Our Beliefs and the Gospel

What is the Gospel?

The gospel is that the Kingdom of God has come through Jesus of Nazareth. He is Christ, the King, God's one and only Son. He died on the cross for our sins, was buried, and was resurrected on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. In His great love and by His amazing grace, God our Father saves everyone who repents of their sin, believes the gospel, and follows Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit. When Jesus returns on the last day, the great Day of Judgement, all Jesus' followers will enter the eternal Kingdom of God.


[1 Cor 15:1-5; Jn 3:16; Eph 2:8-10; Mk 1:15&17; Matt 25:31-46]


The Bible

We believe the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, to be the divinely inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings. It is the ultimate and final authority in all matters of faith and practice. (Psalm 19; 119; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21)


God

We believe there is one true and infinitely perfect God, the Creator and Sustainer of all things, eternally existent in the three persons: Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 3:16; Acts 5:3-4; Colossians 1:15-16; 2:9)


Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross – a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. He arose bodily from the dead, He ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Father, He is now our High Priest and Advocate. (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 14-15; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 9:11-28; 1 John 2:1-2)


Holy Spirit

We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify Jesus Christ and, during this age, to convict men of sin, regenerate the believing sinner, and indwell, guide and empower the believer for godly living and service. (John 14:16-17; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 1:13-14)


Mankind

We believe God created both man and woman sinless in His image, but mankind, through Adam’s sin, fell into sin and all of mankind is therefore separated from God and subject to His wrath. All people are sinners by nature and by practice and are unable to remedy their lost condition. (Genesis 1:26-27; 3:1-24; Psalm 51:1-17; Isaiah 53:5-6; 64:6; Romans 3:10-18, 23; Ephesians 2:1-3)


Salvation

We believe salvation is a gift freely offered by the grace of God to all who repent of their sins, accept the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross as the sacrifice for their sins, and by faith receive Jesus Christ as Savior. All who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God, a relationship in which they are eternally secure. (Mark 1:15; John 3:3-23; 10:28; Romans 3:23; 6:23; 8:15-16, 28-30; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 4:5-7; Ephesians 2:8-10; Hebrews 9:22; 1 John 1:9)


The Church

We believe the true Church is the body of believers, and Christ is the Head. We also believe in the local Church - believers gathering together in local assemblies for the purposes of instruction, prayer, fellowship, worship, exhortation, encouragement, observance of the ordinances, and to be witnesses to God’s saving grace in the world. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:41-47; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:4-6; Colossians 1:18)


Ordinances

We believe the Scriptures prescribe two ordinances for the Church: water baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Believers are baptized in water as a testimony to their spiritual identification with Christ, and regularly celebrate the Lord’s Supper in remembrance of His death and in anticipation of His return. (Matthew 26:26-30; 28:18-20; Luke 22:14-20; Romans 6:1-11; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29)


Angels and Satan

We believe angels were created by God as His servants and ministers to His people on Earth. We also believe Satan was created as an angelic being, but was removed from his position for his pride, and now actively works to frustrate the purposes of God. (Ezekiel 28:12-19; Daniel 12:1-2; Matthew 25:41; Ephesians 6:10-12: Hebrews 1:14; 1 Peter 5:8-9; Revelation 12:12:4-920:7-10)


The End Times

We believe in the personal, physical and imminent return of Jesus Christ, at which time the believer will be resurrected to eternal, unbroken fellowship with God, and the unbeliever will be resurrected to eternal punishment and separation from God. (John 14:1-4; 1 Corinthians 15:24-58; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-12; Revelation 20:15)