Statement of Faith
What does this church believe?
In this church we believe that the Bible is the Word of God for mankind. We believe it is the ONLY word of God and as such is the single authority for all that we believe and all that we practice in this church. The Bible says of itself in 2 Tim 3:16-17 :
All Scripture is inspired (breathed) by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness that the man of God may be adequate equipped for every good work
We believe that there is One God (Deut 6:4) who is perfect, all powerful and all knowing. We believe He is the creator of all things (Gen 1:1-3, Eph 3:9) and that He is sovereign in creation, providence and redemption (Rom 11:36).
There is only One God made up of three persons - God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The Bible teaches that Jesus who was God in eternity past left heaven and voluntarily submitted Himself to God the Father and became a man (Philippians 2:5-8, Col 2:9). Having God as His Father He was truly God and having Mary as His mother He was truly man (Col 2:9). As such He was and is the mediator between God and man. (1 Tim 2:5)
We believe that the Lord Jesus died on the cross on our behalf so that our sins could be forgiven because He had taken the punishment for our sins through His death (1 Pet 2:24).
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person and not just a force; the Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit can be grieved (Ephesians 4:30), and that He is coequal with God the Father and God the Son (Jesus) (Acts 5:3-4, Matt 28:19, Acts 20:28). We believe the Holy Spirit is at work today on earth convicting men and women of their sin, their need to be right with God and the certainty of judgement if God's offer of forgiveness is ignored (John 16:8)
The Cross of Jesus Christ
We believe that all men are sinful (Rom 3:23), we have all inherited a sinful nature from Adam (Rom 5:12). As such we have offended a Holy God and we have no means by which to save ourselves. The Bible teaches that the ONLY way back to God is through the Lord Jesus (John 14:6). Through His sacrifice on the cross and by the shedding of His blood we can be saved (Titus 2:14). The Bible teaches that salvation is a free gift which anyone can accept by faith (Eph 2:8-9)
Jesus is coming back
The Bible teaches that the Lord Jesus is coming back. Many of the things which are happening in the world today are prophesied in the Bible and would suggest that the Lord's return cannot be too far away. The Bible teaches that there is a terrible time of judgement coming on the world (Matt 24:5-31).
Before this time, known as the Tribulation, comes upon the earth the Bible teaches that Jesus will catch away all true born again believers from the world and save them from this wrath of God (1 Thes 4:13-18 , John 14:1-3)