Statement of Faith

1. The Godhead

We believe in one Triune God, existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, eternal in being, identical in nature, equal in power, glory and having the same attributes and perfections, and worthy of all glory, honour and praise (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14).

2. The Person and Work of the Father

We believe that the Father is God Almighty, by whose plan all earth, heaven and all created things sprang into being. God the Father is the first Person of the triune God, of whom the Son is eternally begotten and from whom the Holy Spirit eternally proceeds through the Son. The Father, who made all things seen and unseen through the Son, sends the Son for our salvation and gives the Holy Spirit for our regeneration and adoption as children of God. (John 1:18; Romans 15:6; Colossians 1:15-16; John 3:16; 14:26; 15:26; Romans 8:14-17; Acts 17:28)

3. The Person and Work of Christ

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man, that He accomplished our redemption through His physical and spiritual death on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice; that our redemption is made sure to us by his literal physical resurrection from the dead (John 1:1-2, 14; Luke 1:35; Romans 3:24-25, 4:25; 1 Peter 1:3-5); that the Lord Jesus Christ is now in Heaven, exalted at the right hand of God; where, as the High Priest for His people, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor and Advocate (Hebrew 7:25, 9:24; Romans 8:34; John 2:1-2).

4. The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the triune God, eternally proceeding from the Father through the Son. He is the Comforter promised by Jesus Christ, who unites us with the Father and the Son, and transforms us into the image of Christ. The Spirit works out in us the regeneration Christ accomplished for us, and by continual renewal empowers us to share in the Son's glorious and eternal communion with the Father as his children. The Holy Spirit is the Source of inspiration and prophecy throughout the Scriptures, and the Source of unity and communion in the church. He provides spiritual gifts for the work of the gospel, and is the Christian's constant Guide into all truth. (Matthew 28:19; John 14:16; 15:26; Acts 2:38; John 14:17, 26; 1 Peter 1:2; Titus 3:5; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Romans 8:16; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; John 16:13).

5. The Holy Scriptures

We believe in the Holy Scriptures to be the inspired Word of God: authoritative, inerrant and God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12-13).

6. The Total Depravity of Man

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam's sin, the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, became alienated from God, and is totally unable to retrieve his lost condition (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23, 5:12; Ephesians 2:12).

7. Salvation

We believe that salvation in every dispensation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose efficacious death on the cross provided man's reconciliation to God (Ephesians 1:7, 2:8-10; John 1:2).

8. The Eternal Security of Believers

We believe that all believers are kept secure forever (Romans 8:1, 38-39; John 10:27-30; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8).

9. The Church

We believe that the Church, which is now the body and shall be the bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this age (Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:25-27; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14).

10. The Personality of Satan

We believe in the personality of Satan, who is the open and declared enemy of God and man (Job 1:6-7; Matthew 4:2-11; Isaiah 14:12-17).

11. The Blessed Hope

We believe that the next great event in the fulfilment of prophecy will be the coming of the Lord Jesus in the air to receive to Himself the dead in Christ and believers who are alive at His coming. Otherwise known as the Rapture and Translation of the Church (1 Corinthians 15:51-57; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:11-14).

12. Tribulation

We believe that the Rapture of the Church will be followed by the fulfilment of Israel's seventieth week, the latter half of which is the time of Jacob's trouble, the Great Tribulation (Daniel 9:27; Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 25:15-21; Revelation 6:1-19, 21).

13. The Second Coming of Christ

We believe that the great tribulation will be climaxed by the pre-millennial return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth to deliver His chosen people Israel, and to set up His Millennial kingdom (Zechariah 14:4-11; Matthew 24:15-23, 46; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:6).

14. The Eternal State

We believe that the soul and human spirit of those who have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation do at death immediately pass into his presence, and there remain in the conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body at His coming, when soul, human spirit and body reunited shall be associated with Him forever in glory; but the souls of unbelievers remain after death in conscious memory until the final judgement of the Great White Throne at the close of the millennium, when soul and body reunited shall be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his power (Luke 16:19-26, 23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Revelation 20:11-15).

15. The Responsibility of Believers

To "grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 3:18), to the end that his life is consistent with the Lord's plan thus bringing both blessing to the believer and honour to the Lord.

16. Church Ordinances

We believe that there are two ordinances instituted by the Lord Jesus Christ. Firstly water baptism by immersion and secondly the Lord's Supper to be observed until His return, which is imminent (Matthew 28:10-20; Acts 8:36-39; 1 Corinthians 1:23-26).

17. Sovereignty

We believe that God, existing as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is sovereign, and exercises supreme and absolute rule over all creation as a part of and consistent with the essence and attributes of deity (1 Chronicles 29:11-12; Daniel 4:35; Psalms 24:1; 1 Timothy 6:15).

18. Spiritual Gifts

We believe that God the Holy Spirit in grace and apart from human merit, sovereignly bestows spiritual gifts to believers in this dispensation. Some of the permanent spiritual gifts that exist today are pastor, teacher, evangelist, and administrator. We further believe that the temporary spiritual gifts ceased with the completion of the Canon of Scripture and these were: Apostleship, Prophecy, Speaking in Tongues, Interpreting Tongues, Healing and Working of Miracles. (Corinthians 12, 13; Ephesians 4:7-12; Romans 12:4-8).

19. Future prophetical events for Israel

We believe that after the Rapture anti-Semitism will rise to such an extent that Israel will sign/confirm a covenant of peace with the anti-christ. This will initiate the tribulation, and in the middle of this the anti-christ will break the covenant by sacrificing an offering in the temple. This sacrifice is termed in scripture as "the Abomination of Desolation" and will be the sign for Israel to flee from the land as the anti-christ focuses on severe and unrelenting persecution of the Jews. This period is also known as "the time of Jacob's trouble". Towards the end of the tribulation Israel will finally acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah followed by the campaign of Armageddon and Messiah's glorious appearing to deliver them and establish His Millennial Kingdom. (Genesis 12:1-3, 17:1-8; Daniel 9:24-27; Ezekiel 36, 37; Jeremiah 31:31-40; Zechariah 12, 14; Romans 11:25-29; Revelation 20:1-6).