Statement of Faith

The Bible

The Bible is the complete Word of God which has been given to us by the inspiration of God.  Though written by human hands, the author is God Himself.  The Bible reveals Jesus Christ, the Living Word and it provides the means to know Jesus.  It is the final standard of our faith and practice, by which we must test all things.  It is without error in the original manuscripts.  It is eternal.  Its teaching and authority is absolute, supreme and final.  Nothing is to be added or subtracted from the Scriptures.  The guidance of the Holy Spirit is needed to understand the Bible.  The Bible must be read in its historical context, yet the truth contained in the Scriptures applies to every generation.  As we read, we are to seek the application of God’s Word for our time.  The Bible consists of 66 books from Genesis to Revelation, with 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament.   Psalm 119:89; Hebrews 4:12; Romans 1:16; Matthew 24:35; Peter 1:20-21; Romans 16:25-27; John 20:31; Revelation 22:18-19; Acts 17:10-11; James 1:22; Romans 15:42; John 5:39; John 4:1-6; 2 Timothy 3:14-17

The Trinity

There is one true God who exists eternally in three distinct persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  These three are one in essence, having the same divine nature and being co-equal in power, majesty and authority   They are worthy of the same worship, confidence and obedience, yet execute distinct roles in the work of redemption.  We come to the Father, through the Son and by the Spirit.  Genesis 1:26; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Luke 1:68; 1 Peter 1:2; John 17:5; Mark 1:9-11; Revelation 1:4-6; Mark 12:29; Deuteronomy 4:35; Hebrews 1:1-4; John 16:15; Matthew 28:19; 1 John 4:13-14; Romans 1:1-4

God the Father

There is only one living and true God.  God is an infinite, eternal Spirit, the Creator of all, the Sustainer and Ruler of the universe.  He is self-existent, immutable and sovereign.  God is present everywhere.  He knows everything and He can do anything that does not contradict His nature.  He is holy and He is a God of love.  He is merciful, faithful and just.  He is the source and giver of life.  God has revealed Himself to us through His creation, His written Word and His Son, Jesus Christ.  Because God is holy, loving and just, He will give to every person eternal life or eternal condemnation according to their faith in Jesus Christ.  In a general sense, God is the Father of humankind, however, only by faith in Jesus Christ does a person become a true child of God through adoption.  Genesis 1:1; John 3:16-18; Jeremiah 32:17; 1 Kings 8:27; Hebrews 4:13; Matthew 3:16-17; Psalm 93:2; 1 John 4:8; Jeremiah 23:23-24; Genesis 1:6; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Malachi 3:6; Job 37:16; James 5:11; John 1:12; Isaiah 6:1-3

Jesus Christ

In the one Person of Jesus Christ, there are two natures – the divine and the human, each distinct yet indissolubly united.  Jesus Christ is truly God.  He is eternal.  He is the Son of God, being one with the Father and the Holy Spirit.  God’s nature is expressed fully in Jesus.  He is the Creator of all things.  The Scriptures, from first to last, centre about Him.  He is the Saviour and the Messiah.  Humans must come to God through Jesus.  Jesus is God incarnate, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.  He was truly human, being tempted as we are, yet without sin.  He felt joy and pain.  He taught the Word of God, performed miracles and lived a sinless life.  Jesus was crucified.  He died for our sins, was buried and rose from the dead on the third day.  Out of love He willingly laid down His life to redeem fallen humanity.  His resurrection gives substance to our faith and is at the very heart of true Christianity.  He ascended into heaven.  He is our High Priest and Advocate, interceding on our behalf before the Father.  He is the head of the Church.  Jesus will one day return in person, God the Father alone knowing when the everlasting Kingdom will be fully established.  We affirm that Jesus Christ is Lord.  Acts 1:9-11; Luke 24:27; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; John 1:1-3; 1 Timothy 2:5; 2 Corinthians 5:21; John 10:30; Hebrews 7:25; Colossians 1:15-20; John 17:5; 1 Peter 3:18; Matthew 1:18-25; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; John 3:16; Hebrews 1:1-13; Philippians 2:5-11; John 14:6-11; Hebrews 10:12; Colossians 2:9

Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit  is truly God.  He is eternally one with God the Father and God the Son.  The Spirit was active in creation.  He convicts the world of sin and testifies to the truth of the Gospel.  The Holy Spirit baptizes every believer into the body of Christ the moment a person trusts in Christ for salvation.  The Holy Spirit dwells in every believer from the moment of conversion and He seals every believer guaranteeing their security.  The Holy spirit fills the believer as control is yielded to Christ.  By the Holy Spirit, Christ is united with the Church and we are united with one another.  The Holy Spirit enables us to grow in faith and holiness.  Evidence of the presence and power of the Spirit is the fruit of the Spirit:  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness and self-control.  The Holy Spirit provides the Church with various gifts which are to be used in service to God.  The Holy Spirit guides, teaches, counsels, sanctifies, comforts and helps the believer.  Job 33:4; Galatians 5:16-18; Romans 8:26-27; John 7:38-39; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; John 16:7-14; Hebrews 9:14; Galatians 4:6; Romans 8:9-16; Matthew 28:19; Galatians 5:22-25; 1 Corinthians 12:13; John 14:16-17; Ephesians 5:18; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18; Acts 1:8

The Fall of Humanity

Humans were created by God.   They were created in the image and likeness of God.  Originally, humans were created in innocence, having a free will.  The first man, Adam voluntarily disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden.  Because of this sin of disobedience, the entire  human race has fallen into sin and its consequences, which include death – both physical and spiritual.   Every person (except Jesus) has inherited a corrupt nature, has come under the just condemnation of God, and has become subject to the power of Satan.  Every human being is a sinner by nature.  We were created to glorify God and to have fellowship with Him, but sin has separated us from a holy God.  Only a new life implanted by the Holy Spirit can deliver a person from the power of Satan, the bondage of sin and the curse of death and can restore the fellowship between God and humans.   Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 8:8; Psalm 5:1-5; Genesis 3:1-7; Galatians 3:22; Acts 26:18; Isaiah 64:6; 1 John 3:8; Jeremiah 17:9; Genesis 2:17; 1 Corinthians 15:22; John 6:53; Genesis 6:5; Ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12

Salvation

Humans, because of our sin are separated from God and in a state of spiritual death.  We must repent from sin, and a new birth from God’s Spirit must be experienced.  Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation.  Redemption has been accomplished solely by the shed blood of Christ, who was made to be sin and a curse for us, dying in our place as a sacrifice acceptable to God and effectual for every sinner who receives Him.  The new birth is an instantaneous act brought about by the power of the Holy Spirit.  The person becomes a new creation, justified by God through faith in the blood of Christ.  Nobody can enter the Kingdom of God unless they are regenerated by the Spirit of God.   We are saved by grace alone through faith alone.  Salvation is a gift of God’s grace that cannot be earned.   Matthew 26:28; Galatians 3:13; Acts 13:39; John 3:3; Ephesians 2:8-9; Acts 17:30-31; John 6:44; Titus 3:4-7; Romans 10:9-20; Acts 2:38; 1 John 5:1; Acts 3:19-20; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; Acts 16:31; John 3:16; Titus 2:11-14; Romans 5:6-9; John 14:6; 2 Peter 3:9; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21

Justification

All believers are justified, meaning that we are declared righteous before God.  God justifies the sinner by imputing the righteousness of Christ to the guilty sinner.  The righteousness that the sinner lacks before God, and cannot earn by works, is supplied by God through the perfect life and substitutionary atonement of Christ.   Justification is by grace, though faith alone.  It is not by works but by trusting in the work of Christ that makes a person righteous before God.  Justification is a one time work of God that cannot be overturned.  Justification defines a person’s positional standing before God, not the process of sanctification before God.  Job 25, Isaiah 53:10-12; Romans 4:1-3; Romans 5:9; Romans 6:5-7; 1 Corinthians 1:26-31; Galatians 3:10-14

Sanctification

All believers are sanctified – separated from the world and set apart unto God.  This involves the progressive conformation of the believer into the image of Christ, a process by which the believer’s life is made holy.  Sanctification is made possible by the redemptive work of Christ and the work of the indwelling Holy Spirit.  Sanctification  begins when a person becomes a Christian and is a lifelong process which involves the daily surrendering of our lives to God, through constant cleansing by the blood of Christ and the application of God’s Word by the Holy Spirit to our lives.  Believers are perfected as to their standing forever by the one offering of the blood of Christ.  Sanctification will be completed when we see Christ.  Now that we belong to Him, we are to live for His glory.  John 17:17-19; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Ephesians 4:22-24; Romans 15:16; 1 Corinthians 6:11; Colossians 3:17; Hebrews 2:11; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; Hebrews 13:12; Ephesians 4:1; Romans 8:;28-30; 1 Corinthians 1:2; Ephesians 4:30; Hebrews 10:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:10; Galatians 5:16-25; Hebrews 10:14; 1 John 1:7-8

The Security of the Believer

All who are truly born again by the Spirit of God, through faith in Jesus Christ are kept by God the Father.  Ever believer can have assurance of his present salvation and his eternal security.  While many of the joys, benefits and privileges that accompany salvation can be lost through disobedience and rebellion, the Bible assures all genuine believers that their salvation is secure.  Ecclesiastes 3:14; Romans 11:29; John 5:24; Hebrews 10:14; Philippians 1:6; Romans 5:1-2; Jude 1; Romans 8:35-39; Hebrews 9:15; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; John 10:28-29; 1 Peter 1:5; 2 Thessalonians 3:3; Romans 8:1; Jude 24; 2 Timothy 2:19

The Church

The Church is both universal and local.  It is composed of all those who truly believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour.  It is the body and bride of Christ.  Every believer, whether Jew or Gentile, is baptized into the body of Christ by the Holy Spirit.   Every member of the Church Universal should be a member of a local Church.  The purpose of membership in the Local Church is to glorify God.  This is done through praise and worship; observing the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper; proclaiming the Gospel, and by promoting fellowship, edification, unity, faith, hope and love.  God has provided each member of the body of Christ with one or more gifts to be used by the Church through the power of the Holy Spirit to serve God, God’s people, and the world around us.  We are to love one another as Christ loved us.  Jesus is the Head and Builder of His Church.  The Local Church is defined as an organized, self-governing body of baptized believers.  Matthew 16:16-19; Ephesians 5:23; Galatians 6:10; Acts 2:42-47; 1 Timothy 3:15; Ephesians 2:19-22; Romans 12:4-5; 1 Peter 2:9; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Matthew 28:19; Colossians 3:11-17; Ephesians 1:3-6; Acts 4:31-35; James 1:27; Ephesians 3:10-12; Ephesians 4:3-6

Baptism

Baptism is one of the two ordinances that Christ commanded His Church to practice.  A person is to be baptized by immersion in water after they have repented of their sins and have put their faith in Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour.  Baptism itself does not save a person.  It is an outward sign of the New Covenant, signifying what God has done within the heart of the believer.  It signifies our death, burial and resurrection with Christ and the washing away of our sins.  Through water Baptism, a believer publicly demonstrates that s(he) has died to the world and to sin, and that s(he) has begun a new life in Christ.  Matthew 28:19; Colossians 2:12; Acts 18:8; Acts 2:38; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Acts 8:34-39; Mark 1:4-11; Colossians 3:1-4; Romans 6:15; Acts 8:12

The Lord’s Supper

The  Lord’s Supper (sometimes called Communion) is one of the two ordinances that Christ has commanded His Church to observe.  The Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ to be a constant reminder of His death until He comes again and an instrument though which faith is nourished and strengthened.  The bread symbolizes the Body of Christ and the wine symbolizes His shed blood.  Partaking of the Supper does not save a person.  After personal self-examination and meditation  a believer partakes in the Supper to give thanksgiving to God, to celebrate Christ’s victory over death, to anticipate His return and to be nourished in faith.    Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 10:16; Romans 6:8-11; John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 5:6-8; Acts 2:42; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29; Hebrews 9:27-28; Acts 1:9-11

Marriage

Marriage is a lifelong covenant ordained by God between one man and one woman.  Christ taught of the Divine origin and sacredness of marriage where husband and wife become one.  Marriage is designed to be the exclusive domain for sexual intimacy and procreation of children.  The Bible clearly reveals God’s will for the lifestyle of His redeemed people.  Genesis 11:28, 2:18-25, 24:16;  Ephesians  5:22-31; Matthew 19:4-6; Mark 10:6-8; 1 Corinthians 7:3; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7; Hebrews 13:4

Civil Government

Civil government is an institution established by God.  Every believer should respect, sustain and obey civil authority as long as it does not violate Scriptural convictions.  Christians are to support the government, submit to it, pray for it, and honour it for the Lord’s sake.  Genesis 9:5-6; Titus 3:1; 1 Timothy 2:1-6; Matthew 22:21; Romans 13:1-7; Exodus 18:13-16; 1 Peter 2:13-17

Satan

Satan is a real created being.  He was created by God as an angel,  but through pride and rebellion, he became the enemy of his Creator.  In the form of a serpent he tempted the first man and woman to sin against God.  He is the father of lies, a murderer from the beginning, the devil, the deceiver of all nations, the enemy of our souls, the accuser of the saints, the author of false religion, humanity’s great tempter, and the chief of the power of darkness.  He was judged and condemned at Calvary and will be overcome by the Lord Jesus at His return.   Through our faith in Christ and the blood of the Lamb, we can resist the devil.  Satan and all his angels will be committed to the lake of fire to be tormented forever and ever.  Genesis 3:15; John 14:29-30; 1 Timothy 4:1; John 16:8-11; Job 1:6-12; Hebrews 2:14-15; Peter 5:8-9; Zechariah 3:1; 2 Corinthians 11:14; Ephesians 6:12; John 8:44; Ezekiel 28:11-19; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 12:9; Luke 4:1-13; Revelation 20:1-3; Revelation 20:10; 1 Thessalonians 2:9-10

Destiny of the Saved

The distinction of being saved or unsaved remains fixed eternally at death.  The saved are those who have trusted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.  At death, the soul of the saved person departs to be with Christ in a state of conscious blessedness, awaiting the resurrection of the body at the Lord’s return.  At the final resurrection, those who have trusted Christ will enter into the everlasting joy of the Lord, eternally living and reigning with Jesus in the New Jerusalem.  Daniel 7:22-27; Daniel 12:3; Hebrews 9:27; Luke 23:43; 1 Corinthians 3:12-15; Revelation 22:1-5; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Romans 8:17; Romans 14:10-12; Luke 16:19-31; Revelation 21:3-7; John 5:28-29; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Revelation 22:12

Destiny of the Lost

The unsaved, or the lost, are those who have not trusted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.  At death, the soul of an unsaved person departs to hell in a state of conscious torment.  At the final resurrection, those who have not trusted in Jesus Christ will appear before the Great White Throne Judgment.  They will be condemned to the lake of fire for eternal, conscious torment and separation from God.  Matthew 24:41-46; Jude 14-15; Luke 16:19-31; 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9; Revelation 20:11-15; 2 Peter 2:9; John 5:28-29; Revelation 22:15; Acts 24:15; Mark 9:48; Revelation 19:11-21; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 21:8; 2 Peter 3:8

The Return of Christ

Jesus Christ, who is now glorified and ascended to the Father will come again in person, visibly and with power and great glory.  Only God the Father knows when our Lord will return.  When He comes, this present age will come to an end and He will establish His eternal Kingdom, promised to His own.  Matthew 24:36; Titus 2:13-14; John 14:3; Revelation 1:7-8; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Acts 1:9-11; Matthew 25:31-46; Philippians 3:20-21; Revelation 19:11-16