The Bible is the inspired Word of God, the product of men who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. We accept the New Covenant, as recorded in the New Testament, as our infallible guide in matters of conduct and doctrine (2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).
Our God is One, but manifested in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, neither being created, but infinite, eternal and co-equal (Philippians 2:6). God is sovereign, omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient. God the Father, creator of the heavens and the earth, spoke the Word; Jesus Christ is the Word; and the Holy Spirit is the manifester of that Word (Genesis 1:1-3; John 1).
MAN, HIS FALL AND REDEMPTION
Man is a created being made in the likeness and image of God (Genesis 1:26-28). But through Adam's transgression and fall, sin came into the world. "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 5:14). "As it is written, there is none righteous, no not one" (Romans 3:23). Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to the earth to undo the work of the devil. He gave His life and shed His blood to redeem man and to restore his relationship with God (1 John 3:8). Salvation is the free gift of God to man, and is not by works, but by grace through faith in Jesus Christ and the confession of Him as Saviour and Lord. (Ephesians 2:8; Romans 10:8-10).
a) The Evidences of Salvation
The inward evidence to the believer of his salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness. “And this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us” (1 John 3:23).
b) Faith and Works
Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ and not by human works; however in response to His grace we are called to honour, worship and serve Him, producing works acceptable to Him. On the Day of Judgment, each believer will be rewarded for His faithful works of service (Acts 16:3: Romans 10:9,10; Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5-7; Romans 14:10-12; 2 Corinthians 5:10).
If any believer sins, he has a Mediator with the Father, Jesus Christ the Saviour, and therefore, if he confesses his sin, “He is faithful and just to forgive him his sin and to cleanse him from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9-2:1).
God has provided physical healing for human sickness through the prayer of faith and by the laying on of hands. It is provided for by the power of God in the atonement of Christ, and is the privilege of every member of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ today (Mark 16:18; James 5:14-15; 1 Peter 2:24; Matthew 8:17; Isaiah 53:4-5).
ETERNAL LIFE AND THE NEW BIRTH
Man's first step towards salvation is godly sorrow; not merely feelings of guilt, but a genuine repentance that brings change. Jesus said that, “No one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again” (John 3:3) Anyone born again by God’s Spirit is a new creation and a child of God who will inherit eternal life (2 Corinthians 7:10; 1 John 5:12; John 3:3-5).
Baptism in water by immersion, is a direct commandment of our Lord and is for believers only. The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian's identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection (Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12; Acts 8:36-38). The following confession is made at baptism: "On the confession of you faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and by His authority, I baptize you in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen."
BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
The baptism in the Holy Spirit is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers and is separate and subsequent to the New Birth. The experience is accompanied by the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues, a heavenly prayer language given by Holy Spirit Himself (Matthew 3:11; John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 2:4,38-39; 19:1-7).
The Bible teaches that, “Without holiness no man can see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). We believe that man is sanctified, that is made pure and righteous in the sight of God, at the point of salvation. However, he then enters a process of cleansing and maturing as he grows up in his (1 Thessalonians 5:23; 2 Peter 3:18; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Philippians 3:12-14; 1 Corinthians 1:30).
THE RESURRECTION AND ASCENSION OF JESUS CHRIST
Seeing what was ahead, he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see decay. God has raised this Jesus to life … (Acts 2:31-32). Christ did truly rise again from the dead and ascended into Heaven and is seated at the Father's right hand where, "He ever liveth to make intercession" for all believers (Ephesians 1:20; Hebrews 7:25).
THE RESURRECTION OF THE JUST AND THE RETURN OF OUR LORD
The angels said, "This same Jesus shall so come in like manner." His coming is imminent. When he comes, the dead in Christ shall rise first; then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air ..." (Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). Following the Great Tribulation, He will return to earth as King of kings and Lord of lords, and together with His saints who shall be kings and priests, He shall reign for a thousand years (Revelation 20:6).
HELL AND ETERNAL RETRIBUTION
The one who physically dies in his sin without Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in the Lake of Fire, and, therefore, has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel or repenting. The Lake of Fire is literal. The terms ‘eternal’ and ‘everlasting’ used in describing the duration of the punishment of the damned in the Lake of Fire carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence as used in denoting the duration of joy and ecstasy of saints in the presence of God (Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 20:11-15).
THE LORD’S SUPPER
We celebrate the Lord’s Supper, the communion meal, as a reminder of the Lord’s goodness and all He purchased for us in His sacrifice on the cross, that is our salvation, deliverance, healing, sanctification and freedom from the curse of sin. “And when He had given thanks, He broke it, and said, This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me. In the same way also the cup, when He had supped saying, This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it in remembrance of Me. Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup” (1 Corinthians 11:24,25,28).
The church is a worldwide body of believers, which operates through various groups of local believers, all different, yet worthy of respect and love. We are all called to be members of a local church and to fulfill the Great Commission, the work started by the Lord Jesus. He is the Head and we are the body, His hands, feet and mouth here on the earth. The local church is the hope of the world.
Jesus has sent gifts to the church, pastors, evangelists, apostles, prophets and teachers. Their job is to train, guide and mature believers, so that they can fulfill their own God-given dreams and purposes, develop into the men and women of God they were designed to be, and do the work of the ministry. We are called not to be spectators, but servants; participants and contributors to the work of the local church. (Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22, 4:11-15; Hebrews 12:23).
Throughout the Bible, God blessed His own. We are blessed to be a blessing, so that we can demonstrate the love and power of God to all. We have a covenant of blessing, sealed with the very blood of King Jesus Himself, and as such can expect to prosper spiritually, mentally, physically, financially and relationally.
- Spiritual (John 3:3,11; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 10:9,10)
- Mental (2 Timothy 1:7; Romans 12:2; Isaiah 26:3)
- Physical (Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24)
- Financial (3 John 2; Malachi 3:10,11; Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 9:6-10)
- Relationships (Proverbs 3:4)
WOMEN MINISTERING - There is no scriptural prohibiting concerning women ministering in any position in church, including that of Pastor or Apostle. (Gal. 3:26; Rom. 16: 1-11).