Christian Doctrine is the teaching from God our Father, revealed in our Lord Jesus Christ, and given to us by His Holy Spirit in His Word known as “The Bible.” We are commanded in God’s Word to “contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints.” Being committed to Biblical truth requires us to acknowledge that our Master has spoken in His Word clearly and that we are His students. We are to study the whole of Scripture, in humility with a posture of teachability, and to earnestly consider each doctrine in its relative importance, and contend for each one. As the Church of Christ, we are to receive, confess, and follow Biblical truth to the glory of God.

These beliefs represent what we believe to be essential truths and central claims of the Christian faith. The denial of these core beliefs will eventually lead to the rejection of Christianity itself.


The Bible, which has the sixty-six books comprising of the Old and New Testaments, is God-breathed and eternal. It is the inspired Word of God written by human authors; inerrant in the original texts. It is infallible in its entirety and thereby cannot be added to, removed from, nor outdated in any view. It is the final authority for all teaching and practice; entirely relevant and nothing less than perfect for all people.

Isaiah 40:8; John 1:1; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Revelation 22:18-19

God is both One and Triune. The Godhead eternally exists in perfect unity and fellowship, in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each person serves a distinct function but complementary role to the purpose of glorifying the Triune God. All three persons of the Godhead relate to one another personally, and each person has the same eternal perfection, nature and being as God.

Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-7; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1-4; Acts 5:3-4; 1 Corinthians 8:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 John 5:7

God the Eternal Father, is all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-present. He has created all things for His glory according to His own will and pleasure, through His Son Jesus Christ and the presence of His Holy Spirit. He is sovereign in creation, providence and redemption. We who have faith in Jesus Christ, are His children.

Genesis 1:26; Psalm 103:19, 145:8-9; Romans 11:36; Ephesians 4:6; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Colossians 1:17; Hebrews 1:3; Revelation 4:11

God the Eternal Son, is with the Father and the Holy Spirit since the beginning; through Him, all things came into existence, and He sustains everything. God the Son entered human history by becoming a human named Jesus while not ceasing to be divine; fully man and fully God. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary as God incarnate. Jesus is the promised Messiah and Anointed One, the Christ. He was tempted in every way but lived a sinless and perfect life. Christ fulfilled the law and accomplished the will of the Father. God’s character was on full display when Jesus Christ endured the wrath of God on the cross and provided the only hope of salvation for those who place their faith in Him. Jesus Christ physically resurrected, ascended to heaven, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father as the High Priest of His Church and the only mediator between God and Man.

Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:35; John 3:16; Romans 3:24, 5:8, 8:34; Ephesians 1:7; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:15, 2:9; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 4:14-16; 1 Peter 1:3-5, 2:24; 1 John 4:9-10

God the Eternal Holy Spirit, is the giver of Life. He is the person who convicts the world of sin, of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgement. The Holy Spirit draws the unredeemed, miraculously regenerates a new heart, and raises them to a new life in Christ. He identifies all believers with the body of Christ and seals them for the day of redemption. He assures the believer of their relationship with God by His indwelling presence, and conforms all believers to the image of Christ and sanctifies them. The Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts as He desires and empowers all believers to live faithfully, to serve others, to make disciples, and to be witnesses for Jesus Christ: all for the glory of God.

Genesis 1:26; Ezekiel 36:26; John 6:44, 14:16-17, 16:8-11; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9-17, 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 4:12-21, 12:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Titus 3:5; 2 Peter 1:3-4

God created man: male and female, in His image and likeness, to enjoy Him and ascribe Him glory. God instituted marriage in the Garden of Eden as the union between a man and a woman, to enjoy godly intimacy and to procreate, and to reflect Christ and His Church. God creates human life uniquely and wonderfully at conception with value, dignity, and worth. However, our first parents Adam and Eve chose Satan’s lie over God’s truth, and through their disobedience, they and all their children became separated from God and condemned by Him. Since the fall of man, every human being, other than Jesus Christ, is born with a sinful nature, lives a sinful life by choice, and is on a course of destruction that leads to eternal death where God’s wrath is poured out on sinners. All people, have fallen short of God’s glory and cannot reconcile with Him on their own.

Genesis 1:26-30, 2:7, 2:16-22, 3:1-19; Psalms 51:5, 139:13-14; Romans 1:18-28, 3:10-19, 3:23, 5:12

Salvation is the gift of God, and it cost Him everything. While we were sinners, Christ died for us. The penalty of man’s sin is eternal death. However, by God's grace and mercy, the righteous wrath of God toward us was instead, poured out onto Jesus Christ at the cross. He died and shed His blood on Calvary, as the perfect substitutionary sacrifice for the atonement and forgiveness of our sins. Every sinner who repents of their sin, and puts their faith in Christ as the only hope of salvation, is no longer condemned by God nor under His wrath, but forgiven by God, declared righteous in Christ, and has eternal life. Salvation is by grace alone, and received through personal faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone as Lord and Savior; not of our works, but of the work of God.

Psalms 3:8; Ezekiel 36:26; John 3:16; Romans 5:8-9, 6:23, 8:1-4, 8:14, 10:8-9; 2 Corinthians 5:17, 5:21; Ephesians 1:5, 2:8; 1 Peter 1:14-16; 1 John 2:2, 4:10

Jesus Christ is the head of His Church and the Church, is His bride. Christ loves His Church, and He gave Himself up for her. Every believer at conversion becomes a member of the universal Church, the body of Christ. The local church is where believers assemble with the corporate family of God for Worship, Prayer and the Word. The Lord’s table and believer’s baptism are ordinances carried out by the Church as a means of testimony to all people. As a whole, the purpose of the Church is to glorify Christ.

Psalm 100; Matthew 22:37-40, 28:19-20; John 4:23, 13:34-35; Acts 2:42; Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22, 5:23-27; Colossians 1:18, 3:16

The end of all things includes the glorious, personal, visible and physical return of our Lord Jesus Christ, the resurrection of the saints, the judgement of the just and unjust, and the fulfilment of God's kingdom in the new Heavens and the new Earth. On the last day, God's people will be raised to eternal joy and be in the manifest Holy presence of God forever while Satan and all his host, along with the lost, will be put under God's Holy wrath forever. Every creature will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, and He will remain glorious forever.

Isaiah 65:17; Matthew 16:27, 24:30-31; Mark 8:38; John 5:28-29; Acts 17:31; 1 Corinthians 15:52; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Philippians 2:10-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Revelation 20:12-13, 21:1

These convictions represent what we are convinced about on matters that the Scripture teaches about. Though not core beliefs, these truths have great weight in the life and practice of the believer and the Church.


The natural person is a sinner by nature and lives a lifestyle of sin. When Adam and Eve fell in the garden of Eden, the entire human race fell with them. Every child that belongs to the family of Adam inherits a sinful nature at birth and the consequences that come with it. Sin has affected, the physical body, which causes illness and death; the mind, which leaves people in darkness from understanding the things of God; the will, which causes slavery to sin; and the heart, which causes sinful inclinations and evil impulses. The natural person is spiritually dead in their sins and trespasses; the sinner is totally depraved and radically corrupted in all their faculties. However, this does not mean that a person is utterly evil or sinful as they could be without any outward conformity to God’s law, nor does this mean that they lack a conscience. The difference lies in their heart since the sinner has exchanged their worship of the Creator for created things. Godly desires, motivations and affections are absent in the sinner to the point where Scripture concludes that there are none who seek the true God, revealed in Christ, and do good in His sight, regardless of how moral and charitable they may be, or how much they may pursue God on their own. Every person has missed the mark of God’s standard, and further, cannot savingly believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ unless and until the Holy Spirit regenerates them.

2 Chronicles 6:36; Psalm 5:9, 51:5, 143:2; Proverbs 21:10; Ecclesiastes 7:29; Isaiah 53:6; Jeremiah 17:9; Matthew 12:34-35; Mark 7:21-23; John 8:34; Romans 3:10-12, 3:23, 8:7-8, 11:32; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 2:3; Colossians 1:21; Hebrews 11:6

God the Father from all eternity, in love, predestined an innumerable multitude of guilty sinners from every tribe, tongue, people and nation to be saved for the praise of His glorious Grace. To this purpose, He chose individuals in Christ whom He graciously regenerates, justifies, sanctifies and will glorify on the last day. This unmerited favour is solely granted to the elect of God, by God’s initiative and no initiative from fallen dead sinners; nor is it based on God’s foresight of who will receive Him in history. The identities of the elect are kept secret in the hidden counsels of God. However, God takes no pleasure in the death of any sinner and commands all to repentance and faith in Christ, having set His saving love to those He has chosen. God’s purpose of election is consistent with the character of God as revealed in His Word and the life of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Exodus 33:19; Psalm 65:4; Ezekiel 18:23; Matthew 11:25-28; Mark 13:20; John 6:37-40; Acts 13:48; Romans 8:28-30, 9:10-24; 1 Corinthians 1:27-29; Ephesians 1:4-7; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 1:9, 2:10; Titus 3:4-7; 1 Peter 1:1-2; Revelation 22:17

The vicarious and substitutionary atonement of Jesus Christ is primarily concerned with God’s plan and purpose in sending Jesus to satisfy God’s wrath, to pay the debt of sin, and to accomplish the work of salvation, for sinners, to the praise of His glory. The value of the atonement of Christ is immeasurable and is sufficient to save any person; it is the only hope of salvation for the whole world! The effect of the atonement is powerful to guarantee the salvation of sinners. However, the salvific extent of the atonement is defined only for the elect of God, and the elect individuals are those who believe in Christ. God’s intention for the atonement was to accomplish the salvation of His people. Through the Atonement of Christ, God did not make every person savable but instead, decisively purchased, redeemed, reconciled, and saved an innumerable multitude of people from every nation, tribe, and language; and appeased His wrath against them! This does not minimize the free offer of the Gospel but rather, fuels the Church’s responsibility to share the finished work of Christ that will save forever, every person it is purposed to save; which is, every person who draws near to God by His Spirit and receives the gift of faith in Jesus, who is mighty to save!

Jeremiah 31:31-33, 32:38-40; Ezekiel 11:19, 36:26-27; Matthew 26:28; Luke 22:20; John 3:16, 10:11-15; Acts 20:28; Romans 5:6-11; 1 Corinthians 11:25; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 10:14-18, 13:20-21; 1 John 2:1, 2; Revelation 5:9, 7:9

Regeneration also called the "New Birth" or being "Born Again", is an act by God the Holy Spirit in the human heart that precedes faith in Jesus Christ. It is entirely the miraculous work of God, outside of the human will, that makes a dead sinner a living saint! People, by nature, resist the Holy Spirit and do not surrender to the call of repentance and faith in Christ when hearing the Gospel. Sinners are unable to understand the things of God, deaf to the truth of Scripture, blind to the beauty of the Gospel, and spiritually dead in their sins and trespasses. God, by the working of His Spirit, overcomes the resistance of a sinner by making them alive in Christ, enabling their spiritual ears, eyes and mind to understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and gives a new heart that finds God irresistible! It is the effectual grace of God, where the Holy Spirit applies the work of Christ on the elect of God in the ordained time set for their salvation. The Church is responsible for sharing the good news, while God is the one who uses those means of grace to convert sinners! The Gospel when preached may be foolish and a stumbling block for people, but to those who are called by God, Christ is the power and wisdom of God!

Deuteronomy 29:2-4, 30:6; 2 Chronicles 30:6-12; Jeremiah 31:31-33, 32:40; Ezekiel 11:19-20, 36:26-27; John 1:11-13, 3:3, 6:44, 6:63-65; Acts 7:51; Romans 9:14-23, 12:3; 1 Corinthians 1:22-24; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 John 5:1

A born-again or regenerate person is eternally alive in Christ and cannot lose their salvation. A person who believes and receives Jesus Christ into their life, as Lord and Saviour, is redeemed by His blood, reconciled with God, adopted into His family, and sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise for the day of redemption. The new birth in Christ results in a radical new heart, and an ongoing change in thought process and lifestyle. With the empowering grace of God, the believer shifts from their former life of disobedience and yields to be led by the Holy Spirit, in line with Scripture, which forbids using this assurance as liberty for the flesh; working out their salvation and not for it.

John 6:37-40, 10:27-30, 14:15-21; Romans 8:1, 8:14, 8:28-30, 8:38-39, 13:13-14; 2 Corinthians 5:17-19; Galatians 5:13; Ephesians 1:3-8, 1:13-14; Philippians 2:12-13; Colossians 3:1-7; Titus 2:11-14

God is sovereign over all things, and nothing is outside of His control; it is the free exercise of God's will in accomplishing His eternal purposes. The creation of all things, including life and death, is God's sovereign demonstration. Everything, including randomness and chance, is within the bounds of God's providence and is subject to His command. The will of all creatures, including Satan and his kingdom, is under the rule of God and serve His great purposes. God has ordained all things, both good and evil, and nothing happens outside of His sovereign will. However, God's sovereignty does not negate nor diminish the responsibility and consequences of creaturely choices; He is sovereign, and creatures remain responsible. God's sovereignty is consistent with His benevolent character; He remains good despite sin and evil. All things, both good and evil, ultimately exist to glorify God who is Holy.

Genesis 1:1, 50:20; 1 Chronicles 29:11-12; Nehemiah 9:6; Job 42:2; Psalm 47:2, 115:3, 135:6; Proverbs 16:9, 16:33, 21:1; Isaiah 40:23, 46:10; Matthew 19:26; Luke 10:21; Acts 2:23; Romans 8:26, 9:19-21, 11:36; Ephesians 3:20; Revelation 4:11

All who repent of their sins and place their faith in Jesus Christ should take believer’s baptism in obedience to what our Lord has commanded. Baptism is the outward sign of the inward work of God in the life of a believer; it is a public declaration of the believer’s salvation. Through immersion in water, the believer identifies with Christ’s death, burial and resurrection, and baptism is effectuated in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:38-41, 8:36-38, 10:48, 16:31-33, 22:16; Romans 6:3-11; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21

The gifts of the Holy Spirit have not ceased with the closing of the canon of Scripture, nor the death of the last Apostle. The Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to His people as He wills for the edification of the saints and the confirmation of God's Word. All these spiritual gifts remain available and are to be eagerly desired by believers. It is also crucial to exercise these gifts within the boundaries set by Holy Scripture.

Joel 2:28-30; Acts 1:8; Romans 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31, 13:2; Hebrews 2:3-4; 1 Peter 4:10-11

Men and women, as image bearers of God, share equality in value, dignity and worth. Each has equal access to God through faith in Jesus Christ, and are recipients of spiritual gifts for empowerment. As per God's design in Scripture, men and women are to have different but complementary roles, for the family at home, and at church. At home, both the husband and wife share in the care for their family, but God has given the primary responsibility of sacrificially loving and leading the family, to the husband; it is a picture of Christ loving and leading His Church. It is not a variation of domineering control by a man, nor is it to be confused with chauvinism. Similarly, at church, both men and women are called to serve, and biblically qualified individuals are expected to lead; however, the role of the Elder/Pastor is set apart for biblically qualified men. Men and women can reach their full potential of service to the Lord and glorify God when these role distinctions are preserved and practised.

1 Corinthians 11:2-16, 14:33-35; Ephesians 5:22-33; Colossians 3:18-19; 1 Timothy 2:8-15; 1 Peter 3:1-7