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What we believe
1. The Bible
We believe the Godhead is eternally co-equal and co-existent in three persons; not three Gods but one; not one Person but three, namely the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:26; Mark 12:29; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19).
3. Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. Thus we uphold His absolute deity as well as His complete humanity; two natures but one undivided Person (Luke 1:30-35; John 1:1; Hebrews 2:9-16; Hebrews 1:5-12; Philippians 2:5-8).
4. The Resurrection
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and that He ascended into Heaven where He is now seated at the right hand of God, in the position of power and authority. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all the dead (Daniel 12:2; Romans 8:34; Mark 12:36; Mark 14:62; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 20; Philippians 2:8-11; Luke 22:69; Hebrews 8:1; Revelation 20:11-15).
6. The Second Advent of Christ
We believe that the Lord Jesus will manifest Himself in glory, majesty and power and in physical presence. This is the second coming of Christ and the blessed hope of the Church (Matthew 24:30; Luke 21:27; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 22:7; Revelation 1:7; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
7. The Fall
The Lord Jesus Christ, by His life, death resurrection and ascension, has made available to all mankind the forgiveness of sins and eternal life. These blessings are made personally real to the individual, not by works, or by any personal merit in themselves, but by faith alone, which is accompanied by repentance (John 3:16; Romans 8:8-13; 2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 3:4-7; Titus 2:11).
9. The New Birth
We believe in the necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit in the New Birth, which makes a repentant sinner a child of God being baptized by the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ (John 1:11-13; 2 Corinthians 5:17; John 3:3-8; 1 Peter 1:22-25; 1 Corinthians 12:13).
10. The Church
We believe that the true Church consists of the community of true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, who by faith have had their sins forgiven and have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit. We believe in the fellowship of all true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, recognizing that the true Church is not confined to any one denomination (Hebrews 12:23-24; 1 John 1:7; Ephesians 3:3-10; 1 Corinthians 1:9; Ephesians 4:3-6; 1 Corinthians 10:32).
12. The Lord’s Supper
The Scriptures teach of a life of holiness, and we are to obey the command “Be ye holy for I am holy.” Believers are sanctified (i.e. set apart) for God’s purpose at conversion. Continuation in sanctification is the will of God for all believers, and should be earnestly pursued by walking in obedience to God’s Word and through faith and submission to the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 12:14; Matthew 5:48; 1 Peter 1:16; Hebrews 6:1; Philippians 3:11-14; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24).
15. Baptism in the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Baptizer in the Holy Spirit, and that this baptism, as a distinct experience from the New Birth, is promised to every believer (Matthew 3:11; Acts 10:44-46; Acts 1:4-8; Acts 8:14-17; Acts 11:14-16; Acts 2:32-33; Acts 15:7-9).
16. Divine Healing
17. Spiritual Gifts
We believe that God has never removed the gifts referred to in 1 Corinthians chapters 12, 13 and 14, and that whenever the Holy Spirit moves on the Church in power, these gifts are manifested. We believe it is contrary to the apostolic command for any to “forbid speaking in tongues.”
18. The Priesthood of Believers
19. The Ministry
The ascended Christ has given various ministries to the Church and each of these exists for the strengthening of, and is essential to, the welfare of the Church. They are set forth in Ephesians 4:11; 1 Corinthians 12:28 and elsewhere.
We believe that both the living and the dead will be judged, it being understood that the believer’s condemnation was borne by our Lord Jesus Christ in His redemptive work (John 5:24, 28, 29; Revelation 20:11-15).