1. ABOUT GOD
There is one true living God, who is Spirit, light and love; the Creator and Ruler of the Universe including everyone and everything in it; absolutely Holy, infinitely good and great, all-powerful, all-present, all-knowing and personal; eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, being co-equal and one God.
John 4:24; 1 John 1:5; 1 John 4:8,16; Genesis 1:1,26,27; 3:33; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14
2. ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ is God - the Son, the second person in the Holy Trinity, the One though whom the Father manages his affairs. He came to Earth and took on humanity, still fully God and now forever, also fully man. This incarnation was achieved through a miraculous conception and virgin birth. Jesus lived a sinless human life in perfect obedience to the Father and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for sin and a substation in our place at His death of the cross.
2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18
3. ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is God (with the Father and the Son), personally present to fulfill in power of all God's purposes in love. He is present in the world to make people aware of their sin and need to Jesus Christ. He indwells the individual though the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. He is the promise of the Father and the gift of Eternal Life, providing believers with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth and guidance in doing what please the Father. He anoints believers for ministry through the giving of spiritual gifts for the benefit of the Church. As Christians, we are to be filled with the Holy Spirit - that is, to live daily under His control.
Matthew 28:16-20; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; Romans 8:1-27; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17
4. ABOUT THE BIBLE
The Bible is God's Word; His self-communication written in form to us. It is a historical book written by human authors, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the revelation of the objective word of God no matter how subjectively we respond to it. It is the supreme source of truth and the final authority for Christian belief and living. It is not the means in itself but the means by which we came to knowledge of Christ. Because God inspired it, it is the absolute truth without any human mixture or error.
2 Thessalonians 2:10-13; 1 Timothy 2:4; 4:3; 2 Tim 2:25; 3:7, 16; Hebrews 10:26; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160; Psalm 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
5. ABOUT PEOPLE
People are the supreme object of God's creation, made in His image as His representatives and to be like Him in character. Although all human beings still display evidence of their divine creation, they are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called sin. Sin is the irrational assertion of ones independence from the Creator. It ruins even the good that we are and that we do. From the moment the human race rebelled (fell), this attitude of independence from God has cause alienation from self, neighbour and the environment. This alienation or or death means that every individual is hopelessly lost and destined fro an eternity in hell, the second death,
Genesis 1: 27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23, 5:12; Isaiah 59: 1,2; 1 Corinthians 15:22
6. ABOUT SALVATION
Salvation begins when we receive the free gift of eternal life. This is the very life of Jesus Christ resident in us by the Holy Spirit, whom we receive upon repentance towards God an in faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, declared in believer's Baptism. This gift of God's grace and mercy is what Jesus Christ has made possible for us by His perfect life, His atoning death, His powerful resurrection, His glorious ascension, His ongoing priesthood, and His certain return. Salvation is maintained by the grace and commitment to the power of God. As we live in dependence upon and obedience to the Holy Spirit, He provides power over sin, and ultimately, the resurrection of our bodies and the glorification of our entire person, when we will be freed from the very presence of sin.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2: 8,9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
7. ABOUT ETERNITY
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally alienated or separated from God because of our sin, in Hell (eternal loneliness or second death) or eternally in fellowship with God through salvation from sin, in heaven (eternal union or Life). Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence. There will be a resurrection of the body, a final judgment of all people by the Lord Jesus Christ and the creation of new heavens and earth where sin is no more.
John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10,14; 1 Peter 1:3-5
8. ABOUT BAPTISM AND THE LORD'S SUPPER
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the only two ordinances that were given by Jesus Christ through Scripture to be observed by the Church till His return. Baptism is the immersion of believers in water, upon their profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. It is a declaration of union with Christ in his death, burial and resurrection and an initiation into the body of Christ, the Church. The Lord’s Supper is a memorial of thanksgiving for the sacrifice of the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, regularly practised until he comes. It relates to pardon from sin, present sanctification and future glorification in Jesus Christ and is a sign of our continuing fellowship in the body of Christ, the Church.
John 3:16; John 2:25; John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 1:8; 2:44,46; 1 Corinthians 15:42-48; Hebrews 9:27
9. ABOUT THE CHURCH
Christ alone is the Head of the Church - no other person, group, or religious organization can profess to be the head of the church. The Church is the instrument of the display of the redemptive activity of God. Each local church is a full manifestation of the Church; wherever the Church operates it is the one universal Church and is competent to function. The universal Church is not the sum of all the individual churches but the Church of Jesus Christ applicable everywhere. It is composed of believers, that is, all persons who have been born again by the Spirit of God and through Baptism have been initiated into its membership. The Church is not a democracy but a theocracy; therefore oneness in the Church is not consensus of opinion but an awareness of the directives of the ‘head’ – Christ. The authority of Christ is in the Church, and the Church exercises this authority through its leaders but never transfers authority to them.
Ephesians 2:14-22; Ephesians 4:1-16; 1 Corinthians 3:10-17; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31
10. ABOUT FAITH AND PRACTICE
The Bible (Scripture) is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. Where the Scriptures are silent, believers must exercise liberty of conscience in line with the principles of God’s word and in the light of the One to whom they are ultimately accountable.