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Bible

Both the Old and New Testaments, are divinely inspired and are the revelation of God to man. All Scripture is God-breathed – the Holy Spirit inspired the authors, revealing to them what He wanted to be written (Acts 1:16; 2 Tim.3:16; 2 Pet.1:20-21).

These scriptures are infallible truth, containing no contradiction or error. It is the final authority for faith, doctrine and life. The canon of the Bible is closed.

Christians must remain receptive to the illumination of Scriptural truth by the Holy Spirit (Matt 5:18; John 17:17; Rom.10:17; 15:4; 1 Cor.10:11; 2:13; James 1:21).

God

God is Spirit – infinite, eternal, uncreated and unchangeable in His being or attributes. In Him, all things have their source, support and end (John 4:24; Ps.102:25-27; Gen.1:1-26; John 1:1-3; Heb.1:1-3; Col.1:15-17).

There is one true God who has a plural nature – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit – all distinct personalities, all designated God (John1:1,18,14; Heb.1:8; Acts 5:3,4).

The Bible does not teach that there are three gods but upholds the doctrine of the Trinity – one God who reveals Himself in three persons – equal in power and glory (Gen.1:26; Matt.3:16, 17; 28:19; Acts 10:38; 1 Cor.12:4-6).

Jesus

Jesus Christ is Lord and the Son of God. He is the Only Begotten of the Father (John 1:1-3, 18; 17:5; Heb.1:2- 12; 13:8).

By taking on the form of man, Jesus is the Word that became flesh. He was miraculously ‘Virgin Born’ of the Holy Spirit, without a human father, born to a woman born of flesh (John 1:14, 8; Isa.7:14; Matt.1:18-25).

The Bible declares His absolute deity and His complete humanity. He lived a sinless life on earth; teaching, preaching and performing miracles with divine authority (Matt. 16:13, 16; Philip.2:5-8; 1 Tim.2:5; Heb.2:14-18; 4:15; 2 Cor.5:21; Matt.4:23, 24; Acts 2:22).

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. Christ died for all and rose bodily from the dead. (1 Cor.15:3, 4, 14-21; Luke 24:6, 39; Acts 4:33; Rom.1:4; 5:10; 8:11).

He ascended to the Father in heaven. He is alive forevermore in His resurrected body and exalted position, representing us before the throne of God as our High Priest and Advocate (1Tim.3:16; Mark 16:19; Philip.3:20, 21; Rom.8:34; Heb.4:14-16; 7:24, 25).

He will return to earth a second time to judge all mankind.

Salvation

All have sinned – therefore, humankind is in a lost sinful state, fallen from original righteousness (Isa.53:6; Rom.3:9-12, 23; 1Cor.15:21, 22; Gal.3:22).

Jesus Christ gave His life as a substitutionary sacrifice and ransom for all (1 Cor.15:3; Matt.20:28; 1 Tim.2:3-6). His atoning death on the cross and His shed blood fully paid the redemption price required to release sinners.

Through His death, all people can obtain the forgiveness and remission of sins; washing and cleansing from unrighteousness; justification and pardon from the guilt of transgressions; righteousness and right standing with God; propitiation and reconciliation, which restores fellowship and favour with God; healing and wholeness; the victorious life; and the gift of eternal life (Gal.3:13, 14; 1 Pet.1:18, 19; 2:24; Col.1:13, 14; Rom.3:22-26; 5:8-11, 17-19; Titus 3:4-7; 1 John 2:2; 3:8; Rev.12:10, 11).

People are not able to save themselves by works; by trying to keep the Law or the Ten Commandments; by personal merit in themselves; by self-effort; or by natural development from within – no one can add anything to the completed atoning work of Christ (Isa.64:6; Rom.3:20, 28; Gal.2:16; Titus 3:5). Salvation is by grace, the free gift of eternal life from God to all those who believe in Christ.

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