Beliefs

Basic Beliefs

The Scriptures– The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter.  

God –There is one and only one living and true God. … The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

God the Father– God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe. His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. … God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.

God the Son– Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. … He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin.

God the Holy Spirit– The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. … He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. … He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism and service.

Salvation– Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification.

The Church– A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel … and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. … The New Testament speaks also of the church as the Body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation.

Baptism & the Lord’s Supper– Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water. … It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members …memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.