Statement of Faith and Practices

The Church subscribes to and upholds the following Doctrines and Practices of the Christian faith in accordance with the Scriptures:

1.1.    Doctrines

1.1.1.  Concerning the Bible

The divine inspiration and complete reliability of the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, as originally given and their supreme authority in all matters of faith and practice. (John 10:35; 16:13-15; 2 Tim 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 3:15,16)

1.1.2.  Concerning God

The unity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in the eternal Godhead with the distinction of persons in that unity. Gen 1:1,2;  Deut 6:4;  Matt 28:19;  John1:1,2,14,18; John 14:16,17;  Acts 5:3,4;  2Cor 13:14)

The SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD in creation, revelation, redemption and final judgement. (Gen 1 and 2;  Psalm 8;  Daniel 2:20-22;  Acts 17:24-31;  Rom 9:16,18;  10:12,13; 11;29-36;  1 Cor 1:21-31)

1.1.3.  Concerning Jesus Christ

The incarnation by means of the virgin birth of the Son of God and the unique combination of the divine and human natures in the sinless Person of Jesus Christ. (John 1: 1,14;  Matt 1;20-25;   Luke 1:35;  Gal 4:4;  Col 2:9  1 Tim 2:5,6; 
Heb 1:1-13; 2:14-18;  4:15;  1 Peter 2:22;  1 John 3:4)

The sacrificial death, as our Representative and Substitute, of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Matt 20:28;  John 1:29;  Romans 3:25; 2 Cor 5:14,15;  19-21;  Heb 9:14,22; 10:12; 1John 2:2)

His triumphant bodily resurrection from the dead. (Matt 28; Luke 24; John 20 and 21: Acts  2:24-32;  1 Cor 15:3-8,20)

His ascension and exaltation at God's right hand, and intercession as Great High Priest for His people. (Acts 1:9; 5:31;  Eph 1:20-23;  Heb 4:14,15: 12:2)

His personal return to receive His people, judge the world, and establish His everlasting kingdom. (John 14:3; 1 Thess 4:15-17; 2 Thess 1:7-10; Isaiah 9:6,7;  Luke 1:32,33; Rev 21 and 22)

1.1.4.  Concerning the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is a Divine Person who indwells, guides, teaches, empowers the believer and convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgement.

1.1.5.  Concerning Man

His original creation in the image and for the glory of God (Gen 1:26,27; Psalm100:3; Isaiah 43:7)

The universal sinfulness, guilt and lost condition of all mankind since the Fall making everyone subject to God's wrath and judgement.
(Gen 3; Romans 3:9-23; 5:12-14; 6:23)

The formation of a new redeemed humanity, foreshadowed in Israel and being fulfilled in and through the universal Church of Christ to which all true believers belong. (Romans 8:28-30,  2 Cor 5:17-19;  Eph 2 and 3; 4:11-24;  Titus 2:14; 
1 Peter 2:9,10)

1.1.6.  Concerning Salvation

The necessity of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in the work of regeneration and sanctification. (John 3:5-8; 16:8-11:  Titus 3:4-7:  1 Thess 4:3,7,8; 2 Thess 2:13)

The justification of the sinner solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ. (Romans 3:21-23; Gal 2:16;  Eph 2:4-9)

The evidence of the new birth and spiritual life by growth in grace, in knowledge, in holiness and in good works. (Eph 2:10;  2 Tim 2:19;  Titus 3:8;  Heb 12:10-14;  James 2:17,18;  1 Peter 1:14-23)

The eternal security of all true believers in Christ. (John 6:37,47:  10:27-29; Romans 8:28-30;  1 John 5:5, 9-13)

The final resurrection and redemption of the saved to eternal blessedness and the resurrection of the lost to judgement and eternal separation from God. (John 5:27-29; Romans 14:9,10;  1 Cor 15:51-57;  2 Cor 5:1-10;  Phil 3:20,21;  Daniel 12:2;  Rev 20:11-15)

1.2.    Practices

1.2.1.  Concerning Baptism

The observance of the Baptism of believers, normally by immersion, on personal confession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
(Matt 28:19,20;  Acts 2:38;  8:35-38;  10:44-48)

1.2.2.  Concerning the Lord’s Supper

The remembrance of the Lord's death in the Breaking of Bread on Sundays and at other times as may arranged, and the welcoming to the Lord's Supper normally of all baptised believers whose conduct is in harmony with their confession of faith.
 (Luke 22:14-19;  Acts 2:42,46;  20:7;  Rom 14:1-9; 15:7;  1 Cor 5:6-8;  11:23-29)

1.2.3.  Concerning Fellowship and Discipleship

The provision of opportunities for fellowship, prayer and instruction of believers, and for the exercise of spiritual gifts for edification, subject to the Lordship of Christ.
(Romans 12:6-8;  1 Cor 12,13,14;  Eph 4:1-16;  Heb 10:23-25;  1 Peter 4:7-11)

1.2.4.  Concerning Evangelism and Mission

The proclamation of the Gospel of Christ in the immediate neighbourhood and nation as well as in the regions beyond the local Church, both as individual and collective witnesses.
(Matt 28:18-20;  Mark 16:15;  Luke 24:44-48;  Acts 1:8  1 Peter 2:9; 3:15)

1.2.5.  Concerning Stewardship

The encouragement of every believer to realise his responsibility and privilege to contribute (according to his gifts, talents and resources) to the work of God and the extension of His Kingdom. (Romans 12:1-13;  1 Cor 6:19-20;  16:1,2;  2 Cor 8,9)

1.2.6.  Concerning Leadership

Recognition of the authority of and respect for Church leaders, particularly the Pastors, Elders and Deacons, and the recognition of male leadership in that only men may be elected to the positions of Pastor and Elder in the Church.
(1 Thess 5:12,13;  Heb 13:17; 1 Tim 2:12, 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9)