Our statement of faith clarifies the foundational beliefs that we believe about the Christian faith as revealed in the Bible. These beliefs are foundational for our preaching, teaching, praying and counselling.
The Bible made up of the Old Testament and New Testament Scriptures that are the divinely inspired written Word of God. The Bible is the infallible self-revelation of God, containing all things necessary for knowing God and attaining salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. It has supreme authority in all matters of Christian faith, conduct and experience.
There is one true and living God, who exists in everlasting love of three persons – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The triune God is sovereign over all things: creation, revelation, redemption, judgement and the establishing of His kingdom. God is abundantly gracious and merciful towards His people, while also wonderfully pure and perfectly just. As the sovereign loving Creator and Redeemer, He is worthy of all glory, worship and praise.
God created all of creation to be good and he rules and sustains all of it in accordance to his perfect will. Human beings are created in God’s image; he made us male and female, of equal dignity but with differing roles, so that man might glorify Him through enjoying relationship with Him and by looking after all of His creation.
God created humans in His own image, as the crown of creation. Tempted by Satan, the first human beings fell into rebellion against God to live a life apart from God and turned their worship of the Creator to the creation. The consequence of the fall was brokenness in our relationship with God and each other. Sin, evil and death entered the world and enslaved humanity and corrupted God’s good creation. As the result of the fall, humanity is universally sinful by nature and guilty before God. We stand under God’s just judgement and are unable to save ourselves.
Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who took on human flesh by being supernaturally conceived by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary. Jesus Christ is both fully God and fully man, who lived a sinless life, died a substitutionary death for sinners on a Roman cross. He was bodily raised on the third day and ascended as the Lord of all things. By Jesus’ death, resurrection and ascension, God redeemed and reconciled sinners to himself. He began the work of renewing creation and has enthroned Jesus Christ to rule over all things. God will return to judge the living and the dead and bring all creation under his perfect rule.
The gospel is the good news of salvation. The gospel is a free gift of God entirely by God’s grace to those who repent, believe and put their faith in Jesus’ substitutionary death and resurrection. This is the only thing that can save us from death and God’s judgement. Those who believe in the gospel will be forgiven of their sins, justified before God, set free from the power of evil, transferred into God’s Kingdom and filled with the Holy Spirit. The gospel gives us relationship with God in His Church. We are adopted as his children with the promise and hope of eternal life all to the glory of God.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit makes it possible for people to respond to God by convicting people of their sin and enabling faith in Jesus Christ. This comes about through the proclamation of the gospel. The Holy Spirit dwells in believers and unites them to Christ to transforms them to be like Christ. He enables us to serve with spiritual gifts, empowers us to witness to the ends of the earth and guarantees eternal life and bodily resurrection.
Jesus Christ is the head of the Church, which is His body, made up of genuine followers of Jesus Christ. The local church is a manifestation of His body, which locally gathers together to worship and glorify God and serve Him. This service involves faithfully making disciples of Jesus Christ who glorify God in all of life, are committed members of the church community, participate in the signs of grace (namely baptism and Lord’s Supper), mature in their faith and obedience to the Word of God. God’s Church involves ministering to one another as the Holy Spirit enables and living for God’s mission to witness and call on all people everywhere to trust in Jesus for salvation. Our service to God in bring new life in Jesus to others is marked by a passionate love for God, deep love for others and bold love for the world.