Statement of Faith
During the 16th century, some 500 years ago, Jesus intervened in the life of the church. The church had moved away from truth and needed correction. Jesus brought that correction in the form of the Reformation.
During the Reformation, there were five areas of emphasis that emerged with great significance. It is from these same five Latin phrases that we get our foundational statement of faith.
The Bible alone is the sole authority for all matters of faith and practice. Scripture and Scripture alone is the standard by which all teachings and traditions of the church must be measured.
Through grace alone are we saved. Salvation is proof of God’s undeserved favor; we are rescued from God’s wrath by His grace alone, not by any work we do. God loves us just the way we are, not as we should be!
By faith alone do we receive God’s salvation and all of God’s promises. We have faith in Jesus, believing that He is God’s son, who died for our sins. We are declared righteous by God (justified) on the basis of our faith alone and not by works.
Jesus is the Lord and Savior of the church. No one and nothing else can save. Jesus’ substitutionary death on the cross is sufficient for our justification and reconciliation to God the Father.
Sola Deo Gloria
To God alone is praise and glory due. Salvation is of God and has been accomplished by God for His glory alone. As Christians, we must magnify Him always and live our lives in His presence, under His authority, and for His glory.
In addition to the above, here are some other important things for you to know about what we believe.
We believe in the Trinity – God is one but in three persons. This is a mystery: how can God be simultaneously the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit? There is no way to adequately or perfectly explain the Trinity. To the finite human mind, it is impossible to understand how God could be three distinct Persons, but only one God. Despite the difficulty in explaining this, we trust that the Bible is true. We are content with this mystery and are convicted that the Father is our Creator, the Son is our Savior, and the Spirit is our Comforter.
We believe that the Holy Spirit (God) lives inside every person that has put their faith in Jesus Christ. Its the Holy Spirit who empowers us to live transformed lives and the enabling force in our sanctification. We also believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, gifts that empower the building of God’s Kingdom on this earth and help to build up and edify the local church.
We believe that once you have made a decision to follow Christ and have put your faith in him you should be baptised and submerged in water. This is done as a testimony and a statement to show others that you are now a child of God.
Romans 6:1-4 (ESV)
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 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.
God has established that local elders should lead a local church – not a headquarters, an archbishop, the state or any other kind of authority figure. Our relationship to New Covenant Ministries International (NCMI) does not override this Biblical value as we are not in a denomination of any kind.
We are saved into community! We believe that the local church is a family by design and we realize that no family is perfect, being made up of broken people. Friendship must come before function. While we honor expressions and giftings God has placed within the family, we must begin in love, through the development of relationship.