We believe the bible alone is our highest truth and authority, through grace alone are we saved, by faith alone in Christ, who is Lord and only Saviour of the world, to God alone be all praise and glory.
The Bible alone is the sole authority for all matters of faith and practice. Scripture and Scripture alone is the standard by which all teachings and traditions of the church must be measured. (2 Timothy 3:16–17; 2 Peter 1:20–21).
Through grace alone are we saved. Salvation is proof of God’s undeserved favour; we are rescued from God’s wrath by His grace alone, not by any work we do so none can boast. God loves us just the way we are, not as we should be! (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 8:37–39; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Corinthians 12:13).
By faith alone do we receive God’s salvation and all of God’s promises. We have faith in Jesus, believing that He is God’s son, who died for our sins. We are declared righteous by God (justified) on the basis of our faith alone and not by works. (Romans 5:1; Ephesians 2:8; John 5:24; Galatians 2:16).
Jesus is the Lord and Saviour of the church. No one and nothing else can save. Jesus’ substitutionary death on the cross is sufficient for our justification and reconciliation to God the Father. (Romans 5:15-17; 1 Timothy 2:5; Acts 16:30-31; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
Sola Deo Gloria
To God alone is praise and glory due. Salvation is of God and has been accomplished by God for His glory alone. As Christians, we must magnify Him always and live our lives in His presence, under His authority, and for His glory. (Colossians 3:17; 2 Corinthians 5:17-18; Romans 12:1;1 Corinthians 10:31).
We believe in the Trinity – One true and living God in three distinct Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. This is a mystery: how can one God be simultaneously the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit? There is no way to perfectly explain the Trinity. To the finite human mind, it is impossible to understand. We believe the bible is true and are content with this mystery knowing that the Father is our Creator, the Son is our Saviour, and the Spirit is our Helper, Teacher, Empowerer and Comforter. (John 17:3; Matthew 28:19-20; John 1:1-4).
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit (God) lives inside every person that has put their faith in Jesus Christ. He is our Helper, Comforter, Teacher and leads us into all truth. It’s the Holy Spirit who empowers us to live transformed lives and the enabling force in our sanctification (becoming like Christ). We believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, gifts that empower the building of God’s Kingdom on this earth and help to build up and edify the local church. (John 14:16; John 15:26; 16:13-14; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:4; Acts 19:6; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 1 Corinthians 14:1-40; Romans 12:6-8; 1 Peter 4:10).
We believe that sin and death entered this world through Adam and there is no human being exempt from this. The bible tells us that ALL have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. As such, God being completely holy and righteous, must hold us to account for our sins. There is no escaping it. But, God who loves His creation has created a way for us and that way is through the death, burial and resurrection of his Son, Jesus. Christ was the only sinless human to ever live and His righteousness is imputed to those who put their faith in Him. One day when we stand in judgement, we can stand confidently before the Lord if we are in Christ. We will only have ONE reason that justifies us: Jesus himself died for me! (Genesis 3:1–6; Romans 3:10–19; Romans 3:23-24; Romans 1:18, 32).
We believe that once you have made a decision to follow Christ and have put your faith in him you should be baptised and submerged in water. This is done as a testimony and a demonstration of your faith in Jesus. This baptism represents our death with Christ and our new life raised in Him. We do not believe in infant baptism and see in Scripture that Jesus himself was baptised at the age of 30 years old. (Acts 2:41; Acts 8:12; Acts 22:16; Romans 6:3–6).
Breaking Bread & Prayer
Acts 2:42; 'And they devoted themselves to the Apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers'. Church community is more than just a Sunday meeting. We are saved into the household of God which involves a devotion to the Word of God, fellowship with each-other, breaking bread in remembrance of Christ in our meetings and in our homes and living a lifestyle in relationship and dependancy on God in prayer. (Acts 2:42;46; 1 Corinthians 11:20–29).
We are saved into community! We believe that the local church is not a building but rather a people, a family by Gods design. We realize that no family is perfect, being made up of imperfect people in need of grace, love and encouragement from one other, as we all grow into becoming more like Christ. God is a relational God, He is our Father and our functioning as a church is relational. Friendship must come before function. While we honour expressions and giftings God has placed within the family, we must begin and journey in love, through the development of relationship. If we do wonderful things and have wonderful gifts but have not love, we are but nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:1-13; John 13:34-35; 1 Peter 4:8; Romans 12:10; Ephesians 4:2, 32; 1 Thess 3:12, 1 John 3:11).
God has established in His word that local elders should lead a local church – not a headquarters, an archbishop, the state or any other kind of authority figure. God himself details how His church should be governed and ordered and we are to follow His word as closely as we see in Scripture. Our relationship to New Covenant Ministries International (NCMI) does not override this as we are not in a denomination of any kind and simply partner with this team for the gospel to reach the nations. (Titus 1:5-9; Acts 14:23; Acts 20:28; Philippians 1:1).
Jesus Christ commanded that his church go and make disciples of all nations. This is the very mission of God, His ‘great commission’ which He outworks with us. We each play a part in this responsibility and co-mission with Christ. This instruction is encapsulated in the word ‘apostolic’ which means ‘sent out’. The Apostles started this at the beginning of the early church which you can read in Acts. Since then Christ’s church is still advancing and growing some 2000 years later. We are a church that works not only into our city but also partners with many other churches into many nations of the world through our friendship with NCMI. We firmly believe that this is a core part of how Christianity should be lived out. (Matthew 28:19-20).
The Church of Jesus Christ has a multitude of expressions but is nevertheless still one church, as the church is anyone who has an authentic relationship with Jesus and has been transformed by His spirit. This means we do not see ourselves in any exclusive way. The purpose of the church is to further Jesus’ Kingdom by being His ambassadors and making disciples of all nations, who will then also be His ambassadors and make disciples, and so it continues. We honour, love and respect all our brothers and sister in Christ, even if they are different to us. No earthly family is the same and no two people are the same and so we believe God uses a multitude of different flavoured churches that advance His Kingdom reaching different peoples all over the world. (Ephesians 4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; John 10:16; John 17:17-24).
We believe in the second coming of Christ, the glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost. The lost raised to judgment and experience eternal hell. The saved raised to eternal life with God in the new heaven and new earth.
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.