What We Believe
The Bible - We believe the Bible to be the inspired and only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
God - We believe in the triune Godhead, eternally existent as three persons in one being: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Jesus - We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious death and atonement through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His present priestly ministry, and in His personal return in power and glory.
The Holy Spirit -We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. We believe in the Baptism in the Holy Spirit as on the day of Pentecost and in the continuing ministry of the Holy Spirit as evidenced in charismatic gifts and ministries, and in the fruit of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer.
Man - We believe that God created man and woman in a state of sinless perfection with particular dignity as His image bearers on the earth. We believe that our first parents sinned against God and that everyone since is a sinner by nature and choice. We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost: they that are saved unto the resurrection of eternal life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of eternal punishment. We further believe in the keeping power of God.
The Church -We believe that the universal church is not a religious institution, but is made up of all those who have been justified by faith alone in Jesus Christ, and unified by the Spirit. The local church consists of regenerated believers who gather together regularly for worship, teaching, and celebrating the sacraments of baptism and communion. The local church operates under the leadership of qualified pastors/elders, and exists to glorify God by living Spirit-filled lives, transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Paul speaks of individuals being temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 6:19) and the church being a house in which God lives by his Spirit (Eph 2:22). Laying a foundation of the Spirit in churches was high on the apostles’ agenda, strikingly portrayed by Peter and John in Samaria, (Acts 8:14-17) and Paul in Ephesus (Acts 19:1-17), Galatia (Gal 3:2) and Corinth (1 Cor 12 & 14). We acknowledge the vital role of the Holy Spirit today, believing local churches should enjoy the presence, power, fruit and gifts of God’s Spirit in a way that is attractive and beneficial to both believers and unbelievers. And above all, the Spirit empowers us for mission to our neighborhoods and nations (Acts 1:4-8).
The message of the gospel, namely the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus and the associated benefits to man, is both a moment and a process. The same gospel that saves me in an instant also progressively changes me in every area of life. Believing the gospel delivers me immediately from the penalty of sin and progressively from the power of sin. It is the source for new life and also for new lifestyle. For example, Paul uses the gospel as motivation for generosity (2 Cor 8:8-9), for husbands loving their wives, and wives submitting to their husbands (Eph 5:22-27). This means that the completed work of Jesus should be central across all ministries and in the lives all believers within a church. It means that instead of growing out of the gospel we need to increasingly grow into the gospel (Col 1:5-6, Eph 4:15-16).
We firmly believe and highly honor God’s Grace and God’s Sovereignty. While steering clear of hyper-reformed extremes, we believe that these doctrines capture the essence of God and his dealings with man and lay an axe to anything man-centered. Furthermore, a robust view of God’s grace and His sovereignty produce churches that are simultaneously humble yet confident, worshipful yet hard-working, at peace yet ablaze with faith.