We declare our adherence to the following crucial doctrines :
2.1 The Bible
We believe the Bible to be the complete Word of God; that its sixty-six books, as originally written, were verbally inspired by the Spirit of God and were entirely free from error, and that it is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice.
(2 Tim. 3: 16 – 17; 2 Peter 1: 21; John 20: 30; Ps. 119: 105)
2.2 The Triune God
We believe in one God existing in three divine Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit – co-existent, sovereign, eternal and co-equal in all their attributes and united in all they do.
(Deut. 6: 4; Matt. 28: 19: 2 Cor. 13: 14; 1 Peter 1: 2)
2.2.1 The Father
We believe in God the Father, the creator, governor and sustainer of the universe and the initiator of our redemption.
(Gen. 1: 1 – 2; Neh.9: 6; Ps.103: 19; Dan.4: 34 – 35; Jn.3: 16)
2.2.2 The Son
We believe in the absolute and essential deity of Jesus Christ, in His eternal existence with the Father in the pre-incarnate glory, in His virgin birth, true humanity, sinless life, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, triumphant ascension, mediatorial ministry and personal return.
(Jn.1: 12 – 14; Rom.3: 21 – 26; 8: 34; 1 Cor.15: 1 – 19; Acts 1: 9 – 11)
2.2.3 The Holy Spirit
We believe in the absolute and essential deity and personality of the Holy Spirit, His illuminating, convicting, regenerating, sanctifying, empowering and comforting work and His abiding presence in the believer whom He constantly refers to Christ.
(2 Cor.3: 17; Jn.3: 5; 15: 26; 16: 8; 13 – 14; Acts 1: 8; Rom.8: 9)
We believe that Satan is an evil personality, the originator of sin, the arch-enemy of God, the great deceiver of man, but also is a defeated foe whose destiny is eternal punishment.
(Gen.3: 1 – 7; 2 Cor. 4: 4; 1 Pet.5: 8; Rev.20: 10)
We believe that man was created in the image of God, but that he sinned by disobedience, becoming guilty before God and depraved in all areas of his life, thereby incurring physical and spiritual death.
(Gen.1: 26 – 27; Rom.3: 10 – 23; 6: 23)
We believe that salvation is a free gift of God given by His grace, only to those who exercise repentance from sin and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, being born again by the Holy Spirit, thereby receiving eternal life, and becoming children of God who are pre-destined to be conformed to the image of Christ.
(Eph.2: 8 – 9; Jn.1: 12; Rom.8:29)
2.6 Christian Living
We believe that all Christians are called to pursue a life of holiness through separation to God, purification from moral evil and transformation into Christ’s likeness by the enabling of the Holy Spirit.
(1 Cor.1: 2; 1 Pet.1: 14 – 16; Col.3: 5 – 9; 2 Cor.3: 18; 1 Pet.1: 2)
2.7 The Church
We believe that the universal Church includes all who have been regenerated by God as they have responded in repentance and faith to the Lord Jesus, and involves local churches, consisting of believers who exemplify God, edify one another and evangelise the world by gathering together to be discipled and by dispersing to minister the gospel to others.
(Acts 2: 41 – 47; Eph. 4: 1 – 16)
We believe in the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper as being instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ. Baptism is a confession of faith in Christ, and does not convey regenerating grace (Matt. 28: 19). The Lord’s Supper symbolizes His sacrificial death and therefore, it is not a provision for sin, nor does it involve any changes in the substance of the bread and wine.
(Lk.22: 17 – 20; 1 Cor. 11: 17 – 34)
We believe that missions is the process whereby God plants and perfects propagating churches amongst the peoples of the world, and that it is our crucial responsibility to promote and participate in evangelizing the lost, discipling believers and establishing new churches worldwide.
(Matt. 16: 18; 28: 16 – 20; Acts 1: 8)
2.10 The Future
We believe in the personal, bodily and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ; in the resurrection of the just and unjust; in the eternal blessedness of the redeemed and in the judgment and conscious eternal punishment of the unredeemed.
(1 Thess.4: 16 – 17; Matt.5: 46; Jn.5: 28 -29)
We believe that God has sanctioned marriage between a man and a woman, therefore we believe in heterosexual relationships between a natural man and a natural woman within the confines of lawful matrimony. Adherence to this stated principle of sexual behaviour is an inherent requirement for membership with the Norwegian Settlers Church.