Statement of Faith – What We Believe
This is the basis of what we believe. Some Christians may wish to add things to this but these are the essential bits that those who follow Jesus Christ would expect to see. It is probably too long and some of it may not be worded as well as it might be. It is likely changes will take place from time to time. It is not intended to be exclusive in anyway so, if you want to help discuss any of the twelve points, get in touch with us.
- We believe that the Bible is inspired and used by the Holy Spirit to bring the Word of God to believers. We believe that through the Holy Spirit it is the all sufficient rule for faith, and the practice of all life. 2 Tim. 3:15-16 2 Peter 1:21
- We believe in the unity of the One True and Living God who is the Eternal, Self-Existent “I AM”, He has revealed Himself as One being through three expressions – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 6:4; Mark 12:29; Matt 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14
- We believe that Jesus was conceived supernaturally of a Virgin, that he led a sinless Life culminating in a miraculous three year ministry. His death was foretold in Hebrew scriptures. We believe this death was necessary because sin brings death. As his life was sinless he was not required to die and so was able to act as a substitute for the death that was required of us. (this is the meaning of Atonement) We believe in his bodily resurrection, triumphant ascension and continuing intercession on our behalf. We believe in his personal, visible, bodily return in power and glory at an undisclosed and unknown date. 7:14;Matt. 1:23;Heb. 7:26;1 Pet. 2:22;Acts 2:22, 10:38;2 Cor. 5:21;Heb. 9:12;Luke 24:39;1 Cor. 15:4;Acts 1:9;Eph. 4:8-10;Rom. 8:34;Heb. 7:25;1 Cor. 15:22-24, 51-57;1 Thess.13-18;Rev. 20:1-6.
- We believe that right from the beginning the human race, created pure and righteous, chose to sin, and that this sin was disobedience to the known will of God. 1:26-31, 3:1-7;Rom. 5:12-21.
- We believe that salvation is a freedom from a slavery to sin; a progressive deliverance and a return to righteousness that comes through faith in Christ, who, according to the Scriptures, died for our sins, was buried and was raised from the dead on the third day, and that through His Blood we have all these freedoms and benefits as well as a future hope for bodily redemption. Titus 2:11, 3:5-7;Rom. 10:8-15; 1 Cor. 15:3-4
- We believe that this experience is also known as ‘new birth’ or being ‘born again’. Many people experience this as a memorable event while others come to realize the truth of it as they bring their lives into line with the words and work of Jesus. The work of new birth is sometimes referred to as ‘regeneration’ and is accomplished by the Holy Spirit who then joins with the human spirit of the believer to facilitate understanding of the will of God, to accomplish the work God has planned and to finish the work of salvation that began when faith was first placed in Jesus. John 3:5-6;James 1:18;1 Pet. 1:23;1 John 5:1.
- We believe that all who have turned from their sin (repented) and believed in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour are commanded to be baptised. 28:19;Acts 10:47-48;Acts 2:38-39.
- We believe in the infilling of the Holy Spirit is automatic as a person begins their journey of faith and that this is for power for service. Acts 1:4-5, 8, 2:4, 10:44-46, 11:14-16, 19:6
- We believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the gifts of Christ in the Church today will be evidence of the work of the Holy Spirit in the those who have placed their faith in him. 1 Cor. 12:4-11, 28; Eph. 4:7-16
- We believe that deliverance from the power of sin and the potential for the removal of physical sickness, by divine action is provided for in the atonement. 53:4-5; Matt. 8:16-17; James 5:13-16.
- We believe that all who have truly repented and believe in Christ as Lord and Saviour should regularly participate in ‘Communion’ or the ‘Breaking of Bread’. Luke 22:14-20; 1 Cor. 11:20-34
- We believe that all believers are given a purpose in life and a commission to tell others of the work God is doing in them and through them. Matt 28: 19-20.