Statement of Faith
1. Holy Scriptures
We believe that the Holy Scriptures are divinely inspired in their entirety and are inerrant. They are the gracious revelation of the mind and will of God; we acknowledge them to be the sole authority in all matters of faith and practice.
We believe that there is one living God, and that there are three persons in the Godhead: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and these three persons are equally divine, the Son and the Holy Spirit being as truly God as the Father.
3. God’s Decrees
We believe in the unchangeable decrees of Jehovah, and that in His sovereign purposes He has determined all that shall be done in nature, providence, and grace; doing His will in the armies of heaven and among the children of men, having no variableness or shadow of turning.
4. The Lord Jesus Christ
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal and only-begotten Son of God, and that, as the Mediator of the new covenant, did in the fulness of time assume human nature in the womb of the virgin. In this sinless human body and soul he suffered, bled and died as the Substitute and Surety of his people. We believe in the bodily resurrection of Christ, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His present priestly intercession of His people.
We believe that when Adam fell the whole human race became guilty of original sin, and as his posterity are born into the world they inherit this fallen nature and are transgressors against God. And we believe that since the Fall all men are so completely dead in trespasses and sins that they cannot, while in that state, know or feel anything of God in Christ spiritually and savingly.
6. Covenant of Grace
We believe in the everlasting and unchangeable love of God, and that before the foundation of the world He elected certain members of the human race unto salvation. Whom he did predestinate unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will. We believe that in fulfilling this gracious plan He made a covenant of grace with the Son and with the Holy Spirit on behalf of the persons thus chosen, wherein a Saviour was appointed and all spiritual blessings provided for them.
We believe that the redemption which Christ obtained by the shedding of His blood is particular, that is, it was designed only for God’s elect, the sheep of Christ.
We also believe that Christ’s command, Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature, means that this truth in no way restricts either zeal and urgency in evangelism, or the free offer of salvation in Christ to all sinners.
8. Effectual Calling
We believe in the effectual calling of all the elect in God’s appointed time, and that regeneration (together with repentance and faith) is not of man’s free will or natural ability, but is wrought by the efficacious and invincible grace of God. And we believe that those who are chosen, by the Father, redeemed by the Son and quickened by the Holy Spirit, shall certainly and finally persevere, so that none of them shall perish.
We believe that the justification of sinners before God is by the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ alone, without the consideration of any works done by them before or after their calling. We believe in the necessity of the Holy Spirit’s work in conversion and sanctification; also for right understanding of the Scriptures, the ministry of the Word, and true worship. We believe that such things as good works and holiness of life are indispensable evidences of a genuine experience of the grace of God.
10. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
We believe that baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances of Christ, to be continued until His second coming. We believe that baptism is for believers only and by total immersion, and that, ideally, only those that can scripturally commune in the Lord’s Supper who have been so baptised.
11. Judgement and Glory
We believe in the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ in glory, the resurrection of the body, both of the just and unjust; and that when Christ shall judge all mankind, the latter shall go away into everlasting punishment and the former into life eternal, as He himself has said.
We believe these doctrines of grace to be the teaching of Holy Scripture, and we contend for them, not as a mere creed or dry system, but as inseparably connected with vital godliness and pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father.
As a church we hold to the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith