Faith Statement (what we believe)
The Apostles Creed
We believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, one holy church, unity of God's people, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and eternal life.
We believe that Jesus came to this earth and humbled Himself as a man for our good. We believe in His miraculous ministry, His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, glorious ascension, and now abiding intercession for us. 'There is one God and one mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus' (1 Timothy 2:5) [NKJV]. Jesus' sacrifice on the cross restored humanities relationship with God the Father, and is the only means of remitting sins. Although sinless, Jesus became sin (2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus is the only way to right relationship with God the Father.
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit, Who is ever-present and active in: empowering us to confess Jesus as Lord, renewing and regenerating, giving spiritual gifts, grace and fruit, bearing witness of Jesus, convicting sinners, empowering to witness, and bringing us all into truth. We maintain that the Holy Spirit is absolutely necessary for the church to realise its full purpose. Furthermore, we believe in the baptism of the Spirit today.
Firstly, we recognise that the the 66 canonised books in their original manuscripts are accurate and totally free of error. Therefore, we maintain complete dependence upon the Holy Spirit for their accurate interpretation and application in our lives. The Bible alone is our authority in all matters of faith and conduct. Hence, by God's Word, His people can become complete and perfectly equipped for every good work.
We believe that God is still enlightening the Church to His truths and His ways. Therefore we welcome all further revelation, but only that which the Holy Bible confirms. We believe that Jesus revealed all truth, culminating in His death on the cross.
We believe that the Church is the mystical body of Christ, which is also made up of many parts (people). God sets those as He pleases, and they contain diverse ministries, activities and manifestations for the good of all (1 Corinthians 12:1-18).
Each believer, born of the Spirit, is also an integral part of the Church, who have mutual responsibility and interdependence, and whose names are written in Heaven. Also we believe in first seeking the Kingdom of God and His righteousness before all else (Matthew 6:33). Especially relevant is our aim to encourage sound doctrine which promotes godliness. However, we recognise that people will often have differences in their theological beliefs, and therefore believe unity takes preference over any such disputes (2 Timothy 2:23).
We believe that Baptism, by single immersion, is a symbolic, visible representation of our union together in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Lord’s Supper
We believe and regularly partake of the Lord’s Supper, consisting of bread and the fruit of the vine, as a means of expressing our participation in the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ, as a memorial of His sufferings and death, and also a proclamation of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26).