What We Believe

The Bible is our all sufficient rule of faith and practice. This statement of fundamental truths is intended simply as a basis of fellowship among us (i.e. that we all speak the same thing, 1 Cor. 1: 10, Acts 2: 42). The phraseology employed is not inspired or contended for but the truth set forth is held to be essential to a full gospel ministry. No claim is made that it contains all Biblical truth, only that it covers our need as to these fundamental doctrines.

The doctrine of Christ is the initial requirement for fellowship in the body of Christ (2 John: 9-11, Heb 6: 1-2). We do not expect that everybody will necessarily have a full understanding of these statements, particularly new Christians. Nor does everybody have to agree with every statement, beyond the doctrine of Christ, to fellowship with us or to be committed here. However, where there are differences on secondary matters we expect the view of the Church to be respected as far as the body of Christ here goes, as they reflect a corporate position.

The fundamental teachings of the congregation are reflected in the following clear statements of faith. The final interpretation of the articles of faith as contained below shall be decided by the Elders.

  1. The full inspiration of the Holy Scriptures as originally given in the Old and New Testaments (excluding the Apocrypha). Their authority and sufficiency as not only containing but being in themselves the Word of God and the sole and final authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
  2. The Unity of the Godhead and the Trinity of the divine persons therein, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit being co-equal and co-eternal, distinguishable but indivisible. The sovereignty of God in creation, providence and redemption.
  3. The full deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, sinless life, real and perfect manhood, the authority of His teaching, the infallibility of all His utterances, His miraculous ministry, His substitutionary atoning death, His triumphant bodily resurrection, His ascension into heaven, His abiding intercession at the right hand of the Father, His personal (literal and bodily) return in glory to herald the beginning of His millennial reign on the earth.
  4. The utter universal depravity of human nature in consequence of the fall and the necessity for repentance and regeneration. The resurrection of the body and the judgement of the world by the Lord Jesus Christ. The eternal doom and everlasting conscious punishment of the finally impenitent. The everlasting conscious bliss of all believers.
  5. The justification and sanctification of the believer solely through faith in the finished work of Christ. Redemption from the guilt, penalty and power of sin and the curse of sickness only through the sacrificial death, as our representative and substitute, of Jesus Christ the incarnate Son of God. 
  1. The need for the believer to confess with the mouth the Lord Jesus Christ to confirm salvation. The need to live the Spirit-filled life, a life of separation from the world, perfecting holiness in the fear of God, thus expressing the true Christian faith. The need to be ready for the second coming of the Lord Jesus. The eternal security of the believer but conditional upon obedience and continuing faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The danger and possibility of apostasy and falling from grace.
  2. The person of the Holy Spirit and the necessity of His work in conversion, regeneration and sanctification and also in ministry and worship. The baptism in the Holy Spirit normally accompanied with the initial evidence of speaking with other tongues, to empower the believer for witness to the Lord Jesus Christ and to make membership in the body of Christ effective. The gifts of the Holy Spirit for the edification, exhortation and comfort of the Church which is the Body of Christ, also for evangelisation. The unchanging work of the Holy Spirit and the unchanging ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ as revealed in the New Testament and including healing, miracles and deliverance from evil spirits.
  3. The invisible church consisting of all believers past, present and future, as the Body of Christ and of which He is Head. The one Universal Church is composed of many churches in given localities. These churches are under the sovereign headship of the Lord Jesus Christ exercising autonomous government under Him, administering all its local affairs and ministry. The local gathered church as the visible manifestation of the invisible church and as initially seen where two or three are gathered in His name. The immediate membership of the Body of Christ by each believer at the moment of regeneration and the universal priesthood of all believers.
  4. The worship and government of the local church as patterned in the New Testament. The divine ordination of Elders and their recognition by the church for the work of the ministry. The appointment of Deacons by the church for the care and administration of material things as they affect the household of God. The New Testament ministries of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers as set by the ascended Lord Jesus in His church. The laying on of hands to impart healing of the sick, to impart the Holy Spirit, to impart spiritual gifts, to appoint Elders and Deacons and to send out apostles or missionaries.
  5. The ordinances of Baptism by total immersion for believers as instituted by the Lord Jesus, to be administered in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Baptism as not conveying any regenerating grace. The Lord’s Supper as not being a sacrifice for sin, not involving any change in the substance of the bread and wine. The anointing of the sick with oil by the Elders of the church in the name of the Lord.
  6. The existence of a personal devil who opposes God’s purposes and God’s people through principalities, powers and evil spirits, who was defeated by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and whose final end will be eternal torment in the lake of fire. The existence of angels who minister to believers and who assist the triune God in His plans and purposes.

  1. The physical regathering and spiritual restoration of the Jews in the land of Israel at the end of the age in fulfilment of the Abrahamic covenant and the Old and New Testament prophecies and scriptures. The return of Christ to the earth on the Mount of Olives and the setting up of the Millennial (1,000 year) Kingdom with Jerusalem as capital.