Our doctrinal statement is divided into parts A and B.
Part A constitutes what we regard as the core of a Biblical faith. Anyone desiring to be a member of CGCC must have an unreserved and wholehearted commitment to the truth of this doctrinal position and its implications for their lives.
We accept that among Christians who agree with Part A there will be differences of opinions on other issues. We value this diversity within the body of Christ but emphasise the unity, love and harmony that comes from a common faith in Jesus Christ. Within the context of current theological discussion there is a need at times to clarify our position as a church. Part B outlines such a position for some issues. We don’t necessarily expect everyone to agree with all of Part B but it does represent our considered conclusions on the issues listed. Anyone desiring to be a member of CGCC must accept that this is our position as a church and undertake not to work against this position or cause dissension over it in any way.
- The Bible
We believe the sixty-six books of the Bible to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings. The Bible is the full and complete revelation of God’s will for individuals and their salvation, and is the final authority in all matters of Christian faith and practice. We teach the grammatical-historical, literal interpretation of Scripture (2nd Tim.3:15-17; 2nd Peter 1:20-21; Jude 3).
- The Godhead
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Deut.6:4; Gen.1:1; Psalm 90:2; 2nd Cor. 13:14; Matt. 28:18-19).
- The Person and Work of Jesus Christ
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus lived a sinless life on earth, died on the cross as the perfect sacrifice for our sins, was buried, and rose bodily from the dead. He ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He is now our High Priest and Advocate (Luke 1:37; John 1:1,14,18; Acts 1:9-11, 4:10-12; Rom.1:4, 3:24-25, 5:8-10, 8:34; l Cor. 15:3-4; Eph. 1:7; l Tim. 2:5; Heb. 1:3, 4:4-16, 6:19-20, 7:24-25, 9:24; l John 2:1-2).
- The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son. His ministry is to glorify Christ, convict people of sin, righteousness and judgment, regenerate the believing sinner, and, at the point of conversion, baptise all who believe into the Body of Christ. The Holy Spirit then indwells, guides, instructs, sovereignly gifts Christians for the good of the Church, and empowers the believer for godly living (John 14:16-17, 16:7-15; Acts 5:3-4; Rom. 8:8; l Cor. 3:16, 6:19, 12:7,11-13,18; 2nd Cor. 13:14; Gal. 5:22-23; Eph. 1:13-14, 5:18).
- Creation and Fall of Mankind
We believe that humankind was created in the image and likeness of God. The first man Adam fell into sin, and as a consequence every person is spiritually lost thereby incurring God’s judgment of physical, spiritual and eternal death. Every human is born with a sinful nature and needs the miracle of new birth before he/she can enter the Kingdom of God (Gen 1:25-27; Luke 19:10; John 3:3, 16-18, 36, 5:24, 10:27-29).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for the sins of the world. His shed blood and His resurrection provide the only means of eternal salvation, and is offered as a free gift of God. Only through repentance towards God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ can an individual be forgiven, regenerated by the Holy Spirit, and thus become an eternal child of God. We believe that all who are born of God show their faith to be genuine by holiness of life and good works. (Rom. 3:19, 4:25, 5:6, 12 -19; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; 2 Cor.5:21; Eph.2:10, 4:24; Tit. 3:4-7; Heb.9:24-28, 10:12-14; James 2:17; l Pet.1:3-51; John 3:9).
- Morality and Marriage
Morality as prescribed in the New Testament of the Bible is the standard Christians are called to adopt. We believe that God only sanctifies heterosexual marriages. Refer to Romans 1:26-28, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 and Matthew 19:3-6.
- The Universal and Local Church
We believe the true universal church is a spiritual entity composed of all individuals who have genuinely repented of their sin, trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ and received forgiveness and new birth through His Name. All such believers are united together in the Body of Christ of which Christ is Head. We believe that only those who are thus members of the true universal church are eligible for membership in the local church. We believe that God has called individual Christians to meet together in local autonomous congregations which submit to Christ as Lord and Head of the Church, and are guided by a recognised group of Elders (Eph 1:22-23, l Cor. 12:12-14; Acts 2:42-47, 11:27-30, 12:45, 20:7,17-38; l Cor 8:1-14; Phil 1:1; Tit. 1:5)
- The Second Coming of Jesus Christ
We believe in the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ for His Church and the establishing of His Kingdom on earth (John 14:3, 1Thess.4:3-18, Luke 1:32,33, Isa.9:6,7, Dan.2:44,45).
- The Resurrection of the righteous and the unrighteous
We believe at death the soul/spirit of a Christian goes to be with Christ and the soul/spirit of a non-Christian goes to Hades. We believe in the bodily resurrect of the dead: of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord Jesus Christ, of the unbelievers to the everlasting conscious punishment in the Lake of Fire (Matt.25:46; Luke 16:19-31, 23:43; John 5:28-29; 1 Cor.15:12-58; 2 Cor. 5:6-10; Phil. 1:23; Rev.20:11-15).
- Angels, Fallen and Unfallen
We believe in the existence of the devil, called the evil one or Satan, who deceives the whole world. We are assured of his eventual destruction and eternal punishment in the lake of fire because of Christ’s victory over him at the cross. Rev.20:10, Matt.4:2-11, John 8:44 Heb.2:14.
- Believer's Baptism'
We believe that the believer’s baptism by immersion is an ordinance commanded by Jesus Christ for each individual Christian. Baptism is to follow personal repentance towards God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. The Believer’s baptism is an acted parable of a Christian’s identification with Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. It is an outward sign of an inward Divine work (Matt.28:18-20; Acts 2:41,42, 8:12,35-39, 10:47,48, 16:31-33,36,38; Rom 6:3-4; Col. 2:12; l Pet. 3:21)
- The Lord’s Supper
We believe the Lord’s Supper, also called the Breaking of Bread or Communion, is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus to be observed by the church. Communion is not a means of salvation, but is a time of worship; a celebration of the redeeming activity of God through the death of Jesus Christ; and a meal anticipating the return of Christ (Matt. 26:26-29; Luke 22:15-20; Acts 2:42, 20:7, 1 Cor. 10:16-17;)