Christian beliefs are not based on our personal opinions or desires. They are based on what God has revealed to us through the Bible. Jesus said “Man must not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). As Christians, we strive to learn and understand God's will, and we summarize some of our most important beliefs below.
We believe in the God of the Bible, the Creator and Sustainer of all that is. He is a God of love and justice who continually reaches out to us, inviting us into a close relationship with Him. We believe that He is our Heavenly Father, and we strive to submit our will to His and live to His glory.
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Pet 3:9
We believe that Jesus Christ is God but humbled himself and was born a human being. Through this, Jesus became the Son of God, both human and divine, and is the only way to salvation and eternal life. He was born of a virgin, lived a perfect, sinless life, and then died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. On the third day, He rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, where He reigns as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Rom 5:8
We believe that the Bible is the God-given guide for living a meaningful life. It is the only objective source of information we have about God's will for us and the church. The Bible tells us about God, Christ, the church, and how to live as Christians. We believe that everything we do and believe should be taught or implied in the Bible. The apostle Paul wrote “All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correct, for training in righteousness”.
GRACE & SIN
We believe that sin is the problem that separates us from God, and that God's grace is the only solution that can bridge the gap between us and Him. Rom 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
God's grace was demonstrated through Jesus' death on the cross, which paid the penalty for our sins.
Ps 116:5 “The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion”.
We believe that the answer to the question of ‘what must I do to be saved’ has not changed since the days of the apostles in the first century.
We can only be saved by grace through faith by the blood of Christ (Eph. 2:8-10), there is nothing we can do to be saved without God’s grace.
We cannot be saved unless we believe in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God (Jn. 8:24; Mk. 16:16)
We must also be willing to confess that belief in Christ to others (Mt. 10:32-33; Rom. 10:8-10)
When Peter was asked ‘what must I do to be saved’ by people who had come to believe that Jesus was their Lord and Messiah, he answered: “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call". (Acts 2:38,39).
Repentance is turning away from our sinful lives and trying to live in the manner God wants us to.
Baptism (Immersion in water) is when repentant believers are: clothed with Christ (Galatians 3:26-27); come into contact with Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection (Romans 6:3-7), and receive from God the gift of the Holy Spirit and the forgiveness of his or her sins (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 22:16; 1 Peter 3:21).
We believe that the church is the community of all who have been saved by Jesus Christ. We are all members of the body of Christ, and there is no distinction between clergy and laity. Each member of the church plays a vital role in taking the gospel to the world and helping fellow Christians serve God faithfully.
1 John 4:7-9 “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.”