There is, therefore, a progressive sanctification by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit whereby the Christian is to grow in grace and to be changed by the unhindered power of the Holy Spirit.

John 17:17; Romans 15:16; 2 Corinthians 3:18, 7:1; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 5:25, 27; Hebrews 13:12; 2 Peter 3:18

(3) We also believe that on that day when a Christian shall see their Lord Jesus Christ they will be fully sanctified in their position and will become like Him.

Philippians 3:20-21; Hebrews 12:10; 1 John 3:2

Article 13 – The Resurrection

We believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead, according to the scriptures, in bodily form and thus became the first fruits of them that slept; and that upon His return He will raise out from among the dead those who have died in Christ, this being the first resurrection; and that after the millennium He will raise them that have died in unbelief from their graves to appear before Him at the judgment of the great white throne.

John 5:28-29; Romans 1:4, 8:23; 1 Corinthians 15;  1Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20:5-6

Article 14 – The Second Coming

We believe that the second coming of the Lord is in two phases, these two phases are divided by the Great Tribulation.

1.  The Rapture: We believe that the next great event in the fulfilment of prophecy will be the coming of Christ for His own. The dead in Christ shall be raised first, then those who are alive and remaining shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. This event is the blessed hope set forth in the Scriptures. This coming of Christ for His church will end this present age of grace.
John 14:1-3; Acts 1:10-11; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; Philippians 3:20; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:13-14; Hebrews 9:28
2.  The Revelation: We believe that the world will not be converted previous to the second coming of Christ, but is day by day ripening for judgment. The age of grace will end with a fearful apostasy in the professing church, and that, following the period of the Great Tribulation on earth, the Lord will return in person to introduce the millennial age to reign over the entire earth to bring the whole world to the knowledge of God, and to lift the curse that now rests upon the whole of creation, to restore Israel to her own land, to give her the realization of God’s covenant promises; to bind Satan and to place him in the abyss.
Isaiah 11:9; Ezekiel 37:21-28; Zechariah 12:10, 14:4; Matthew 24:15-25; Acts 15:16-17; Romans 8:19-23, 11:25-27; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 1:7, 20:1-6

Article 15 – The Eternal State

We believe that, at death, the spirits of those who have trusted in the Lord for salvation pass immediately into His presence and remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection, at which time they shall receive glorified bodies. We also believe that the spirits of the unbelieving remain after death conscious of condemnation and in misery until the final judgement of the great white throne at the close of the millennium, when soul and body will be reunited and cast into the lake of fire, not annihilated, but punished with everlasting destruction away from the presence of the Lord, being tormented forever and ever.

Daniel 7:12-27, 12:2; Luke 16:19-26; Romans 8:17; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 1 Thessalonians 4:17;  2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; 2 Peter 2:9; Jude 6-7; Revelation 20:11-15, 21:8, 22:11

Article 16 – Satan

We believe that Satan is a being, the father of all evil. He will be cast into the bottomless pit for 1000 years and finally committed to the lake of fire with all his angels to be tormented forever and ever.

Job 1:6-12; John 8:44; 2 Corinthians 4:4, 11:13-15; Ephesians 6:12-16; Revelation 20:1-3, 7-10

Ordinances of the Church

(1) BAPTISM
We believe to be baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, is the divinely appointed duty of every born again believer, and is appropriate for believers only. We believe that baptism is the immersion of the body in water, and is a necessary requirement for church membership.
Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:41, 8:35-39, 10:44-48
(2) THE LORD’S SUPPER
We believe that the Lord’s Supper is to be regularly observed by believers in the church who are in a right relationship with the Lord and each other. This act is in remembrance of His dying love and in obedience to His Word until He comes.
Luke 22:19; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29