The Nature And Unity Of The Godhead
There is one God who is eternal, infinite in power, wisdom, holiness and love. God is the unity (Triune) of Father, Son and Holy Spirit as three persons in one Godhead
The Deity And Humanity Of Christ
Jesus Christ as the second Person of the Godhead is eternally one with God the Father. To become human he was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, so that the two natures, the nature of God and human nature were united in one person; truly God and truly human.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit, as the third Person of the Godhead, is eternally one with the Father and the Son, yet He is sent by them to achieve the Divine purpose in the world and in the Church.
The Divine Inspiration Of The Scriptures
The Scriptures, consisting of the sixty six books of the Old and New Testaments, are the inspired and authoritative Word of God. These books were written by people prepared and inspired by the Holy Spirit, and are of infallible and divine authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
The Sinfulness Of People
People are made in the image of God and for fellowship with Him. By transgression of God’s command, humankind fell from fellowship and their natures were corrupted. As a consequence, all people are spiritually dead under Satan’s dominion and control and are subject to God’s wrath and condemnation. Therefore, apart from God’s eternal grace, people remain in a helpless and hopeless condition
Christ’s Atonement For Sin
In order to redeem everyone from the guilt, penalty and power of sin, Jesus Christ became man and died a sacrificial death with His shed blood as a substitute for us. By His triumphal resurrection, God’s acceptance of His atoning death was demonstrated. This atonement is sufficient for everyone, but effective only in those who receive it. The sinner is justified and reconciled to God, not through any personal merit, but solely on the basis of God’s gracious gift of Salvation in Jesus Christ received through faith.
The Work Of The Holy Spirit In Salvation
The ministry of the Holy Spirit is necessary for the acceptance of God’s provision of salvation. The Holy Spirit convinces sinners of their sinfulness, leads them to personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour and so brings them to spiritual birth as God’s children and to fellowship in Christ. Working within the life of believers, the Holy Spirit makes real the presence of Christ, witnesses to their relationship with God, leads into all truth, bestows gifts for effective ministry and produces virtues for holy living.
The Church is the body of people whom God has set apart by faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, to be in the world but not of the world. All converted persons are members of Christ’s Church which takes local form whenever groups of believers unite for worship, fellowship and service in accordance with scriptural principles. All believers are called to be priests, recognising only one mediator between them and God the Father, and that is God the Son, Jesus Christ. God is equally accessible to all believers and every Christian has equal potential to minister for God. God calls individuals to positions of oversight and leadership or to special ministries. The Church recognises such by ordaining pastors, commissioning people to minister cross-culturally, appointing elders, deacons, and workers, following New Testament practice.
The Baptism Of believers By Immersion
Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is a public declaration of a person’s faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. In accordance with New Testament Scripture, it should be administered, where possible, by total immersion which symbolises the believer’s identification with Christ in death, burial and resurrection, the remission of sins and the believer’s dedication to God to live and walk in newness of life. Exceptional circumstances (e.g. physical disability) shall not preclude a person from being baptised by an appropriate alternative.
The Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus Christ, instituted by Him. It is to be celebrated with the symbols of bread and wine by believers in Christ until the end of the age. It commemorates and declares our thanks for the Lord’s substitutionary death. The celebration of the ordinance expresses our fellowship with and in the Lord Jesus Christ as members of the Body of which He is the Head.
The Return Of The Lord Jesus Christ
At the end of this age, according to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in His glory to the earth. The complete fulfilment of the Kingdom of God awaits His return.
The Resurrection Of The Dead
After death, the bodies of all return to dust, but their spirits return immediately to God – the righteous to be with Him and the unrighteous to be reserved for the judgment.
Rewards And Punishment In A Future State
God has appointed a day of final judgment for the world. At that time Jesus Christ will judge every person and each will receive reward or punishment according to his or her deeds. Those judged righteous, will receive their reward and will dwell forever in heaven with the Lord. The unrighteous will be separated from God to the place of everlasting punishment