WHAT WE BELIEVE
First and foremost, we believe that God is love.
1 John 4:8
God is the creator of everything, all powerful and all knowing, omnipresent, immortal. He is love and life itself.
1 John 4: 8; Colossians 1:16; Genesis 1; John 14:6; Revelation 4:11; Psalm 8:3-8; Psalm 139:13; Psalm 42:5; John 1:3; Colossians 1:17.
The Bible is the infallible Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and contains every answer to man's problems.
2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:20,21
There is one God, existing eternally in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
John 10:30; John 14:26; Philippians 2:5-7
God is Love and He loves all people. It is His desire to reach out to every person, including those who are poor, oppressed, widowed or orphaned, and to heal the brokenhearted.
Psalm 68:5,6; 1 John 4:16
Man is created in the image of God but separated from God by sin. Without Jesus we cannot have a relationship with God.
Genesis 1:26; 1 Timothy 2:5
The Ten Commandments are exemplified in the life of Christ. They express God’s love, will, and purposes concerning human conduct and healthy relationships with God and one another. They also represent God's moral standards for happy and healthy living. In partnership with the Holy Spirit the Ten Commandments show us our inability to live perfectly on our own and awakens our sense of need for Jesus to save us.
Salvation is found only by grace through faith in Jesus and not of works. Because of the love we have for Jesus and his gift of saving grace, we aim to live in obedience to the Commandments by the power of the Holy Spirit. This obedience develops Christian character and results in personal and relational well-being. It is evidence of our love for the Lord and our concern for our fellow human beings. The obedience of faith demonstrates the power of Christ to transform lives, and therefore strengthens Christian witness. Those who will be saved are those who keep the commandments of God and bear the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Exodus. 20:1-17; Deuteronomy. 28:1-14; Psalm. 19:7-14; 40:7, 8; Matthew. 5:17-20; 22:36-40; John 14:15; 15:7-10; Romans. 8:3, 4; Ephesians. 2:8-10; Hebrews. 8:8-10; 1 John 2:3; 5:3; Revelation. 12:17; 14:12.
We can have a personal relationship with God through salvation, God's free gift to man. It is not a result of what we do, but it is only available through God's unearned favor. By admitting we have sinned, asking forgiveness of that sin and believing in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ as the atonement for our sins, and accepting Him as Lord, we can spend eternity with God. The forgiveness that we have received from Jesus, should be freely given to others when they have wronged us.
Ephesians 2:8,9; Romans 5:1; Romans 3:24; Ephesians 4:32; Matthew 6:14; Colossians 3:13.
We believe in water baptism (by immersion), as taught and demonstrated by Jesus, as the way for believers to identify with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.
Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4; Matthew 3:13-17
The baptism of the Holy Spirit is a gift from God. He helps empower the believer to develop the character of Christ and live every day in God's will.
Matthew 3:11; Acts 2:4
God gives all believers spiritual gifts. They are for the strengthening of God's people (the Church) and proof of God's existence and power to unbelievers. The gifts of the Spirit are active and relevant today.
1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 1 Peter 4:10
Sanctification is the ongoing process of allowing God's character to be developed in us.
Romans 6:19; Galatians 5:22-25
We have a personal responsibility to honour God by taking care of our personal health and wellbeing, including caring for the health of others. Health is a hollistic principle and includes physical, mental, emotional, relational, social and economic factors. We believe that divine healing takes many forms and is active in the lives of people today through Jesus, who is the Healer.
Luke 9:11; Matthew 9:35; Acts 10:38; Matthew 10:1; 1 Corinthians 6:9
Jesus will return soon and take all those who have accepted Him as Saviour to be with Him for eternity. At this time, the believers who have already died will be woken up from the sleep of death to the consciousness of life. Then together with the believers who are alive on the earth at the time of the second coming, they will be made immortal with new bodies and will be caught up together with Jesus in the air and ascend to heaven. There will be no more death, crying, sorrow or pain for the former things have passed away.
Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; Hebrews 9:28, 2 Peter 3:9, Revelation 21.
The wages of sin is death. At death the breath of life goes back to God who gave it. When Christ, who is our life, appears, the resurrected righteous and the living righteous will be glorified and caught up to meet their Lord in the air. The second resurrection, the resurrection of the unrighteous, will take place a thousand years later.
Job 19:25-27; Psalm. 146:3, 4; Ecclesiastes. 9:5, 6, 10; Daniel. 12:2, 13; Isaiah. 25:8; John 5:28, 29; 11:11-14; Romans. 6:23; 6:16; 1 Corinthians. 15:51-54; Colossians. 3:4; 1 Thessalonians. 4:13-17; 1 Timothy. 6:15; Revelation. 20:1-10.
The second death is a permanent separation from God for those who die without accepting Christ. God's desire is that no one be separated from Him for eternity, which is why He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to save each one of us. After this event, sin will be destroyed forever and will not rise up ever again.
Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 20:12-15; John 3:16-18, Ezekiel 18:32, Nahum 1:9