What We Believe

About the Bible

We believe that the Bible, comprised of the Old Testament and New Testament, is the Word of God. We believe it is inspired by God, that it is without error and that it is completely trustworthy. The Bible is our sole and supreme authority in all matters of faith and behaviour and teaching.

2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21

About God

The Bible tells us that there is one God who exists eternally in 3 persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Although each one has a distinct personality, they are equal to one another and are perfect in their nature. God is spirit – He is invisible. He is the Creator; He is the Sovereign Lord over all.

Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; Hebrews 9:14

About God the Father

The Bible tells us that God loves the world. He showed His love by sending His Son, the Lord Jesus, to earth where Jesus died to pay the penalty for the sin of humankind. Because God was fully satisfied with the life and death of the Lord Jesus, God raised Him from death and has put everything under His rule and control. God the Father and the Lord Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to live in believers.

I John 4:8; I John 4:10; Acts 7:48,49

About God the Son

God the Son became God in flesh – fully God and fully man. He was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, was crucified, rose bodily from death, and ascended to heaven where He now advocates for us and reigns as King. At any moment He will return to earth to set up his earthly kingdom

I Timothy 3:16; Luke 1:34,35; I Peter 2:24

About God the Holy Spirit

The role of God the Holy Spirit in the world is to glorify the Lord Jesus, and to convict men and women of sin and righteousness and judgment. He was sent by the Lord Jesus to live permanently in those people who believe in Christ for salvation. He instructs believers and gives them power to become like Christ and to serve Him.

John 14:16-18; 2 Corinthians 3:17,18; Romans 8:9

About Angels

Angels were created by God to serve Him and to give Him glory. Satan, along with one-third of the lesser angels, rebelled against God. They are actively involved in opposing God and His purposes. Satan has been completely defeated by the Lord Jesus, and one day he, with all the fallen angels, will be punished forever in the Lake of Fire.

Hebrews 1:14; Revelation 20:10; Ephesians 6:12

About Humankind

Humankind was created in the image of God. The first humans, Adam and Eve, were created innocent, but they deliberately chose to sin. The consequences of this disobedience were physical death and spiritual death (separation from God). Since then, all humans have been born sinners, spiritually dead and deserving of eternal punishment. But God has made a way for us to have a new relationship with Him – He sent His Son to die in payment for our sins. All who accept His payment on their behalf are eternally saved.

Genesis 1:26, 27; John 3:16; Romans 5:10,11

About Salvation

Salvation from sin is possible only by the blood of the Lord Jesus. God made Him to be sin for us and as such He died in place of us. God accepted Christ’s sacrifice of Himself on our behalf. Now all who repent and believe will have their sins forgiven. This is possible only by grace through faith; we can do nothing to earn our salvation, but we can also never lose our salvation.

Ephesians 2:8,9; John 3;2; John 5:1

About the Church

The Church is made up of all those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and trust Him alone to forgive their sins. The Lord Jesus is the Head of the Church and He oversees the activities of His Church on earth.

Ephesians 1:22,23; Ephesians 5:22,23

About the Future

A day is coming, on a date known only to God the Father, when the Lord Jesus will return to take His Church to be with Him forever. At this time, the earth will experience a time of trouble and devastation beyond anything previously known or imagined. At the end of this period, the Lord Jesus will return to earth with His Church and will reign on earth for one thousand years. Then unbelievers from all time will be raised to face judgment and eternal, conscious punishment. Believers will be with Christ forever in Heaven.

1 Thessalonians 4:16,17; Revelation 20:5,6; Revelation 20:11-15