We are wholeheartedly committed to the truths of historic,
biblical Christianity. We affirm the classic Christian creeds
and confessions, and we rejoice in the summary statements
of the Protestant Reformation - that salvation is revealed
in Scripture alone, in Christ alone, through faith alone,
by grace alone, to the glory of God alone.
We believe that the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith is the best and most accurate summary of the teaching of the Bible. The statements below encapsulate what we believe.
God has revealed himself in the Bible, which consists of the Old and New Testaments alone. Every word was breathed out by God through human authors, so that the Bible as originally given is in its entirety the Word of God, without error and fully reliable in fact and doctrine. The Bible alone speaks with final authority and is always sufficient for all matters of belief and practice. It is self-authenticating because its authority is derived from its Author and not from the opinions of men.
There is only one God, who exists eternally in three distinct and equal persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, love and truth. He is the almighty Creator, Saviour and Judge who sustains and governs all things according to his sovereign will and for his own glory.
THE HUMAN RACE:
All men and women, being created in the image of God, have inherent and equal dignity and worth. Their greatest purpose is to obey, worship and love God. We believe that God made our first father Adam perfect, holy and upright. He was appointed representative and head of the human race thereby exposing all his offspring to the effects of his obedience or disobedience to God’s commands. Since Adam disobeyed God, every aspect of human nature has been corrupted and all men and women are without spiritual life, guilty sinners and hostile to God. Every person is therefore under the just condemnation of God and needs to be born again, forgiven and reconciled to God in order to know and please him.
The Lord Jesus Christ:
The Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God - the second person of the Godhead - and is fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and lived a sinless life in obedience to the Father. He taught with authority and all his words are true. On the cross he died in the place of sinners, bearing God's punishment for their sin, redeeming them by his blood. He rose from the dead and in his resurrection body ascended into heaven where he is exalted as Lord of all. He intercedes for his people in the presence of the Father and rules over all things for their sake.
Salvation is entirely a work of God's grace and cannot be earned or deserved. It has been accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ and is offered to all in the gospel. God, in his love, calls sinners to himself, imparts spiritual life, and grants them repentance and faith. All who believe in Christ are justified by faith alone (their sins are forgiven and the righteousness of Christ is credited to them), are adopted into the family of God, are sanctified, persevering in holiness, and finally will be glorified.
THE HOLY SPIRIT:
The Holy Spirit has been sent from heaven to glorify Christ and to apply his work of salvation. He convicts sinners, imparts spiritual life and gives a true understanding of the Scriptures. He indwells all believers, brings assurance of salvation and produces increasing likeness to Christ. He builds up the Church and empowers its members for worship, service and mission.
The universal Church is the body of which Christ is the head and to which all who are saved belong. It is made visible in local churches, which are congregations of believers who are committed to each other for the worship of God, the preaching of the Word, the administering of baptism and the Lord's Supper, for pastoral care and discipline, and for evangelism. The unity of the body of Christ is expressed within and between churches by mutual love, care and encouragement. True fellowship between churches only exists where they are faithful to the gospel.
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper:
Baptism and the Lord's Supper have been given to the church by Christ as visible signs of the gospel. Baptism is to be administered only to those who can personally profess repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ and is to be conducted by totally immersing the person in water. It is a symbol of union with Christ, cleansing from sin and entry into his Church, but it does not impart spiritual life. The Lord's Supper is a commemoration of Christ's sacrifice offered once for all. It involves no change in the bread and wine and all its blessings are received by faith. Baptism upon a profession of repentance and faith is necessary in order to enter into local church membership. The Lord’s Supper is a privilege of local church membership to be administered under the discipline of the local church.
The Lord Jesus Christ will return in glory. He will raise the dead and judge the world in righteousness. The wicked will endure eternal punishment while the righteous will be welcomed into a life of eternal joy in fellowship with God. There will be a new heaven and a new earth in which God will be glorified forever.