OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe that God created the universe and everything in it and continues to sustain it and delight in it. Creation declares God’s wisdom and power, calling all to worship him. God created human beings and gave them the mandate to rule and care for creation as a sacred trust.
We believe that there is one eternal God: Creator, Sustainer and Redeemer, who exists in three persons, Father, Son and Spirit, a tri-unity of perfect love and freedom. These three are equal to one another and each reflects the same nature, attributes, and perfections.
GOD THE FATHER
We believe that God the Father is the source of all things. He is perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom and causes all things to work together for his purposes. God reveals himself in creation and in the scriptures, but supremely in his Son Jesus whom he sent to redeem and reconcile all creation to God.
GOD THE SON
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, equal with the Father; he is fully God and fully human. Jesus was conceived through the power of the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary. He lived sinless but died as if a criminal on a Roman cross; he was buried and rose physically from the grave with a new resurrected body. Jesus is now seated at the right hand of the Father interceding on our behalf and will return to earth to bring redemption to its completion and establish God’s kingdom on earth.
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit has come into the world to call the church into being, empower her for life in Christ and for her witness to the world. The Spirit draws each believer to faith in Jesus, indwells us, fills us and equips us with gifts to accomplish our service for God. The Spirit helps us to pray and works to bring our lives into likeness to Jesus and to fulfill God’s mission in the world.
We believe that every person, male and female, is created in the image of God. We are stewards of God’s created world, to enjoy it and develop it for God’s glory. We are communal beings, created to participate together in mutual self-giving love as a reflection of the Father, Son and Spirit.
We believe that in spite of being created to reflect God’s moral glory, every human being is profoundly broken by sin and distorted by selfishness, alienated from God, from creation and from one another, and deeply conflicted in our own souls. We need healing, redemption and renewal – what the Bible calls salvation.
We believe that God has responded to human sin, brokenness and hostility with amazing grace. Jesus is the culmination of God’s saving work in the world: in his birth God took on human flesh; in his life Jesus demonstrated the love of God; in his death our sin was judged and forgiven; in his resurrection Jesus conquered death and secured our salvation.
This salvation is a free gift from God which we cannot earn by our moral efforts. We receive this gift by turning from our sin and embracing Jesus as Savior and Lord. We are forgiven and become children of God, a new creation, part of God’s redeemed humanity. We are sealed by God’s Spirit who makes our relationship with God secure and who gives evidence of this inward transformation through outward lives of holiness and love.
We believe that the Bible is a faithful witness to God’s revelation to us. It is inspired by God and is entirely trustworthy as an authoritative guide for our faith and practice individually and as a Christian community.
We believe that Satan is a created spirit being, who rebelled against God and became the originator of sin. He is evil in his very nature and opposes the people and purposes of God. He was defeated by Jesus at the cross and his ultimate defeat will be evident at the return of Christ.
We believe that the universal church is made up of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ from every generation and every nation and people group on earth. The church is a sign to the world of the reconciliation of Christ and a foretaste of the new creation through our compassion and our commitment to justice and mercy and through our proclamation of Jesus as Lord.
Local churches are organized gatherings of believers who meet for prayer, worship, fellowship and teaching, who love and who reach out to their communities with the good news.
The church carries out two symbolic acts which significantly reflect our Christian faith and serve as powerful influences in our personal and communal lives. These practices are also referred to as ‘sacraments’ or ‘instruments of grace’.
Baptism is the immersing of believers in water as an outward expression of the faith and new life that a believer shares in Jesus Christ.
Communion is carried out by a regular sharing of bread and cup by believers to remember and be thankful of the sacrifice of our Lord and saviour.
THE RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST
We believe that Jesus is coming back. The kingdom of God which has already begun will reach its fulfillment when Jesus returns visibly and bodily to the earth in power and glory to reign forever. This will be a time of righteous judgment and accountability for all human persons. Those who have rejected Him and his sacrifice on their behalf will face the ultimate judgements of God on their own. Those who have believed and are children of God will receive a resurrected body and live in the full enjoyment of God’s presence forever.
THE NEW CREATION
Sin, guilt, or death will not prevail. God will create a new heaven and a new earth in which there will be no evil, suffering, and death. The first signs of this new creation are already present in those who accept God’s forgiveness through Christ. In Christ all things are being reconciled and created anew.