To help you to understand us a little better and know what we believe and what type of church we are, here is an explanation of what we believe
about the major subjects in this church age.
The topics covered in our Statement of Faith are listed below. Please select one to find out more.
The Holy Bible
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men controlled by the Holy Spirit; that it has truth without any admixture of error for its matter;
and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the age, the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man; the true centre of
Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and opinions shall be tried.
By the Holy Bible we mean the collection of sixty-six books, from Genesis to Revelation, which as originally written does not only contain and
convey the Word of God, but IS the very Word of God.
By inspiration, we mean that the books of the Bible were written by holy men of old, as they were moved by the Holy Spirit, in such a definite way
that their writings were plenary, supernatural and verbally inspired and free from error, as no other writings have ever been or ever will be inspired.
By preservation we mean the written Word of God has been Divinely preserved in the Masoretic Hebrew Text for the Old Testament and the Textus
Receptus Greek Text of the New Testament, leaving us today with God's own Authoritative Word.
Within this local Church, we use the Authorised King James Version for all ministries, and we recommend its use in private. The superiority of this
version is a product of its basis on the Masoretic Text and the stream known as the Majority Text and the quality of their translation into English.
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The True God
We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, the maker and supreme ruler of heaven and earth;
inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honour, confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three
persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All equal in every perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work
Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14; I John 5:7; Exodus 20:2-3; John 4:24; I Timothy 1:17.
God the Father
We believe in God the Father Almighty. This term designates the first Person of the Holy Trinity.
Man, whose sin has destroyed his spiritual and moral relationship to God, must be restored by gracious divine renewal through faith in Jesus Christ.
This brings about a new standing (justification) and relationship (adoption) to God the Father by which man becomes a partaker of the divine nature
and born into the family of God.
John 3:3; 14:6; 1:12; Romans 8:14-17.
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God the son, Jesus Christ
We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ who is the second Person of the Triune God, the Eternal Word and Only Begotten Son; that without ceasing to be
God, He became man having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, thus to continue forever as both true God and true Man,
one person with two natures.
John 1:1,2,14,18; Luke 1:35; Hebrews 2:14; Philippians 2:5-8.
We believe that he died by way of crucifixion on the Cross at a place called Calvary; that He died as man's substitute, suffering the full wrath of
God, and thereby paid the penalty of sin.
Matt. 27:35-54, 1Cor.15:3.
We believe that His blood which He shed in death at Calvary, is the only atonement for the sins of man and that it is sufficient to wash away the
sins of every person.
Heb.9:22, Eph. 1:7, 1 John 1:7.
We believe that He arose bodily from the tomb; that He physically ascended into Heaven; that He is at the right hand of the Father and is our High
Priest, Mediator and Advocate.
Acts 1:9-10; Hebrews 9:24; 7:25; Romans 8:34; I John 2:1,2.
God the Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit, who is the third Person of the Trinity; that He convicts the world concerning sin, righteousness and judgment; that
He regenerates, baptizes, indwells, seals and anoints all who become children of God through Christ; that He further empowers, guides, teaches,
sanctifies and fills every believer who duly surrenders to Him.
John 3:5, 6, 8; 14:16-18; 16:8-11; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 12:13; II Corinthians 3:18: Ephesians 1:13; 5:18.
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We believe in the Genesis account of creation, that it is to be accepted literally, and not allegorically or figuratively; that God created the
heavens and the earth in six literal days, resting on the seventh; and that man's creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of
species, or development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms; that all animal and vegetable life was made directly by
God and His established law was that they should bring forth only "after their own kind".
Genesis 1:1; Exodus 20:11; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16, 17; Genesis 1:11; 1:24, 26, 27; 2:21-23; Romans 1:20.
We believe all men are by nature and choice sinful and lost; that man was the direct creation of God, made in His image and likeness; that by
personal disobedience to the revealed will of God, man became a sinful creature, the father of a fallen race, which is universally sinful in both
nature and practice, thus alienated from the life of God under the righteous judgment and wrath of God, thereby incurring not only physical death,
but soul and spiritual death, and has within himself no possible means of salvation.
Genesis 1:27; 3:6; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:10-23; 5:12, 19; 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-3.
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We believe in salvation by grace through faith, that salvation is the free gift of God neither merited nor secured in part or in whole by any
virtue or work of man; but received only by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, in whom all true believers have as a present possession the
gift of eternal life, a perfect righteousness, sonship in the family of God, deliverance and security from all condemnation, every spiritual
resource needed for life and godliness, and the divine guarantee that they shall never perish; that this salvation affects the whole man, spirit,
soul and body; that apart from Christ, there is no possible salvation.
Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; John 1:12; 3:14; 10:28, 29; Romans 8:1; Philippians 1:6; I Thessalonians 5:23.
We further believe that God is Sovereign and in His Sovereignty gave man a free will to accept or reject the salvation He has provided. It is not
God's Will that any should perish, but that they should be saved. God foreknows but does not predetermine any man to be condemned. God permits
man's destiny to depend upon man's choice.
I Timothy 2:4; I Peter 1:2; II Peter 3:9; Romans 8:29, 30; Acts 10:34; John 3:16; Revelation 22:17.
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society; those in authority are to be prayed
for, conscientiously honoured and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the Will of our Lord Jesus Christ; who is the only Lord of the
conscience, and the coming King of the kings of the earth.
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We believe in the importance of the local Church; that a New Testament Church is a local assembly of born-again, baptized believers united in
organization to practice New Testament ordinances, to meet together for preaching, teaching, worship, prayer, fellowship and a united testimony,
and to actively engage in carrying out the Great Commission.
Acts 2:41, 42; I Corinthians 11:2; Matthew 28:19-20.
We believe in the independence and autonomy of the local Church; that each New Testament Church is free to govern itself on the principles laid
down in the New Testament without interference of outside organisations and should co-operate with other New Testament Churches of like faith, as
the Holy Spirit leads; that it is responsible to follow the pattern of the New Testament Church and is directly accountable to its Head, Jesus
Acts 13:1-3; 15:22,23; Ephesians 1:22, 23; Revelation 1:3.
Baptism and the Lord's Supper
We believe that Christian baptism is a part of the believer's obedience to Christ and involves immersion in water of the believer, in the name of
the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, with the authority of the local Church, to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in
the crucified, buried and risen Saviour, and our identification with the saviour in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that the
scriptural order in baptism precedes the privileges of church membership and is the public recognition of the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The
Lord's Supper is a memorial service in which the elements of bread and the fruit of the vine remind us of the love of God in Christ Jesus and what
He did for us when He died on the cross in our place.
Acts 8:36-39; 2:41-42; Matthew 3:6, 16; 28:19; 28:1, 9-20; Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:12; I Corinthians 11:23-28.
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We believe in righteous living and Godly Works; not as means of salvation in any sense, but as its proper evidence and fruit, and therefore, as
Christians, we should obey the Word of God, seek the things which are above, walk as He walked, accept as our solemn responsibility the duty and
privileges of bearing the Gospel to a lost world; remembering that a victorious and fruitful Christian life is possible only for those who, in
gratitude for the infinite and undeserved mercies of God, have presented themselves wholly to Christ.
Ephesians 2:10; Romans 12:1; Philippians 2:16.
We believe in the importance of separation from all religious apostasy and compromise, both locally and world-wide. This separatist position is to
be maintained with an attitude of humility, compassion and love.
Romans 16:17; II Corinthians 6:14-18; Galatians 1:8; Ephesians 5:11; II Thessalonians 3:6, 15; I Timothy 6:3-5; II Timothy 3:5; II John 10, 11;
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Separation from all worldly practices, sinful pleasures and associations as taught in God's Word should be the goal and the desire of every
Romans 12:2; James 4:4; I John 2:15-17; Philippians 4:8.
We believe that God the Holy Spirit is Sovereign in the bestowment of His gifts and that He has given evangelists, pastors and teachers as
sufficient for the edifying of the Church today; that the "sign" miracles and tongues (languages) were a manifestation of the Spirit's power solely
for the demonstration of God's wisdom, purpose and power in the establishment of the early Church and that these "sign" gifts have now ceased.
We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith in accordance with his own will, for the sick and afflicted; but healing cannot be
claimed through salvation or by self-styled "faith healers". At times, it is God's will for sickness not to be removed. Total physical healing will
be culminated in the redemption of our bodies at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
Romans 8:32; II Corinthians 12:7-10; James 514, 16; I John 3:2.
More fully, we believe that the gift of Tongues was the gift whereby the recipient was supernaturally enabled by the Holy Spirit to speak in known
languages, unlearned by the speaker (Acts 2:1-11). That the gift was a sign-gift, temporary in nature, a sign to unbelieving Israel, as a sign of
impending judgment upon the nation for rejecting the Messiah. That this gift ceased within the First Century and most probably by 70 AD when God's
judgment culminated in the destruction of Jerusalem (I Corinthians 1:22; 14:21-22; Isaiah 28:11-12 Acts 28:24-28). That the other miraculous,
apostolic sign-gifts were temporary in nature, serving no purpose after the final revelation of God's Word to Man, the New Testament; which was
completed with the Book of Revelation around 95-98 AD (Revelation 22:18-19; Acts 16:15-20).
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We believe in the existence of Satan who originally was created a holy and perfect being; but through pride and wicked ambition rebelled against
God, thus becoming utterly depraved in character, the great enemy of God and His people; leader of all other evil angels and wicked spirits, the
"prince of the power of the air" and "god of this world"; that his powers are vast, but strictly limited by the permissive will of God who
over-rules all his wicked devices for good; that he was defeated and judged at the Cross and therefore his final doom in the "Lake of Fire" is
certain; that we are able to resist and overcome him only in the whole armour of God, by the Blood of the Lamb and through the Power of the Holy
Isaiah 14:12-15; Hebrews 2:14; Colossians 2:15; Ephesians 6:12; I Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:9-11; 20:10.
The Second Coming
We believe in the Second Coming of Christ; that His coming in the air to Rapture His Church, which is our "Blessed Hope" is always imminent, and
that it will be pre-tribulation and pre-millennial; that when He has first by resurrection of the dead and translation of the living removed from
the earth the "in Christ" ones, He will then pour out His righteous judgments upon the unbelieving world during the seven year time period known as
the Tribulation and afterwards descend with His Church (His Bride) and establish His glorious and literal Kingdom in the re-generated nation of
Israel where He shall rule over all nations for a thousand years.
I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; I Thessalonians 5:9; Revelation 3:10; I Corinthians 15:51, 52; Matthew 24`:21; Revelation 6:19;
Zechariah 14:4-11; Daniel 7:13, 14; 9:24-27; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:1-6; Acts 1:9, 11; 15:16; Amos 9:14-15.
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Future Life and Judgment: we believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting
Daniel 12:1, 2; Matthew 25:46; John 5:29; Revelation 20:5, 6, 12 13.
We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the
"First Resurrection" when in the totality of their manhood–spirit, soul and body–they shall appear before the "Judgment Seat of Christ" for the
investigation of their works, words and motives; to be with the Lamb and glorified forever with the Lord.
II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:21, 23; I Thessalonians 4:16, 17; II Corinthians 5:10; I Corinthians 3:13-15; Philippians 3:21.
We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain after death in conscious misery and torment in Hades until the "second resurrection" (at least 1000
years after the "first resurrection") when, with spirit, soul and body reunited, they shall stand before the Great White Throne and shall be cast
into the "Lake of Fire", which is the second death; not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting, conscious punishment.
Luke 16:19-26; Matthew 25:41-46; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6, 7; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8.
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