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We Believe In

  1. The true humanity and Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ
    • He is fully God: Isa 9:6; Jer 23:6; Jn 1:1; 20:28; Rom 9:5; Col 2:9
    • He is fully man: Matt 4:2; Lk 2:40,52; Jn 11:35; Heb 5:7-8; 1 Jn 1:1-13
  2. The atonement made on the cross by our Lord for the sin of the world
    • Matt 28:1-10; Mk 16:1-8;Lk 24:39; Rom 4:25; 1 Cor 15:20,44-45; Col 1:18; Rev 1:5
  3. The person of the Holy Spirit
    • He sets apart, empowers, and imparts spiritual gifts to the church: Jn 16:8; 1 Cor 2:14
    • He persuades men to repent of their sins and confess Jesus as Lord: 2 Cor 3:17-18, 4:3-6
    • He persuades men to trust in divine mercy: Rom 9:14-18,1 Tim 1:13-14,16; Tit 3:5; 1 Pet 2:10
    • He unites believers to Jesus Christ in faith: Rom 3:24; 5:15-21; 12:5; 1 Cor 1:2, 5:19, 15:22; 2 Cor 5:17; Gal 1:22, 2:17, 3:28, Eph 1:4,2:12, 3:6, 4:32; 2 Tim 2:10; 1 Thess 4:16
    • He brings about the new birth: Ezek 36:25-27; Jn 3:3, 5; 1 Cor 12:3; 2 Cor 5:17; Eph 2:5; Col 2:1; 1 Thess 1:4-5; 2 Thess 2:13; Tit 3:5; Jam 1:18; 1 Pet 1:3
    • He dwells within the regenerate: Jn 14:17; Rom 8:11; 1 Cor 3:16
  4. The inspiration of the Bible and its final authority in all matters of faith and practice
    • The Scriptures are the authoritative and normative rule and guide of all Christian life, practice, and doctrine: 2 Tim 3:16
  5. Salvation and membership in the church by faith in Christ alone
    • He is the Saviour of the world: Jn 4:42; 1 Jn 4:14
  6. Church membership
    • Membership of the church for the regenerate (born again): Jn 8:36; Rom 8:21; Gal 3:1-5,14
  7. Baptism
    • The immersion of believers as the only scriptural form of baptism: Matt 3:16; Mark 1:5,10; John 3:23; Acts 8:36-39; Rom 6:3-4; Col 2:12

The Sacraments

  1. Believers’ baptism by immersion
  2. Communion (the Lord’s supper) which is held at least monthly and open to all believers

The Church

  1. Created by God: Deut 4:10 ;Acts 2:47; 1 Cor 12:13
  2. To call sinful men into the fellowship of Christ’s Body: Eph 4:4-6; 1 Pet 2:9
  3. To guide and preserve that new redeemed humanity: Matt 16:18; Acts 11;26; 1 Cor 7:17, 11:36, 14:4-5, 26, 34; Eph 5:27-29
  4. Not a religious institution or denomination
  5. Made up of those who have become genuine followers of Jesus Christ and have personally appropriated the gospel: Matt 18:15-20; Acts 2:41,47; 14:23; 20:7; 1 Cor 1:2, 9; 11:20; 12:13; 16:1-2
  6. Exists to worship and glorify God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: Col 3:16; Eph 1:2; Eph 5:16-19; 1 Pet 2:9
  7. Exists to serve him by faithfully doing his will in the earth: Matt 28:19; Acts 11:29; 2 Cor 8:4; Gal 2:10; 1 John 3:17.
    • Through a commitment to see the gospel preached (Isa 61:1; Matt 10:7, 11:1,5; 24:14; 26:13; Mark 3:14; 6:12; 13:10; 14:9; 16:15,20; Lk 9:2, 6;16:16; 24:47; Acts 8:4; 14:7,21; Rom 10:15; 15:20; 1 Cor 1:21,23; 2:4; 9:16; 15:1, 11; 2 Cor 4:5; 1 Tim 4:13; 2 Tim 4:2
    • Through churches planted in all the world for a testimony (Acts 8:1, 4, 14; 9:31; 11:19-22; 13:2; 14:21-23; 1 Cor 3:6; Col 1:6; 1 Thess 1:7, 8; Tit 1:5
    • And most importantly to make disciples through the preaching of the gospel: Matt 28:18-20
  8. Has newly redeemed men and women added to it, providing an environment in which they devote themselves to teaching, fellowship, the Lord’s Supper, and prayer (Acts 2:41-42).

The Local Church

  1. All members of the Church universal are to be a committed part of a local church: Acts 9:31; 20:28-30; Rom 16:5; 1 Cor 1:2; 16:19; 2 Cor 1:1; 1 Thess 1:1; Philem 1:2
  2. In this context they are called to live as the people of God (2 Cor 3:6), and demonstrate the reality of the kingdom of God: Matt 10:8; 12:18; 16:19; 24:14; Rom 14:17; 1 Cor 6:9-10
  3. The ascended Christ has given gift ministries to the church (including apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers) for the equipping of Christ’s body that it might mature and grow: 1 Cor 12:28; Eph 4:11-14
  4. Through the gift ministries, all members of the Church are to be nurtured and equipped for the work of ministry: 1 Cor 14:3, 12, 26; Eph 4:12
  5. God’s people receive pastoral care and leadership: Acts 20:28; Heb 13:17; 1 Tim 3:5,13,17; 2 Tim 2:10,14-15,24-26; 4:2-5; Tit 1:7,9; 2:1
  6. The redeemed employ their God-given gifts in his service in relation to one another and to the world: 1 Cor 12:4-31; 14:1-33; Eph 5:18-21