What We Believe

ASSOCIATED GOSPEL ASSEMBLIES

STATEMENT OF FAITH

HOLY SCRIPTURES

The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspired men of God, and are the only significant, certain and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith and obedience.

 

GOD

There is but one God, Maker, Preserver and Ruler of all things, having Himself all perfections, and being infinite in them all; and to Him all creatures owe the highest love, reverence and obedience.

 

THE TRINITY

God is revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each with distinct personal attributes but without division of nature, essence or being.

 

THE FALL OF MAN

God originally created man in His own image, and free from sin; but through temptation of Satan, he transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original holiness and righteousness..

SIN

Sin came into the world through disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, and death by sin.  We believe that sin is of two kinds: original sin or depravity and actual or personal sin. We believe that actual or personal sin is a voluntary violation of a known law of God by a morally responsible person.  We believe that personal sin and essentially a violation of the law of love; and that in relation to Christ, sin may be defined as unbelief. (Gen. 3; 6:5; Psalm 51:5; Romans 3:23; 6:15-23)

 

GOD THE FATHER

God the Father, the First Person of the Trinity, is self-sufficient, omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient.  He is infinite, immutable and transcendent over, and immanent in, His world.

 

THE MEDIATOR

Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is the divinely appointed Mediator between God and man.  Having taken upon Himself human nature, yet without sin, He perfectly fulfilled the law, suffered and died upon the cross for the salvation of sinners.

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead.  

 

REPENTANCE

Repentance is evangelical grace, by which the person, being by the Holy Spirit awakened to the manifold evil of his sin, humbles himself for it, with godly sorrow, detestation of it, self-abhorrence and purposes to walk before God so as to please Him in all things.

 

FAITH

Saving faith is the belief in God’s authority of whatever is revealed in His Word concerning Christ, receiving and resting upon Him alone for justification and eternal life.  It is wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit, and is accompanied by all saving graces, and leads to a life of holiness.

 

JUSTIFICATION

Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal of sinners who believe in Christ.  This acquittal from all sin is based on the satisfaction that Christ has made full atonement for their sins through His death on the cross.

 

REGENERATION

Regeneration is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit who quickens those who were dead in trespasses and sins, enlightening their minds spiritually, to understand the Word of God, and renewing their whole nature, so that they love and practise holiness.  It is the work of God’s free and special grace alone.

 

SANCTIFICATION

Those who have been regenerated are also sanctified or set apart to Christ by God’s Word and Spirit working in them.  

 

THE CHURCH

The Lord Jesus Christ is the head of the church, which is composed of all His true disciples.  In Him is invested supremely, all power for its government.

 

According to His commandments, Christians are to associate themselves with a particular assembly or church.  To each of these assemblies or churches He has given needful authority for administering that order, discipline and worship which He has appointed.  The regular officers of a church are Bishops or Elders and Deacons.

 

PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS

Those whom God has accepted in the beloved and sanctified by His Holy Spirit, will never totally or finally fall away from His grace, but will certainly persevere to the end.

 

EVANGELISM AND MISSIONS

It is the duty of every Christian man and woman, and the duty of every church of our Lord Jesus, to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth in response to the expressed and repeated command of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

THE RESURRECTION

The bodies of all the dead return to dust, but their spirits return immediately to God – the righteous to rest with Him; the wicked to be reserved under darkness to judgement.  The bodies of all the dead, both just and unjust will be raised at Christ’s Second Coming.

 

THE JUDGEMENT

God has appointed a day when He will judge the world by Jesus Christ, when everyone shall receive rewards according to his deeds.  The wicked shall go into everlasting punishment; the righteous unto everlasting peace.

 

RETURN OF CHRIST

There will be a literal, bodily, visible and imminent Second Coming of Jesus Christ in power and glory at the end of the Age, to consummate His salvation and His judgement. (Matt. 24:29-44; 2 Thess. 1:5-10; 2 Thess. 2:1-3; Rev. 1:7; 19:11ff).

 

At this time Jesus will raise the dead; the just to eternal life, and the unjust to eternal damnation. (John 6; Matt. 25; Rev. 20:11ff).

 

BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER

Christ has left two ordinances for His church to practise, namely Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

 

Baptism is obligatory upon every believer wherein he is immersed in water in the name of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit – symbolizing his union by faith with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.

 

The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic memorial feast by which we look back in faith to the cleansing blood of the Cross; look up in love to our heavenly Father as we feast upon the virtues of His Son; and we look forward in hope to our Lord’s promised return.

 

GOOD WORKS

Salvation is not procured by the good works of man but by faith in the finished work of Christ.  Good works however, are the result of a born again experience. (Eph. 2:8-10; Rom. 3:28)

 

GENERAL COUNCIL

The Annual General Council shall be the policy making body of the Association.  It shall have the power to:

 

Formulate, delete or amend the By-Laws of the Association.

Decide on policies in respect of all matters affecting the administration and general running of the Association.