Our Beliefs

We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God. There is no higher authority. It is our source of authority, what we believe, teach and practice. 2 Tim 3:16; 1 Thes 2:13; 2 Peter 1:17-21.

 

We believe there is one eternal God, the creator of all things, revealed in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Deut 6:4; Mark 12:29; Matt 3:16-17; John 5:7.

 

We believe each person is divinely created, made in the likeness and image of God and is a tripartite being, consisting of spirit, soul and body. Gen 1:26-27; 1Thes 5:23; Heb 4:12.

 

We believe that sin has separated everyone from God. Sin originated with Satan (the devil) and entered into the world through Adam and Eve's wilful disobedience to God. Jesus Christ offered Himself as a sacrifice and paid the full price for sin and has redeemed and restored mankind back to God. Ezek 28:14-16; Rom 5:12-19; 1 Peter 1:18-19.

 

We believe salvation is a free gift from God to all. It cannot be earned or bought. It is made available by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Eph 2:8; John 3:16-17.

 

We believe there are three major baptisms taught in the Bible:

  • Baptism into the Body of Christ as one accepts salvation. 1 Cor 12:12-14; Gal 3:27.

  • Baptism by immersion in water, following Jesus' example and command. Matt 3:13-15; Matt 28:19; Acts 2:41; Acts 10:46-48.

  • Baptism in the Holy Spirit, a gift from God after salvation. Acts 2:4; Acts 10:44-46.

We believe healing is available to us through the power of God and was provided by the sacrifice of Jesus. Mark 16:17-18; James 5:14-15; 1 Peter 2:24.

 

We believe that the same Jesus who went up to heaven will return. His return is imminent. Acts 1:10; 1 Thes 4:16-17; 2 Thes 2:1.

 

We believe that heaven and hell are literal places. Heaven (God's dwelling place), is the reward of those who have accepted Jesus as their Saviour. Hell (a place intended for the devil and other fallen angels) is for those who have rejected Jesus. Heb 1:10; Gen 2:1 & 4; 2 Peter 2:4.

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