share many areas of our Faith with other members of the Evangelical Christian
Church, but we do have distinct principles and practices which arise out of our
understanding of Scripture. We
also Believe in:
direct Lordship of Jesus Christ over every believer and over every local
Church is the whole company of those who have been redeemed by Jesus Christ
and regenerated by the Holy Spirit. The
local Church is fully autonomous but may have associations with other
Baptism is a response and an act of obedience to the call and example of our
Lord Jesus Christ and a sign of personal repentance, faith and regeneration.
It consists of full immersion in water in the name of the Father, the
Son and the Holy Spirit.
Congregational Principle, namely that each member has the privilege and
responsibility to use their gifts and abilities to participate in the life
of the Church. We
recognise that God gives charismatic gifts (grace gifts), through the Holy
Spirit to enrich the body of Christ so that we may fulfil our calling as the
Community of the King. These
gifts are for Leadership, Life and Worship and are for the benefit of all
and the Glory of God. This
principle recognises that each member comes under the authority of the Head
of the Church, our Lord Jesus Christ, the appointed Leadership and the
Church Meeting so that everyone is accountable to our Redeemer King.
Priesthood of All Believers by which we understand that each Christian has
direct access to God through Jesus Christ our High Priest.
This involves intercession, service, ministry, witnessing and
Principle of Religious Liberty so that no individual should be coerced
either by State or secular, ecclesiastical, or religious groups in matters
of faith and practice. Each
believer has the right to interpret the Scriptures responsibly and act in
the light of personal conscience.
Principle of the Separation of Church and State, in that, in the providence
of God, the two differ in their respective natures and functions.
The State is responsible for administering justice, ensuring orderly
community, and promoting the welfare of its citizens.
The Church is responsible for preaching the Gospel and building and
advancing the Kingdom of God.