Statement of Faith
As a church we declare our adherence to the following doctrines:
We believe in one God, creator of all things who exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The Father: We believe in God the Father, from whom all things come, having life in Himself and giving life to all living things.
Jesus Christ: We believe in the absolute and essential deity of Jesus Christ, God’s only son, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in His true humanity, sinless life, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, triumphant ascension, mediatorial ministry and personal return in power and glory.
The Holy Spirit: We believe in the absolute and essential deity and personality of the Holy Spirit and His ongoing ministry in the life of every believer, thus empowering Christians to live a godly life and be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ.
We believe the Bible to be the written Word of God, inspired by the Spirit of God and without error in all that they affirm. For us it is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice.
The Universal Church
We believe that the universal church includes all who have been regenerated by God as they have responded in repentance and faith to the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that the local church is an interdependent body exercising its own divinely appointed gifts under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Mission of the church
We believe that “missions” is the process of planting churches amongst the peoples of the world and that it is our responsibility to promote and participate in evangelism, discipling and the establishing of new churches. Further, we believe that the church has a crucial role to play in bringing social upliftment and change within communities through the transformational work of the gospel in the hearts and minds of those communities.
We believe that all people were created in the image of God to have fellowship with Him but became alienated in that relationship by the sinful nature and through sinful disobedience – “23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.” (Romans 3: 23 – 24NLT)
We believe that salvation is a free, undeserved gift of God, given by His grace and available to those who repent from sin. We believe that the primary requirement for salvation is faith in Jesus as Saviour and an ongoing relationship with Him which evidences His lordship over our lives, being born again by the Holy Spirit, thereby receiving eternal life and becoming children of God who are being transformed to the image of the Lord Jesus Christ through a lifelong process of sanctification.
We hold with believer’s baptism as an act of obedience of one’s own decision to respond to one’s salvation – an outward (public) expression of an inward condition (conviction/conversion). We do not, however, support the idea of “baptismal regeneration” (that you need to be baptised in order to be saved). We believe that believer’s baptism enables Christians to identify with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection – thus dying to self and being born again in Christ. Due to our persuasion towards believer’s baptism, as opposed to infant baptism, we encourage parents to dedicate the parenting of their children to God.