Declaration of Principle
The Church acknowledges Jesus Christ as the Supreme Head of the Church, and undertakes to manage all its affairs according to New Testament teaching and recognises the sole authority of the Holy Scriptures in all matters of faith and conduct. The Church shall consist only of persons who hold and accept the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ and the sole authority of the Holy Scriptures and the interpretation of them usually called Protestant and Evangelical in contradistinction to that interpretation known either as Unitarian Sacerdotal or Roman Catholic and have made a confession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Statement of Belief
- The Church believes:-that the Holy Scriptures, in their original writings comprising the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, are the complete and final written record of God’s clear revelation of Himself to man, and testify to Christ, the focus of divine revelation and contain all things essential for God’s glory and human salvation and are the final rule and authority in all matters of faith and conduct. The Holy Scriptures are in their entirety the very word of God. The Holy Scriptures were written by men who were supernaturally moved by the Holy Spirit in such a way that their human writing was divinely inspired. This inspiration of the Holy Scriptures extends equally to all parts; the thoughts and ideas are expressed in words which are themselves inspired. The Holy Scriptures are wholly reliable, trustworthy and true, without error. They have been, and will be, preserved by the Holy Spirit throughout all ages.
- in one God eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man.
- in the personality of the Holy Spirit, His regenerating work, and abiding presence in true believer.
- that God created man in His own image; that man sinned and thereby incurred the penalty of death, physical and spiritual; that all human beings inherit sinful nature which issues (in the case of those who reached moral responsibility) in actual transgression involving personal guilt.
- that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins, a substitutionary sacrifice, according to the Scriptures, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood.
- in the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, His ascension into heaven, and His present life as our High Priest and Advocate.
- in the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
- that all who receive the Lord Jesus Christ by faith are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God.
- in the resurrection both of the just and the unjust, the eternal blessedness of the redeemed and the eternal banishment of the wicked.
- that the one true Church is the whole company of those who have been redeemed by Jesus Christ and regenerated by the Holy Spirit that the local Church on earth should take its character from the conception of the Church spiritual, and therefore that the new birth and personal confession of Christ are essentials of Church membership.
- in the priesthood of all believers which is the belief that every believer may approach God through the Lord Jesus Christ, without any human agency; and may teach and preach the Gospel.
- that the Lord Jesus Christ appointed two ordinances, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper to be observed as acts of obedience and as perpetual witnesses to the cardinal facts of the Christian faith, that baptism is the immersion of the believer in water as a confession of identification with Christ in burial and resurrection and is in obedience to the example and command of our Lord and that the Lord’s Supper is the partaking of bread and wine as symbolical of the Saviour’s broken body and shed blood in remembrance of His sacrificial death till He come.
The Church shall observe in their New Testament simplicity Baptism and the Lord’s Supper as enjoined upon His followers by the Lord Jesus Christ.
BAPTISM. In addition to those desiring to join the Church, the Minister shall be free to admit baptism (immersion) to any who so desire to confess the Lord Jesus, provided he (the Minister) has satisfied himself regarding their personal salvation.
COMMUNION. The Lord’s Supper shall be observed, as far as possible, at least once monthly. Participation at the Lord’s Table shall be open to all who profess acceptance of Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the Saviour of men.