What We Believe

1. About God
There is one God, who exists eternally in three distinct but equal persons: The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. God is unchangeable in His holiness, justice, wisdom and love. He is the Almighty Creator, Saviour and Judge who sustains and governs all things according to His sovereign will for His own glory. (Genesis 1:1,26,27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

2. About The Bible
God has revealed Himself in the Bible which consists of the Old and New Testaments alone. Every word was inspired by God through human authors so that the Bible, as originally given, is in its entirety the Word of God. It is without error and fully reliable in fact and doctrine. The Bible alone speaks with final authority and is always sufficient for all matters of belief and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5)

3. About Human Beings
All men and women, being created in the image of God, have inherent and equal dignity and worth. Their greatest purpose is to obey, worship and love God. As a result of the fall of our first parents, every aspect of human nature has been corrupted and all men and women are without spiritual life, guilty sinners and hostile to God. Every person is therefore under the just condemnation of God and needs to be regenerated, forgiven and reconciled to God in order to know and please Him. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2)

4. About Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin and lived a sinless life in obedience to the Father. He taught with authority and all His words are true. On the cross, He died in the place of sinners, bearing God's punishment for their sin, redeeming them by His blood. He rose from the dead and in His resurrection body ascended into heaven where He is exalted as Lord of all. He intercedes for His people in the presence of the Father. (Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13)

5. About Salvation
Salvation is entirely a work of God's grace and cannot be earned or deserved. It has been accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ and is offered to all in the gospel. God in His love forgives sinners whom He calls, granting them repentance and faith. All who believe in Christ are justified by faith alone, adopted into the family of God and receive eternal life. (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1)

6. About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit has been sent from heaven to glorify Christ and to apply His work of salvation. He convicts sinners, imparts spiritual life and gives a true understanding of the Scriptures. He indwells all believers, brings assurance of salvation and produces increasing likeness to Christ. He builds up the Church and empowers its members for worship, service and mission. The Holy Spirit endows believers with spiritual gifts upon conversion to carry out the work of the ministry. Some of these gifts were for apostolic times but not for today. (2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16;Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18)

7. About The Church
The church is the body of which Christ is the head and to which all that are saved belong. It is made visible in local churches which are congregations of believers who are committed to each other for the worship of God, the preaching of the Word, the administration of Baptism and the Lord's Supper, for pastoral care and discipline and for evangelism. The unity of the Body of Christ is expressed within and between churches by mutual love, care and encouragement. True fellowship between churches exists only where they are faithful to the gospel. (Colossians 1:18, 24; Ephesians 2:19; Hebrews10:24-25)

8. About Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper have been given to the church by Christ as visible signs of the gospel. Baptism is a symbol of union with and entry into His Church but does not impart spiritual life. The Lord's Supper is a commemoration of Christ's sacrifice offered once and for all and involves no change in the bread and wine. All its blessings are received by faith. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 8:36-38; I Corinthians 11:23-28)

9. About Angels
Angels are spiritual beings created by God to worship Him. Their duties to believers include ministering to their needs, bringing answers to prayer, protection from danger, encouraging and caring from them at death. Satan, the greatest of the angelic beings, became proud and rebelled against God. He along with one-third of the angels (now called demons) were cast out of heaven. Satan presently seeks to establish a world system in opposition to God and His people. In the future, Satan and his followers will be cast into the ‘lake of fire’ for eternity. (Colossians 1:16-18; Is. 6:1-3; Hebrews 1:14; Acts 12:5-10, Psalm 91:11-12; Acts 27:23-24; Luke 16:22; Ezekiel 28:11-19; Isaiah 14:12-15; Revelation 12:4, 7-10)

10. About Eternity
The future will see the return of Christ in glory. He will raise the dead and judge the world in righteousness. The wicked will be sent to eternal punishment and the righteous will be welcomed into a life of eternal joy in fellowship with God. God will make all things new and will be glorified forever. (John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9)

 
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