DOCTRINE

We are a reformed, charismatic and missional church with the following core beliefs. Core beliefs refer to non-negotiable absolutes of scripture. There is of course room for respected interpretations of scripture such as ‘exactly when and how Christ will return’ and ‘exactly when and how you get filled with the Holy Spirit’.

BIBLE

We believe that the Scriptures of the Old Testament and New Testament in their original writing are fully inspired by God and accept them as the supreme and final authority for faith and life.

TRINITY AND SOVEREIGNITY

We believe in the sovereignty of one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God upholds and rules over all things. He governs and reigns supreme over the entirety of creation including over mankind, accomplishing through nature and man his eternal purposes. Yet, at no time is God’s integrity violated, and at no time does he violate our integrity, responsibility or our freedom to choose (Is 46v9-10; Eph 1v11; Eccl 7v13; 1 Tim 6v15; Ps 115v3; Dan 4v35).

SIN

We believe that human beings, though created in the image of God, are sinful, guilty, and lost without Christ.

THE DEITY AND WORK OF CHRIST

We believe that Jesus Christ, as begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, is fully God and fully man. We believe that on the cross Jesus Christ became sin for us, was judged by God and died in our place. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, His ascension into Heaven, and His present ministry as our High Priest and advocate with the Father.

CONVERSION

We believe that all who are justified by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God. We believe other religions and ideologies are not alternative paths to God, and that human spirituality, if unredeemed by Christ, does not lead to God but to judgement and damnation.

ETERNAL SECURITY AND ASSURANCE OF BELIEVERS

We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 6v37–40; 10v27–30; Romans 8v1, 38, 39; 1 Corinthians 1v4–8; 1 Peter 1v5). We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for the flesh (Romans 13v13, 14; Galatians 5v13; Titus 2v11–15).

HOLY SPIRIT

We believe in the ministry and gifts of the Spirit. We believe in the importance of each believer being filled with the Holy Spirit by which believers are empowered and equipped for service. We believe that baptism of the Spirit is usually a post-conversion event as it was for Jesus (Lk 3 and 4), the disciples (Acts 2v11-4), the Samarian believers (Acts 8v14-17), Paul (Acts 9), and the Ephesian believers (Acts 19v1-7).

HEAVEN AND HELL

We believe in the resurrection of the just and the unjust, the eternal blessedness of the redeemed, and the eternal damnation of those who have rejected God’s offer of salvation.

SECOND COMING

We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ in power and glory to judge the living and the dead.

CHURCH

We believe that the local church should be the expression of the one true and universal Church and therefore that the new birth and personal confession of faith in Christ are essentials of Church membership. We desire to fellowship and work with other ministries and congregations of like profession of faith for the spreading of the gospel.

COMMUNION

We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the partaking of the emblems, which symbolize the broken body and shed blood of Christ, in remembrance of His sacrificial death until He comes.

WATER BAPTISM

The scriptures teach that baptism should follow repentance, as the external sign of our internal salvation. This is what we call it believer’s baptism, as opposed to infant baptism.