Note that the seven-fold unity of the Spirit as contained in Ephesians 4:1-7 forms the basis of our oneness as believers.

SCRIPTURES

In keeping with orthodox Christian belief, we affirm that the entire Bible written in the original languages is inerrant, verbally inspired by God and is of plenary authority (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:21).

UNITY

We affirm that the seven-fold unity expressed in Ephesians 4:1-7 is the Holy Spirit's doctrinal Statement for the Church that is the Body of Christ.

We recognise other doctrinal unity as given for the various programmes found in Scripture but we affirm that Ephesians 4 stands alone as the doctrinal unity for the Church today.

GOD

We believe that there is but one living and true God (Deut. 6:4; 1 Cor. 8:4); an infinite, intelligent Spirit (John 4:24); perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, existing and subsistent in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 13:14).

GOD THE FATHER

God the Father is the first person of the Trinity. He is sovereign (Rom. 11:33). His Fatherhood denotes a spiritual relationship within the Trinity, secondly within mankind creatively and thirdly in spiritual relationship to all believers.

GOD THE SON

The Son, Jesus Christ, is the second person of the Trinity and possesses all divine attributes. He is co-equal and co-eternal with the Father (John 10:27-30). We teach that in His incarnation He surrendered the prerogatives of deity, but nothing of divine essence, either in degree or kind. His divine nature and human nature is an indissoluble union.

We teach that Jesus Christ was virgin born (Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:26) and that through His merits and work of salvation, redemption is made possible to all who believe and receive His grace through faith.

The Lord’s death was voluntary, vicarious, propitiatory, redemptive and substitutionary (Rom. 3:25; 5:8). We believe His resurrection from the dead was literal and physical and He ascended to the right hand of the Father where He ministers as our Advocate.

GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, is Divine, eternal, possessing all the divine attributes and is co-equal with the Father and the Son (Acts 5:3-4). We believe the work of the Holy Spirit is to execute the divine Will of God. The broad scope of His divine activity includes convicting the world of sin, of righteousness and judgement, glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ and transforming believers into Christ-likeness (2 Cor. 3:8; Eph. 2:22).

The Holy Spirit is the supernatural and sovereign agent in regeneration, baptising all believers into the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:13). He indwells, empowers and has sealed all who believe, until the day of redemption (Rom. 8:9; 2 Cor. 3:6; Eph. 1:13).

Every believer possesses the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit from the moment of salvation, and it is the duty of all believers to be filled with the Spirit (controlled by the Holy Spirit moment by moment, Eph. 5:18).

ONE FAITH

We believe that salvation is by God’s Grace through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, the merit of His shed blood and not of human works (Eph. 1:7, Eph. 2:8-10). We believe in regeneration. We believe that election of all who are saved is an Act of God and human response to the Gospel.

The gospel of grace as revealed in the New Testament.

ONE BODY

We believe that the mystery of the Body of Christ is revealed through the writings of Paul the Apostle. It was hid from all generations and ages (Col. 1:26; Eph. 3:9) but was revealed to the Apostle to the Gentiles (Rom. 16:25). This revelation came from the Lord Jesus Christ directly from heaven (Gal. 1:11-12).

Paul is the dispenser of this revelation to the Church (Col. 1:25; Eph. 3:2; Gal. 1:11). Much of what Paul taught, was difficult for the apostles of the circumcision to receive because their programme was primarily Jewish in content (2 Pet. 3:15-16).

ONE BAPTISM

We believe that all who place their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ are baptised by the Holy Spirit into one united spiritual body (1 Cor. 12:12-13). The Lord Jesus Christ is the Head of the Body (Eph. 1:22; 4:15; Col. 1:18).

ONE HOPE

We believe in the personal, bodily return of the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thess. 4:16; Titus 2:11-13) to translate His Church from this earth (1 Cor. 15:51-53). All believers will receive rewards according to their works following their translation to Heaven (1 Cor. 3:11-15; 2 Cor. 5:10).

“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”

Ephesians 4:1-7

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