We believe in the one true holy and living God, creator of the universe; who by His sovereign power continues to sustain His creation and who is infinite in power, wisdom, justice, goodness, mercy and love. We believe the one God reveals Himself as the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each distinct but inseparable, eternally one in essence and power.
(Genesis 1,2, 3:22; Deuteronomy 4:13; Psalm 34:8; 89:14; 90:2; Proverbs 3:13; Isaiah 25:8; 40:10; Jeremiah 10:10,12; Ephesians 4:2,32)
We believe that Jesus Christ is THE SON OF GOD, true God and true man, our Saviour and Lord. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life. He WAS CRUCIFIED, SUFFERED AND DIED ON THE CROSS, as a sacrifice for our sins. On the third day He arose bodily from the dead. He ascended into Heaven, where He intercedes for us. We believe that He will come again in glory.
(Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:20; 24:30; John 1:1,2; 3:16; Acts 1:11; I Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 7:25)
The Holy Spirit
WE BELIEVE THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT, LIKE JESUS CHRIST, IS TRUE GOD. We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to reveal and glorify the Lord, Jesus Christ and during this age to convict men, regenerate the sinner and indwell, guide, instruct and empower the believer for godly living, WITNESSING and service. The Holy Spirit baptizes believers into the body of Christ and gives them spiritual gifts for the common good of the church body AND ENABLES THE PRODUCTION OF THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IN THE BELIEVER’S LIFE.
(John 14:160-18; 16:7-15; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:13,14,26; I Corinthians 12:7-13; Galatians 5:22; Ephesians 5:18; Titus 3:5)
These various “fillings, manifestations, and promptings” occur at various time intervals as illustrated in the Book of Acts:
Acts2:37 – Operative to repentance…pierced to the heart…”What shall we do?”
Acts 10:44-48 – Believers – convicted, converted, and receive spiritual gifts the same day
Acts 14:17, 19:1-7, I Corinthians 12:11 – People who believe and were baptized at one time interval and received the “filling” and manifestations at another interval teaches that the responsibility of dispensing spiritual gifts is upon the discretion of the Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 5:18 – Teaches that it is imperative for a believer to ask and pray to “be filled” with the Holy Spirit throughout one’s life. Believers can be “Spirit-filled” but not manifest various spiritual gifts; however, Scriptures encourage us to desire spiritual gifts, not forbidding their exercise (I Corinthians 14:39).
We believe these guidelines are consistent with the Spiritual Gifts Guidelines adopted by the General Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1972.
The Holy Scripture
We believe that the Holy Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments are the foundation of our faith and are the inspired word of God, unchanging, infallible and inerrant in the original writings. The Bible is the final and absolute authority on all matters on which it addresses. There are no other writings *SIMILARLY inspired by God; and all teaching and doctrine are to be based on what the Bible says and not on what men say.
(*There are other writings inspired by God, but not to the same degree or importance of the Old and New Testaments.
(Joshua 1:8; Psalm 33:4; Mark 13:31; Ephesians 2:20, I Thess. 2:13; II Timothy 3:16 I Peter 1:24,25; II Peter 1:20,21)
We believe that eternal life with God is offered as a free gift, not the result in whole or in part by human works or goodness. We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection, provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and such as receive Jesus are born of the Holy Spirit, and they become children of God. This salvation requires an individual acknowledgment of sin and a recognition that the penalty for that sin was paid for by the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. This act of salvation thereby transfers our trust from ourselves and our own merits or work to a trust in Christ and His substitutionary death as the only means of salvation.
(Exodus 15:2; Psalm 27:1; John 1:12; 3:16; 6:47; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 1:7, 1:8,9; Rev. 7:10)
We believe that the true church is composed of all persons who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the body of Christ, of which He is the head. We believe that only those who are BELIEVERS IN JESUS CHRIST shall be eligible for membership in the local church. We believe that the Lord’s Supper and Water Baptism are sacraments to be observed by the church during this present age.
(Matthew 16:18; 28:19; Luke 22:14-20; I Corinthians 11:23-29; 14:12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 4:11-16; 5:23; Colosians 1:18; Hebrews 10:24,25)