Statement of Faith

1. The Bible

I believe the Bible (the original scriptures) that contains the Old and New Testament (66 books) is the inspired, infallible and authoritive Word of God. The modern day translations today have slight errors, but from the historical evidence e.g The Dead Sea Scrolls most translations today are trustworthy and therefore most should be accepted as accurate translations of God's Word. I believe humans wrote the Bible, but the Holy Spirit has ensured that there were no errors and all that was written was exactly what God intended for them to write (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

2. God

I believe in one God, who created all things, who revealed himself to humanity through God the Father, his Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit (John 10:30, Matthew 28:19, Deuteronomy 6:4). God is omnipotent (all powerful) Job 42:2, omniscient (all knowing) 1 John 3:20, omnipresent (exists everywhere) Nahum 1:3, sovereign 1 Chronicles 29:11-12, infinite Psalms 139:7-10, eternal Genesis 1:1, unchanging, righteous, holy and loving.

3. Jesus Christ

I believe in the deity of Jesus Christ as the Son of God, who is God incarnated in human form (John 1:1, 14). He came to reveal God in himself and his character as God's son. He revealed himself as the way to salvation from hell to eternal life in heaven (John 3:16). I believe Jesus Christ was born of the virgin Mary (Matthew 1:23), conceived by the Holy Spirit and is completely man and God. I also believe that he was sinless, perfect and everything he said was true (1 John 3:5, John 14:6). I believe he died for the whole of humanity on a cross and rose from the dead defeating death. In doing so he took the punishment for the sins of the world. 

4. The Holy Spirit

I believe in the deity and personality of the Holy Spirit. It's God's spirit that moves and guides all Christians into all truth (John 14:16-17). It's the way in which God brings sinners to salvation in Jesus Christ allowing them to repent and trust alone in Jesus. It transforms sinners lives and makes them born again spiritually. Sinners are dead spiritually in their sins but through the Holy Spirit they come alive as a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), resulting in a new life in a personal relationship with God where sin no longer reigns over a believers life.

. Humanity

I believe humans have descended from Adam and Eve who were the first human beings on Earth. God gave them dominion over all living things on Earth, and placed them in the Garden of Eden. In the garden they were told to take care of the garden and that they could eat any apple from any tree except the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. In eating from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil they sinned (rebelled) against God through their disobedience. As a result, they received a sinful nature, the world fell into a fallen world of death and suffering. Adam and Eve came to know both good which stems from God's nature, and evil (absence of good). Humanity therefore inherited a sinful nature generation after generation. In our fallen state, no one can or wants to turn to a life with God unless the Holy Spirit leads them into doing so (1 Corinthians 2:14, John 6:44), then they can have the desire to come to God.

6. Salvation

I believe Salvation is a free gift from God where Jesus Christ died to pay for all sin in order to save us from God's wrath and justice in which those who die in their sins are judged according to their deeds and sent to Hell (Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 2:5). Salvation is received because of God's grace through faith in Jesus death on the cross. Jesus stepped in and bore our sin on himself. In doing so he paid for all sin and therefore God can allow us to be forgiven and have eternal life in Heaven to live with God forever (John 3:16) . In order to receive God's free gift of salvation there are two things we must do...

Repent (change your mind about God and Jesus). As a result turn from sin and turning to God place your trust alone in Jesus as your saviour.

Greek meaning: Change of mind that will result in a change our action.

Note: Repentance and trusting in Jesus are events tied together. One cannot genuinely repent and then trust in Jesus later. If someone genuinely repents, then one will trust in Jesus immediately.

Why these two steps to salvation?

1. Repentance is needed in order for us to place our faith and trust alone in Jesus as our saviour. Unless we change our minds about who he is and turn to him, we cannot come to be free from sin and come to faith in Jesus (Luke 13:2-3).

2. Trusting in Jesus is the basis for salvation (John 3:16) For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

3. Repentance is not works. Ceasing sins doesn't save you, nor is it required to come to God. It is simply saying God I know I'm a sinner, I change my mind so that I will turn from sin, and I place my trust alone in you as my saviour.

7. The Church

I believe the Church is made up of all genuine believers in the Body of Christ, which is a spiritual body uniting all believers (1 Corinthians 12:12-13).

Water baptism is a symbolical representation of our spiritual death to sin with Christ and resurrection with him to life as a testimony of our identification in our new life with him (Colossians 2:12, Romans 6:3-4). The Sacraments of baptism, communion are the biblical sacraments that should be done in church.   

The Church should obey God in all things
(Luke 14:33) and share the gospel with people as Jesus said to do in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19). And they should also honour God in the way that they live. This should be done in kindness, respect and ultimately in love and obedience to him.

8. Creation

I believe that the Bible teaches that the whole of creation is young and today is about 6000 years old. The genealogies in the Bible added up together from Creation to Christ has a history of about 4,000 years. From Christ to today, it would seem the world has been here for over 6000 years. The world may be older (up to 10,000 years old) but I believe it's only about 6000 years old.

I hold the position of Young Earth Creationism (The belief that the whole universe and all in it developed within 6-10,000 years of history.

I believe the days of Creation week in Genesis are literal 24 hour days.

I believe death and suffering came as a result of Adam's sin against God.

I believe Noah's flood was global, not local or myth.

I reject macroevolution (all animals evolving from a common ancestor). Microevolution is true (variations within the kinds - adaptation). I reject the Big Bang theory because it contradicts the account of creation in Genesis.

I believe Genesis is a literal account of creation.

I believe any evidence found from history, science or any other branch of study is incorrect if it contradicts the Bible. The Bible is God's Word and therefore it cannot be in error. Evidence doesn't speak for itself, it's subject to man's interpretation which is fallible with limited information. The Bible on the other hand is the inerrant and inspired Word of God which is infallible.

(The Creation section has been inspired from Answers in Genesis Statement of Faith): Answers in Genesis Statement of Faith

9. Afterlife

I believe that after death those who've repented and trusted alone in Jesus as their saviour will be allowed into heaven to reign with God for eternity (Philippians 3:20-21).

I believe that after death those who have not repented and trusted alone in Jesus as their saviour will receive justice and enter hell to be punished according to the righteousness (Acts 17:31). The Bible is clear we are criminals in God's sight and God must provide justice for those who die in their sins. But God in his richness of love, grace and mercy sent his son to die for us and has given us time to come to him and respond to the Gospel. God has given us a free choice to accept him or reject him, but God will pursue us and try to reach us because he loves us.

As C.S Lewis put it in his book The Great Divorce: “There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, in the end, "Thy will be done." All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. Those who knock it is opened.”