WE BELIEVE that God is the Eternal King.  He is infinite and unchangeable, perfect in holiness, wisdom, goodness, justice, power, and love.  For all eternity He exists as the One Living and True God in three persons of one substance, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory.  He is omniscient (knowing everything), omnipresent (present everywhere) and omnipotent (all powerful).

WE BELIEVE that God’s kingdom is everlasting.  From His throne, through His Son, His eternal Word, God created, upholds, and governs all that exists: the heavenly places, the angelic hosts, the universe, the earth, every living thing, and mankind.  God created all things perfect.

WE BELIEVE that Satan, originally a great and good angel, rebelled against God, taking a host of angels with him.  He was cast out of God’s presence and, as a usurper of God’s rule established a counter kingdom of darkness and evil on earth.

WE BELIEVE that God created mankind in His image, male and female, for relationship with Himself and to have authority over, and responsibility for, the earth.  Because of the temptation of Satan and their acceptance of the lies, our original parents fell from grace, bringing sin, sickness, fear, and God’s judgment of death to the earth.  Through the fall, Satan and his demonic hosts gained access to God’s perfect creation.  Creation now experiences the consequences and effects of Adam’s original sin.  Human beings are born in sin, subject to God’s judgment of death, and captive to Satan’s kingdom of darkness.

WE BELIEVE that God did not abandon His rule over the earth, which He continues to uphold by His providence.  In order to bring redemption, God established covenants revealing His grace to sinful people.  When Israel rejected God’s rule over her as King, God established the monarchy in Israel and made a covenant with David, promising that his heir would restore God’s kingdom reign over His people as Messiah forever.

WE BELIEVE God honoured His prophetic promises of salvation by sending His only Son, Jesus, into the world.  Conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, as fully God and fully man in one person, He is humanity as God intended us to be.  Jesus was empowered by the Holy Spirit at His baptism, inaugurating God’s Kingdom reign on earth, overpowering the reign of Satan by resisting temptation, preaching the good news of salvation, healing the sick, casting out demons, and raising the dead.  Jesus was raised from the dead on the third day, fulfilling the covenant of blessing given to Abraham.  In His sinless, perfect life, Jesus met the demands of the law and in His atoning death on the cross He took God’s judgment for sin in our place.  By His death on the cross, He also disarmed the demonic powers.  The stripes endured at the hands of his captives, fulfilled the words of Isaiah 53:5 together with His death on the cross opened up healing as part of the gospel to be preached.  The covenant with David was fulfilled in Jesus’ birth from David’s house, His Messianic ministry, His glorious resurrection from the dead, His ascent into heaven, and His present rule at the right hand of the Father.  As God’s Son and David’s heir, He is the eternal Messiah King, advancing God’s reign throughout every generation and throughout the whole earth today.

WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit brought life to the church on the evening of the resurrection, when Jesus breathed upon his disciples and told them to receive the Holy Spirit.  These disciples and others would later receive the mighty baptism with the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost.  Whereas the receiving of the Spirit on the evening of the resurrection was for life, at Pentecost the Spirit came upon them in power and released the gifts of the Spirit to them.  The Holy Spirit brings the permanent indwelling presence of God to us for spiritual worship, personal sanctification, building up the Church, gifting us for ministry, and driving back the kingdom of Satan by the evangelisation of the world through proclaiming the word of Jesus and doing the works of Jesus.

WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is our abiding Helper, Teacher, and Guide.

WE BELIEVE in the present ministry of the Spirit and in the exercise of all biblical gifts of the Spirit.  We practice the laying on of hands for the empowering of the Spirit, for healing, for impartations of gifts of the Holy Spirit, and for recognition and empowering of those whom God has ordained to lead and serve the church.  We also recognise that as recorded in the Bible God empowers people is through individual or corporate prayer and waiting upon God, and in this latter scenario there maybe no laying on of hands.  We also recognise fasting as a way of preparing our mind body and spirit for focus on God.  We value all of these ways of receiving impartations and empowering experiences from God.

WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit inspired the human authors of the Holy Scripture so that the Bible is “God-breathed.”  We receive the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments as our final, absolute authority, the only infallible rule of faith and practice.

WE BELIEVE that the whole world is under the domination of Satan and that all people are sinners by nature and choice.  All people therefore are under God’s just judgment.  Through the preaching of the Good News of Jesus and the Kingdom of God and the work of the Holy Spirit, God regenerates, justifies, adopts and sanctifies through Jesus by the Spirit all who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus as Lord and Saviour.  By this they are released from Satan’s domain and enter into God’s kingdom reign.

WE BELIEVE in the one, holy, universal Church.  All who repent of their sins and trust Jesus as Lord and Saviour are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and form the living Body of Christ, of which He is the head and all are in covenant relationship.  The Church was established during the ministry of our Lord, received the Spirit, with its regenerating life on the night of the Resurrection, and received the “Promise of the Father” the Baptism or Filling with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.

WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ committed two ordinances to the Church: water baptism and the Lord’s Supper.  Both are available to all believers.  We recognise that grace is also conveyed through the preaching and study of the Word of God, the Bible.  The ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper are conveyers of God’s grace and can have a sacramental nature when appropriated by the person receiving them in faith.  We use ”sacramental“ in the sense of a means of transferring or imparting grace to the one who receives in or with faith.  By using this language we are making an attempt to build a bridge, not a wall, between the historic denominations that use the language of sacraments and the Baptists, Pentecostals, and many Charismatics who instead use the language of ordinances to refer to Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.  We believe that the preached/taught or read Word of God, baptism, and the Lord’s Supper can all be means by which we experience the grace of our Triune God.  Although preaching/teaching of the word of God are not an ordinance, we are clearly commanded to preach/teach, and as we obey, something of a sacramental nature is conveyed through the spoken word of God.

WE BELIEVE that God’s kingdom has come in the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ, that it continues to come in the ministry of the Holy Spirit, and that it will be consummated in the glorious, visible, and triumphant appearing of Christ: His return to the earth as King.  After Christ returns to reign, He will bring about the final defeat of Satan and all of his minions and works, the resurrection of the dead, the final judgment and eternal conscious punishment of the wicked, and the eternal blessing of the righteous.  Finally, God will be all in all in His new heavens and new earth, recreated by His mighty power, in which righteousness dwells and in which He will forever be worshiped.