Statement of Doctrine and Practice
- The divine authority, inspiration, sufficiency and finality of the Holy scriptures in all matters relating to doctrine and practice.
- The divine equality of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in the unity of the Godhead. These three are equal in essence, aim and purpose and are due equal honour.
- The Son of God became truly man, being conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary
- His death on the cross was a sacrifice to God and constituted perfect propitiation for the forgiveness of sins.
- He was raised from the dead in bodily form and ascended into heaven where He presides as Head of the church and serves as High Priest for His people.
- He will return to the air to receive His people to Himself and establish His glorious kingdom on earth.
- The Holy Spirit effects the work of regeneration and indwells every believer from the moment of conversion. He empowers for Godly living and spiritual service but it is the responsibility of each individual believer to be filled with the Spirit.
- Through temptation by Satan, man became sinful and thereby brought the whole human race under the judgement of God.
- Eternal salvation is through repentance and faith in the finished work of Christ. Justification is by grace alone.
- All true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ are members of the body of Christ. He is Head over all things to the church.
- Each local church is representative of the church in its totality and is composed only of true born again believers.
- Each local church is autonomous and recognises plurality of elders, bishops or overseers who exercise authority in the local church in accordance with the principles of the Word of God.
- The Lord Jesus Christ is the only centre of gathering and the Holy Spirit the sole leader and guide.
- There are two ordinances of the church: baptism by immersion on personal confession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and the remembrance of Him in the Lord’s Supper on the first day of the week.
- The reception at the Lord’s Supper of all baptised believers who are sound in faith and godly in life.
- The recognition that all believers are constituted priests and as such engage in appropriate worship and service. All are equal in position; there being no position in laity or clergy.
- The recognition that all believers are recipients of gifts of the Holy Spirit, the functioning of the local church to the glory of God being dependent upon the exercise of these gifts.
- The recognition that there are special and different spheres of service for men and women within the local church. A public leadership role is the sole responsibility of the former in public meetings of the local church. Appropriate headships are recognised by men being present with heads uncovered and women with heads covered at such meetings.
- The convening of meetings for Bible teaching, prayer and worship and for preaching of the gospel to unbelievers.