Our Beliefs

We hold to these core beliefs as the foundation of our identity and practice as a local church.

Scripture

The Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. In its original writing, it is inspired, infallible and inerrant. (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26).

God The Father

There is only one true and living God and He is the Creator of the universe. He is eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and co-eternal. God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the course of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is sovereign, all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. (I John 5:7; Genesis 1:1; Isaiah 9:6; Psalm. 145:13; Acts 1:7; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Galatians 4:6; 1 Timothy 1:17).

Jesus

Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for mankind and atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory. (John 1:1,14, 20:28; I Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; I Timothy 2:5).

Holy Spirit

Given at Pentecost, He is the third person of the Trinity. He is the promise of the Father, sent by Jesus after His Ascension to empower the Church to preach the Gospel throughout the world. The Holy Spirit indwells and gives spiritual life to all believers and is made known through a variety of spiritual gifts to build up and sanctify the church. (John 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; II Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18).

Humanity

We believe that man was created in the image of God to have intimate fellowship with Him and others. Humanity became alienated from that reality through sinful disobedience. As a result, man is totally incapable of coming back into a right relationship with God by his own effort. (Genesis 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21).

Jesus Death & Resurrection

We believe that Jesus died in our place for our sins, was buried, and then was physically resurrected to new life. We believe this is the sole basis for the forgiveness of sins. (I Corinthians 15:3-4).

Salvation

We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ; His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human efforts. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22).

Eternity

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and unjust, everlasting life with God for those who are saved (heaven), and the everlasting separation from God for those who are lost (hell). (John 3:16, 4:17; Romans 6:23, 8:17; I Corinthians 2:7-9; Revelation 20:15).

The Return of Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time in the future to finalize His work of redemption and restoration. (Matthew 24:30, 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; I Thessalonians 4:15-17; II Thessalonians 1:7-8; Revelation 1:7).

The Church

We believe that the church is the body of Christ of which Jesus is the Head. Every person who has trusted by faith in the finished work of Christ is born of the Spirit and is an integral part of the church. The purpose of the church is to glorify God by loving Him and by making His love known to a lost world. (Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23).

Two Sacraments

Baptism – Water Baptism: Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new believer is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. This is a physical demonstration of the spiritual reality in a new believer’s life of a death to sin and a new life to God. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16; Romans 6:3-11; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48).

The Lord’s Supper: A unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and the fruit of the vine (the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross. (Matthew 26:26-29; I Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25).

Evangelism and Missions

It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavour to make disciples of all nations. The new birth of man’s spirit by God’s Holy Spirit means the birth of love for others. It is the privilege of every child of God to seek constantly to help those who are far from God find peace with God through faith in Jesus Christ by loving them with a Christ like love and sharing with them the good news of Jesus Christ with them. (Genesis 12:1-3; Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 12:29-31; Acts 1:8; 10:42-48; Romans 10:13-15; 2 Timothy 4:5).