“We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done… that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God…”
The Bible is the word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, speaking to us about Jesus. It is therefore our highest authority, able to make us wise for salvation and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:14-16).
Living with integrity
To follow Jesus with integrity means not just listening to God’s word but obeying it in our lives (James 1:22). With the help of the Holy Spirit, we seek to apply the gospel of grace to every area of our lives, to worship God in both spirit and in truth (John 4:23) by connecting our hearts and minds, our emotions and wills, and our attitudes and actions.
Being a true disciple of Jesus means telling others about him. We are part of God’s mission to take the gospel to the ends of the world (Acts 1:8) so that others may hear of Jesus and be saved.
Whilst we hold dear and immovable these basic orthodox beliefs, longing to work with other churches for the proclamation of The Gospel and the welfare of our communities, we do as a church have theological distinctives that would distinguish us from other churches. Whilst we welcome people from different traditions and backgrounds, our leaders uphold these distinctives and preach them as God’s Word.
1. The sovereignty of God in salvation
God elects and He alone saves; it is entirely God. This is something He has done before the “creation of the world” where He first “chose us” “in accordance with His pleasure and will”. It’s not that we cannot choose, but that we do not want to choose because we are dead in our sin and do not desire God. Faith (to respond), is a gracious gift from God (Rom. 3; 8:29-30; Eph. 1:4-6; 2:1-3)
Men and women are created absolutely equal in dignity and value. Yet from creation God has assigned gender specific roles for the flourishing of the home and the spiritual oversight of a church. We want to distance ourselves from all examples where this has been abused but rather look to the example of Jesus who willingly submitted to the father. As complementarians our highest goal is to reflect the Godhead and point to the gospel. (Gen. 2:18-25; 1 Cor. 11:2-16; Eph. 5:22-33; Col. 3:18-19; 1 Tim. 2:8-15; 1 Pet. 3:1-7)
3. Baptism by immersion
We believe Baptism follows faith and repentance and is a public declaration from someone of age, choosing to follow Jesus as Lord. Baptism signifies the death of self and new life in Christ! (Rom. 6:1-14; Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16)
4. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
The gifts have not ceased neither with the death of the last Apostle, nor with the canonisation, but continue for the furtherance of the Gospel and the building up of Christ’s Church. The Apostle Paul’s warnings and ordering of church services still likewise apply. (John 1: 33; 1 Cor. 12:1-11)