A disciple worships not only through music, but through each thought and action.
A disciple is someone who tries to involve Christ in his or her daily life.
A disciple is one who sacrifices time, effort and resources for God's glory.
We believe the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God, the complete record of God’s self-disclosure to mankind. Different people, while they wrote in their own style, were supernaturally inspired by the Holy Spirit to write the words of God, inerrant in the original writings.
Therefore, those who are dedicated to studying the biblical text literally, taking into account the style of writing and the social-historical-grammatical context, can understand God’s Word.
Scripture is completely trustworthy and our only sufficient and final authority for our entire lives in faith and practice. Although it must be understood and applied on a personal and practical level, its interpretation should be done in community (2 Timothy 3:16-17All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work., 2 Peter 1:20-21Knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.).
We believe in the one living and true God, eternal (John 17:3), existing in perfect unity with three equal and fully divine Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19-20Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”).
Each member of the Godhead, while performing different functions, executes distinct but complementary roles in the history of man’s redemption. All three persons of the Trinity have the same nature, attributes, being, and are equally worthy of the same glory, honor and obedience (John 1:1-4In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men., Acts 5: 3-4But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to man but to God.”).
We believe that God the Father created all things and as it is written in the book of Genesis, for His glory according to His will (Revelation 4:11“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”), through His Son, Jesus Christ.
He upholds all things by the word of His power and grace, showing sovereign leadership, care and grace over all creation. (Colossians 1:17And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together., Hebrews 1:3He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.).
We believe that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son, moved by love, according to the will of the Father, took on human flesh (John 1:1, 14, 18In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. No one has ever seen God; the only God,[a] who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.), was conceived by the miraculous work of the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary.
He is fully God and fully man (John 14:8-9Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?), lived a sinless life and shed His blood as a sacrifice, and by His death on the cross has accomplished redemption for all who put their faith in him. He arose from the dead on the third day and ascended into heaven, where he stays at the right hand of the Father.
He is now the Head of the Body, the church, the only Savior and mediator between God and man. Jesus Christ will return to the earth in power and glory to fulfill His redemptive mission (1 Timothy 3:16Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.).
We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that he does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ in this age. He condemns the world concerning sin, righteousness and judgment. He attracts the unredeemed to repentance and faith, and with salvation gives new spiritual life to the believer (born again), bringing him into union with Christ and Christ’s body, the church.
The Holy Spirit baptizes, sanctifies, seals, fills, guides, instructs, gives peace, equips, empowers, and lives in the believer after salvation, and gives spiritual gifts to believers to live and serve Christ.
The believer’s duty is to seek the filling of the Spirit and to be careful not to “grieve” the Spirit (Ephesians 4:30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.) or to “quench” the Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19Do not quench the Spirit.) by a way of life that continually goes against His will. (John 16:8And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment., 13:15For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you., Titus 3:5He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit., Ephesians 1:22And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church., 4:11-12And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ., Romans 8:9 – 17You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness…, 12:4-8For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith…, 1 Corinthians 3:16Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?, 12:4-5, 11-13, 19Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills. For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ…, Galatians 5:22-25But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit., Hebrews 2:1-4Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?…, 2 Corinthians 12:12The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with utmost patience, with signs and wonders and mighty works.).
We believe that God created man and woman in Eden, created in His image and likeness, without sin, to glorify God and enjoy His fellowship.
Tempted by Satan, man deliberately chose to disobey God, bringing sin, death and condemnation for all mankind. All human beings, therefore, are corrupt sinners by nature and by choice, with depravity affecting the entire man.
Alienated from God without defense or excuse, and under God’s just wrath, all mankind has a desperate need of the Savior to receive forgiveness and reconciliation with God, otherwise he is doomed to eternal condemnation (Genesis 3:1-6Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’”…, Romans 3: 10-19“None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”…, Romans 1:18, 32For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.).
We believe that Jesus Christ is the prophesied Savior and was prepared by God before the beginning of the world. He lived without sin, but he died for our sins according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures.) as atonement for us. Salvation is found in no other than Him, Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”).
The death of Jesus Christ on the cross was the single and complete payment for the sins of all mankind, fully satisfying God’s righteous wrath for every person who turns from sin through repentance and faith, and their trust in Christ. At salvation, each person becomes a new creation by the Holy Spirit, being declared righteous before God based on the merits of Christ, and becomes an adopted child of God (Ephesians 1:5He predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will.).
True believers can have assurance of salvation conditioned by their continued perseverance in obedience and love for Jesus Christ with a life desiring to glorify God until the end of their lives (Romans 8:37-39No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord., 2 Corinthians 5:21For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God., 1 Corinthians 12:13For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves[a] or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. ). A true believer will seek continued growth through a similar life like Jesus Christ (Galatians 4:19My little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you!), walking away from sin and bringing visible “fruits” in their everyday life (Romans 13:13-14Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires., Galatians 5 :22-24But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires., 1 John 2:6Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.).
But if the believer renounces his faith or deliberately lives in sin, renouncing his relationship with God, though no one can judge salvation other than God, the church cannot provide assurance of salvation, but rather warning and pastoral help to return to the path of faith and repentance, to be in relationship with God.
We believe that when a man puts his faith in Jesus Christ as his Savior, the believer is part of the “body” of Christ, the universal Church, whose head is Jesus Christ.
Scripture commands believers to gather at a local level in order to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, fellowship, acts of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, giving, serving the local church through the development and use of personal abilities and spiritual gifts, and going out into the world to make disciples (Ephesians 1:22-23And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all., Acts 2:42-46And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common…, 1 Corinthians 14:26What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up., Matthew 28:18-20And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”).
Whenever God’s people meet with regularity obeying this commandment, it represents the local expression of the church under the careful supervision of a plurality of elders. Church members need to work together in love and unity with the ultimate intent to glorify Christ (Ephesians 4:16From whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.). The church was redeemed by Jesus Christ for the unique glory of God (Ephesians 1:12, 14So that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. Who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.).
We believe that Christian baptism is a public declaration of the believer in Christ who consciously identifies himself with Jesus in His death, burial and resurrection symbolised by the act of entering and then exiting the water.
Communion is the remembrance by the faithful of Christ’s death till he comes back and should be preceded by careful self-examination (Acts 2:41So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls., Romans 6:3-6Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life…, 1 Corinthians 11:20-29When you come together, it is not the Lord’s supper that you eat. For in eating, each one goes ahead with his own meal. One goes hungry, another gets drunk. What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I commend you in this? No, I will not…). Communion was instituted by Jesus and was given to His disciples. It is an opportunity to examine ourselves and to fellowship with others in the church who have a living and healthy relationship with the Lord and have publicly confessed their relationship with Him through baptism (Matthew 26:26Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.”).
We believe that the target, duty and privilege of every believer and the whole community of believers is to glorify God by actively responding to the call of the Great Commission of Jesus Christ to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19-20Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”).
We believe that the mission can have a variety of implications and involvement, but we believe that the primary focus and priority of this call is centered based on efforts that strengthen, consolidate and replicate a Bible-based church environment that God created for the integration and growth of those who respond to the gospel.
We believe also that the mission of making disciples includes church planting, and that the churches are called to plant churches that plant churches themselves to future generations for the glory of God.
We believe and expect the glorious visible, personal and premillennial return of Jesus Christ. The hope of His return has a vital impact on the personal life, ministry, and mission of the believer (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep…).
We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the unsaved. The saved will be resurrected to eternal joy in a new heaven and a new earth, in the manifested presence of God (Acts 1:3, 9He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight., Hebrews 7:25-26Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens.). The unsaved will be resurrected for judgment and experience eternal wrath in hell, the place prepared by God for Satan and his demons.
Scripture makes it clear that the world in which we live has both physical as well as spiritual dimensions. Moreover, the church of Christ seen throughout history is placed between two major spiritual areas – the work and influence of God and the work and the influence of Satan (Matthew 4:8-9Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.”, Ephesians 2:2In which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience., Revelation 2:13“‘I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. Yet you hold fast my name, and you did not deny my faith[a] even in the days of Antipas my faithful witness, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.).
Christian mission involves turning people from being under the influence of Satan to God (Acts 26:18to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’). The church is aware of Satan’s plans (2 Corinthians 2:11so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs.) which involve attacks in various forms to destroy individuals and communities of believers (1 Peter 5:8Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour., John 13:2During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him,).
We believe that Satan by his forces can take control of or influence people. Believers are called to be aware of the work of the evil one and his forces and in situations where required, to fight according to the methods and means given by God (Ephesians 6:11-12Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.).
We believe in the direct and plenary work of the Holy Spirit in the local church. The Holy Spirit is the divine agent who brings and applies salvation to individual’s life (John 14:16-17And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you., 16:7-13Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me.), being directly responsible for the growth and maturation of the believer (Romans 8:13For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live., 1 Peter 1:2According to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you.). At the same time, the Holy Spirit is the divine agent who brings unity and growth in the life of the church (Ephesians 4:3eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace., Philippians 2:1So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy,).
An evident form through which Holy Spirit works in the church are the gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led. Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit…, Romans 12I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect…, Ephesians 4I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace…, 1 Peter 4Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God…) received after the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The gifts of the Spirit are received by true believers not according to their liking but by the Spirit and according to His plan for serving others in the church and not the person’s own interests (Romans 8:4-8In order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit., 1 Corinthians 12:7,11To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.).
We are open to exercising the gifts in the church in a biblical way and with caution in how they are managed to ensure true growth, and not negatively affecting the church.