Statement of Faith

Statement of Faith

We believe...

In the full and verbal inspiration of the Old and New Testament Scriptures as originally given, these alone being the revealed, infallible Word of God to mankind, reliable in fact and doctrine and the final authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

There is but one true God, who is pure spirit, perfect in all His attributes and sovereign in His work of creation, providence and redemption, existing in three persons of the same divine essence, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, co-equal and eternal.

Man was created after God’s own image and likeness to enjoy perfect fellowship and communion with his Creator; that as our representative, Adam disobeyed God by giving heed to Satan, thus falling from his former state; we all now have this inherently sinful nature, are separated from God, under His wrath and subject to death; being sinful, we are unable to save ourselves or do any works of righteousness or merit in God’s sight.

In the full deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His real and perfect humanity, the infallibility and authority of His words and teaching, His work of atonement for sinners by His substitutionary suffering and death, His bodily resurrection and ascension into heaven, and His present priestly intercession for His people at the right hand of God.

In the justification of the sinner in God’s sight by faith alone in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ whereby God accounts us righteous and grants us salvation.

That the work of the Holy Spirit is essential for a true and spiritual understanding of the Scriptures; to make the work of Christ effective to the individual sinner; to grant him repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ; and for producing in the believer an increasing likeness to Christ in character and behaviour thus enabling him to be a witness in the world.

That Christ is the Head of the one universal Church, which is His Body, embracing all the redeemed of all ages, called by God through the Gospel, and born of the Spirit. The local church is the visible expression of such believers whose purpose is to worship God, fellowship and preach the Word. Fellowship between such churches manifests the unity of the body of Christ.

That Christ instituted two ordinances for believers as signs and seals of His love - Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Neither convey regenerating grace nor are they essential for salvation. The Lord’s Supper is not a sacrifice for sin, and no change occurs in the substance of the bread and wine.

 

 

 


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