What We Believe

Our Statement of Faith is based on Scripture and is in line with the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches. (FEBC)

1. Bible

We believe the Bible to be the complete Word of God; that the sixty-six books, as originally written, comprising the Old and the New Testaments, were verbally inspired by the Spirit of God and therefore entirely free from error; that the Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice and the true basis of Christian union.

2 Peter 1 v19 -21, 2 Timothy 3 v 16-17, Revelation 1 v 3, Revelation 22 v 18 -19

2. God

We believe in One God, Creator of all, Holy, Sovereign, Eternal, existing in three equal persons, The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit.

Genesis 1 v 1, John 14 v 16 -20

3. Christ

We believe in the absolute and essential deity of Jesus Christ, In His eternal existence with the Father in pre-incarnate glory, in His virgin birth, sinless life, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, triumphant ascension, mediatorial ministry and personal return.

John 1 v 1 -14, John 9 v 35-38, John 16 v 26-28, John 17 v 5, Matthew 1 v 18-20, 2 Corinthians 5 v 21, John 20 v 24 -29, Luke 16 v 19, Hebrews 4 v 15-16, Revelation 22 v 12, John 14 v3

4. The Holy Spirit

We believe in the absolute and essential deity and personality of the Holy Spirit who convinces of sin, of righteousness and of judgement; who regenerates, sanctifies, illuminates and comforts those who believe in Jesus Christ.

John 3 v 1 -7, John 15 v 26 -27, John 16 v 7 -11, Ephesians 4 v 30, Ephesians 1 v 13 -14 , Romans 8 v 14 -17, Galatians 5 v 16 -26, 1 Corinthians 12

5. Satan

We believe that Satan exists as an evil personality, the originator of sin, the arch-enemy of God and man.

John 8 v 44, 1 Peter 5 v 8, Isaiah 14 v 12 -15, Revelation 12 v 7 -10

6. Man

We believe that man was divinely created in the image of God, that he sinned, becoming guilty before God, resulting in total depravity, thereby incurring physical and spiritual death.

Genesis 1 v 26 -27, Romans 3 v 19-23, Romans 5 v 12, Romans 6 v 23

7. Salvation

We believe that salvation is by the sovereign, electing grace of God, that by the appointment of the Father, Christ voluntarily suffered a vicarious, expiatory and propitiatory death; that justification is by faith alone in the all sufficient sacrifice and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and that those whom God has effectually called shall be divinely preserved and finally perfected in the image of the Lord.

Ephesians 1 v 3-14, John 17, Ephesians 2 v 8-9, John 10 v 11 -18.

8. Future Things

We believe in the personal, bodily and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ; in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust; in the eternal blessedness of the redeemed and in the judgment and eternal conscious punishment of the wicked.

1 Thessalonians 4 v 13-18, Hell - Luke 16 v 19 -31, Revelation 20 v 11 -15, Heaven - John 14 v 1 - 6, Matthew 7 v 21.

9. The Local Church

We believe that the church is a company of immersed believers, called out from the world, separated unto the Lord Jesus Christ, voluntarily associated for the ministry of the Word, the mutual edification of its members, the propagation of the faith and the observance of the ordinances. We believe it is a sovereign, independent body, exercising its own divinely awarded gifts, percepts and privileges under the Lordship of Christ, the Great Head of the Church. We believe that its officers are Pastors ad Deacons.

Ephesians 1 v 22-23, Ephesians 2 v 19 -22, Ephesians 4 v 11-16

10. Ordinances

We believe that there are only two ordinances for the church regularly observed in the New Testament in the following order

1. Baptism which is the immersion of the believer in water, whereby he obeys Christ's command and sets forth his identification with Christ in His Death, Burial and Resurrection.

2. The Lord's Supper which is the memorial wherein the believer partakes of the two elements, bread and wine, which symbolize the Lord's body and shed blood, proclaiming His death until He comes.  

Baptism - Acts 2 v 28, Matthew 28 v 19, Matthew 3 v 5-6, Acts 8 v 26 -38. The Lord's Supper 1 Corinthians 11 v 23 -30, Isaiah 53

11. The Church and the State

By this we mean that the state has no right to dictate to the church what is to be believed or practiced. The church on the other hand does have the right to speak to issues of the state and influence its constituents to follow the way of God as revealed in the Scriptures.

Mark 12 v 13-17, Luke 20 v 21 -26

12. Religious Liberty

We believe in religious liberty, that every man has the right to practice and propagate his beliefs.

Acts 5 v 34 -39

13. The Lord's Day

We believe that for Christians the first day of the week is the Lord's day and that, in a special sense, it is the divinely appointed day for worship and spiritual exercise.

Genesis 2 v 1 -3

14. Civil Government

We believe that Civil government is of divine appointment for the interest and good order of society, that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honoured and obeyed, except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience and Prince of the Kings of the earth. 

Acts 5 v 28-29, 40-42, Hebrews 13 v 17, 

15. Marriage

We believe marriage is a sacred union and a holy institution of The Church. It is a relationship ordained by God to be a life-long, sexually exclusive relationship between one man and one woman. Marriage is a practical manifestation of our religious beliefs. 

(Gen 2:24; Mt 19:6; Eph 5:22-33; Rom. 1:18-32; 1 Cor 6:9-11)