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Biblical Reasons for our Statement of Faith
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As a Church our Statement of Faith is based on the following:
 
The Bible
 
We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as inspired by God and unerring in the original writings. We believe that this inspiration extends equally and fully to all parts of the Scriptures and that they are the supreme and final authority in faith and life. 
(2 Timothy 3 v 16 and 2 Peter 1 v 21)
 
The Godhead
 
We believe in one God eternally existing in three persons - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, each having precisely the same nature, attributes and perfections, all worthy of the same obedience. 
(Matthew 28 v 19-20 and John 1 v 1-4)
 
The Person of Jesus Christ
 
We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man. He eternally existed with the Father, was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. We believe that Jesus Christ is perfect
and unchanging. (Colossians 1 v 15-17 and Hebrews 4 v15)
 
The Work of Jesus Christ
 
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins in our stead, as a substitutionary sacrifice, that His crucified body was raised from the dead and that He ascended into heaven to appear before the Father as our High Priest, Advocate and Mediator.
(1 Timothy 2 v 5; 1 Peter 1 v 18-20 and 1 Corinthians 15 v 1-4)
 
 
The Holy Spirit
 
We believe that the Holy Spirit took His place in the world in a special sense on the Day of Pentecost, dwells in every believer and by His baptism unites all Christians in one body, the Church universal. In this age, the Holy Spirit carries out the ministries of restraining evil in the world, convicting people of sin, righteousness and judgement, regenerating all believers, indwelling all Christians and sealing them until the day of redemption, baptising into one body of Christ all who are saved and filling each yielded believer for power and service. 
(John 14 v 16-17; John 16 v 7-15; 1 Corinthians 6 v 19; and
Ephesians 2 v 22)
 
Man
 
We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death and that all human beings, the man Christ Jesus alone excepted, are born with a sinful nature, are totally depraved and need to be born again. (Romans 5 v 12 and John 3 v 3-7)
 
Salvation
 
We believe that salvation was accomplished by the finished work of Christ shedding His blood upon the cross and that nothing on the part of man can obtain salvation. We believe that salvation was provided for the whole world and that whoever believes in Jesus Christ receives a new birth, becomes a partaker of the divine nature and thus becomes a child of God, once and forever. (John 3 v 16; John 10 v 27-30 and Ephesians 2 v 8-9)
 
The Church
 
We believe that the Church universal consists of those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ who are redeemed through His blood and are born again of the Holy Spirit. Christ is the head of the Church, called His body. The local church is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together under recognised Scriptural leadership for the worship of God, for edification through the Word of God, for prayer, fellowship, the proclamation of the gospel and observance of the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. (Acts 2 v 42-47; Romans 12 v 5;1 Timothy 3 v 15 and Philippians 1 v 1)
 
The Future
 
We believe in the personal and imminent return of Jesus Christ; in the bodily resurrection of the just and unjust; in the reward and everlasting conscious happy state of the just and in the judgement and everlasting conscious punishment of the lost. (1 Thessalonians 4 v 13-18;
Revelation 20 v 1-15; Revelation 21 v 1-8 and Luke 16 v 19-26)