THE BIBLE – God’s Principles for living:
The Bible is God’s living and inspired word to all people. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supernatural source of truth for all Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it contains life-changing principles to empower the person to live the new life God has for His people and is relevant to our daily living.
2 Timothy 3:15-16; 1 Peter 1: 25; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105; Psalm 160; Psalm 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
TRINITY – God is a community of love:
God has existed in relationship with Himself for all eternity. He exists as one substance in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Although each member of the Trinity serves different functions, they each possess equal power and authority.
Genesis 1:1; Genesis 26-28; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 61:1; Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 1:35; John 5:21-23; 14:10, 16; Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:8-10; James 2:19)
THE FATHER – God is greatness and goodness:
God is great: He is all powerful, all knowing, ever present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, holy. It is in Him that we live, move and exist. God is good: He is our Father. He is loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises.
Exodus 3:14; Numbers 23:19; Leviticus 11:44-45; 19:2; Psalm 11:4-6; Malachi 3:6; John 3:16; 4:24; 5:26; 14:1; Acts 17:28; Romans 3:3-4
THE SON – God became man:
Jesus Christ, God in Human form, came from Heaven to earth and modelled for us a sinless and abundant human life, showing us a new way to live as people and offered himself as the unique and perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross to provide a way for people from far off from God to be forgiven. We believe His death is the only way through which we can gain God’s forgiveness. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to bring about the new creation where God’s purposes are fully realised and human longings ultimately fulfilled and to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 3: 16 – 17, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14, 15; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:3, 4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14, 15; Titus 2:13
THE HOLY SPIRIT – God is always present:
God the Holy Spirit, co-equal in dignity, power and honour with the Father and Son is sent to help the followers of Christ live their new life of faith and love. God promises to never leave or abandon us. He gives us His Holy Spirit to assure us of our relationship with Christ. He guides His followers into all truth and gives us power to reflect Jesus in our daily lives and to be a source of life and joy to the world around us. He convicts people of their sin, God’s righteousness, and the coming judgment. He comforts us, gives us spiritual gifts, and makes us more like Christ.
Genesis 1:2; Psalms 51:11; 139:7 ff.; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Mark 1:10; Lk 1:35; 4:1; 11:13; 12:12; John 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; 13:2; Romans 8:9-11, 14-16, 26-27; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2 Peter 1:21; Revelation 22:17
HUMANITY – Gods image bearers:
All people are made in the image of God and are the supreme object of His creation. People were created to be in relationship with God but became separated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, people cannot gain a right relationship with God through their own efforts. Every human personality is uniquely created, possesses dignity, and is worthy of respect and Christian love and whom God wants to be restored to life of purpose.
Genesis 1:26-30; 2:7, 18-22; 3; Psalms 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18, 23; 5:6; 6:6;7:14-25; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19, 21-22; Ephesians 2; Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11
SALVATION – God’s design for Forgiveness:
The death of Jesus Christ on the cross, provides the only way of salvation and is God’s free lavish gift offered to us for the forgiveness of our sins and to allow us to enter the new life God has for us. Salvation happens the moment people accept this gift and place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as a way of being forgiven and accepted into a relationship with God. Salvation is a free gift from God that cannot be earned through our own efforts.
Isaiah 1:18; 53:5-6; 55:7; Matthew 1:21; 27:22-66, 28:1-6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:12; 3:16, 36; 5:24; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 16:30-31;Romans 1:16-18; 3:23-25; 5:8-10; 6; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 2:12-13;Hebrews 9:24-28; Revelation 3:20
CHURCH – God’s design for community:
The Church is a local community of followers of the way of Jesus, unified through our common values, sense of purpose, shared faith and love of Christ. It is committed to the teachings of Jesus and obeying the principles of living the abundant life shown to us through His life and example and it seeks to bring Jesus’ life changing message to the world. The Church works together in love and unity, it’s ultimate purpose being to reflect Jesus in his power, glory and goodness to people.
Matthew 16:18-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-47; 5:11-14; 13:1-3; 14:23; 16:5; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:10-12; 5:22-32; Colossians 1:18; 3:15; 1 Timothy 4:14; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 21:2-3
LIVING – Celebrating our New Life:
We believe that even though we are saved by the gracious gift of God through no effort to earn it, that this new life we have been given, requires that we express our thankfulness and respond to God’s love, declaring it not just with our mouths but in our actions as individuals and also sharing this new life as a church community. We do this by making public acts of faith through both adult believers’ baptism and in regular taking of communion, marks of our new life in Christ.
Baptism by immersion in water symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and is your public declaration that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour and is a celebration that you have entered a new life following Him. Baptism does not save you, but shows the world that you have already been saved. And while baptism is not essential for salvation, it is a biblical command and demonstrates your love and obedience to Christ.
Colossians 2:12; Acts 2:41; Ephesians 2: 8-9; Matthew 28:19-20
Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is a way given to all followers of Jesus Christ to remember His sacrifice for us and to symbolize and celebrate the new life we have entered as a community. The elements of bread and wine or juice are symbols of Christ’s broken body and shed blood. Communion is not a means of salvation. Rather, it is a sign of a believer’s faith in the atoning work of the cross.
Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:19,20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29
To take part in Jesus’ mission, to be agents building the kingdom of God on earth and to see this aided through the planting of new healthy churches and the re-purposing of established churches, so that they can be catalysts of the kingdom of God in the areas where they are. Jesus had a vision to reach the world through mission but also to see the Church as a key part of the Mission of God, seeing followers of Jesus discipled and to be carriers of Christ into the world as part of His mission to redeem all of creation.
Matthew 28:19; Mark 13:10; John 3:16–17; Acts 1: 8; 2 Corinthians 5:18-21; Ephesians 3:10-11; Colossians 1:19–20; Revelations 21