Bible Doctrines

Our doctrinal basis is the entire teachings of the Bible.  Outlined below is a brief summary of the key areas.   

1.      The Bible

The Bible consisting of 39 books of the Old and 27 books of the New Testaments alone is the means through which God has revealed himself to humanity.  Every word was inspired by God through human authors, so that the Bible as originally given is in its entirety the Word of God, without error and fully reliable in fact and doctrine. The Bible is our final authority and is always sufficient for all matters of life and faith.  II Timothy 3:16,17; Proverbs 30:5,6; Revelation 22:18,19.

2.      God

There is one God, who consist of three distinct but equal persons -the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  The three personalities in the Godhead are perfectly united in one, and are not merely three names for one Person.  God is eternal and unchangeable in his holiness, justice, wisdom and love. He is the Creator and sustainer of all things according to his sovereign will and for His own glory. Matthew 3:16,17; II Corinthians13:14; Matthew 28:19,20.

3.      The Lord Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God.  He was born of a virgin and lived a sinless life.  He is fully God and fully man.  In obedience to God’s plan for salvation, atonement and redemption of man He was crucified, died, buried, resurrected and ascended into heaven where he is exalted above all, at the right hand of God, from where He intercedes for all believers.  Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Romans 1:4; I Corinthians 15:3,4; Philippians 2:5-11.

4.      The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit as the third person in the Trinity has significant ministry in this age.  He convicts sinners, saves the repentant, brings assurance of salvation, indwells believers, transforms their lives into the likeness of Christ, lead believers into all truths, guides them, imparts Spiritual Gifts, glorifies Christ, builds the Church and protects her against the gates of hell.   The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a definite Christian experience through which God endues sanctified believers with Power from on High for effective Christian service. It is evidenced by initial speaking in tongues.  Matthew 3:11; Acts 1:8; Luke 3:16; 24:49; John 1:20-33; 7:37-39; 14:16,17,26; 15:26; 16:12-15; Acts 1:5-8; Mark 16:17; Acts 2:1-18; 10:44-46; 19:1-6.

5.      The Human Race

All men and women were created by God in His image to obey, worship and love God. As a result of the fall of Adam and Eve, every aspect of human nature has been corrupted and all men and women are without spiritual life, guilty sinners and hostile to God rendering them subject to God’s wrath and condemnation, until they are reconciled to God through repentance, forgiveness and salvation. Psalm 51:5; Job 14:4; Romans 3:23; 5:12-17; Mark 7:21-23; Ephesians 2:1.

6.      Salvation

Salvation is the free gift of God’s grace through the finished work of Christ at Calvary, by which God grant repentant sinner(s) forgiveness, adoption into God’s family and eternal life.  Salvation cannot be earned or deserved.  The facets of salvation covers:

a)      Repentance - a complete turning away from all sin and its deceitful pleasures, and believing in Jesus with saving faith. Proverb 28:13; Isaiah 55:7; Ezekiel 18:21-23; Mark 1:15; Luke 24:46,47; Acts 2:38; 3:19,21; II Corinthians 7:10; Hebrew 6:1-3.

b)     Restitution - making amends for wrongs done against mankind, so as to have a conscience void of offence toward God and man. Genesis 20:1-8,14-18; Exodus 22:1-7; Leviticus 6:1-17; Numbers 5:6-8; 11 Samuel 12:1-6; Proverbs 6:31; Ezekiel 33:14-16; Matthew 5:23,24; Luke 19:8,9; Acts 23:1-5; 24:16; James 4:17-5:6.

c)      Justification (or Regeneration) - the act of God's grace whereby one receives forgiveness and remission of sins, and is counted righteous before God, through faith in the atoning blood of Jesus, standing before God as though he had never sinned. Psalm 32:1,2; Isaiah 1:18; Micah 7:29; John 3:3-8; Acts 13:38,39; Romans 3:24-30; 4:6-16; 5:1,2; II Corinthians 5:17-21; Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5; I Peter 1:23.

d)     Redemption from the curse of the law through the sacrificial death of Christ bringing along with it the associated benefit of healing of sickness and disease as well as continued Health. Exodus 15:26; Deuteronomy 7:15; Psalm 103:1-5; Proverbs 4:20-22; Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:16,17; I Peter 2:24; Mark 16:15-18; Luke 13:16; John 15:12-14; 10:10; Acts 10:38; James 5:14-16; I John 3:8; III John 2; Galatians 3:13,14.

7.      Sanctification

Sanctification is an act of God's grace, obtained by faith subsequent to salvation, by which the believer's heart is purified and made holy enabling him / her to love God perfectly and live consistently holy.  Luke 1:74,75; John 17:15-17; I Thessalonians 4:3,7,8; 5:22-24; Ephesians 5:25-27; Hebrew 2:11; 10:10,14; 13:11; Titus 2:11-14; I John 1:7; Hebrew 12:14; I Peter 1:14-16.

8.      The Church

The universal Church of God is comprised of all born again believers constituted into the body of Christ.  It is physically expressed through local congregations for worship, Christian service, pastoral care and discipline.  Unity in the Church is achieved through mutual love, care, friendship, fellowship and encouragement – all on the basis of faithfulness to the Bible. Matthew 16:18; 18:17; Acts 7:38; 8:1-3; 13:1; 15:4,22,41; I Corinthians 12:28; 16:19; Ephesians 5:25-27; Hebrews 12:23; Revelation 1:4.

9.      Evangelism

Evangelism is a divine mandate for every believer to be a compassionate and faithful soulwinner for Christ, so that humanity can make the best use of the one life they have and prepare adequately to make heaven. Matthew 28:19,20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-49; John 17:18; Acts 1:8; 8:1-4; Psalm 126:5,6; Proverbs 11:30; Daniel 12:3; Ezekiel 13:17-21; Hebrews 9:27; Mark 8:38; Job 1:21.

10.  Ordinances (Water Baptism and The Lord’s Supper)

Jesus Christ instituted these two ordinances (Baptism and the Lord's Supper) as symbolic signs of acceptance of the gospel as described below:

a)      Water Baptism is a symbol of a believer’s identification with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  It is essential to our obedience after being born again.  It does not impart Spiritual life.  The scriptural method for Water Baptism is one immersion (not three), "in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost", as Jesus commanded. Matthew 28:19; 3:13-17; Mark 16:15; Acts 2:38,39; 19:1-6; Romans 6:4,5.

b)      The Lord's Supper is a commemoration of Christ's sacrifice offered once for all.  It is to be observed by all believers regularly to “show the Lord’s death till He comes”.   The emblems used are "unleavened bread" and the juice of the "fruit of the vine"; and there is no transubstantiation involved.  Anyone who eats and drinks unworthily brings "damnation", punishment and chastisement upon himself. Matthew 26:26-29; Luke 22:17-20; I Corinthians 11:23-30.

11.  Marriage

Marriage was instituted by God as a binding union between one man and one woman (i.e. Monogamy) for life.  Divorce and remarriage to another person while the first partner is alive runs contrary to God’s perfect will as taught in the Bible.  After conversion, God expects necessary restitution for the correction of wrong marriages.  Genesis 2:24; Deuteronomy 7:1-4; Joshua 23:11-13; II Corinthians 6:14-18; Proverbs 31:10-31; Malachi 2:14,15; Romans 7:2,3; Ephesians 5:31-33; Matthew 5:31,32; 19:3-9; Mark 10:2-12; Luke 16:18; John 4:15-19; Genesis 20:3,7.

12.  The Future

The Bible teaches on a number of imminent future events that all believers need to adequately prepare for including:

a)      The Rapture - the catching away from the earth of all living saints and all who died in the Lord. It is commonly referred to as the first phase of the second coming of Christ, and will take place before the Great Tribulation".  John 14:1-3; Luke 21:34-36; I Corinthians 15:51-58; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:4-9; II Thessalonians 2:5-7; Philippians 3:11,20,21; I John 3:1-3.

b)      The Resurrection of the dead and immortality of the soul – the bringing back to life every individual who has ever lived, some to honour and glory, and others to everlasting shame and contempt. Job 19:25-27; Psalm 71:20; Isaiah 26:19; Daniel 12:2; John 5:28,29; I Corinthians 15:12-57; I Thessalonians 4:13-16; Hebrews 6:1,2; Philippians 3:8-11; Revelation 20:4,6,12,13.

c)      The Great Tribulation – a time of terrible sufferings on earth after the rapture, at the same time that the marriage supper of the lamb will be taking place in heaven.  Great Tribulation is also referred to as the time of Jacob's Trouble. Matthew 24:21,22,29; Revelation 9:16; Mark 13:19; II Thessalonians 2:3-12; Revelation 13. During this time, the Antichrist, a supernatural diabolical being in the form of a man who will blaspheme and proclaim himself to be God, will take possession of this world for a reign of terror. Daniel 6:23-35; II Thessalonians 2:7-12; Revelation 13:1-10. Revelation 19:1-10.

d)      The Second Coming of Christ - a literal return of Christ to earth to execute judgement upon the ungodly.  Zechariah 14:3,4; Matthew 25:31-46; 26:64; Mark 13:24-37; II Thessalonians 1:7-10; 2:8; Jude 14,15.

e)      Christ's Millennial Reign - the 1,000 years' literal reign of Jesus on earth, during His second coming along with the resurrected saints. Jude 14,15; II Thessalonians 1:7-10. It will be a reign of peace and blessing since the devil will be bound throughout the entire period. Revelation 20:2,3. Isaiah 11:6-9; 65:25; Hosea 2:18; Zechariah 14:9-20; 2:2-4.

f)        The Battle of Armageddon – the final battle that ends the rebellion of satan.  When the devil is released at the end of the Millennial reign of Christ, he musters an army to fight against Christ and the saints, and he is overpowered by Christ. Revelation 16:12-16.

g)      The Great White Throne Judgment – a post Millennium final judgment of all the living and the dead, small and great, who have ever lived on the face of the earth, according to their works.   All those from all ages, who have not yet been judged (believers' judgement, as sinners', was accomplished by Christ on the Cross - John 5:24; 3:17-19) will stand before God at this time. The devil and his angels will also be judged, and thrown in to the lake of fire for ever. Daniel 12:2,3; Matthew 10:15; 11:21-24; 12:41,42; John 5:28,29; Romans 2:15,16; 14:12; II Peter 2:9; Jude 6; I Corinthians 6:1-4; Acts 10:42; Revelation 20:11-15.

h)      The New Heaven and the New Earth "wherein dwelleth righteousness" -  the replacement of the present earth which has been polluted by sin with New heaven and earth, made by God, after the Great White Throne Judgment. Psalm 102:25,26; Isaiah 51:6; 65:17; Matthew 5:18; 24:35; II Peter 3:10-13; Revelation 21:1.  It is for the redeemed to dwell with God for ever. No unclean thing shall be there. We shall know each other, our knowledge having been perfected. There will be no more curse upon anything. There will be no more night. The glory of the Lord will be the light thereof. Isaiah 66:22; II Peter 3:12,13; I Corinthians 13:12; I John 3:2,3; Revelation 21:1-7; 22:1-5.

i)        Hell-fire - a place of everlasting punishment where sinners (all who do not have their names in the book of life) will suffer torments for ever and ever. It was originally prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41), but God has decreed that the wicked and those who forget Him and reject Christ, will also be cast there, because of their sin and neglect of His salvation. Psalm 9:17; Matthew 25:46; Luke 12:4,5; 16:19-31; Matthew 5:22,30; Mark 9:43-47; Revelation 14:10,11; 20:10,12-15.

 

 

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