Our Faith

Basic Doctrines


GOD

God is wholly one (Deuteronomy 6:4-6). Yet within the oneness there are three persons. God is triune (2 Corinthians 13:14; Matthew 28:19). God, the Father is God (Matthew 11:25). Christ is God (John 1:1; Hebrews 1:8). The Holy Spirit is God (Acts 5:3, 4).  The triune God created all things (Gen. 1:1; Col. 1:16; Gen. 1:2).

God is all-powerful (Psalms 89:8). He is everywhere present (Psalms 139:7-10), all-knowing (Romans 11:33), holy (1 Peter 1:15, 16), love (1 John 4:8), faithful (Lamentations 3:22, 23), and full of grace and mercy (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Hebrews 4:16).  He is unchanging (Mal. 3:6; James 1:17). He is eternal (Gen. 21:33); sovereign (Psalm 135:6; Acts 4:24) and just (Ps. 36:6).
God is worthy of praise, devotion, and trust.  People are called to worship Him alone (Ex. 20:1-6).

JESUS

Christ is the second person of the Trinity (John 1:1). He became incarnate, born of a virgin, He was the God-man, totally human and totally divine (Luke 2:52; Philippians 2:5-8).  He lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15).
Jesus came to be the Saviour of the world (Luke 19:10; Mark 10:45). Jesus is the only way for people to know the Lord’s forgiveness, presence, and eternal life (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).
Because of Christ’s death on the cross and literal bodily resurrection from the dead, forgiveness of sins and eternal life can be experienced through faith in Him (John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Ephesians 2:8, 9).
His presence is with all who know Him (Matthew 28:20). He is the Head of His Church (Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 1:22, 23) and He makes intercession for the believers to the Father (Hebrews 7:24-25; 1 John 2:1).

HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. At the time of conversion, the Holy Spirit indwells the believer, seals the believer, and acts as a guarantee of all God has for the future (Ephesians 1:13,14; Romans 8:9-11).
He also gives gifts to every believer as He chooses (1 Corinthians 12:7, 11). He also instructs and guides and reproduces His fruit in a believer’s life (John 14:26; 15:26; Galatians 5:16, 22-23). The Holy Spirit works not only in the individual believer’s life but makes the believer a part of His church (1 Cor. 12:13).  He empowers the believer for witness and ministry (Acts 1:8) and enables the understanding of God’s Word (1 Cor. 2:10-14).
The Holy Spirit is also active in the world convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8-11).

REVELATION AND THE WORD OF GOD

God has revealed Himself to mankind in three ways.  First, He revealed Himself, in a general way, through creation so that all humans are aware of God’s existence and some of His attributes (Romans 1:20). Second, God has revealed Himself and His will through the Word of God. The Bible or Word of God is God’s written revelation to the world. It is totally inspired by God and inerrant. All Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It works to instruct, reprove, correct, and train in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). It is the final authority for faith and practice.  All Scripture is a testimony to Christ (Luke 24:44-46).  Third, God also has revealed Himself in Christ (John 1:12-14; 14:7-9; Heb. 1:1-3).

MAN, SIN, AND SALVATION

All mankind, both men and women, were created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26, 27).  God designed marriage as the union between one man and one woman in a covenant commitment for a lifetime (Gen. 2:22-24).  
Yet Adam and Eve disobeyed God and fell into sin (Genesis3:1-8). So sin came into the world and thus the consequences of sin (Genesis 3:13-19); Romans 5:12).  All humans fall short of God’s glory and thus every person outside of Christ is ultimately condemned before God (Romans 3:20, 28; Heb. 9:27). All cultures are also tainted with sin while there is also good through common grace (Gen. 3:17-20; Eph. 2:1-3).
People are in need of and searching for an answer to their emptiness and lostness (Matthew 9:36, 37). While separated from God outside of Jesus Christ, the good news is Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins so that anyone who believes in Him will be saved apart from their own efforts, will be forgiven and will have right standing with God for eternity. (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Philippians 2:15, 16).

SANCTIFICATION

Every believer is declared holy and has a right standing before God (Hebrews 10:10).
Believers are also called to live ‘set apart’ lives. This means the believer is, in a progressive sense, becoming more and more holy, more and more like Christ (1 Pet 1:15,16).
The Holy Spirit works in the believer’s life, conforming the believer to the image of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18). The believer must yield to God’s working and actively seek by His Spirit to grow in Him (1Timothy 1:5; 4:7). The Word of God, fellowship, worship, witnessing and service are all means that the Spirit uses to bring about continued sanctification in the believer’s life (John 17:17; Acts 2:41; Romans 12:9-17; Galatians 5:16,22-23).

THE CHURCH

The church began at Pentecost (Acts 2:1) and has both a spiritual and institutional aspect.
The church is the spiritual body of all believers of all ages (1 Corinthians 12:13; Hebrews 12:23; Ephesians 4:4).
The local church is the gathering of true believers in a certain place of worship. The purposes of the local church are to glorify and worship the Lord, grow in Him, fellowship with one another, and grow by reaching people for Christ and by folding them into the life and fellowship of the church (Acts 2:41,42).
Christ Himself instituted two symbols for the church namely, baptism by immersion (Mat. 28:18-20; Mat. 3:16; Mark 1:10; Acts 8:38; Romans 6:3-4); and the Lord’s Supper (1Corinthians 11:18-34).  
The sole head of the church is the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:22).  

CHRIST’S RETURN

Through His resurrection Christ has won the victory over sin, death, and Satan (1 Corinthians 15; Colossians 2:15). All believers have an eternal hope in and through Christ’s victory (1 Peter 1:3-5; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Christ will return at a time which is appointed by God and unknown to man (Matthew 24:36). When Christ returns, He will gather His Church to Himself (Matthew 24:42; 1 Thess. 4:15-17).
At the end of time, Satan and his demons will be eternally cast into hell. There will be a Great White Throne judgment (Rev. 20).
God will then establish a new heaven and a new earth where the righteous will live forever in the presence of God. There will be no evil, sorrow, sickness, or death (Revelation 21:1-22:5). The believer has an eternal hope.
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