Statement of beliefs
In essentials we have unity.
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (Ephesians 4:4-6)
In non-essentials we have liberty.
Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand. So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. (Romans 14)
In all things we show charity.
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:2)
The fundamental beliefs of the association are:
There is one unique and eternal God, who exists in an everlasting loving relationship of Father, Son and Spirit – one God in three persons.
God is sovereign in all things: including creation, revelation, redemption, judgement and the establishing of his kingdom.
As sovereign loving creator and redeemer, he is worthy of all glory, honour and praise.
Men and women together are created in the image of God, and therefore enjoy a unique dignity in creation and a unique relationship with God.
Men and women together have dominion over the created order.
Tragically, human nature is universally sinful since the Fall and all are guilty before God. This leaves us under the wrath and condemnation of God.
We are unable, without the prior regenerative work of God’s Spirit, to turn ourselves to God.
About the Bible
There is no other way to know God except that he reveals himself to us. The Bible is God’s revelation to us. The words of the Bible are divinely inspired and infallible, as originally given, and have supreme authority in all matters of faith, conduct and experience.
The Bible is sufficient for knowing God. It is not only central to the wellbeing of the church but is able to thoroughly equip the Christian community for life and godliness.
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.
He is both fully God and truly human. He entered fully into human experience. He endured temptation and he suffered and died. He was perfectly obedient to God his father.
Jesus took on himself the consequences of human sin. He died and was buried. On the third day he rose from the dead bodily and is now exalted as ruler over all.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.
There is only one name under heaven by which we can be brought into relationship with God: the name ‘Jesus Christ’.
It is only through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, that the guilt, penalty and power of sin can be removed. In that death, God demonstrates his love to us most perfectly and establishes his victory over Satan and all his foes.
The work of the Holy Spirit is necessary to make the death of Jesus effective in an individual’s life. The Spirit enables the sinner to repent and put their faith in Jesus Christ, so that salvation is entirely of God’s grace and not of human merit or works.
Although we enjoy now the blessing of union with Christ and secure relationship with God, we await the final consummation of our hope with the return of Christ, the resurrection of our bodies and life with him eternally.
About the Spirit in the believer’s life.
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the father and the Son, and indwells all true believers.
His role is to bring glory to Jesus Christ, thus making Jesus Christ central in all things.
The Spirit works to illuminate believers’ minds to grasp the truth of the Bible, producing in them his fruit, granting them his gifts and empowering them for service.
He grants his gifts for the purpose of service, not self indulgence. Their use is determined – not by personal desire for fulfilment, or satisfaction – but by the principle of building the church. Not every gift of the Spirit is given to the church at every moment of its life, only those necessary for building Christ’s body.
About the church.
The visible church is the gathering of believers around Christ in his word.
It is a community of people intended by God to bear witness to him and actively seek the extension of his rule.
Within its community both men and women are to seek proper expression of their gifts as they work to build the church in love.
The Bible makes clear that in church leadership, as in marriage, the roles of men and women are not interchangeable. We are committed to expressing the differences within relationships of mutual dependence.