In essential beliefs — we have unity
‘There is one Body and one Spirit…there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all…’ Ephesians 4:4-6
In non-essential beliefs — we have liberty
‘Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters… Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls… So then each of us will give an account of himself to God… So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.’ Romans 14:1,4,12,22.
In all our beliefs — we show love
‘…If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains — but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.’ 1 Corinthians 13:2
Our essential beliefs
The Bible is God’s word to all mankind. We believe it is inspired by God and that it is fully trustworthy as God’s truth, without error. We accept the scriptures as the revealed will of God and the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice for all who follow Christ.
God is the creator and ruler of the universe and the one who redeems, saves, or rescues mankind from sin and its consequences. He has eternally existed in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He lived a sinless human life and performed many miracles during his ministry. He voluntarily paid for our sin by taking our place on the cross, and dying for us. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate his power and victory over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to establish universal peace and reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
The Holy Spirit begins a great work in the lives of those who accept Christ. The Spirit convicts them of sin, confirms their righteousness, and dwells within them. No one becomes a follower of Christ without this gracious work of the Holy Spirit. We also believe in the promise of the Father: the infilling of the Holy Spirit. With this infilling comes the power for life and service, spiritual gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry.
Salvation is God’s free gift of freedom from sin. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by accepting God’s free offer of forgiveness in Jesus Christ, God’s Son, can man be saved from sin’s penalty. Salvation is received as a person repents before God and puts their trust in Jesus who has died for their sins. Eternal life begins at the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.