The Bible is the inspired word of God, inerrant in the original documents and of final authority in all matters (I Thes 2:13; II Tim 3:16-17; II Peter 1:21).
There is one God (Isa 43:10; 44:6; I Tim 2:5), eternally existent (Deut 33:27) in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matt 3:17; 28:19; Heb 9:14). God created the heavens and the earth in six literal days (Gen Ch 1), which is consistent with the fourth commandment (Ex 20:9-10).
The Lord Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ is truly God (John 1:1, 14; I Tim 3:16) and truly man (I Tim 2:5-6), born of a virgin (Luke 1:35), and sinlessly perfect (Heb 4:15; I Pet 2:22; I John 3:5; II Cor 5:21). Because of His sacrifice, the sinner finds in Christ a substitute (I Pet 2:24) and a representative who ever lives to make intercession for us (Heb 7:25). He rose bodily from the dead (Luke 24:39; Acts 2:25-33), and ascended to His Father’s right hand (Acts 1:9-11; Eph 1:20-23), where He now ministers as our Great High Priest (Heb 4:14-16; 9:24).
Spiritual Death and Spiritual Birth
Each member of the human race is sinful, and was therefore born spiritually dead – separated from God (Isa 59:2; Rom 3:23; 5:12; Eph 2:1). To enter the kingdom of God, it is therefore essential to be born again (John 1:13; 3:3, 7; I Pet 1:23; I John 5:1).
Redemption is wholly by the blood of Christ (Acts 20:28; Heb 9:12-14; I Pet 1:18-19). The sacrifice of Christ on the cross is the one and only payment for sin accepted by God (John 19:30; Heb 10:10-14, 18). A bloodless sacrifice cannot purge win (Lev 17:11; Heb 9:22). Salvation is by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ (Eph 2:5-9). Every true child of God possesses eternal life and is safe fro all eternity (John 3:16; 5:24; 10:27-29).
God’s Sovereignty and Man’s Will
The Bible teaches God’s sovereignty in the salvation of humanity (Eph 1:4-5). It is not God’s will that any should perish (John 3:16; II Pet 3:9), and Christ’s atoning sacrifice was unlimited and sufficient as payment for the penalty of the sin of all mankind (I John 2:22; I Tim 4:10). It is through the exercise of man’s will that he either receives or rejects the Saviour (John 1:11-12; Matt 23:37), and therefore either has or does not have eternal life (I John 5:12-13).
The Holy Spirit
Each Christian is regenerated by the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5), baptised (I Cor 12:13), indwelt (John 14:16-17, Rom 8:9, 11) and sealed (Eph 1:13-14; 4:30). Each believer is to be filled by the Holy Spirit, moment by moment (Eph 5:18; Col 3:16). It is through the power of the Holy Spirit that the believer can live a godly life (Gal 5:16, 22-23).
Resurrection of the Just and Unjust
The Bible teaches the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust (Phil 3:21; John 5:28-29; I Cor 15:51-55; Rev 20:12-13), and the everlasting blessedness of the saved (Phil 1:23; Rev 22:4-5) and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost (Matt 25:41, 46; Rev 20:4-15).
Imminent Return of Christ
The Bible teaches the personal and imminent return of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ (I Thes 4:14-18; Titus 2:13; Heb 9:28). We believe that this event (rapture) will be followed by seven years of tribulation (Dan 9:27; Matt 24:15, 21). At the end of the Great Tribulation, Christ will return to earth (Zech 14:1-4, 9; Rev 19:11-21) to reign of earth for a literal one thousand year period (Rev 20:1-6).
The church is a living organism (not an organisation), known as the body of Christ (Eph 1:22-23) of which He is the Head (Col 1:18). The local church is composed of believers in a locality, eg Phil 1:1. Each member has been gifted by the Holy Spirit (Rom 12; I Cor 12; Eph 4; I Pet 4) for the purpose of edifying one another.
As members of the Body of Christ, we use scriptural names such as “Christians” (Acts 11:26), “saints” (I Cor 1:2), “believers” (Acts 5:14), “brethren” (Heb 2:11), and “disciples” (Acts 9:1; 11:26) to refer to those who are saved.
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
There are two Christian ordinances, namely baptism (Matt 28:19) and the Lord’s Supper (Luke 22:19-20). Baptism is for believers upon confession of their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 8:36-38). Baptism (immersion) signifies that the one being baptised has been crucified with Christ unto sin, has been buried with Him and is risen with Him to walk in newness of life (Rom 6:3-6). The Lord Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper on the night He was betrayed (Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:14-20), and was commemorated by the early church (I Cor 11:23-26) on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7). We believe that it is the privilege and duty of every true believer to heed the Lord’s request, “This do in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19).