Statement of Faith - Our Beliefs
In essential beliefs – we have unity. (Ephesians 4:4-6)
In non-essentials – we have liberty. (Romans 14:1,4,12,22)
In all our beliefs – we show love. (1 Corinthians 13:2)
The essentials to our faith are that we believe in the Trinity represented coequally and coeternally through God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. We believe that Jesus was conceived supernaturally through the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life and died for the sins of mankind so that we could have eternal life in Heaven with Him. In order to obtain this eternal life, we must accept Jesus Christ as our Saviour. We believe that as Christians, we are empowered through the Holy Spirit so that we can live triumphantly in every area of our lives. We believe in the literal Second Coming of Jesus Christ, and until then, we are determined to live our lives pleasing to Him and to fulfil the Great Commission in sharing His love throughout the earth.
Here is a more in-depth look of our Statement of Faith in alignment with the Word of God…
The Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths, reproving, instructing, convicting of sin, correction of error, and training in righteousness. In its original writing, it is inspired, infallible and inerrant.
(II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26).
There is one God, eternally existent in three persons and in complete unity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and coeternal.
- God as Father is the master architect of the entire plan of creation.
- Jesus is the expression of God’s bridge between Himself and man (the Chief Minister).
- The Holy Spirit is the Revealer of Truth and empowers the believer to fulfil his call as a Christian.
(I John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11; Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 1:1)
Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for mankind and thus, atoned for mankind’s sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father where He currently reigns, and will return again in power and glory. (John 1:1,14, 20:28; I Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; I Timothy 2:5).
Jesus Christ was conceived by God the Father, through the Holy Spirit (the third person of the Trinity) in the virgin Mary's womb; therefore, He is the Son of God (Matthew 1:18, 25; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:27-35).
Man was made in the image of God and is the crown of creation. Man is a spirit, he has a soul (mind, will, emotions) and lives in a body (house or shell for the spirit). Man does not come from an animal or one cell amoeba (Genesis 1:26-27, 2:7; Numbers 16:22; Hebrews 4:12; Psalm 139:13-14; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Psalm 8:4-6).
Man was created good and upright, but by voluntary transgression he fell; his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Genesis 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21).
For anyone to know God, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential (John 6:44, 65; Matthew 19:28; Titus 3:5).
Man is saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ; His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of an individual’s good works or of any human efforts (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22).
Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of the believer’s life and to follow Christ, which allows the believer to receive His redemption and to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Thus, through repentance the believer receives forgiveness of sins and appropriate salvation (Acts 2:21, 3:19; I John 1:9).
Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God’s Word and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ's character in every believer. Christians should have the power to break free from sin and live in complete restoration. The believer should have a lifestyle change in every arena of life: spiritual, mental and physical. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life (I Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; II Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18, II Thessalonians 2:1-3, Romans 8:29, 12:1-2, Hebrews 2:11; 2 Timothy 2:19).
The Blood that Jesus Christ shed on the Cross of Calvary was sinless and is sufficient to cleanse mankind of all sin. Jesus allowed Himself to be punished for both mankind’s sinfulness and sins, enabling all those who believe to be free from the penalty of sin, which is death (I John 1:7; Revelation 1:5, 5:9; Colossians 1:20; Romans 3:10-12, 23, 5:9; John 1:29).
Jesus Christ Indwells All Believers
Christians are people who have invited the Lord Jesus Christ to come and live inside them by His Holy Spirit. They relinquish the authority of their lives over to him thus making Jesus the Lord of their life as well as Savior. They put their trust in what Jesus accomplished for them when He died, was buried, and rose again from the dead (John 1:12, 14:17, 23; John 15:4; Romans 8:11; Revelation 3:20).
Baptism in the Holy Spirit
Given at Pentecost, it is the promise of the Father, sent by Jesus after His Ascension, to empower the Church (subsequent to conversion) to preach the Gospel throughout the whole earth. The Holy Spirit dwells in all believers, conforming them to the image of Jesus Christ and anointing the believer for sanctification and evangelism. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is not a requirement of Salvation (Joel 2:28-29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5,2:1-4, 17, 38-39, 8:14-17, 10:38, 44-47, 11:15-17, 19:1-6; 1 Corinthians 12:4-7, 13; Romans 8:16 -17).
Gifts of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection, and confirm the power of the Gospel. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. The supernatural charisma of the Holy Spirit is active within the Body of Christ until the coming of the Lord. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of Biblical parameters and ought to be encouraged under the guidance of local church authorities (Hebrews 2:4; Romans 1:11, 12 :4-8; Ephesians 4:16; I Timothy 4:14; II Timothy 1:6-7; I Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; I Peter 4:10).
Equipping of the Saints
The calling of Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher are functional within the Body of Christ until the Lord’s return. Furthermore, these ministries are gifts to the Church for the purpose of equipping the saints for the work of the ministry, that the Body of Christ will be edified. These gifts are often expressed within the context of a local community of believers (Ephesians 4:11-16).
Priesthood of the Believer
All people born of God have equal status before, and direct access to, their Lord. The believer can have a relationship with God without having a human mediator. Jesus is the mediator between the believer and God. Every believer has equal status and access to God through Jesus Christ. Every believer has a responsibility as priests to minister to those who don’t have a relationship with the Lord and to fellow believers (1 Timothy 2:5; Galatians 3:28; 1 Peter 2:5).
The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfilment of Jesus' Great Commission. Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the church as a member of the body of believers. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. The Church can be referred to in two ways: (1) universal and (2) local. The universal church cannot be institutionalized. It is a spiritual organism whose life and activity is under the authority and control of Jesus Christ. The universal church--the Body of Christ--is primarily perceived through the local church. The local church is faithful to its identity when it takes seriously its mission to represent the universal church to its community. Every individual who professes relationship with Jesus Christ should be involved in a local community of believers. The local church is a place of accountability and covering (Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:18-23; John 17:11, 20-23; Hebrews 10:25; Revelation 2-3).
Unity of the Church
All who are born of God should live in spiritual unity with one another. Christian churches should not dissociate from other churches that profess Jesus Christ but may have different non-essential doctrinal beliefs or cultural ways of worshiping the Lord. Local churches should work with each other to establish the rule of God on the earth (1 Corinthians 12:12-14).
It is the responsibility of every believer to actively share The Gospel of Jesus Christ to those locally, nationally and internationally (Matthew 28:19; Acts 1:8).
- Water Baptism: Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Baptism derives from the word “baptize” which means to immerse. Baptism represents a burial of the old way of life and mindset. Baptism is to be participated in when the concept it represents can be fully understood by the participant. Jesus was baptized as a way of identifying with mankind as sinners (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48; Romans 6:4).
- The Lord's Supper: A unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and wine (the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus' sacrifice on the Cross (Matthew 26:26-29; I Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25).
Healing of the Sick
Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus, and included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples. It is given as a sign, which is to follow believers. It is also a part of Jesus' work on the cross and one of the gifts of the Spirit (Psalm 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:17-18; Acts 8:6-7; James 5:14-16; I Corinthians 12:9, 28; Romans 11:29).
God's Will for Provision
It is the Father's will for believers to become whole, healthy and successful in all areas of life. Believers should seek the full benefits of Christ’s provision in order to better serve others.
- Spiritual (John 3:3-11; II Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 10:9-10)
- Mental and Emotional (II Timothy 1:7, 2:11; Philippians 4:7-8; Romans 12:2; Isaiah 26:3)
- Physical (Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:17; I Peter 2:24)
- Financial (Joshua 1:8; Malachi 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; II Corinthians 9:6-10; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Psalm 34:10, 84:11; Philippians 4:19)
Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. In addition, both the saved and the lost will be resurrected; they that are saved to the resurrection of life and they that are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation (Luke 24:16, 36, 39; John 2:19-21, 20:26-28, 21:4; Acts 24:15; I Corinthians 15:42, 44; Philippians 1:21-23, 3:21).
Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all believers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Believers will give an account for every thought, word and deed and will be rewarded accordingly (Matthew 5:3, 12, 20, 6:20, 12:36, 19:21, 25:34; Ecclesiastes 12:14; John 17:24; II Corinthians 5:1, 10; Hebrews 11:16; I Peter 1:4).
After living one life on earth, the unbelievers will be judged by God and sent to Hell where they will be eternally tormented with the Devil and the Fallen Angels (Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8).
Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His Kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures (Matthew 24:30, 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; I Thessalonians 4:15-17; II Thessalonians 1:7-8; Daniel 12:2; Revelation 1:7; Revelation 22:1-7).