1. The Divine Inspiration of the Holy Scriptures
We believe that the Holy Scriptures, also known as the Holy Bible, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is the inerrant Word of God. Written by holy people of God, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the Bible is the only ultimate and infallible authority in all matters of Christian faith and practice. Utterly sufficient for Christian life and godliness, the Bible does not contain the Word of God, but in fact is the Word of God. The Bible is indivisible in its verbal inspiration, for such verbal inspiration is plenary. As such, it is to be neither added to, nor subtracted from, in either word or thought.
(Psalm 119:89,160; 2nd Timothy 3:16-17; 2nd Peter 1:19-21; 1st Corinthians 2:11-14; Revelation 22:18-19)
2. The Nature and Unity of the Godhead
We believe that the Lord our God is but the one, only, true, and living God. He is one essential being, shared by three distinct persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – who are altogether co-equal and co-eternal. Being of one substance, yet the substance being undivided: The Father is a distinct person from the Son; the Son is a distinct person from the Holy Spirit; the Holy Spirit is a distinct person from the Father. All infinite, there is but one God, who is undivided in nature and being. Eternal and infinitely perfect in all His attributes, His subsistence is entirely in and of Himself. He is the one true Sovereign, who rules, unobstructed, over all creation.
(Isaiah 43:10; 44:6; 45:5-6; Deuteronomy 6:4; Hosea 13:4; Matthew 28:19)
3. The Deity and Humanity of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Triune God, eternally begotten of the Father, is of the same essence and substance as the Father and the Spirit, being co-equal and co-eternal with them in the Godhead. In His being eternally begotten of the Father, the notion of His subordination to the Father, in essence and substance, must be profusely denied and rejected. Christ is He through whom all that has come into being, came into being. When the fullness of time had come, according to the will of the Father, Christ was miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary, taking upon Himself human flesh, yet maintaining the fullness of Deity that He eternally possessed; this is the union of Christ’s humanity and divinity into one hypostasis.
(Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:1, 8:58, 10:30; Romans 8:3; Colossians 1:15-20; 1st Timothy 3:16)
4. The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Triune God, of the same essence and substance as the Father and the Son, being co-equal and co-eternal with them in the Godhead, is He who has been sent of the Father and the Son into the world to accomplish God’s divine will. In being sent by the Father and the Son, the subordination of the Spirit to the Father and Son, in essence and substance, must be profusely denied and rejected. The Spirit’s work in the world and in the Church are many, with particular focus on the regeneration, justification, and sanctification of God’s people.
(Genesis 1:2; John 3:5-8; 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13-14; 5:18; 1st Corinthians 2:10-14; 12:13; 2nd Corinthians 3:18)
We believe that humanity, in the form of both men and women, was specially created in the image of God. Made for the purpose of bringing glory to God and enjoying Him forever, humanity fell from its state of sinlessness into corruption through the transgression of our federal head, Adam. It was his original sin that brought death and corruption into the world, thereby resulting in all people, in all places, throughout all time, being born with a will enslaved to sin, and thus being by nature children of wrath. Dead in their trespasses and in their sins, mankind is utterly unable to free itself from such bonds, and finds itself spiritually dead, deserving of nothing but God’s just and righteous judgment. Apart from the saving grace of God, mankind indeed finds itself helpless and hopeless.
(Genesis 1:26-27; 2:7; 2:15-24; 3:1-19; Jeremiah 17:9; John 3:36; Ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 1:18-32; 3:9-23; 5:12-19; 6:23)
6. Christ’s Atonement for Human Sin
We believe that in order to redeem people from the guilt, power, and penalty of sin, the Son of God took upon Himself human flesh, becoming fully Divine and fully human, according to the foreordained will of God, and was given the name ‘Jesus’, for He would save His people from their sins. Having lived a sinlessly perfect life, He voluntarily sacrificed Himself upon the cross of Calvary, as a penal substitutionary atonement, in order to bear the wrath of God due unto His people. The atonement is sufficient and effective for all those whom the Father foreknew and predestined to be conformed into the image of His Son, namely His beloved and elect people. The sinner is justified apart from works of the Law, and thus is not made right with God due to any personal merit. Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, for it is the glorious and free gift of God.
(Isaiah 53:4-7, Romans 5:6-8; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Colossians 2:13-14; 1 John 2:1-2; Hebrews 2:9; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 2:24; 3:18)
7. The Work of the Holy Spirit in Salvation
We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is vital and necessary in the salvific work of God in a sinner’s life. It is the Holy Spirit who convicts a person of their sinful plight before a holy God; it is the Holy Spirit who sheds abroad in a person’s heart the saving grace of God, thereby regenerating them, as ones sealed in Christ by the Spirit; it is the Holy Spirit who grants repentance and faith as gifts to a person, as well as many other spiritual gifts; it is the Holy Spirit who actively brings about the ongoing sanctification of a person, leading them into greater fellowship with Christ their Lord. The salvific work of the Holy Spirit is monergistic, and is therefore achieved entirely apart from the will and cooperation of the individual. The Holy Spirit’s primary task is to bring glory to Christ, and He does so marvelously through these aforementioned works.
(John 1:12-13; 3:3-8; 1 Peter 1:23-25; 2 Peter 1:4; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2:1-5; Colossians 3:1-3; Titus 3:5)
8. The Church
We believe that the Church, as the beloved bride of Christ – namely, those whom He atoned for – is the body of elect individuals whom God has set apart from the world through the salvific work of the Spirit. All regenerate persons, throughout the ages, are members of the universal Church, which takes local form wherever these saints of God unite for worship, fellowship and service according to the principles set forth in Scripture. Each individual believer is called to and tasked with a priestly ministry, and is sent forth into the world as witnesses testifying to the truth of Scriptures. God specifically calls particular men to the offices of Church oversight and leadership, and as such, the Church recognises such men by ordaining them as Pastors/Elders/Overseers, and various other servant roles, according to the principles set forth in Scriptures. With Christ as the sole Head of His Church, it is in Him that all power, rule, and authority is found; such a reality precludes any man, vicariously or otherwise, from assuming himself to be either the head of Christ’s Church, or His supreme earthly representative.
(Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 2:42, 6:1-5; 20:17-35; Romans 12:4-8; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Hebrews 12:23; 1 Corinthians 1:1-2; 12:12-27; Ephesians 1:22-23; 3:15; 4:3-6; 4:12-16; Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 3:1-13)
9. The Baptism of Believers Only by Immersion
We believe that Baptism is one of two ordinances of the Church. As a public profession of an individual’s repentance towards God, faith in, and obedience to, the Lord Jesus Christ, Baptism is a sign of one’s fellowship with Him and union in His death, burial and resurrection. Those who actually profess the aforementioned are the only proper subjects of this ordinance. This ordinance (nor any other) does not cause and/or merit the saving grace of God, and is therefore not a work by which salvation can be achieved. The element to be used in the ordinance of Baptism is water, wherein the professing individual is to be immersed in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, according to the example set forth by Christ, and the subsequent obedience demonstrated by the Church in the New Testament.
(Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:41; Romans 6:1-7)
We believe that Communion – otherwise known as the Lord’s Supper – is one of two ordinances of the Church. Instituted by Christ on the night before His crucifixion, this ordinance is to be celebrated with the elements of bread and wine by all the saints of Christ, until the end of the age. It commemorates the Lord’s substitutionary atonement, with the bread and wine being a memorial image of His body and blood. This ordinance (nor any other) does not cause and/or merit the saving grace of God, and is therefore not a work by which salvation can be achieved. There is also no miraculous transition in the substance of the elements, for such a case would result in a continuation of the sacrifice of Christ for the remission of sins, which in reality was once and for all accomplished at Calvary. As such, all notions of transubstantiation must be profusely denied and rejected.
(Matthew 26:26-28; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 20:7; 1st Corinthians 10:16-17; 11:23-30)
11. The Return of the Lord Jesus Christ
We believe that at the end of this age, in a time appointed and known by the Father, according to His good pleasure and divine will, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly to the earth, in all His majesty and glory. The full consummation of the Kingdom of God on earth awaits His promised return.
(John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:57-58; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11; 2 Peter 3:9-13; Matthew 24-25; Revelation 20-22)
12. The Judgment
We believe that at the end of this age, God has appointed a day wherein he will judge all the world in righteousness, by Jesus Christ; it is to Him that all power and judgment is given of the Father. It is on such a day that all persons who have lived upon the earth, throughout the ages, as well as those apostate angels, shall be brought before the tribunal of Christ to give an account for their every thought, word, and deed. Every person shall each receive reward or punishment according to their deeds. All those judged as unrighteous, in their resurrected and dishonourable bodies, will be consigned to Hell, that place of everlasting torment and punishment. All those judged as righteous, in their resurrected and glorified bodies, shall receive their reward and will consequently dwell forever in Heaven, in the full presence and fellowship of the Lord.
(Matthew 10:14-15; 12:36-37; John 3:36; 12:48; Romans 2:5-12; 2nd Corinthians 5:10; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 20:11-15)