What We Believe
The Scripture is the Word of God
Inspiration of the scripture
We believe that every word of Scripture is God-breathed and inspired by God. The inspiration is the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit whereas certain individuals were chosen as instruments to communicate the mind and the will of God. We also affirm that the inspiration of Scripture was plenary, i.e. every part of the Scripture is inspired rather than certain parts, concepts, or ideas.
Canonicity of the scripture
We believe that the canon is divinely inspired and authorized. The canon comprises of 39 Old Testament and 27 New Testament books. We affirm that the church did not create but only recognized the canon. We also believe that God’s sovereignty and providence rest in both the formation and the preservation of the canon.
INERRANCY OF THE SCRIPTURE
We believe in the inerrancy of Scripture, i.e. it is free from error in all of its teachings and wholly true in all that it affirms. The Scripture is flawless, perfect, true, fulfilling, eternal, and unbreakable. Thus the Scripture is trustworthy and fully reliable when it is correctly interpreted and applied.
Authority of the Scripture
We believe the Scripture as the highest authority. We affirm that God who has ordained the basis of salvation also has ordained the means by which people have knowledge of salvation. It is the rule of faith and practice in the church, which is used to teach, rebuke, correct, train, and equip all believers.
God is Three in One
We believe in one God who is self-existent and not dependable on the creature. God eternally exists in three distinct persons, i.e. the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each person is completely equal and fully divine. Although they are distinct persons, a perfect interpenetration exists between the three persons sharing complete transparency, empathy, and trust.
We believe that God the Father is the first person of the Trinity. He is the creator of the universe and sustains everything in it. Because of His love for His creation, the Father planned to save humanity from the consequence of sin by sending His Son Jesus to die on our behalf.
We believe in Jesus Christ as the unique Son of God and the second person of the Trinity. Jesus is one person with two natures (fully God and fully human). Jesus is the creator and sustainer of the world. Jesus also possesses the authority to raise the dead, judge the humankind, and forgive their sins. The sin of humankind was fully atoned for and redeemed in Christ who died on the cross in the place of sinners. He was resurrected, then ascended to heaven. Jesus will return to judge the living and the dead.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in the Holy Spirit who is the third person of the Trinity. He is co-equal in essence with the Father and the Son. He is not a vague force but a person with whom we can have a personal relationship as He enters and dwells in believers’ hearts. The Holy Spirit convicts sinners, gives new life to those who repent, and sanctifies the believers by allowing believers to bear fruit.
We are Sinners
We believe that all humanity is in the state of sin. The rebellious act of Adam and Eve resulted in the distortion of humankind’s original image of God and brought God’s curse to the rest of the creation. Adam’s sinfulness, guilt, and susceptibility to death, namely original sin, are inherited to all human beings. Every human then is conceived in sin and born with sinful nature. We affirm that our sins led all humankind to be separated from God, have spiritual blindness and hardness of heart. We are then to face both physical/spiritual deaths.
We believe that we are fully responsible for our sins. We affirm that given that sinners are hostile to God and are neither able to please Him nor submit to His law, it requires a gracious divine intervention for humankind to be liberated from sin and be restored into the image of God.
Jesus Christ is Our Savior
Calling and Regeneration
We believe that God invites people to repent of their sins and believe in Jesus Christ. This invitation (also known as the effectual calling) through which the Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin to repent, enlightens our hearts to see the truth, and leads us to initiate a new life of faith in Christ.
We believe that all believers are justified through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. Justification is an act of God’s free grace, wherein He forgives all our sins. Christ’s righteousness is imputed to us making us acceptable and righteous in God’s sight. No one is declared righteous or justified by works. It is a free gift of God, which can be accessed through faith in Christ alone.
Repentance and Faith
We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts the world concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment and gives new life to those who repent and believes in Jesus. We affirm that genuine repentance entails acknowledgement of sin, sorrow for sin, and abandonment of sin. Also genuine saving faith requires full commitment to Jesus Christ by accepting Him as Lord and Savior.
In other words, genuine Christian conversion occurs when one turns away from their sin in repentance and turns to Christ in faith as a response to the free gift of salvation. Faith is the vehicle, which enables us to receive the grace of God. The Holy Spirit is given to all believers as the seal of salvation and regeneration.