We believe the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God, the complete record of God’s self-disclosure to mankind. Different people, while they wrote in their own style, were supernaturally inspired by the Holy Spirit to write the words of God, inerrant in the original writings. Therefore, those who are dedicated to studying the biblical text literally, taking into account the style of writing and the social-historical-grammatical context, can understand God’s Word. Scripture is completely trustworthy and our only sufficient and final authority for our entire lives in faith and practice. Although it must be understood and applied on a personal and practical level, its interpretation should be done in community (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
We believe in the one living and true God, eternal (John 17:3), existing in perfect unity with three equal and fully divine Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19-20). Each member of the Godhead, while performing different functions, executes distinct but complementary roles in the history of man’s redemption. All three persons of the Trinity have the same nature, attributes, being, and are equally worthy of the same glory, honor and obedience (John 1:1-4, Acts 5: 3-4).
GOD THE FATHER
We believe that God the Father created all things and as it is written in the book of Genesis, for His glory according to His will (Rev. 4:11), through His Son, Jesus Christ. He upholds all things by the word of His power and grace, showing sovereign leadership, care and grace over all creation. (Colossians 1:17, Hebrews 1:3).
GOD THE SON
We believe that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son, moved by love, according to the will of the Father, took on human flesh (John 1:1, 14, 18). Conceived by the miraculous work of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary. He is fully God and fully man (John 14:8-9), lived a sinless life and shed His blood as a sacrifice, and by His death on the cross has accomplished redemption for all who put their faith in him. He arose from the dead on the third day and ascended into heaven, where he stays at the right hand of the Father. He is now the Head of the Body, the church, the only Savior and mediator between God and man. Jesus Christ will return to the earth in power and glory to fulfill His redemptive mission (1 Timothy 3:16).
GOD THE SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that he does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ in this age. He condemns the world concerning sin, righteousness and judgment. He attracts the unredeemed to repentance and faith, and with salvation gives new spiritual life to the believer (born again), bringing him into union with Christ and Christ’s body, the church. The Holy Spirit baptizes, sanctifies, seals, fills, guides, instructs, gives peace, equips, empowers, and lives in the believer after salvation, and gives spiritual gifts to believers to live and serve Christ. The believer’s duty is to seek the filling of the Spirit and to be careful not to “grieve” the Spirit (Ephesians 4:30) or to “quench” the Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19) by a way of life that continually goes against His will. (John 16:8, 13:15,Titus 3:5, Ephesians 1:22, 4:11-12, Romans 8:9 – 17, 12:4-8, 1 Corinthians 3:16, 12:4-5, 11-13, 19, Galatians 5:25, Hebrews 2:1-4, 2 Corinthians 12:12).
We believe that God created man and woman in Eden, created in His image and likeness, without sin, to glorify God and enjoy His fellowship. Tempted by Satan, man deliberately chose to disobey God, bringing sin, death and condemnation for all mankind. All human beings, therefore, are corrupt sinners by nature and by choice, with depravity affecting the entire man. Alienated from God without defense or excuse, and under God’s just wrath, all mankind has a desperate need of the Savior to receive forgiveness and reconciliation with God, otherwise he is doomed to eternal condemnation (Genesis 3:1-6, Romans 3: 10-19, Romans 1:18, 32).
We believe that Jesus Christ is the prophesied Savior and was prepared by God before the beginning of the world. He lived without sin, but he died for our sins according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3) as atonement for us. Salvation is found in no other than Him, Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12). The death of Jesus Christ on the cross was the single and complete payment for the sins of all mankind, fully satisfying God’s righteous wrath for every person who turns from sin through repentance and faith, and their trust in Christ. At salvation, each person becomes a new creation by the Holy Spirit, being declared righteous before God based on the merits of Christ, and becomes an adopted child of God (Ephesians 1:5). True believers can have assurance of salvation conditioned by their continued perseverance in obedience and love for Jesus Christ with a life desiring to glorify God until the end of their lives (Romans 8:37-39, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Corinthians 12:13 ). A true believer will seek continued growth through a similar life like Jesus Christ (Galatians 4:19), walking away from sin and bringing visible “fruits” in their everyday life (Romans 13:13-14, Galatians 5 :22-24, 1 John 2:6). But if the believer renounces his faith or deliberately lives in sin, renouncing his relationship with God, though no one can judge salvation other than God, the church cannot provide assurance of salvation, but rather warning and pastoral help to return to the path of faith and repentance, to be in relationship with God.
We believe that when a man puts his faith in Jesus Christ as his Savior, the believer is part of the “body” of Christ, the universal Church, whose head is Jesus Christ. Scripture commands believers to gather at a local level in order to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, fellowship, acts of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, giving, serving the local church through the development and use of personal abilities and spiritual gifts, and going out into the world to make disciples (Ephesians 1:22-23, Acts 2:42-46, 1 Corinthians 14:26; Matthew 28:18-20). Whenever God’s people meet with regularity obeying this commandment, it represents the local expression of the church under the careful supervision of a plurality of elders. Church members need to work together in love and unity with the ultimate intent to glorify Christ (Ephesians 4:16). The church was redeemed by Jesus Christ for the unique glory of God (Ephesians 1:12, 14).
BAPTISM AND COMMUNION
We believe that Christian baptism is a public declaration of the believer in Christ who consciously identifies himself with Jesus in His death, burial and resurrection symbolized by the act of entering and then exiting the water. Communion is the remembrance by the faithful of Christ’s death till he comes back and should be preceded by careful self-examination (Acts 2:41, Romans 6:3-6, 1 Corinthians 11:20-29). Communion was instituted by Jesus and was given to His disciples. It is an opportunity to examine ourselves and to fellowship with others in the church who have a living and healthy relationship with the Lord and have publicly confessed their relationship with Him through baptism (Matthew 26 : 26).
We believe that the target, duty and privilege of every believer and the whole community of believers is to glorify God by actively responding to the call of the Great Commission of Jesus Christ to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19-20). We believe that the mission can have a variety of implications and involvement, but we believe that the primary focus and priority of this call is centered based on efforts that strengthen, consolidate and replicate a Bible-based church environment that God created for the integration and growth of those who respond to the gospel. We believe also that the mission of making disciples includes church planting, and that the churches are called to plant churches that plant churches themselves to future generations for the glory of God.
THINGS TO COME
We believe and expect the glorious visible, personal and premillennial return of Jesus Christ. The hope of His return has a vital impact on the personal life, ministry, and mission of the believer (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the unsaved. The saved will be resurrected to eternal joy in a new heaven and a new earth, in the manifested presence of God (Acts 1:3, 9; Hebrews 7:25-26). The unsaved will be resurrected for judgment and experience eternal wrath in hell, the place prepared by God for Satan and his demons.
Scripture makes it clear that the world in which we live has both physical as well as spiritual dimensions. Moreover, the church of Christ seen throughout history is placed between two major spiritual areas – the work and influence of God and the work and the influence of Satan (Matthew 4:8-9, Ephesians 2:2, Revelation 2:13). Christian mission involves turning people from being under the influence of Satan to God (Acts 26:18). The church is aware of Satan’s plans (2 Corinthians 2:11) which involve attacks in various forms to destroy individuals and communities of believers (1 Peter 5:8, John 13:2). We believe that Satan by his forces can take control of or influence people. Believers are called to be aware of the work of the evil one and his forces and in situations where required, to fight according to the methods and means given by God (Ephesians 6:11-12).
GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in the direct and plenary work of the Holy Spirit in the local church. The Holy Spirit is the divine agent who brings and applies salvation to individual’s life (John 14:16-17, 16:7-13), being directly responsible for the growth and maturation of the believer (Romans 8:13, 1 Peter 1:2). At the same time, the Holy Spirit is the divine agent who brings unity and growth in the life of the church (Ephesians 4:3, Philippians 2:1). An evident form through which Holy Spirit works in the church are the gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12, Ephesians 4, 1 Peter 4) received after the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The gifts of the Spirit are received by true believers not according to their liking but by the Spirit and according to His plan for serving others in the church and not the person’s own interests (Romans 8:4-8, 1 Corinthians 12:7,11). We are open to exercising the gifts in the church in a biblical way and with caution in how they are managed to ensure true growth, and not negatively affecting the church.