Annotated Church Statement of Faith, Belief, and Doctrine

This statement of faith, belief, and doctrine represents a Conservative, Evangelical, and Trinitarian view consistent with the teachings of Scripture which have, in themselves, stood the test of time and experience, and will stand the test of eternity.

John 17: 1-17

The Scriptures

We believe that the 66 Books of the Bible are the inspired Word of God, that men of God’s choosing were "moved by the Holy Spirit” to record the words of Scripture. The Bible, consisting of both the Old and New Testaments, is therefore, without error in its original text. God has overseen its preservation and the Bible is the sole and final authority in all matters of faith and practical life. The Bible provides encouragement, guidance, comfort and instruction for training in righteousness.

(2 Timothy 3: 16-17; 2 Peter 1: 20-21) 

 

The Godhead -The Trinity

(From the Latin "Trinitas” meaning one in three and three in one)

We believe in one true God (not 3) eternally existing in three distinct personalities (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), each distinguishable and each fully and equally God. Each distinct and discernible personality possesses the entire divine nature and all the attributes, and as such, is totally worthy of our worship and service.

Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; John 1:14; John 10:30; 2 Cor. 13:14)

 

God the Father

We believe that God the Father is the first Personage of the Trinity and is the eternal, unchanging all-powerful, all knowing, all-wise, all-loving, completely just and perfectly holy, sovereign Ruler and Sustainer of the universe. He is the Father of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and the Father of all true believers.

(Gen. 1:1; Eph. 4:6; John 1: 12-13; John 5: 19-21; John 17: 1-5; Isaiah 40: 21-28; Isaiah 46: 8-11; Rom. 8 14-16)

 

God the Son

We believe Jesus Christ is the second Personage of the Trinity and that He is the only begotten eternal Son of God Who became flesh, therefore revealing God to mankind, and by His total obedience to the Father’s will suffered death, to become the Saviour of the lost world. In becoming a man Jesus did not cease in any way to be God. He is fully God and fully man eternally united in one person forever. Jesus was miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit; born of the Virgin Mary; lived a sinless life; died on the cross as the substitutionary, all-sufficient atoning sacrifice for all the sins of all men of all time; was buried; bodily rose from the dead; physically ascended into Heaven in His glorified, resurrected body; is now seated at the right hand of the Father performing His ministry of intercession. He will return in the air to claim His bride, the Church. He will come again to earth in bodily form, personally and visibly, to conclude human history and consummate God’s eternal plan by executing judgement and ushering in His Millennial Kingdom reign to be followed by the eternal state.

(John 1:1,14,18; John 3:16; Luke 1:30-35; Phil. 2:5-8; Col. 2:3-9; Mark 10:45; Acts 2:22-24; John 1:29; Rom. 3:25-26; Heb. 10:5-14; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Peter 3:18; John 20:20; Phil. 3:20-21; Heb. 1:3; Rom. 8:34; 1 John 2:1; Acts 1:11; Heb. 9:28; 1 Thess. 4: 13-18; 2 Thess. 2:7; Matt. 24:44; Rev. 19:11-21; Rev. 21-22)

 

God the Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is the third Personage of the Trinity, who not only hovered over the void of the deep in the creation of the earth, He specifically came into world on the Day of Pentecost to glorify Christ by enabling men and women, boys and girls, to see their need and receive the salvation wrought by Christ. He is the primary agent for the conviction of sin and for regeneration. Along with an individual’s salvation, the Holy Spirit creates new life and baptizes them into the Body of Christ (His Church). The Holy Spirit permanently indwells the true believers, and securely seals them unto the day of redemption. The Holy Spirit fills the believers who freely yield to Him and He enables believers to bear fruit, empowering them to live a life free from sin’s dominance. We believe that the Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to believers in relationship with Him, for the purpose of edifying the church in accordance with the full teachings of Scripture.

(Genesis 1:1; Acts 2; 1 Cor. 13:8; 1 Cor. 14:22; John 16:7-8; 1 Cor. 6:19; 1 Cor. 12:13; 2 Cor. 5:17; Eph. 1:13-14; Eph. 4:30; Gal. 5:16-17; Gal. 5:22-23; Rom. 8:5-13; 1 Peter 4:10-11; Rom. 12:3-8) 

 

Man

We believe that man was created in the image of God by a direct act of God and did not come into being as the result of evolutionary means. Man was created to glorify God, worship and serve Him, and to a close and intimate relationship and eternal fellowship with Him. We believe man fell from his privileged position with God through falling into a sinful state by disobeying God, thus incurring both physical and spiritual death, and alienation from God. Man’s nature was thus corrupted and he is utterly lost; a condition known as "dead in trespass and sin” and is therefore totally incapable of saving himself from sin’s consequences and returning to being in a right relationship with God by his own merit or effort.

(Gen. 1:26; Gen. 2:6,17; Gen. 3:17-24; Isaiah 59:1-2; Rom. 3: 9-19, 23; Rom. 5:8; Luke 18:26-27; Eph. 2:13)

 

Marriage and Society

We believe marriage, to be consistent with the will of God, is a covenant relationship between one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others and that the restored intimate covenant relationship God desires to have with mankind, is symbolized no better than in the relationship between one man and one woman and called "A Marriage.” It was sanctioned by the Lord Jesus’ appearance and participation at the wedding feast at Cana in Galilee, and with the words "And the two shall become one.” We believe wholeheartedly that this is the relationship, created and sanctioned by God, whereby society should grow and be maintained.

(Gen. 2:24; Matt. 19:5; John 2:1-11)

 

Satan

We believe that Satan is the personification of evil, a spiritual being and instigator of all evil. He is a fallen angel who, under the sovereign permission of God, has been given temporary rule of the fallen earth. He was fully defeated at the cross. The full execution of his coming judgement has been postponed by God until the time when his sentence will be carried out and he will be cast into "the eternal lake of fire." In the meantime, he is the deceiver of the world, seeking to establish his counterfeit kingdom on earth to discredit and blaspheme God. With stealth he pursues believers, to tempt, accuse, attack and destroy. He can be resisted by exercising faith and trusting in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit.

(Gen. 3: 1-5; Isaiah 14: 12-17; Ezekiel 28:11-19; Job 1:2; 1 John 5:19; 1 John 5:19; 2 Cor. 11:14; 1 Timothy 3:6;1 Pet. 5:8-9; James 4:7; Rev. 12:9; Rev. 20:1-3; Rev. 20: 7-10)

 

 

Salvation

 

 

    

We believe that the obedient sacrifice and the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, on the cross provide the single foundation for forgiveness of sins and salvation; the free gift of God by grace through faith. Salvation is perfected by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit and therefore cannot be secured by man’s attempted works or attempts to gain merit. Salvation is only credited to a person’s life after he has placed his faith in the full and finished work of Jesus Christ. Repentance involves a conscious awareness of a sinful condition (conviction) and a decision by faith to distinctly turn away from sin and towards God. "The Gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” and those who receive Jesus Christ by faith are born-again, have their sins forgiven, become children of God, are a new creation in Christ, and "are sealed by the Holy Spirit unto the day of redemption” being kept by the power of God.

(Eph. 1:7, 13-14; John 1:12-13; John 1:29; John 3:1-7; John 3:16-17; 2 Cor. 5:17; Rom. 1:16; Rom. 10:9-10; Eph. 2:8-10; Rom. 8:14-17; Rom. 8:31-39; John 10:27-29; Rom. 14:6; Acts 26:20; 1 Peter 1:3-5)

 

The Church and its Ordinances

        

We believe that the church is the Body of Christ on earth, and of which Jesus Christ is the Head and consists of those who have truly received Christ Jesus by grace through faith. The local church is an autonomous, tangible expression of the Body of Christ in a particular location of God’s choosing. Since all members of the worldwide Body of Christ, are united in Christ by the same Spirit. "One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one Lord God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” prevails. As a consequence, they should live in love, harmony, unity, and be accepting of those whose practices, though they may differ from ours, are still based on a sincere interpretation of the Bible, and not constituting heresy. The purpose of the church is to make known to the lost people of the world, make disciples, and glorify God in the process. The Ordinances of the Church, given directly by word and deed from Jesus Himself, are the acts of Baptism and the Lord's Supper. Baptism is an act of obedience as we respond to God's action in our lives, (an outward sign of an inner grace). Our baptism identifies us with the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Through being fully immersed we identify ourselves with Jesus’ own baptism and with the effect of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit; its total effect and cleansing from unrighteousness and sin, along with the empowerment to rise to newness of life. The memorial feast of the Lord's Supper consists of the bread and the cup, symbolic of Jesus’ Body given over to the punishment our sins deserve, and Christ’s shed Blood that speaks of His sacrifice and payment in full for all sin.

(Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 12:12-27; Eph. 1:20-23; Eph. 4:1-6; Eph. 4:12-16; Matt. 28:18-20; John 17; Col. 1:24-29;Matt. 4:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Acts 2:28; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Cor. 11:23-29)

 

 

The Life called "Christian"

We believe that every born-again child of God, Christian, should live for the glory of Jesus Christ and not for themselves, and should, by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, allow Christ to manifest His own life through the believer’s life, to the glory of God. By dedicated obedience to the Word of God, each believer should strive to grow in personal Christian maturity, by becoming more and more like Jesus Himself.

In the power of the Holy Spirit, each believer is empowered and enabled to live a life freed from the lusts of selfishness; but to exercise their spiritual giftedness, and therefore, allowing the Lord Jesus, by the Holy Spirit, to build up the Body of Christ on earth.

A responsibility of rising to newness of life, is to live by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, by living out the authoritative command with which Jesus has commissioned His church, as His witnesses, being personally involved through works of faith; to go into the entire world, preaching and teaching the Good News of the Gospel message, allowing the Holy Spirit to work in them and through them to create more of the same through the New Birth experience.

(Gal. 2:20; 1 Pet. 1:15-16; 1 Pet. 2:11; 2 Cor. 5:14-15; Rom. 6:11-13; Eph. 2:10; Eph. 4:11-12; Eph. 4:22-24; 1 Pet. 4:10-11; Acts 1:8; Matt. 28:18-20; Col. 1-10; John 15:8, 16). Rom. 13:1-7

 

Church and State

Recognizing the unpractical nature of "entire and complete" separation of Church and State, we believe that in accordance with His sovereign will, God allows or influences the instillation of our Governments (Local, Provincial, and National), for the purpose of making and administrating civil law and justice. We are to pray for His ongoing influence over them. Neither should have controlling influence over the other and there should be no alliance between the two.

We are resolved to obey the laws of Government unless they require disobedience to God's written Law. We believe in practicing our Christian citizenship without engaging in partisan politics or political activities that are: not ethical, not Biblical, or unwise, and we reserve the right to voice our opposition on matters that are clearly wrong and in serious conflict with the sovereign will of God.

Rom. 13: 1-7