"Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks." (1 Peter 3:15)
The Bible is the only inspired Word of God and is profitable for teaching, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness. Therefore, Scripture supplies everything the believer needs to be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
There is one true God, existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. All three are one God, and this God is love. God is holy, omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent. He is to be worshiped because he is the creator and sustainer of all things seen and unseen.
The Father is the initiator of all of God’s plans in accordance with his own character, which is both loving and just. He is the Father of all creation, the Father of the eternal Son, and the Father of all those who believe in the Son for the salvation of their souls.
Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of the Father. He was born into this world of a virgin and was God Himself taking on flesh, becoming fully God and fully man. After living a perfectly sinless life, Jesus then died on the cross for our sins. He took our punishment and paid for our sins with his own blood so that we might freely receive forgiveness by believing and trusting in him. Following his death, Jesus was buried and rose again the third day, after which he was seen by all of the apostles and by more than 500 other people in order to prove the truth of his resurrection. Finally, Jesus ascended to the Father from where he will return to this earth in bodily form to complete God's plan for the ages.
The Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with the Father and the Son, and of the same substance and nature. He bears witness in this world to truth, and he convicts people of sin, righteousness and judgement. He is also the agent of the new birth and seals, indwells, sanctifies, guides, teaches and helps every true child of God.
Satan was created by God as a beautiful spiritual being and chief of angels. However, Satan was not satisfied with his mission and desired to be like the Most High God. This battle against God led to Satan's fall and made him the spiritual adversary of both God and man. His destiny is everlasting torment in a lake of fire, which was created for him and the angels that followed his lead.
Humanity came into existence by direct creation of God and is uniquely made in his image and likeness. Because of Adam's disobedience (Adam was the first person God created), sin and death entered the world and all human beings now sin by nature and by choice, falling far short of God's perfect standard. Because if this, all of humanity in its natural state is alienated from God and under his wrath. Only through Christ's death on the cross can they be reconciled to God and saved from eternal destruction.
Sin and Salvation: The wages of sin are death and eternal separation from God in the lake of fire, which was originally created for the devil and his angels. But ... God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son to die for sinners so that all who believe in him might be saved. Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus also commanded that water baptism should follow a person's profession of faith. Whoever truly believes in Jesus will be saved and spend eternity with him in heaven. But whoever rejects Jesus Christ here on earth will be lost and will spend eternity with Satan and his angels in hell.
The Churchis Christ's body on earth. It is not a building made from bricks and mortar but a living entity made up of living stones, consisting of all those who have trusted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour (God knows who they are). This one, true, universal church consists of all genuine believers and comprises many local congregations in various localities, each exercising autonomous government under the direct headship of Jesus Christ. These local congregations are called to doctrinal unity, Christian love and encouragement of one another across ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic and denominational boundaries. The development of denominations is not a biblical concept although seemingly unavoidable. Believers are not to follow men but Christ because he alone is the head of his church.
Individual Christians: Jesus determined to extend his love to human beings through those who live for him. Therefore Christians are to love others as Christ loved the church. They are also to confess their faults to one another and to exercise mutual support. They are to esteem others more highly than themselves and treat their fellow believers as though they were dealing with the Lord Himself. God's children are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that they should walk in them. Their desire should be to make every day count for their Lord, expressing his love by serving others.
What you have just read is an ordered summary of our faith. If you would like to read the exact wording as it is printed in our Constitution, please ask one of the Elders.