Beliefs

Here is a basic Statement of Faith, it is not by any means complete and I have not included secondary issues such as Arminianism/Calvinism or the age of the Earth as these are not core beliefs of Christianity and salvation is not dependent on them.

The Bible

The Bible, consisting of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is the revelation of God to mankind, is verbally and fully inspired by Him, is sufficient for the knowledge of God and His will that is necessary for the eternal welfare of mankind, is infallible and inerrant in its original manuscripts, and is the supreme and final authority for all Christian faith and conduct.  (2 Timothy 3:16,172 Peter 1:211 Corinthians 2:13Deuteronomy 29:292 Timothy 3:15John 10:35)

God

There is only one God, whose essential nature is that of a living, personal Spirit. He is infinitely perfect in all of His attributes, He is the creator and sustainer of all things, and He exists in three persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 8:4John 4:245:26Genesis 1:1Colossians 1:16,17Matthew 28:19)

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is truly God and truly man; that is, He is fully divine and also fully human. He pre-existed eternally with the Father, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, lived a perfect life and died a substitutionary death for the sins of mankind. I believe that He arose bodily from the grave, that He ascended to heaven, where He is presently High Priest and Advocate for His people, and that He will return personally and bodily to the earth at the close of this age. He is the world’s only Saviour and is the Lord of all. (Philippians 2:5-11John 1:1Matthew 1:23-251 Peter 2:221 Corinthians 15:31 Timothy 2:61 Corinthians 15:20Hebrews 4:14-16John 14:3Acts 4:12)

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is a divine Person, the third Person of the Trinity. I believe that He was sent from the Father by the Son to convict the world, to regenerate and indwell those who trust in Christ, to baptise them into the Body of Christ, to seal them for the final day of redemption, to guide them into truth, to fill them for a life of holiness and victory and to empower them for witness and service. I believe that He gives spiritual gifts to believers for the proper functioning of the Body of Christ, which is the Church. (Acts 5:3,4John 16:7-143:5-81 Corinthians 2:9-123:1612:3-13,28-31Ephesians 1:13,14Acts 1:8)

Man

Man was originally created by a definite act of God in His own image and is dependent upon and accountable to his Creator. Through disobedience, the first man sinned and fell from his original state of moral perfection. As a consequence, he brought upon himself and upon the whole human race the penalty for sin, which is spiritual and physical death. Since Adam, every person is born with an inherently sinful nature and becomes a sinner in thought, word and deed. Every person, therefore, stands under the just condemnation of God and is unable to save himself or to present deeds worthy of merit before God. (Genesis 1:26,272:7Romans 2:6-165:12-216:23 ; Matthew 5:20-48John 3:36)

Salvation

A person is saved by God’s grace alone, made possible through the shed blood of Christ, whereby He died a substitutionary death for mankind, and through the Resurrection of Christ. Salvation becomes effective when a person, by an act of faith, acknowledges Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour and Lord. The benefits of this salvation include the forgiveness of sins and a new standing before God, the impartation of new life and all the privileges that accompany a new family relationship with God. The assurance of salvation as a present possession is the privilege of every believer in Christ. (Ephesians 2:8,91 Corinthians 15:3Acts 16:31Romans 10:9Acts 3:19Romans 3:28John 3:16John 1:1210:28;Philippians 1:6)

The Christian Life

God expects every believer to live a life of obedience, in which every area of his life is brought under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the fruit of the Spirit becomes increasingly evident in his life. The goal of the Christian life is to be conformed to the image of Christ. This life is characterized supremely by self-giving love for God and for others. The life and character of Christ, which grows through the Holy Spirit, is noticeably distinct from the life of the world. A believer who resists the gracious working of the Holy Spirit and fails to grow in obedience is chastened in infinite love by his Heavenly Father so he may learn obedience. (John 14:212 Corinthians 10:4,5Galatians 5:22,232 Corinthians 3:18Matthew 22:37-401 John 2:15-17Hebrews 12:5-14)

The Church

The Church of Jesus Christ is the universal company of God’s redeemed people, His Body, of which He is the head, His Bride, whom He loves infinitely, and His temple, in which He dwells. This universal Body of Christ is visibly expressed in local assemblies, whose purpose is to glorify God through worship, fellowship, instruction in God’s Word, observing the ordinances and training in service to the world. The supreme task in the mission of the Church is to make disciples for Christ in all the nations through the proclamation and teaching of the Gospel. The Church is also to demonstrate the love and compassion of Christ, through word and deed, in an alienated world. (1 Peter 2:9,10Ephesians 1:22,235:25-272:19-221 Thessalonians 2:14Ephesians 3:6-10Acts 2:42Ephesians 4:11-13Hebrews 10:25Matthew 28:18-20;26:26-291 John 4:17)

The Future

I believe in the pre-millennial return of Christ to take His people to be with Him and to judge and rule the earth in righteousness. I believe in the resurrection of the body for both believers and unbelievers. I believe that the believer goes to be with Christ in conscious blessedness immediately after death, having escaped the condemnation of his sins through the death of Christ. He will, however, stand before God to receive rewards for works approved by God or to suffer loss for works disapproved. The believer will live forever in the immediate presence of God, while the unbeliever must face the eternal and holy Judge, who will sentence him for his sins. He will experience the punishment of everlasting separation in the lake of fire from the presence of God. (John 14:31 Thessalonians 4:16,17Revelation 11:151 Corinthians 15:20,23Philippians 1:23;Romans 8:12 Corinthians 5:10Revelation 20:11-21:5Romans 2:11)

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