What We Believe
Although the whole Bible must be taken as the full description of what a follower of the Lord Jesus believes, here is a short list of some of the most important truths in the Word of God which we believe with all our hearts.
We believe in the Bible as the Word of God. It is inspired by God, meaning that he gave his truth to holy men who, though they wrote in their own words, yet perfectly wrote what God wanted (2 Pet. 1:20-21).
We have found the Bible to be exactly what we need, and all that we need to be our guide for salvation, and for every area of our Christian life and testimony (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
We believe that there is one God, the Creator of all. Yet the Bible also tell us that this one God has shown himself to us in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 8:6).
Romans 1:20 tells us that “the invisible things of [God] from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” In other words, God’s nature can be seen in our universe. Like time (future, present, past) and space (length, breadth, height), and matter, God is three in one. As an illustration, 1 x 1 x 1 = 1.
THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is fully God, and that at the same time—since he was born in Bethlehem—he is also true Man, begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. He is perfect, and it is impossible for him to sin (John 1:1; Phil. 2:6; Mt. 1:23-25; 1 John 3:5).
SIN AND SALVATION
We believe that God rules over all things yet has given his creatures a will so they may choose either to obey or not to obey the gospel (2 Thess. 1:8).
We believe that every part of our human nature has been damaged through the sin in the Garden of Eden, where our first parents, Adam and Eve, were tempted and deceived by Satan. All are born sinners (except the Lord Jesus) and all are guilty sinners for choosing to sin against God (Rom. 3:23; 5:12).
We believe that Satan is a real and personal devil, the arch-enemy of God and man. We know he will not win; his doom is described in the book of the Revelation (Rev. 20:20).
Because of the damage that sin has done to us, we believe that all sinners are unable to be saved from eternal punishment by their own righteousness or by good works which they may do (Gen. 3; Rom. 3:23; Eph. 2:8-9).
But God, who so loves the world, has established the way to save us through the finished work of Christ on the cross of Calvary. By his sacrifice, Christ has made possible, to all who believe, a complete and eternal redemption (Rom 3:24; Eph. 1:7).
CHRIST’S RESURRECTION AND EXALTING
God proved he was satisfied with the work of Christ when he raised the Lord Jesus bodily from the dead and seated him at his right hand in heaven (Eph. 1:20-21).
There God has declared the Lord Jesus Christ to be the only Head of the Church (Eph. 1:20-23; Col. 1:18). He is the Lord of the individual (John 13:13), the High Priest over the House of God (Heb. 7:20-28; 10:21), the Advocate on behalf of His people (1 John 2:1), and the Judge of all (Acts 17:31).
We believe in the immediate and eternal salvation of every person who truly believes on Christ. This means that we rest, by faith, on His finished work because we believe it is the only righteous way on which a holy God can forgive sins (Rom. 4:4-5; 1 Jn. 5:12).
We also believe that all who are saved are to give the witness of a good conscience before God, being baptized by immersion (Acts 8:36-39).
HEAVEN AND HELL
Because Christ is raised, we also believe in the certain hope of the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust. The Bible teaches the eternal security of the saved and their everlasting blessedness with the Lord (1 Thess. 4:17). The Bible also teaches the everlasting, conscious punishment of the lost (Rev. 20:15).
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that all who by faith receive the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour are instantly born again of the Holy Spirit, indwelt by Him, and by the same Holy Spirit are baptized into the one Body of Christ, the Church (1 Cor. 12:12-14).
Because the early Church met together and “continued steadfastly in the apostle’s doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers,” we believe that this is God’s pattern for the Church today (Acts 2:42).
THE LORD’S COMING
According to his promise, we believe in the personal, imminent, and premillennial coming of the Lord to the air to rapture, or catch away, the Church (1 Thess. 4:13-17). “And so shall we always be with the Lord.”
THE UNENDING KINGDOM
We also believe that, at the end of human history, Christ will come to establish His kingdom visibly on earth and to reign in righteousness (2 Thess. 1:6-10). After this he will set up the Great White Throne judgment in the heavens for the judgment of “the dead, small and great” (Rev. 20:15). Then the present heavens and earth will pass away and a new heaven and earth will be formed in which righteousness shall dwell and the eternal Day of God will be ushered in (2 Pet. 3:10-13).