Articles of Faith

Articles of Faith

The Scriptures

We believe the Holy Bible to be that collection of sixty-six books from Genesis to Revelation which, as originally written, was objectively the very Word of God1; that it was written by men supernaturally moved; that it is verbally and plenarily inspired2; that it is truth without any admixture of error3; and therefore is and shall remain to the end of the age, the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to men4; the true centre of Christian union and supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and opinions should be tried5.

11 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:19-21; II Samuel 23:1-2; 3 John 17:17; Psalm 119:160; 4Hebrews 1:1,2; Psalm 119:89; 5 John 12:48; Isaiah 8:20

The Trinity

1. We believe that there is one, and only one, living, eternal and true God1 and infinite intelligent Spirit, the Creator and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and earth2, inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honour, faith and love3; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit4, equal in every divine perfection, executing distinct and harmonious office in the work of redemption5.

1 Deuteronomy 6:4; Jeremiah 10:10; 1 Timothy 1:17; 2 Psalm 137:5; John 4:24; Hebrews 1:2; Revelation 19-6; 3Exudos 15:1:1; Hebrews 1:3; Revelation 4:11; 4 Matthew 28:19; Ephesians 4:4-6; 5John 15:26; Ephesians 1:13-14

2. We believe that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God1; that He is truly and eternally God, equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit2; that for our redemption He took upon Himself the nature of unfallen man3; that He was conceived by the Holy Spirit in a unique and miraculous manner, and was born of Mary, a virgin4; that in the one Person of Christ there are two natures, the Divine and the human, each distinct, and indissolubly united5; that being tempted in the flesh He lived a sinless life6; that He was crucified under Pontius Pilate7; for the sins of the world8, that on the third day He arose bodily from the tomb and manifested Himself for forty days to His disciples9; that in His glorified body He ascended to the Father10, that as High Priest He ever lives to make intercession for His own11; that according to His promise He will come again in person, visible, with power and great glory12.

1 John 1:18; 2John 1:1; 10:30 II Corinthians 13:14; 3Romans 8:3; 4Luke 1:35; Matthew 1:18-25; 5Philipians 2:6-8; 6 Hebrews 4:15; 7 John 19:13-16: 8 John 3:16-17; 9 Matthew 28:6; John 20:27; Acts 1:3; 10 Acts 1:8; Philippians 3:20,21; 11 Hebrews 7:25; 12 Acts 1:11; Hebrews 9:28; Revelation 1:7; Titus 2:13,14: Matthew 24:30; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

3. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature1, that He was active in creation2: that He convicts of sin, of righteousness and of judgement3; that He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony4; that He is an agent of regeneration5: that He dwells in every believer from the moment of his conversiori6; that every believer is baptized into Christ by the Holy Spirit7; that he fills the believer as control is yielded to Christ8; that the evidence of the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit is the fruit of the Holy Spirit in the Iife9.

1Acts 5:3,4; Ephesians4:4-6; 2Genesis 1:1-3; 3John 16:8-11; 4 Acts 5:32; 5 Titus 3:5; John 3:3-6; 6 Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 3:16; 7 I Corinthians 12:13; 8 Ephesians5:18; 9 Romans 8:1-8; Galatians 5:22-23.

Satan

We believe that Satan is the malignant prince of the power of the air, and the unholy god of this world1; that he is man’s great tempter, the enemy of God and Christ, the accuser of the saints2; that he is the author of all false religions, the inspirer of all apostasy, and the chief of all the powers of darkness3; that he with his principalities is overcome by the appropriation of Christ’s victory on Calvary4; that he along with his hosts is destined to final defeat at the hands of God’s Son, and to suffer eternal punishment in a place prepared for him and his angels5.

1 Ephesians 2:2; II Corinthians 4:4;2 Genesis 3:1-15; Zechariah 3:1-2; I Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:1-9; 3II Corinthians 11:13-15: I John 3:8; Ephesians 6:12; 4 I John 3:8; Colossians 2:15; Luke 10:17-19: 5 Revelation 19:11-16; 20; Revelation 20:10; Matthew 25:41.

The Creation

We believe in the Genesis account of creation, and that it is to be accepted literally, and not allegorically or figuratively1: that man was created directly in God’s own image and after His own likeness2; that man’s creation was not by evolution of change of species or development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms3; that all animal life and vegetable life were effected by special creation, and God’s established law was that they should bring forth only “after their kind”4.

1 Genesis 1:1; 2:4; Hebrews 11:13; Acts 17:24-26: 2 Genesis 1:26-27; 3 Genesis 2:7; Genesis 2:21-23; 4 Genesis 1:11,12,21,24,25.

The Fall of Man

We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Creator, but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state1; in consequence of which all men are now sinful, and all are sinners not only by constraint but of choice2; and therefore under just condemnation without defence or excuse3; that man in his fallen state is in a condition of total depravity by which is meant his utter incapacity to receive the things of the Spirit of God apart from the quickening grace of the Holy Spirit.

1 Genesis 3:1-6,24; Romans 5:12,19; 2 Romans 3:10-23; Ephesians 2:1-3; Isaiah 53:6; 3 Romans1:20,28,32; Galatians 3:22; 4 Romans 3:10; Romans 8:7; I Corinthians 2:14; John 6:44.

Salvation

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace1; that it is through the mediatorial office of the Son of god, Who by the appointment of the Father2; freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, honoured the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and expiatory atonement for our sins3; that His atonement consisted in the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, bearing the penalty of God’s Holy Law shedding His precious blood4; the Just dying for the unjust, Christ the Lord, bearing our sin’s in his own body on the tree5; that having risen bodily from the dead, He is now enthroned in Heaven, and is in every way qualified to be a suitable, compassionate and all-sufficient Saviour6.

1 Ephesians 2:8,9; Acts 13:38,39; Acts 15:11; Romans 3:24; 2 John 3:16; I Timothy 2:5,6; 3 II Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:13; Hebrews 2:14; Romans 3:25; 4 I Peter 2:24; John 10:17-18,9; 5 I Peter 3:18; Isaiah 53:5-7; 6 Hebrews 10:12-22; I John 2:2; Hebrews 7:25,26.

Election

We believe that election is the eternal act of God’s sovereign grace by which he chooses, calls, justifies and glorifies sinners1; that it is effectuated by the Holy Spirit through God’s Word in drawing sinners to Christ so that their wills are freely brought into compliance with God’s elective purpose2; that it excludes all human boasting3; that it is demonstrated in believer’s by their personal faith in Christ, their love to god and their desire for holiness4; that it is the ground for the believer’s assurance and promotes humility and service5.

1Romans 8:28-30; Romans 9:16; Romans 11:5; 2 John 6:37,44; Acts 13:48; I Peter1:2; 3 Ephesians 2:8,9; Romans 3:24-27; 4 Ephesians 1:4; Colossians 3:12; I Thessalonians 1:3-7; 5 II Peter 1:5-11; Romans 11:27-36; Romans 8:33.

The New Birth

We believe that in order to be saved, a sinner must be born again through personal faith in Jesus Christ1; that the new birth is a new creation; that it is instantaneous and not a process2; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life as the gift of God3; that such is kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation and shall never perish4; that the new birth is brought about in a miraculous manner above man’s comprehension wholly and solely by the grace of God through the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth5; that its proper evidence appears in the fruits of repentance, faith, and newness of life6.

1 John 3:3,5,7; John 1:12; 2II Corinthians 5:17; II Corinthians 4:6; John 5:24; 3 Ephesians 2:1; II Peter 1:4; Romans 6:23; 4 I Peter 1:5; John 10:28-30; John 3:7; 5 John 1:12-13; I Peter 1:23; 6II Corinthians 7:1; Ephesians 2:12; Titus 2:11,12; Ephesians 4:22-23

Justification

We believe that Justification is the great blessing by which God accepts, accounts and declares man as righteous1; that it includes pardon from the guilt and condemnation of all his sin, the gift or eternal life on principles of divine righteousness2; that it is bestowed by grace through faith solely upon the grounds of Christ’s perfect life, and expiatory death whereby the righteousness of Christ is imputed to the believing sinner3.

1Romans 3:24-28; Ephesians 1:6; 2 Romans 5:1; Acts 13:38; Romans 1:17; 3 Philippians 3:9; Romans 4:4,5; II Corinthians 5:21.

Sanctification

We believe that sanctification is primarily the believer’s position in Christ by the grace of the New Testament sealed to the believer by the blood of the everlasting covenant whereby he is set apart unto God as the recipient of all heavenly perfections1; that it is also a process by which the believer sets himself apart from sin to God in the gradual attaining of moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in his heart and in obedience to the Word of God2; that it will culminate in the glorious and eternal state of entire sanctification at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ3.

1 I Corinthians 1:30; Hebrews 10:10,14; Hebrews 9:14,15; 2 John 17:17-19; II Timothy 2:21,22; Hebrews 13:12,13; II Corinthians 3:18; I Thessalonians 4:3,4; 3 Ephesians 5:26; I Thessalonians 5:23,24; Philippians 3:20,21; I John 3:1-3.

The Local Church

We believe that the local church is a congregation of baptized believers organized according to the New Testament pattern, associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel, and observing the ordinances of Christ: governed by His laws, and exercising the rights and privileges invested in it by His Word1: that its officers and pastors (or elders or bishops) and deacons, whose qualifications and duties are clearly defined in Scriptures2; that the true mission of the church is found in our Lord’s commission, namely to evangelize, to baptize, and to teach believers to observe all that the Lord commanded3; that the church has absolute right of self-government free from any outside interference, and that the one and only superintendent is Christ, acting through the Holy Spirit in harmony with the Word of God4; that in all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipleship or benevolence, the will of the church is final5; that it is Scriptural for true churches to co-operate with each other in the furtherance of the Gospel and in contending for the faith, and that each church is the sole and only judge of the measure and method of its co-operation6.

1 Acts 2:41,42; I Corinthians 11:2,23-26; Acts 1:1-2; Ephesians 4:11-16; 2 Acts 20:17,28; I Timothy 3:1-13; Philippians 1:1; 3 Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 4 Matthew 18:15-17; Acts 15:22,25,28; Revelation 1:12-20; 5 Matthew 18:15-17; Acts 5:1-11; II Corinthians 8:1-7; 6 Acts 15:22-31; II Corinthians 8:23,24.

Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer into the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit1; that it is the direct command of Christ2; that it shows forth the believer’s union with the crucified, buried and risen Christ, and his death to sin and resurrection to a new life3; that it is a condition of church membership, and according to the Scriptural order, baptism should precede the observance of the Lord’s Supper in which members of the church by use of bread and wine after solemn self-examination are to commemorate together the death of Christ4.

1 Mark 1:5,9; Romans 6:4,5; Matthew 28:19; 2 Mark 16:15; Matthew 3:15,16; 3 Romans 6:3,4; Colossians 2:12; 4 Acts 2:41,42; Matthew 28:19,20; I Corinthians 11:23-28.

Civil Government

We believe that civil government is divinely appointed for the interest and good order of society2; that the individual should fulfill faithfully his responsibilities as a good citizen2; that magistrates should be conscientiously honoured and obeyed, except in things opposed to the revealed will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience3; that the church should remain distinct and separate from the state, and that there should be no intrusion of the one into the affairs of the other4.

1 Romans 13:1:7; 2 Titus 3:13; 3 I Peter 2:13,14,17; I Timothy 2:1-2; Acts 5:29; James 4:12; 4 Acts 5:29; Matthew 22:21.

Heaven and Hell

We believe that there is an essential difference in the nature, belief and practice of the righteous and the wicked1; that those who through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and set apart by the Spirit of God, are truly righteous in God’s esteem, and those who continue in impenitence and unbelief are wicked in His sight and under the curse2 that this distinction holds even after death; that the righteous depart to be with Christ, and are in a state of conscious blessedness awaiting the resurrection of the just and the receiving of their glorified bodies3 that the wicked depart to Hades where they are in a conscious torment until the final resurrection and judgement4; at which time the righteous enter into everlasting felicity in Heaven and the wicked into everlasting conscious suffering in Hell5.

1 Malachi 3:18; Romans 6:6,8,18; I Peter 4:18; 2 Romans 1:17; Acts 10:34-35; I John 2:29; John 3:18,36; 3 II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:21-23; Matthew 7:14; 4 Luke 16:19-31; 5 Matthew 25:46; Revelation 20:15; II Thessalonians 1:8,9; Revelation 22:3-5.

The Permanence of Marriage

We believe that the institution of marriage is a sacred covenant designed by God to model the love of Christ for His people and to serve both the public and private good as the basic building block of human civilization. Marriage is ordained by God to be thriving, lifelong relationship between a man and a woman enduring through trials, sickness, financial crises and emotional stresses. Therefore, Christians are called to defend and protect God’s marriage design and to minister in Christ’s name to those who suffer the consequences of its brokenness. Jesus said, “Haven’t you read… that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”

Matthew 19:4-6