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what we believe
This is our Doctrinal Statement.
The supreme authority of the Bible, that is, the thirty-nine books of the Old Testament and the twenty-seven books of the New Testament, and excluding the Apocrypha. Every word was inspired by God through human authors, so that the Bible as originally given, does not simply contain, but is in its entirety the Word of God, without error (inerrant) and fully trustworthy and reliable (infallible) in fact and doctrine. Thus the Bible alone speaks with final authority and is always sufficient for all matters of belief and practice. The New Testament is reliable in its testimony to the character and authorship of the Old Testament, and the teaching of the Holy Spirit is necessary for a true and spiritual understanding of the whole.
There is one living and true God, who has revealed himself in creation, but especially in the Scriptures. He exists eternally in three distinct but equal persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. He is unchangeable in his holiness, justice, wisdom and love. He is the almighty Creator, Saviour and Judge who sustains and governs all things according to his sovereign will for his own glory.
God created all things by the power of his word. All that he created was, in the beginning, very good. He created man in his own image as the crown of his creation, whose greatest purpose is to obey, worship and love God. As bearing God’s image, all human beings have the same dignity and worth, regardless of gender, age, colour or race.
Because of the disobedience of Adam, the representative head of the human race, every part of human nature has been corrupted, and all men and women are without spiritual life, guilty sinners and hostile to God. Every person is therefore under the just condemnation of God and needs to be born again, forgiven and reconciled to God in order to know and please him.
The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. As man, He was miraculously conceived, born of a virgin, and lived a sinless life in obedience to the Father. He taught with authority and all his words are true. On the cross he died in the place of sinners, bearing God’s punishment for their sin, redeeming them by his blood. He rose from the dead in the same body in which he was crucified, and in his resurrection body ascended into heaven where he is exalted as Lord of all. He intercedes for his people in the presence of the Father.
Salvation is entirely a work of God’s grace and cannot be earned or deserved. It has been accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ and is offered to sinners in the gospel. God in his love forgives sinners whom he calls, granting them repentance and faith. All who believe are justified by faith alone, adopted into the family of God and receive eternal life.
The necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit, who has been sent from heaven to glorify Christ and to apply his work of salvation1. He convicts sinners, imparts spiritual life and gives a true understanding of the Scriptures. He indwells all believers, brings assurance of salvation and produces increasing likeness to Christ. He gives gifts for ministry to believers, and empowers the members of Christ’s body, the church, for worship, service and mission.
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the only two ordinances, being given to the churches by Christ as visible signs of the gospel.
Baptism is a symbol of union with Christ and entry into his church but does not impart spiritual life.
The Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of Christ’s sacrifice offered once for all time, is not a sacrifice for sin and involves no change in the bread and wine. It is a sign that Christ is now our nourishment and strength, and an expression of the unity of the church as one body in Him.
- The Lord Jesus Christ will return in glory. He will raise the dead bodily and judge the world in righteousness. The wicked will be sent to eternal punishment and the righteous will be welcomed into a life of eternal joy in fellowship with God. God will make all things new and will be glorified forever.