The Word of God
That the Holy Scriptures is divinely inspired and is the sufficient and supreme authority for our faith and conduct.
(2 Tim. 3:15-17; 1 Peter 1:10-12; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
That God exists eternally as One in three Persons, namely; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit to whom equal honour is due.
(Deut. 6:4; Gen. 1:2, 26; Phil. 2:6; John 1:1-2, 5:17, 22-23; 14:25-26; 16:7, 27-28).
Jesus Christ, The Son of God
That the Lord Jesus Christ is God “manifest in the flesh”.
He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.
(Matt. 1:20-25; Luke 1:35).
He was without sin and His death was a sacrifice to God and a propitiation for the remission of sins.
(Rom. 4:25; 2 Cor.5:21).
He was raised from the dead.
(Matt. 28:5-7; 1 Cor. 15:20).
He ascended to the right hand of the Father and is now the all-sufficient High priest of His people.
(Acts 1:9; Heb. 4:14-16).
He will personally come again to receive His people unto Himself and to set up His Kingdom
(John 14:3; 1 Thes 4:13-18; Isa. 9:5, 7).
- He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.
Justified by Christ Alone
That man by nature is alienated from God because of sin.
He is therefore under divine judgement and condemnation.
(Eph. 2:1; Rom. 3:19; 5:6, 12-19).
He can only be saved and justified before God through repentance and faith in Christ.
(Luke 13:3; Gal. 2:16).
A justified believer is also born of God and indwelt by the Holy Spirit resulting in evident holiness of life, doing of God’s will and manifestation of the “fruit of the Spirit”.
(Matt. 28:5-7; 1 Cor. 15:20).
He is also at conversion, baptised in the Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ — the Church.
(1 Cor. 12:12-13).
- He is therefore under divine judgement and condemnation.
Sanctification by the Holy Spirit
That it is the Holy Spirit whose regenerating and santifying work enables the believer to “live righteously and godly in this present world”.
(John 3:5-8; 16:8-11; Tit. 3:4).
Eternal Life and Death
That the dead will be raised either to eternal life or to eternal condemnation and that blessedness of the righteous and the punishment of the unrighteous will be forever.
(1 Cor. 15:51-57; 2 Cor. 5:10; Rev. 20:11-15).
Cessation of Apostolic Gifts
We believe that the apostolic gifts of prophecy (foretelling), tongues, visions, gifts of healing and working of miracles, and raising the dead had ceased.
The purpose of the gift of the tongues (clear human languages or dialects) was only meant to be temporary during the apostolic age for the authentication of the apostolic authority. The gift of speaking in a previously unlearned language ceased after the Bible was completed as 1 Cor. 13:8-10.
Another purpose of tongues was to the unbelieving Jews and that purpose was fulfilled when the Jewish nation was set aside as a witness and the Gentiles were grafted in.
(Rom. 11:17-25, 1 Cor. 14:21 pp Isa. 28:11).
Tongues was therefore a sign of transition between the old and the new testament. Once the period of transition was past, the sign was no longer necessary.
With regards to eschatology, we believe that the church will be raptured before the tribulation and before the literal Millenial Kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ (Pretribulationism).
(Rev. 20; 1 Thes. 4:13-18; Matt. 24:15-22; Dan. 9:24-27).