From our constitution
“We believe in:
1. The Scriptures
The Divine inspiration of the Bible, and its consequent entire trustworthiness and supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
2. The Godhead
One God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – eternally existing in three distinct but equal persons. The sovereignty and grace of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit in creation, providence, revelation, redemption, sanctification and final judgement.
3. The Lord Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ, the incarnate son of God was born of a virgin. His death on the cross and the shedding of His blood were substitutionary in character and constituted a propitiatory sacrifice. His death is the only ground of reconciliation and redemption from the guilt and power of sin and its eternal consequences. He was raised from the dead in bodily form and has ascended into heaven where he presides as head of the church and ministers as high priest for His people. His personal and visible return in power and glory will consummate the believer’s salvation and establish His glorious kingdom.
4. The Holy Spirit
God the Holy Spirit illuminates the believer. He is responsible for the work of regeneration and sanctification. He indwells every believer and this begins at the time of conversion. He empowers for godly living and spiritual service. It is the responsibility of every believer to be filled with the Spirit.
Man was created sinless but through temptation by Satan became sinful and thereby brought the whole human race under the just condemnation of God and eternal separation from Him. Eternal salvation for mankind is though repentance and faith in the finished work of Christ. Justification is by grace alone.
6. The Church
The priesthood of all true believers in the Lord Jesus who are members of the one, eternal and universal church, which is the body of which Christ is the head. The church is committed by the command of Christ to proclaim the gospel throughout the whole world.
Each local church is composed of professed believers and is autonomous in government. It has as its model the New Testament practice of a plurality of leaders equipped with appropriate spiritual gifts.
There are two ordinances of the church, these being the baptism of believers by immersion on personal confession of faith in the Lord Jesus, and the remembrance of Him in the regular observance of the Lord’s Supper, in obedience to His command.
The widespread distribution and exercise of spiritual gifts; regular meetings for worship, prayer, teaching and fellowship; outreach to the locality; and involvement in world mission.”
In brief the specific biblical beliefs are all about planting self-governing, self supporting, self-propagating churches led by a team of gifted leaders and using the gifts of all members in worship and service. We do not believe in the division of the Church into clergy and laity. We believe all Christians have a right to preach, baptise and administer the Lord’s Supper. Such churches will be firmly based on the Bible but open-hearted towards all committed Christians.