God: The Trinity
There is only one true God, who eternally exists as Trinity—three equally divine yet distinct Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. All things, including humankind, exist for the glory of God. The Father is the Creator and Ruler of heaven and earth who gave his beloved Son to vindicate his forgiveness of undeserving rebels and their adoption into his family.
Genesis 1:1, 26; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 148; Proverbs 16:4; Isaiah 45:5–6; 46:9–10; John 17:3; Romans 5:8; 8:15-16, 31-34; 11:33–36; Ephesians 1:3–14; 1 Corinthians 8:4–6; 10:31; 2 Corinthians 5:15; 1 Timothy 2:5; Revelation 4:8–11
The Bible: God’s Written Word
God has revealed Himself to us through the Bible and it contains all that we need to know God and live for Him. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments comprise the totality of Scripture and were penned without error by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. We believe that all of Scripture ultimately points to and climaxes in Jesus Christ, who is the Word become flesh. Because it is God’s word, it has His authority, and we desire to submit our lives to it, obey its commands, treasure its wisdom, and test everything we do and teach by its standards. This is why we place a strong emphasis on preaching, teaching, and studying the Bible.
Psalm 19:7–11; 119; Matthew 4:4; John 10:34-35; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20–21; 3:15
Humanity: God’s Marred Masterpiece
The Bible reveals that all people have been created to bear God’s image as male and female with inherent dignity, value, and worth. We have been created to live in loving harmony with God and one another. However, having chosen to rebel against God, humanity now worships creation instead of the Creator. The Bible calls this rebellious attitude and action ‘sin’, which has fractured our relationship with God, one another, and ourselves. We are sinners by nature and choice and as a result we are alienated from God and under His just and holy judgement. We are, consequently, incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through our own efforts, and thus, our greatest need is the undeserved love of God, who alone can reconcile us to Himself and restore us to our intended glory.
Genesis 1:26; 6:5; 9:6; Psalm 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 1:18-32; 3:23; 5:8, 12-21; 7:18; Ephesians 2:1–3
Jesus: Our Saviour
Jesus Christ is the eternally existent Son of God, co-equal with the Father and the Spirit, both truly human and truly divine. Jesus was begotten, not made, taking on a sinless human nature in order to save us from Satan, sin and judgement. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless human life and died a substitutionary death, offering Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of humanity by dying on a cross. He rose from the grave three days later to demonstrate His power over Satan, sin and death, to vindicate His claim to be the only way of salvation and to the Father, and to launch the New Creation. He ascended to heaven where He exercises all authority and from where He will one day return to right every wrong and rule forevermore.
Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:20–23; 28:1–20; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 2:52; 24:1–53; John 1:1–5, 29; 3:18; 10:1–18; 14:10–30; Acts 1:11; 4:12; Romans 3:21–26; 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:1–4, 12–34; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 1:4; Colossians 1:15–20; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; 1 Timothy 2:5–6; Hebrews 1:1–3; 9:28; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 John 3:2; Revelation 1:7