DOCTRINES OF FAITH
Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of
those things which are most surely believed among us (Luke 1:1).
1. The Scriptures
We believe that the Holy Bible, which consists of the sixty-six books from Genesis to Revelation, was written by men who were supernaturally inspired by the Holy Spirit to write down God’s own words (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21, 2 Samuel 23:2). We believe that one of the central messages of the Bible is Salvation through Jesus Christ (John 17:3, John 5:39, 1 John 2:25). We believe the Bible is the only complete and final revelation of God’s will to man, and that it is absolute truth without any error, needing no further substitution or amendment (Proverbs 30:5-6, Rev 22:18-19). For this reason, the Bible should be carefully studied and its many truths accurately discerned (2 Timothy 2:15, Acts 17:11). The Bible is the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and opinions should be measured and tried (John 12:48)
2. The One True God
We believe that there is only one, living and true God (Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 45:5-6, Psalms 86:10). In His absolute sovereignty, God has chosen to name Himself “I Am” - Jehovah or “The Ever Existing One” (Exodus 3:13-14, Isaiah 42:8, Psalm 83:18). We believe that God is “triune” in nature and reveals Himself to mankind in three persons through: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (1 John 5:7, John 1:14, Matthew 3:16-17). Each aspect to God’s Triune being is equal in divine perfection, and all personalities work harmoniously together to accomplish God’s will and great work of redemption (2 Corinthians 13:14). God is the maker and supreme ruler of heaven and earth (Colossians 1:16-17). God is inexpressibly glorious in holiness (Exodus 15:11, Isaiah 6:3) and worthy of all possible love, trust, and praise, (Romans 11:33, Mark 12:30, Revelation 4:11).
3. God The Holy Spirit
We believe that God the Holy Spirit is equal with God the Father and God the Son, and that He possesses the same nature (John 14:16-17). The Holy Spirit was active in creation (Genesis 1:1-3). We believe that the miraculous spiritual gift ministry bestowed upon the Lord’s Churches by the Holy Spirit was only temporary – and stood until the completion of the Scriptures (1 Cor 12:1, 1 Cor 13:8-12). Today, the Holy Spirit works through faith, hope and love (1 Cor 13:13). He convicts of sin, of judgment, of righteousness, and points people to Christ (John 16:7-14). He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel (Acts 5:30-32), and He is the agent in the new birth (John 3:5-6). Because God is a Spirit, we believe man needs to have a spiritual relationship with Him (John 4:24).
We believe in the literal Genesis account of Creation (Gen. 1:1), that man was created directly in God’s own image and after His own likeness (Genesis 1:26-27). We believe that all life originates directly from God not evolution (Genesis 1:11-12, Genesis 1:20-25, John 1:2-4). We believe the best way to live life comes directly from God’s design, expressed will, and purpose for us - as revealed through the Word of God (2 Peter 1:3-4, Ephesians 1:3-4).
5. The Fall Of Man
We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of God, but by wilful disobedience fell from his sinless state (Genesis 3:1-6). The consequence of this wilful disobedience saw death enter the world and the consequence of sin pass onto all of mankind (Romans 5:12,19, Proverbs 14:12). Today man’s sinful state remains - not by forced constraint, but of wilful choice (Isaiah 53:6, Ecclesiastes 7:20). Because of sin, mankind stands separated from God (Isaiah 59:2), and without Christ, is condemned under God’s perfect Holy Law, having no defence or excuse in the flesh (James 2:10, Galatians 3:22). Despite this, we believe that God forgives sin (1 John 1:9), and that man can still have an eternal relationship with God through Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23).
6. The Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Spirit in a miraculous manner to save mankind (Matthew 1:18-25). Jesus was born of Mary, a virgin (Isaiah 7:14, Luke 1:34-35), and as no other man was ever born of the Holy Spirit or born of a woman in this way, He is both the “Son of God” (Psalm 2:6-7, John 1:49, Matthew 3:17), and “God the Son” (John 20:30-31). We believe that Jesus Christ was foretold in the Scriptures to be the only means of Salvation for mankind and that He is the promised messiah (Acts 4:12)! We believe that in all ways Jesus is equal with God (Philippians 2:5-11), and that God has chosen to manifest Himself to mankind in bodily form through the life and earthy ministry of Christ (Hebrews 1:1-3).
7. The Atonement of Sin
We believe that the price for mankind’s sin, and the reconciliation of sinners to God (“atonement”), could only come through the shedding of Christ blood and sacrifice on the cross (1 Peter 3:18, Romans 5:9-11). We believe that the salvation of every sinner comes solely through Christ alone (Romans 3:23-26). Jesus, freely took upon Himself our fleshly nature, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15), and He took upon Himself the penalty of sin for all of mankind. Christ died in our place on the cross to atone for the full price of our sins (1 Peter 2:24-25, Romans 5:8). Christ’s sacrificial death satisfied all the demands of a holy and just God concerning sin (1 John 4:10). Having died, been buried and risen from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3-4), Jesus Christ has made it possible for all to come to repentance and enter into an eternal relationship with God (2 Peter 3:9, 1 Timothy 2:3-6).
8. The Gift of Salvation
We believe completely in God’s eternal salvation, and that the blessings of eternal life are given freely to all through the gospel of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:3-5). We believe that mankind is saved only by God’s grace, through faith in Jesus Christ alone, and that salvation is a gift from God having nothing to do with good works (Ephesians 2:8-9). It is the personal responsibility of all to accept the free gift of salvation while they have time to do so (2 Corinthians 6:2, John 3:15-17). Nothing prevents any individual from being saved but his or her own rejection of Jesus Christ and their need for a spiritual birth through Him (John 3:1-7, 18 & 36, Matthew 12:31). If this gift is rejected, pleading Ignorance of the truth and of the existence of God will not be an excuse (Romans 1:20).
9. The Security of Salvation
We believe that the eternal life Jesus promised is received at the moment of salvation (John 5:24, 6:47). At that instant, God seals us with His Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 1:22, Eph. 1:12-14), and we are held safely and securely in the hands of God (John 10:27-29, John 6:37). We can never lose the gift of Salvation or the eternal life God has so lovingly provided, for we are kept by the power of God not ourselves (1 Peter 1:5).
10. The New Testament Assembly
We believe that a biblical “Church” is a scriptural New Testament “Assembly” – comprised entirely of saved, baptised followers of Christ, who gather together within their locality to give glory to God We believe that those belonging to Scriptural New Testament Assemblies have entered into a covenant relationship with God and with one another for the purposes of worship, faith, service, and fellowship – and this is God’s expressed desire (Hebrews 10:25, Ephesians 3:21). We believe that each scriptural assembly is a local body who is governed by Jesus Christ, as her head, in accordance to the Word of God and the leadership of His Holy Spirit (Colossians 1:18, Ephesians 1:22-23). We believe in a Biblical heritage that is neither Catholic or Protestant by nature, but is doctrinally traced back to Christ and the first assembly He established (Matthew 16:18). We believe that every scriptural assembly has been instructed to follow the same “Great Commission” which Jesus Christ Himself gave to His first assembly (Matthew 28:18-20)
11. Church Ordinances
We believe in the two Scriptural ordinances Christ taught for the Church to continually hold to and practice:
We believe that scriptural baptism is by full immersion under water of a believer, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, by the authority of a scriptural New Testament assembly (Matthew 28:18-19). Baptism is the picture of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ in the life of the child of God, and shows their desire to live a new kind of life as they follow Him (Romans 6:4-5). Baptism is also a prerequisite to membership within a local, New Testament Church Assembly (Acts 2:41-42).
ii) The Lord’s Supper:
We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a memorial ordinance remembering Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf, and the promise of His return (1 Corinthians 11:23-26), It is to be observed by the members of a local assembly after solemn, personal self-examination (1 Corinthians 11:27-29).
GOD WANTS YOU TO REALISE SOME THINGS!
1. Realise How Much God Loves You!
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
2. Realise You Have A Problem!
For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not. (Ecclesiastes 7:20)
3. Realise Christ Died For You!
But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
4. Realise God Has A Plan To Save You!
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6 Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. (1 Timothy 2:3-6)
5. Realise How You Can Be Saved!
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. (Acts 16:31)
If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (Romans 10:9-10)