Statement of Faith & Practice

"A declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us." (Luke 1:1)

We believe in...

 

THE SCRIPTURES

The divine verbal, plenary inspiration and infallibility of the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments; their inerrancy, perspicuity, full authority, and sufficiency in every area of faith and life, the Holy Spirit having deposited and preserved there all necessary revelation. Isa.8:20; Jn.5:39; Gal.1:8-9; 6:16; 1 Thess.2:13; 2 Tim.3:16-17; 2 Pet.1:21

THE BEING OF GOD

One only living and true God, one in being, existing eternally in three distinct yet equal persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, inseparably united in the essence of the divine being; and by whom, of His own pleasure and for His own glory, all things were created. Ex.20:2-3; Deut.6:4; Isa.43:7; Matt.28:19; Jn.1:1-13; 2 Cor.13:14; 1 Tim.1:17; 1 Jn.5:7; Rev.4:11

CREATION AND THE FALL OF MAN

All things were created immediately by God out of nothing in six literal days. The creation of man in the image of God, but that he sinned and all his posterity in him. The universal sinfulness and guilt of the human race, rendering all subject to the condemnation and wrath of God, from which there is no deliverance but by the blood of Jesus Christ. Gen.1:1, 26-27, 31; Ps.9:17; 51:5; Matt.25:46; Jn.1:1-3; Acts 4:12; Rom.5:12, 19; 7:18; 1 Thess.1:10

THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

The Lord Jesus, eternal God, eternally Son of God, and of one substance and equal with the Father. He received a human body, took upon Himself man's nature yet without sin, being conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, these distinct natures were inseparably joined in one person. His death on the cross and bodily resurrection and ascension to the right hand of the Father, being given all authority in heaven and earth. Isa.9:6; Matt.28:18; Lk.1:34-35; Jn.1:1; 1 Cor.15:3-4; 2 Cor.5:21; Phil.2:6-11; Col.1:15-19; 1 Tim.2:5; Heb.2:9; 4:15; 1 Pet.2:22

SALVATION

The propitiatory sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, the only ground of salvation, accomplishing once and for all time redemption from the guilt and power of sin for all who truly turn from sin and believe in Him. The justification of the redeemed, alone by the righteousness of Christ imputed to them and not by works of righteousness performed by them. The perseverance in that salvation to which they were chosen in Him before the foundation of the world. Mk.10:45; Jn.10:28; 14:3; Acts 13:39; Rom.3:20-26; 4:25; 1 Pet.1:5, 18-19; 3:18; Rev.3:21

THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

The necessity of regeneration by the Holy Spirit, making the death of Christ effective to the individual sinner, convicting of sin, granting repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ, indwelling every child of God from the moment of regeneration enabling all to live godly life and to serve Him. Jn.16:7-11; Tit.3:5; Rom.8:9; Eph.1:13; 4:30

THE CHURCH

The people of God consists of the whole number of the elect in all times and in all nations who have, or shall yet, repent of their sins and believe in Christ Jesus alone for salvation. (Acts 4:12) All are gathered into one redeemed body of which Christ Himself is the head. (John 17:21) In Old Testament times God's people were centred in and around Israel. Today, they are centred in the Church, of which Christ Himself is the Builder (Matthew 16:18), and against which the gates of hell shall not prevail. It embraces believing Jews and Gentiles (Ephesians 2:11-16).

The gathering of the Lord's people meeting according to the Scriptures for worship, fellowship, attendance on the preaching and teaching of God's Word, and observing such ordinances and discipline as enjoined by Christ. There are two ordinances: Baptism and the Lord's Supper.( Matt.26:26-27; 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42)

THE LAST THINGS

The visible, personal, bodily, and pre-millennial, post-tribulation return of the Lord Jesus Christ. There are to be two resurrections, first that of the just and later of the unjust. The two resurrections will be separated by the literal reign of Jesus Christ upon the throne of David for a thousand years. The bodily resurrection of the unjust will be to the fire of conscious eternal punishment and of the just to everlasting blessedness. Dan.12:2; Jn.5:28-29; Acts 1:11; Rev.5:4-6, 11-15. 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17; Revelation 20:4-5; Revelation 20:11-14.

"Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son." (2 John:9)

 

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"He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings". (Psalm 40:2)

 

 

CREEDS & CONFESSIONS

Creeds and Confessions link us with other genuine believers and distinguish us from those teaching error. The rule of faith must always be Scripture itself. Confessions of Faith and Creeds are only of value inasmuch as they embody the true teaching of Scripture as a whole. Many claim to follow the Bible but their teachings deny it. For this reason we are obliged to state clearly what we mean when we say we are 'Bible believers'.

 

OTHER ISSUES:

Co-operation among professing Christians

We believe that co-operation in the work of the God with those who deny or compromise the Gospel in any way to be forbidden in Scripture; we are therefore not ecumenical, neo- or 'open'-evangelical. (2 Cor.6:14, 17; Rev.18:4)

Evangelicals, Charismatics and Pentecostals

The movement of evangelicalism away from the historic biblical faith (read carefully the Statement of Faith above) during the last forty to fifty years makes it difficult, if not impossible, for us to identify ourselves with modern evangelicals. We are happy to stand shoulder to shoulder in the Gospel with evangelicals of the past: John Wesley, George Whitfield, John Newton, J. C. Ryle, C. H. Spurgeon and of course many, many others. Many evangelicals today view the Reformation as a mistake; we see it as an intervention of God and a revival of biblical truth. We are happy to acknowledge the Reformers as men greatly used of God. This is not meant to imply that any one of these individuals was without fault in teaching or conduct.

We believe the charismatic/pentecostal movement to be a misrepresentation of the truth, many of the leaders are proven deceivers. It is not a latter-day blessing as its adherents claim. It bears no resemblance whatever to anything we find in the Scriptures. (2 Thess.2:9; 2 Tim.3:13) Not a few of them are operating what is little more than an abhorrent money-making scam (1 Tim.65). We also do not identify ourselves in any respect with the so-called 'new' Calvinism.

Differences among genuine Christian believers

The Scriptures prohibit believers from pursuing fellow-believers through the secular courts. Those who do such things walk disorderly and we are to avoid them (1 Cor.6). It is better rather to suffer loss.

Scripture Versions and the Worship of God

We believe the Authorised Version (King James Bible) of 1611 to be the inspired Word of God in the English language. Modern translations we have found to be variously perverse and defective. We do not subscribe to the view that any translators of Scripture worked under the direct inspiration of God as did the original authors.

We find traditional forms of worship to be more in keeping with a biblical view of God. Contemporary 'Christian' worship and songs (CCM), so-called 'Christian' rock music, are not worthy of the thrice holy God of Scripture.