1. The Scriptures We teach that the Bible is the complete Word of God; that the sixty-six books, as originally written, comprising the Old and New Testaments were verbally inspired by the Spirit of God and were entirely free from error; that the Bible is the final authority and rule in all matters of faith and practice. 2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:19-21
2. The Godhead We teach that there is only one living and true God, who exists in three equal persons — the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit — who execute distinct but harmonious offices in the Godhead. This triune God, eternal, infinite, holy and just, the Creator and Preserver of all, exercises His sovereign will towards man in grace and judgment. Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 95:3-6; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24
3. The Father We teach the absolute and essential deity of the Father who is the author of all spiritual blessings, the sender of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit into the world, and the author of the plan of salvation. His kingdom comprises all whom He justifies and adopts as His children. John 3:16, 14:16; Romans 8:28-29; Ephesians 1:3-6
4. Jesus Christ We teach the absolute and essential deity of Jesus Christ the Son of God, His eternal existence with the Father in pre-incarnate glory, His virgin birth, sinless life, substitutionary and voluntary death (by the shedding of His blood for sinful man's redemption), bodily resurrection, triumphant ascension, mediatorial ministry and personal bodily return. We teach that He is truly God manifest in the flesh. Matthew 1:21-23; John 1:1-14, 10:30, 19:28-37, 20:1-31; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 4:14-16; 1 Peter 2:24
5. The Holy Spirit We teach the absolute and essential deity and personality of the Holy Spirit who convinces man of sin, of righteousness and of judgment, bringing him to repentance; who regenerates, empowers, sanctifies, interprets and applies the scriptures, enlightens the understanding, and comforts those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. He is given by God to indwell all who are God's children by faith, as the seal of their redemption. John 14:16-17, 16:8-11
6. Man We teach that the whole human race was represented in Adam, the first man, who was divinely created in the image of God, given dominion over God's creation, but by his sin fell from God's grace and favour; that by inherited sinful nature, willful disobedience and active rebellion against the expressed law of God, all mankind incurs divine judgment resulting in physical and spiritual death; that this sinful condition affects every area of man's life (total depravity) from which he is utterly unable to save himself. Genesis 1:27, 3:1-19; Romans 5:12-19
7. Salvation We teach that salvation is the redemption of man from the bondage of sin and from the final execution of God's wrath. This is accomplished by the sovereign, electing grace of God, freely given to repentant sinners, only through faith in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ. By this saving work of God, the believer is born anew to eternal life, shares in the divine nature through the activity of the Holy Spirit and is restored to fellowship with God. Leviticus 17:11; Isaiah 53:5-6; John 1:12; Acts 20:21; Romans 1:16, 6:23, 10:9-10; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 1:13, 2:8-9; Titus 2:11; 1 Peter 1:18-20, 2:24
8. Future Things We teach that the blessed hope of the church is the personal, bodily and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ to receive and take His bride, the church; the resurrection of the just and the unjust; the eternal blessedness of the redeemed in heaven and the judgment and conscious, eternal punishment of the unredeemed in hell. John 5:28-29; Romans 14:10-12; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Titus 2:13; Revelation 20-22
9. Satan We teach that Satan, a created angel who once enjoyed fellowship with God but through pride and ambition to be equal with God was cast out of God's presence, now exists as the unholy god of this world. He is the author of all sin, false religion and apostasy, blinding man's mind to the truth of the gospel. He will ultimately be defeated by the Lord Jesus Christ and will suffer eternal punishment in a place prepared especially for him and his angels. Genesis 3:1-15; Job 1; Isaiah 14:12-14; 2 Corinthians 4:3-4; Revelation 20:10
10. The Church We teach that a local church is a company of baptized believers, called out from the world, separated unto the Lord Jesus, voluntarily associated for the ministry of the Word, the mutual edification of its members, the propagation of the faith and the observance of the ordinances. We teach that it is a sovereign, self-governing body, exercising its own divinely awarded gifts and privileges under the lordship of Christ, the great head of the church. We teach that it has two offices: pastor (elder) and deacon. Acts 2:41-47; Philippians 1:1
11. Ordinances We teach that the two New Testament ordinances commanded by Christ to be observed and practised by the church are:
Baptism - the immersion of the believer in water, as an act of identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. This public confession symbolizes death to sin and resurrection to a life of obedience under the lordship of Jesus Christ.
The Lord's Supper - the memorial service in which believers partake of two elements, bread and wine, which symbolize the body and shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, proclaiming His death until He returns.
Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 20:28; 1 Corinthians 11:17-32