Statement Of Faith
The Bible is inspired of God, inerrant in the original documents and of final authority in all matters of faith and practice. II Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21
We believe there is one God, eternal, existing eternally in three persons Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19
The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God, born of a virgin and sinlessly perfect. His sacrifice is substitutionary and representative. He rose bodily from the dead and ascended to His Father's right hand where He now ministers as the Believer's Great High Priest. I Timothy 3:16; I Peter 2:24, 25
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Person, is God, and that He indwells, seals, and places into the body of Christ all believers at conversion. 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 4:30
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved in Heaven and the everlasting, conscious punishment of the lost in Hell. 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17; II Thessalonians 1:7-9
We believe that man was created in the image of God, that man sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God. Genesis 1:26; Romans 5:12 We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins through the shedding of His blood on the cross. Salvation is by grace through faith in Christ Jesus. Only those who repent and receive Christ as their personal Saviour are born again and have eternal life. Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9
The church began with the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (Acts 2) and is composed of all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. The local church is composed of believers in a locality who gather in Christ's name for worship, prayer, edification and witness. Government and discipline are divinely outlined in the Epistles as being the responsibility of the local church. The Lord Jesus Christ is the giver of spiritual gifts for ministry in the church, such as evangelists, pastors, teachers, etc. These gifts are given that the believers may be equipped for work in His service and that the church may built up.
There are two Christian ordinances: Baptism and the Lord's Supper. Baptism signifies that the believer, having died with Christ, is buried with Him and is also risen with Christ to walk in newness of life. The Lord Himself instituted the Lord's Supper. In the observance of this supper, believers retell the message of the Lord's death until His return.
THE RETURN OF CHRIST
The personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ could occur at any moment. His return will usher in a series of events, the rapture, judgment on unredeemed society, the restoration of Israel to Him as Messiah and an eternal state of blessedness for the redeemed. This truth is an ongoing incentive to holy living and faithful service for every believer. I Thessalonians 4