We are a local church, a house for His presence, a family on a mission. We are not the sole authority for kingdom matters, but are a part of a long line of Orthodoxy that we need to study, appreciate and learn from. Our understanding of scripture is increased by the historic creeds of the faith and the lives and records of the early church fathers and those that have been faithful in every generation. Below are some of the basic tenets of faith that we adhere to:
The one true God who lives eternally in three persons—the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Deut. 6:4; Gen. 1:1; Isa. 40:28; John 1:3; 4:24; Col.1:16
The love, grace and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world.
Gen. 1:2; 2:7; Psalm 103:1-22, 104:30; Job 34:14‑15
The divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of God—fully trustworthy for faith and conduct.
2 Peter 1:21; Mat. 5:18; 2 Tim. 3:16; Titus 1:2; 1 Thess. 2:13; Jer. 1:9; Prov. 30:56; 2 Sam. 23:2; Mark 12:30; Acts 4:25; Rev. 22:18-19
The dignity of all people, made male and female in God’s image to love, be holy and care for creation, yet corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgement.
Gen. 1:26; 2:7,16-17; Matt. 19:4; Col. 1:16; 1 Tim. 2:13‑14; Gen. 3:1-24; Eph. 2:3; Psalm 58:3; Jer. 17:9; Rom. 3:10-23; Isa. 64:6
The incarnation of God’s eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ—born of the virgin Mary; truly divine and truly human, yet without sin.
Isa. 9:6; Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-37; John 1:1-14; Rev. 19:13; 1 Tim. 3:16; 1 John 5:7; Isa. 7:14
The atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, so reconciling us with God.
Rom 6:23; 2:23-25; 8:34; 1 John 3:4; Isa. 53:4-8,10; Eze. 18:20; Lev. 17:11; Heb 7:25; 9,11-28; 10:1-18; 1 Pet. 1:18-19; 2:24; 1 Cor. 15:38; Luke 24:51; Acts 1:10‑11; Col. 1:27; 2 Cor. 13:5
The bodily resurrection of Christ, the first fruits of our resurrection; his ascension to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only Savior of the world.
Matt. 28:1-10; John 20:1-9; Acts 1:1-10; 1 Cor. 15
The justification of sinners solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ.
Rom. 3:21-31; 4; 5:1-5
The ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness.
John 3:5; 6:44; 14:16-17, 26; 15:26; 16:6-11; Acts 1:8; 5:34; 1 Cor. 2:11 14; 12:13; Rom. 6:9-11s, 8:1-39; 1 John 5:7
The Church, the body of Christ both local and universal, the priesthood of all believers—given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit’s gifts to worship God and proclaim the gospel, promoting justice and love.
Eph. 3:10-11; 4:11-13; Rom. 12:3-8; John 12:44; Luke 10:16; Matt. 5:13-14; Mark 16:20; 2 Tim. 2:12; 2 Peter 2:1-3
The personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to fulfill the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgment, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heaven and new earth.
1 Thess. 4:13-18; John 14:1-3; Zech 14:1-9; Acts 1:10‑11; Luke 11:39; Rev. 20:6; 1 Cor. 15:51-2
We believe that the life of God comes to us through the Holy Spirit. We want to experience God’s manifest presence as we worship and pray in the Holy Spirit. We see the Holy Spirit’s ministry and gifts in the life of the believer and the church as a key to holiness, fruitfulness and effective mission, as every member is thoroughly filled with the Spirit, walks in step with the Spirit, and flows in the anointing and ministry of the Spirit.
John 1:33; 4:23-4; 7:37-39; Eph. 5:18-20; Gal. 5:16-26; Rom. 8:5-17
We believe that God plans to change the world through His church, the Body of Christ. We therefore want to see relationship at the heart of how we are called to build together; celebration of believers’ baptism and breaking of bread at the center of our fellowship, the release of ‘every-member ministry’, Ephesians 4 ministries as keys to God’s mission; and church-planting as a call of God in expanding His kingdom.
Eph. 3:1-10; 4:1-16; Phi. 2:12‑16; Rom. 6:3-5; 1 Cor. 11:17-34; 12
Christ’s primary call on our lives is to be a people who are centered on Him and seeking His Kingdom. We therefore are determined to seek God’s Kingdom 24/7, in our families, at work, in leisure, and in the family of the church. We want to keep being transformed to be like the King. We want to preach, live and demonstrate the gospel of the Kingdom, attending to issues of injustice, poverty and bondage in society.
Matt. 6:33; 16:19; Acts 8:12; 19:8; 28:23
We believe that God is on a mission to demonstrate his love to His world, to redeem the world from its sin, and to gather a huge family to himself from across the nations. As God’s people, we must be on the same mission. Therefore we want to be proclaiming the Good News; demonstrating the Good News in every aspect of culture and society; seeing lives transformed by the power of Jesus; living the Good News; serving God in whatever nations of the world he leads us to.