Full confession of faith
We believe in one God, creator of the universe; of all things seen and unseen. Who is eternal, immeasurable and incomprehensible; omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient; who is infinite in being and perfection; a most pure spirit, invisible, immutable, immense, almighty, most wise, most holy, most free, most absolute, working all things according to the counsel of his own unchangeable and most righteous will, for his own glory. He is most loving, gracious, merciful, long-suffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin; the rewarder of them that diligently seek him; hating all sin, and the righteous and holy judge of all. We acknowledge that He is the only God, whom we are both to worship and serve, and in whom we are to put all our confidence and hope: having this assurance, that in him alone is contained all wisdom, power, justice, goodness and love.
In the unity of the Godhead there are three Persons of one substance, power, and eternity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. All equally deserving of love affection and worship from the church. God has existed as three persons with one substance, nature, essence and being from all eternity. God the Father is one with, co-equal to, co-eternal, and con-substantial with the Son and the Holy Spirit, each Person being the one eternal God and in no way separated: all alike are uncreated and omnipotent. Because of this, the Trinity is beyond reason and can only be known by revelation
God the Father
The Father is of none, neither begotten nor proceeding. He is good and his love endures for ever. From Him his whole family on heaven and earth derives its name. He is judge and justifier, merciful, gracious and compassionate. He is the creator of all, making man for his own glory and pleasure. He is the initiator of the plan of salvation, sending His one and only Son to die for the world. From which, he promised his son a people and a bride from before the foundation of the world. Through the Son and our position in him, those who trust in Jesus Christ as saviour and Lord have free and unrestricted access to our loving heavenly father as we come before His throne of grace.
God the Son
The Son is eternally begotten of the Father, the divine Logos of God. For whom, through whom and to whom all things were made. He was sent by the father to redeem creation and purchase a people for himself, taking on the nature of man, being found both fully human and fully divine, yet singular in person. He was born of a virgin, and was given the name Jesus, who is the Christ. He lived a sinless life and demonstrated through his word and actions the Kingdom of God. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried. He descended into the lower regions where he destroyed the power of the devil and took back the keys to death and hell. He was raised to life on the third day, the first born from amongst the dead. He ascended to the right hand of the Father, where he makes intercession for his people and from whence he will return to judge the living and the dead. Through his death he cleansed us from sin, and through his resurrected life he empowers us by his Holy Spirit. By faith he baptises us with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
God the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit eternally proceeds from the Father and the Son. Through him we have life and through him is communicated all the benefits of salvation that were purchased on the cross. He gives gifts to individuals and the church, growing fruit within us to transform us into the likeness of Jesus. He resides in all who have faith in Jesus and empowers them and flows through them in order to advance the Kingdom of God in the world. At times and seasons he also rests upon the church, which is the bride of Christ, in revival and power, which is its normal state. He convicts the world of sin and leads us in all righteousness. He is the revealer of truth and the comforter. The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. Without him, we cannot understand God’s word, receive salvation or be empowered in any way, shape or form to represent Christ in the world. It is the Holy Spirit in us that produces faith, grows love and inspires hope.
The Church is the mystical body of Christ and His Bride. It is composed of all who have faith in the risen Jesus Christ and his atoning work on the cross throughout all time. This includes those who lived prior to Christ but by faith looked forward to his coming. The church has one head, which is Christ Jesus, who is coming back for her, to take her to be where he is. The Church is global, manifesting itself in local expressions and is made up of all who believe and trust in Jesus Christ.
The church is a testimony in the world to the victory and resurrection of Jesus Christ, an eternal reminder to the devil and his angels that he is defeated, overcome and cast out.
The church is the bride of Christ, his beloved; purchased by His blood and eternally redeemed. Jesus is passionate about his church, having suffered for his church, having died for his church, and having been raised to life for his church and is seated on high, having ascended to the right hand of his Father, for the church. As such it is impossible to be a member of the redeemed and not be a member of the church of Jesus Christ.
The church is the body of Christ, with many parts, functions and gifts. Her job is to represent Christ on the earth and continue his ministry in advancing the kingdom, fulfilling the great commission. As such, it should not fear contamination from the world, rather the powers of darkness should fear the church. She should not hide herself away, but be should be a city on a hill, letting its light shine, radiating the glory and goodness of God to a lost and dying world.
The church is the epicentre of the kingdom of God, which exists and is released wherever any believer operates in the Holy Spirit. As such, every believer is an ambassador for Christ and every local church is an embassy for His Kingdom.
The church is built on the foundation of apostles and prophets, both in teaching and in practice. These roles are revelatory in nature and are gifts of Christ’s grace, along with the evangelist, pastor and teacher to the body of Christ, in order to equip the saints for works of service and promote maturity and Christlikeness. Jesus is the chief cornerstone and the underlying foundation and vision of everything the church does.
The church is not defined by its structure but by its content. As such the marks of the church are the preaching and declaration of the gospel of Jesus Christ; the sacraments, in the form of communion and baptism, ongoing worship in Spirit and in truth and the moving and activity of the Holy Spirit.
As the church is made up of redeemed individuals not yet made perfect, every congregation is open to error in doctrine and practice. It is therefore important that we should weigh and test everything against the standard of scripture, and also walk in submission to godly leadership. In no way should any leadership in the church seek to lord over or control and manipulate individuals. But, through servant hearted love, model Christ to the church and seek God for wisdom and direction.