What We Believe

Our Statement of Faith:

1. We believe in the full inspiration of both Old and New Testament as originally given, their inerrancy, supreme authority and sufficiency as not only containing but being in themselves the Word of God, the only rule of faith and practice.

Psalm 12:6, Psalm 119:160, John 16:12-14, John 17:17, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 4:12, 2 Peter 1:20-21

2. The unity of the persons of the Godhead and the divine co-equality of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who are the same in substance and equal in power and glory.

Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19, John 1:1, John 4:24, John 14:9-11, 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, 2 Corinthians 13:14, 1 Peter 1:2

3. The essential, absolute and eternal deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, his virgin birth, his real but sinless humanity, his substitutionary and atoning death as the only and sufficient sacrifice for sinners of mankind; his bodily resurrection and ascension and his personal return in power and glory.

John 1:1-2, Luke 1:35, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 1:1-3, 1 John 4:9-10, 1 Corinthians 15:1-6, 1 Timothy 3:16

4. The personality and deity of the Holy Spirit, the necessity of his work in regeneration, conversion and sanctification, and of his influences in the ministry and worship of the church.

John 16:7-11, John 3:7-8, Titus 3:5, 1 Corinthians 6:11, 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, 2 Corinthians 3:17-18

5. The total depravity of human nature through the fall, salvation being solely by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose imputed righteousness is the only ground for our personal acceptance with God.

Romans 3:21-24, Romans 5:12,18,19, Ephesians 2:1-5, Ephesians 2:8-9, Philippians 3:7-9

6. The Sovereignty of God in creation, providence and salvation; particular redemption and the certain perseverance of all true believers.

Psalm 33:6, Psalm 135:6-7, Acts 17:24-26, Colossians 1:16-17, Romans 8:28-29, Ephesians 2:8-10, Philippians 2:12-13, Hebrews 10:35-39

7. The resurrection of the body and the judgement of the world by the Lord Jesus Christ; the eternal blessedness of the saved and the everlasting punishment of the unrepentant.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, 1 Corinthians 15:21-25, 1 Corinthians 15:51-54, Matthew 25:34, 41, 46, Revelation 20:11-15

8. The spiritual unity of those who truly believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, called by God through the Gospel, born of the Spirit and justified by faith, the local church consisting of a body of believers who are the visible expression of the universal church.

1 Corinthians 12:14-27, Ephesians 1:4-11, Ephesians 3:14-15, Ephesians 4:1-6, Ephesians 4:15-16, Colossians 1:17-20

9. The ordinances of Believer’s Baptism by total immersion and the Lord’s Supper as instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ, but not in Baptism as conferring regenerating grace, nor in the Lord’s Supper as being a sacrifice for sin, or involving any change in the elements of bread and wine.

Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:38-42, Romans 6:1-11, Luke 22:19-20, 1 Corinthians 10:16,17, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26


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