We believe in...
- The one true God who lives eternally in three persons - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19; Ephesians 4:4-6)
- The love, grace and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world. (1 John 4:8; Colossians 1:17; Job 38:1-5; Romans 5:12-21; James 4:12)
- The divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of God - fully trustworthy for faith and conduct (2 Timothy 3:15-17).
- The dignity of all people, made male and female in God's image to love, be holy and care for creation, yet corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgement. (Genesis 1:26-28; Romans 8:19-22; Ephesians 2:1-3)
- The incarnation of God’s eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ - born of the virgin Mary; truly divine and truly human, yet without sin. (John 1:1-4; Matthew 1:23; 1 John 3:5; Hebrews 4:15, 7:26)
- The atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, so reconciling us with God. (1 Corinthians 15:3, 2 Corinthians 5:18; Ephesians 1:7, Hebrews 2:9)
- The bodily resurrection of Christ, the first fruits of our resurrection; his ascension to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only Saviour of the world. (John 11:25; 1 Corinthians 15:4; Mark 16:19; Acts 1:9-11)
- The justification of sinners solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ. (Romans 3:24, 5:1; Ephesians 2:8)
- The ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness. (John 3:5-7; 1 Corinthians 12:13; John 14:26; 15:26-27)
- The Church, the body of Christ both local and universal, the priesthood of all believers - given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit's gifts to worship God and proclaim the gospel, promoting justice and love. (Matthew 16:18; 1 Corinthians 1:2; Ephesians 5:23-27; 4:11-14; 2 Corinthians 1:1; Galatians 1:1-2; 1 Peter 2:9).
- The personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to fulfil the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgement, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heaven and new earth. (Matthew 24:30-31; John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-5:4; Revelation 22:20-21)
We practice two commands taught by Jesus – baptism and communion. Both are important symbols in the Christian church. Put simply, they are visual aids to help us better understand and appreciate the message that Jesus Christ lived, died, was raised from the dead, ascended to heaven, and will someday return for us.
- Baptism – was instituted by Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19-20); taught by the apostles (Romans 6:3-4; Acts 19:1-5) and practiced by the early church (Acts 2:41; Acts 8:26-40). We practice baptism by immersion (Acts 8:36-39; Matthew 3:16) – it is a public statement of a Christian’s faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord and a symbol of their union with Christ in his death, burial and resurrection (Romans 6:3-5).
- Lord’s Supper (Communion, ‘Breaking of Bread’) – was instituted by Jesus Christ (Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:17-20), taught by the apostles (1 Corinthians 11:23-24), and practiced by the early church (Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 11:17-33). The bread and wine are symbolic reminders of the broken body and shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ who died on the cross to be our Saviour.