Statement of Faith

  1. The Bible

    The original texts of the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are inspired by God (2 Tim. 3:16-17) and thus infallible, completely reliable, and the only authority in all matters of faith and practice.

    (Heb. 1:1-7; Rom. 15:4; Matt. 4:4,7,10; II Pet. 1:19-21; Rev. 22:18-19; I Thess. 2:13; Col. 3:16)

  2. God

    There is but one and only true God who is most wise, most holy, most loving and gracious, and most just in His ways; eternally existent in three Persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit each with distinct personal attributes having identical nature and essence, and entirely sovereign over creation, history, revelation, salvation and final judgment.

    (Deut. 6:4; I Cor.8:4-6; I Thess.1:9; Jer.10:10; Jn.4:24 I Tim.1:17; Acts 17:24; Gal.4:6; Gen.1:1-3; I Jn.5:7; Matt.3:16-17; Matt.28:19).

  3. Jesus Christ

    He is God incarnate (Jn.1: 1), conceived of the Holy Spirit (Matt.1: 18,20), was born of the virgin Mary (Matt. 1:23), lived a sinless human life and performed divine miracles. He died a vicarious, atoning sacrifice by shedding His blood for our sins, destroying the works of Satan. He was raised bodily from the dead, ascended to heaven, continues His mediatorial work, and will personally return in power and glory.

    (Jn.3: 16; Eph.2: 15-19; Gal. 3:14; Gal. 4:4; I Pet.1: 19-20; I Tim.2: 5-6; Heb.5:5-6; Jn.1:14; I Jn.5:20; Rom.1:3-4).

  4. Holy Spirit

    The Holy Spirit was sent by the Father to bear witness to His Son. His power is essential for the regeneration of sinners, and His indwelling presence in all believers is vital for their progressive sanctification and witness.

    At the time a person trusts Christ as Saviour and Lord, he is baptised with the Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ. The Holy Spirit continues to dwell in the believer as he matures in his relationship with the Lord. The Holy Spirit cultivates Christian character, comforts believers and bestows on them spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. These gifts are to be exercised humbly and discreetly for the strengthening of the church and should never be divisive or destructive. All believers are commanded to be filled with the Spirit. The Holy Spirit seals the believer unto eternity.

    (Jn. 4:24; Gen. 1:1-3; I Tim. 1:17; II Cor. 13:14; Jn. 15:26; Gal. 4:6; Eph. 5:18; Eph. 4:3-6; II Cor. 12:3-13; Jn. 14:16-18; II Cor. 5:5; Gal. 5:16,22,25; Eph. 1:13; 4:30; II Thess. 2:13; II Pet. 1:21.)

  5. Man and Salvation

    Created originally in the image of God (Gen. 1:27; 2:7), man became a fallen, lost and sinful being, who can be redeemed and restored to fellowship with God only by grace through faith in Jesus Christ and not by works.

    (Eph. 2:8-10; Rom. 7:5-8, 25; Gal. 5:17; Rom. 2:15; Rom. 3:9, 19; Gal. 3:10; Rom. 3:23; Rom. 6:23.)

  6. The Church

    Through their union with the Head Jesus Christ, all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ are one in His Spirit and belong to His Body, the Church, which is committed to fulfill His Great Commission, by declaring His Gospel, discipling converts in all nations and discharging her social responsibilities for the common good and for His glory.

    (Heb. 12:12; Eph. 1:22-23; Eph. 5:23,27; Eph. 1:10, 22-23, 27,32; Col. 1:18; I Cor. 12:12-13, 28; Eph. 4:11-13.)

  7. Ordinance

    Baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper are the only two ordinances instructed by our Lord Jesus Christ for all believers to partake in testimony and remembrance of Him.

    (Matt. 28:18-20; I Cor. 12:13; Rom. 4:11; Col. 2:11-23; Acts 2:41; I Cor. 11:23-26; I Cor. 10:16,21; I Cor. 12:13; Matt. 26:26-27; Acts 20:7.)

  8. Future

    God, in His own time, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His word, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly again to the earth, the dead will be raised, and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The wicked will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The believers, in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.

    (Acts 17:31; Jn. 5:22,27; I Cor. 5:3; II Pet. 2:4; II Cor. 5:10; Eccl. 12:14; Rom. 2:5,16; Rom. 14:10,12; II Thess. 1:5-7.)

ARTICLE 4        THE CHURCH COVENANT

 

Having been led as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive Jesus Christ as our Saviour and Lord, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptised in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one Body in Christ.

 

We engage therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Saviour and Lord; to strive for the advancement of this church - in knowledge, holiness and truth;

 

To promote its spirituality and prosperity; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines.

 

To contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.

 

We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances;

 

To walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements and exemplary in our deportment.

 

To avoid all tattling, backbiting and excessive anger.

 

To abstain from the sale or use of substances harmful to the physical body.

 

We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love;

 

To remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech;

 

To be slow to take offence, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Saviour to secure them without delay.

 

Moreover, when we are no longer worshipping in this church, we shall as soon as possible, unite with another church to carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.