The Word of God We believe the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is fully inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error, unified in their redemptive purpose, yielding a complete revelation of God's will for the salvation of mankind. We hold the Bible to be trustworthy, the only supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. Scripture is our source of revelation of God, the knowledge of salvation, the origin of all things and of the hereafter - it is final Court of Appeal on all points of doctrine, life and godliness. ( 2 Tim 3: 16-17 ; 2 Peter 1 : 20-21 ; Hebrews 4 : 12 )
The Person of God We believe there is one living and true God who has revealed Himself in three persons. Father, Son and Holy Spirit, infinitely perfect and eternal in existence and equal in glory, majesty and power. (Matt 28:19 Luke 3:21-22)
a) God the Father is the Creator of all things and the Author of eternal redemption. (Matt 6:9)
b) The Lord Jesus Christ was manifest in the flesh as the very Son of God - fully God and fully man. Creator of all things with the Father, and the appointed Judge of all men. (John 1:14,18; Col 1:13-20; Acts 17:31; Heb 1:1-4).
Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died on the cross for our sins, was buried, resurrected bodily on the third day according to Scriptures and appeared to his disciples. (1 Cor 15:1-8) He ascended to the Father, where He continues His High-Priestly ministry. He will personally and physically return for a glorious Church and execute judgement upon the wicked. (1 Thes 4:16-18)
c) The Holy Spirit is the Comforter, the Promise of the Father, (Acts 1:4) the Revealer of Christ and His work on the Cross, the Empowerer and the Distributor of gifts and graces upon the Church.
Humanity's fallen nature and need of The Saviour. We believe the human race was originally created by God, and in His image, to have dominion over His creation. (Gen 1:27) However, with The Fall of humanity, sin entered through disobedience and rebellion. Humanity became separated from God and totally incapable of saving itself ( Rom 5:12 ). All of mankind needs to turn from sin and trust personally in the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, to receive redemption. (Rom 3:23)
Salvation only through Faith in Jesus Christ. We believe the power of sin and death was broken when Jesus bore our sin at the Cross and rose again, providing the only way of Salvation for the whole person, spirit, soul and body (Heb 4:12: 1 Thess 5:23).
Mankind can only be saved by grace through repentance and faith in Christ's perfect and sufficient work on the Cross. We receive remission of sins by Christ's substitutionary sacrifice for us, redemption by the Holy Spirit''s power (John 3:5).
Empowerment of Christ's Presence. We believe the Lord's presence, peace and power are manifest in His Body in various ways, which are not, however, to be regarded as a means of Salvation. We regard:
A) The Lord's Supper as a means of fellowship of the spiritual body of Christ and as a way of partaking of the spiritual benefits bequeathed to New Covenant believers. (1 Cor 11:17-34)
B) Water baptism as the obedient response to the Lord's command (Acts 2:38: Matt 28;19-20) and a visible representation of our death, burial and resurrection with Jesus Christ.
C) The baptism of the Holy Spirit as a valid and important experience for believers today. The Holy Spirit was poured out at Pentecost and is present for all believers today, often subsequent to the new birth, and often evidenced by speaking with other tongues (Acts 2:1-4; 10:44-46; 19:1-6) and empowerment to witness. (Acts 1:8) This baptism is also accompanied by grace gifts and fruit of the Spirit. (Rom 5:5; 1 Cor 12:5-11; Gal 5:22-23)
The Church We believe the Church is the Body of Christ, (1 Cor 12:13-14; Eph 1:22-23) His Bride (Eph 5:25) and Temple of the Holy Spirit, (1 Cor 3:16) the expression of the present rule and reign of Christ's Kingdom of God on Earth. Christians are members of the universal, mystical body by faith - they are a Holy Priesthood of believers. Believers need to live out their commitment to Christ in love, unity and community with other body members in the local church - this is the practical expression of Christian faith in action. Christ gifted His church with unity and a five fold ministry of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers for maturing, ordering, equipping, and releasing the whole body to do the works of service that reveal His Glory. (Eph 4:11-16)
Divine Healing We believe divine healing is within Christ's work of atonement (1 Peter 2:24) and great gift of Salvation.
Healing, communicated by God's grace, gifts, laying on of hands, anointing with oil, and simple faith alone, minister healing for the whole person (emotional, mental, physical) and deliverance from oppression by the devil (Acts 10:38; Mark 16:17-18; James 5:14-16). The gospel is not only in word, but in power and "these signs will follow those who believe."
The Laying on of Hands We believe that the laying of hands, as practiced in the New Testament, is an operation of the ministry of the Holy Spirit for: A) Healing the sick B) Baptism of the Holy Spirit C) Receiving spiritual gifts D) Dedicating children E) Ordaining ministries F) And the sending out of ministries. (Acts 13:3)
The Christ-like Abundant Life We believe all Christians are called into a life of separation from sinful practices and they should take every opportunity to promote righteousness and godliness. (James 4:4; Romans 12:1-2; 13:1-10; 2 Cor 6:14-18; 1 John 2:15-17) Holiness is the release of Christ within each believer, changing us into His image, from glory to glory. (2 Cor 3:18)
Evangelism We believe the mandate and privilege of every Christian is to spread the Gospel to the lost world by making disciples of all nations, baptizing and teaching them to obey everything He commands. (Matt 28:18-20) This lifestyle of evangelism is accomplished through prayer, devoting time with the Father within the secret place, living out our faith, preaching the Word of God, and sacrificial giving. (Acts 1:8; Luke 10:2; Matt 10:7-8; 1 Cor 9:19-23)
The Second coming of Christ We believe the Ascension and Exaltation of the Lord Jesus Christ to the throne of the Father proclaims His present rule and reign over the universe. His Kingdom is revealed here on earth through His Body, the Church, resulting in a glorious Church and global harvest at the end of this age. He will be finally revealed through His personal, physical, and soon return and the events described in the following scriptures, including the resurrection of the dead (the just to everlasting life and the unjust to eternal separation from God). (Acts 1:11; 1 Thess 4:16-17; Titus 2:12-14; 2 Thess 1:7-10)
Further revelation We recognise that God is continually restoring truth and light to His Church. Therefore we place no limit on further revelation; however, each must be substantiated according to the Scriptures. Therefore believing in the absolute authority of Scripture, we hold that the Holy Spirit communicates secondary revelation today - always consistent with the Bible but specifically targeted at individuals, churches and occasionally nations that is God’s "now word" for those people. This "rhema" word of God for today is always subject to His eternal "logos" word of Scripture. The former will never conflict with the Biblical message and is always subject to careful ‘weighing’ or testing. (1 Thess 5:19-22)