There is one God, who exists eternally in a trinity of three distinct but equal persons: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. God is unchangeable in His holiness, justice, wisdom and love. He is the Almighty Creator, Saviour and Judge who sustains and governs all things according to His sovereign will for His own glory.
- THE BIBLE
God has revealed himself in the Bible, which consists of the Old and New Testaments alone. Every word was inspired by God through human authors, so that the Bible as originally given is in its entirety the Word of God, without error and fully reliable in fact and doctrine. The Bible alone speaks with supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
- THE HUMAN RACE
All men and women, being created in the image of God, have inherent and equal dignity and worth. Their greatest purpose is to obey, worship and love God. As a result of the disobedience of Adam and Eve, every aspect of human nature has been corrupted and all men and women are without spiritual life, guilty sinners and hostile to God. Every person is therefore under the just condemnation of God and needs to be born again, forgiven and reconciled to God in order to know and please Him.
- THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit. He was born of Mary, who was a virgin. He lived a sinless life in obedience to the Father. He taught with the authority given to Him by the Father. On the cross He died in the place of sinners, bearing God’s punishment for their sin, redeeming them by His blood. He rose physically from the dead and ascended into Heaven where He is exalted as Lord of all. He intercedes for His people in the presence of the Father.
Salvation is entirely a work of God’s grace and cannot be earned or deserved. It has been accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ and is freely given to all who believe. God in His love forgives sinners whom He calls, granting them repentance and faith. All who believe in Christ are justified by faith alone, adopted into the family of God and receive eternal life.
- THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit has been sent from Heaven to glorify Christ and to apply His work of salvation. He convicts sinners, imparts spiritual life and gives a true understanding of the Scriptures. He indwells all believers, brings assurance of salvation and produces increasing likeness to Christ. He builds up the Church and empowers its members with spiritual gifts for worship, service and mission.
- THE CHURCH
The universal Church is the body of which Christ is the Head and to which all who are saved belong. It is made visible in local churches, which are congregations of believers who are committed to each other for the worship of God, the preaching of the Word, the administering of Baptism and Communion, for pastoral care and discipline, and for evangelism. The unity of the body of Christ is expressed within and between churches by mutual love, care and encouragement. True fellowship between churches exists only where they are faithful to the Gospel.
- BAPTISM AND COMMUNION
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper have been given to the churches by Christ as visible signs of the gospel.
Baptism is a symbol of union with Christ and entry into His Church but does not impart spiritual life. Baptism is for believers and should be performed by total immersion in water and as a public witness to an individual’s personal salvation. Communion is a commemoration of Christ’s sacrifice offered once for all. The bread and wine are symbols and no change occurs in their substance.
- THE FUTURE
The Lord Jesus Christ will physically return in glory. He will raise the dead and judge the world in righteousness. The unbeliever will be sent to eternal punishment and the righteous will be welcomed into a life of eternal joy in fellowship with God. God will make all things new and will be glorified forever.