Statement of Faith

We believe that the Holy Bible (consisting of 66 books in the Old and New Testaments) is the inspired Word of God (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21). These Scriptures are without error as originally written, and have been accurately preserved throughout the centuries (Matthew 5:18). The Word of God is thus the only infallible rule of faith and conduct for the Christian (I Thessalonians 2:13).

We believe in one God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 44:6), perfect in all His attributes (Psalm 147:5; I Timothy 1:17; Romans 11:33), with three distinct but interpenetrating states of consciousness (Father, Son, Holy Spirit: Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14) eternally existing (Psalm 90:2) simultaneously within one Divine essence (Philippians 2:6).

We believe in the full deity of Jesus Christ (John 1:1; Colossians 2:9); His miraculous conception by the power of the Holy Spirit, and virgin birth (Matthew 1:18-25); His vicarious and substitutionary death on the cross of Calvary (Isaiah 53:4-6; Luke 23:33; Romans 5:6); the efficacy of His redeeming blood (Hebrews 9:11-14, 22); His bodily resurrection (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39); His ascension to glory (John 17:5; Acts 1:9); His present ministry as High Priest (Hebrews 4:14) and Advocate (I John 2:1); and His eternal kingdom on earth (Acts 1:11; 3:20-21; Luke 1:32-33).

We believe in the full deity of the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4); His procession from both the Father and the Son (John 14:16; 16:7); His distinct personality as exhibited by His intelligence (I Corinthians 2:10; Romans 8:26-27), His will (I Corinthians 12:11), and His emotions (Ephesians 4:30); and His ministry to convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment (John 16:8); as well as to indwell, to guide, to teach, and to empower the believer (John 14:17, 26; 16:13-14).

We believe that man was created upright by God (Genesis 1:26-27; Ecclesiastes 7:29), but through disobedience, sin and death came into the world (Romans 5:12), thus marring the original God-likeness in man, and leaving man utterly unable to remedy his own condition (Romans 3:23; 7:24).

We believe that salvation is the action of God in grace whereby man is rescued from all the effects of sin, and restored to a proper relationship with Him. As such, it is much more than merely the initial work of God in one’s life. There are actually three major aspects to this salvation:

1) Justification — the instantaneous reckoning of a person to be righteous before God (Romans 3:22), apart from works (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16), through faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 10:9-10) which is manifested by repentance of sin (Mark 1:15), and by receiving Him as Saviour (John 1:11-12; 4:42) and Lord (Matthew 11:28-30; Luke 14:26-27). This event is also called “regeneration” (Titus 3:5), or “being born again” (John 3:3; I Peter 1:23).

 2) Sanctification — the progressive conforming of a believer’s life and character to that of Jesus (II Thessalonians 2:13; Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 4:13).

 3) Glorification — the instantaneous change which will occur at either the resurrection or rapture of the redeemed (I Thessalonians 4:16-17), when even the physical bodies of believers are transformed to be like the glorified body of Jesus (Philippians 3:20-21; I John 3:2).

We believe that God desires every Christian to find his or her place in a local, Bible-believing, Spirit-led church (Hebrews 10:25) where an individual can be involved in prayer (Acts 1:14) and worship (Hebrews 13:15), receive instruction in righteousness (II Timothy 3:16), enjoy the fellowship of believers (Ephesians 2:19; I John 1:3), benefit from mutual encouragement (I Corinthians 12:25-26; II Corinthians 1:4), be challenged to spiritual growth (II Peter 3:18; Philippians 3:14), and equipped to evangelize (Acts 1:8; I Peter 3:15).

We believe that the work of the Lord should be supported by the voluntary, cheerful contribution of tithes and offerings (Matthew 23:23; I Corinthians 9:11, 14; II Corinthians 9:7), thereby acknowledging that all we have belongs to the Lord. Furthermore, Christian stewardship must be understood to involve not only our monetary resources and natural possessions, but also to include the use of our time (Psalm 90:12; Colossians 4:5) and talents (Ephesians 4:7; I Peter 4:10; Romans 12:11), thereby acknowledging that our very lives belong to Him (I Corinthians 6:19-20; I Peter 1:18-19).

We believe that water baptism by immersion is a direct commandment of our Lord (Matthew 28:19), and is for believers only (Acts 8:36-37). This act of obedience is a public declaration of one’s faith, and thus a ratification of a covenant relationship with God (Hebrews 8:6). Water baptism is also a personal identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection (Romans 6:3-4). Furthermore, this ordinance symbolizes the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the spiritual resurrection to walk in a new life in Christ Jesus (Romans 6:5-11).

We believe that the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper is a renewal of our covenant relationship with God. When believers partake of the unleavened bread and drink of the fruit of the vine (which symbolize the body and blood of Jesus — Matthew 26:26-28), they commemorate our Lord’s death, and anticipate His return (I Corinthians 11:26). The time and frequency of this observance is left to the discretion of the pastor.

Furthermore, at the pastor’s discretion, there may be times when foot-washing (men separate from women) will be added to this ceremony as Jesus did (John 13:4-5, 14), to emphasize how Christians are to serve one another in humility and love (I Peter 5:5; Colossians 3:12-14).

We believe that the baptism in the Holy Spirit is a gift from God to equip believers for effective service (Mark 1:8; Acts 1:5, 8). This operation of the Spirit is received subsequent to regeneration, and is accompanied by the initial outward evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance (Acts 2:4; 10:44-46; 19:6).

Furthermore, we believe that other Biblical gifts of the Spirit are also valid expressions of God’s grace:

1) Ministerial gifts (Ephesians 4:11).

2) Manifestational gifts (I Corinthians 12:8-10).

3) Motivational gifts (Romans 12:6-8).

We believe that God created supernatural beings called angels (including cherubim and seraphim) to worship Him (Isaiah 6:2-3; Revelation 5:11-12), to be His messengers (Luke 1:19; 2:10-12), and to serve His people (Psalm 91:11-12; Hebrews 1:14). Although they are all around us, we should neither pray to angels, nor worship them (Colossians 2:18).

Furthermore, we believe there has been an insurrection within the heavenly hosts, led by Satan, the Devil (Matthew 25:41). These disobedient angels are also called demons (James 2:19 — King James Version: “devils”). While Satan remains opposed to God, his power is limited, and his authority is strictly subordinate to that of God (Job 1:12; 2:6). Although the Devil’s doom is certain (Revelation 20:10), God has chosen, at the present, to utilize Satan and demons (in spite of themselves) in three different ways:

1) To be instruments of God’s chastisement and judgment (I Corinthians 5:5; Judges 9:23; I Kings 22:19-23).  

2) To be a spiritual catalyst which accelerates the temptation process (Matthew 4:1; I Thessalonians 3:5), thus compelling people to make a choice between right and wrong.

3) To bring glory to God when Christians, by His power, resist Satan’s devices, and gain in the victory over him (James 4:7; Revelation 12:9-11).

We believe that at physical death, the spirits and souls of those who by faith are living in fellowship in Christ, pass immediately into His presence (Proverbs 12:28; Philippians 1:23;. II Corinthians 5:8), and remain there in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the glorified body (I Corinthians 15:42-44) when Christ comes for His own, whereupon body, soul and spirit, reunited, shall be associated with Him forever in glory (I Thessalonians 4:16-17).

Furthermore, we believe that the spirits and souls of those who die out of fellowship with Christ remain conscious of condemnation and in misery (Luke 16:19-25) until body, soul and spirit are reunited at the final resurrection (Revelation 20:5) to face the judgment of God at the great white throne (Revelation 20:11-13), and then be cast into the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:15), not to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power (II Thessalonians 1:8-9; Revelation 14:11).

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