What do we believe?
THE TRIUNE GOD
We believe that there is only one living and true God of eternal existence, the Maker and Preserver of all things. In the unity of this Godhead are three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, each equal in substance, power and eternity.
We believe that Jesus is the Son of God, the Living Word who became flesh, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. Fully God and fully Man, Jesus lived a sinless life, suffered and was crucified upon the Cross, being both the perfect sacrifice for sin and the substitute for Man. Through His death, He atoned for the sins of Man and satisfied the divine justice of God, providing salvation and justification to all who truly believe in Him.
THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST
We believe that on the 3rd day after His death and burial, Jesus was raised from the dead in the same body in which He lived and died. In this glorified body, Jesus ascended into heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Father until the appointed time when He returns to judge all men.
THE RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST
We believe that the return of Jesus Christ, personally, literally and bodily, at a time appointed by and known only to God the Father. This expected coming again of Jesus serves as our hope and our motivation to live as He has commanded, in constant readiness, in sacrificial service and in faithful mission.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is of one substance, majesty and glory with the Father and the Son. He is given to all true believers of Jesus Christ and abides in them forever. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth who will empower, lead and teach the believer all things, and brings to remembrance the very words of Jesus. The Holy Spirit will convict the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgement. He is the only true source of power who will empower believers to be witnesses for Jesus, confirming the preaching of the Word with signs following.
THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are available to every believer for the profit of others. There are various kinds of gifts by the same Spirit. The best gift is the gift that ministers to the need at the point in time. The gifts must be exercised in love.
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
We believe the Holy Scriptures, all the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation. It is the divine and ultimate authority by which all human knowledge and endeavour should be judged, the benchmark for Christian faith and life.
THE OLD TESTAMENT
We believe that the Old Testament is not contrary to the New, for in both testaments everlasting life is offered to mankind by Jesus Christ, the only Mediator between God and Man. Although the ceremonial and civil laws given by God through Moses are no longer applicable, the obedience of the commandments, the moral laws, is still expected of every believer.
THE OFFERING OF JESUS CHRIST
We believe that the offering of Jesus upon the Cross is that perfect sacrifice, redemption, propitiation and satisfaction for all sins of the whole world, both original and actual. There is no other satisfaction for sin but that alone.
THE JUSTIFICATION OF MAN
We believe that we can only be justified, accounted as righteous before God, through faith in Jesus Christ on the merit of His completed work upon the Cross. Our works, however good, cannot attain to this gift of God. It is entirely by His grace that we, although undeserving, can stand righteous before Him.
We believe that although we are not saved by good works, we have been saved for good works. Good works are pleasing and acceptable to God in Jesus Christ, and are a visible evidence of a faith that is true and alive.
SIN AFTER JUSTIFICATION
We believe that not every sin willingly committed after justification is a sin against the Holy Spirit and unpardonable. The grant of repentance and the place of forgiveness to such as may have departed from the grace given and fallen into sin, these may, through genuine repentance and by the grace of God, rise again to new life.
We believe that our fallen natures are being renewed by the Holy Spirit through the process of sanctification. This began when we were justified by faith in Jesus Christ. Through His blood, we have been cleansed from the pollution of sin, delivered from the guilt of sin and saved from the power of sin. By His grace, we have been enabled to love God with all our hearts and to walk blamelessly in His commandments.
We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers.
We believe that the Lord Jesus ordained two Sacraments, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm, strengthen and nourish the believer.
We believe that baptism is the outward sign of an inward conviction of one’s faith in Jesus Christ. It is also a sign of regeneration or the new birth. Baptism is a clear reminder to the believer that he has died with Christ and has been raised to newness of life.
THE LORD'S SUPPER
We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Jesus as a sacrament of our redemption by His death. Received in fellowship and communion, it is also a sign of the love and unity that Christians ought to have among themselves one to another. When both the bread and the cup of blessing are received by faith and in a worthy manner, we stand into and appropriate the promises laid up for us through the broken Body and the shed Blood of Jesus Christ.
We believe that civil government has been ordained by God. It is the duty of all Christians to observe and obey the laws and commands, consistent with our faith, of the governing authority.
We believe that there can still be Christian unity in diversity. We acknowledge that not all rites and ceremonies of churches are the same or exactly alike. As long as these are consistent with God’s Word, they may be different or changed according to the diversity of countries, times and men’s manners.