OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH

Important Note:

(In a day in which we have such a prevalence of false teachers we consider it essential that every Christian website should carry a 'Statement Of Faith' confirming their support for the great evangelical Christian Faith and doctrines. We stand comfortably within The Apostle's Creed and all the great creeds of the Faith, however, legalism entered certain later creeds such as The Westminster Confession (1647), in which, for example, the Lord's Day became a new 'sabbath.' We separate ourselves from such trends)

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GOD
There is one God, who exists eternally in three distinct persons; the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. He is unchangeable in His holiness, justice, wisdom and love. He is the Almighty Creator, Sustainer, Saviour, and Judge who sustains and governs all things according to His sovereign will.


THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
He 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 punishment for our sins and redeeming us by His blood. He rose from the dead and, in His resurrection body, ascended into heaven where He is exalted Lord of all. He now intercedes for His people in the very presence of God the Father.


THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is the third part of the Divine Trinity. During the present age He has been sent from heaven to glorify Christ and to apply Christ's work of salvation. He convicts sinners, imparts spiritual life, and gradually gives a true understanding of the Scriptures. He indwells all true believers, not just a particular section of them, bringing an eventual assurance of salvation and increasing likeness to Christ. He builds up the Church, empowering the people who comprise the Church for worship, service, witness and mission. According to the New Testament, the Holy Spirit magnifies Christ, but does not magnify Himself. Of course, the total work of the Holy Spirit goes even beyond this; He was much involved in Creation (Genesis 1:2) and remains even now a Creative Spirit; He is a creative, comforting, intervening, enabling and empowering Spirit; He is God.


THE BIBLE
God reveals Himself to us through the Bible - which consists of Old and New Testaments, and nothing further. Every word was inspired by God even though transmitted through purely human authors. The Bible, in its original form, is in its entirety the Word of God and is fully reliable in fact and doctrine. It speaks with authority which is final and it is sufficient in matters of belief and practise. However, the wise and experienced biblical exegete will certainly recognise that revelation is progressive and that the fullest revelation from God to Man occurs in the New Testament, indeed, the New Testament can quite correctly be called 'The Book of the New Covenant.' This section of Scripture obviously has special relevance for Christians.


THE HUMAN RACE
All men and women, being created in the image of God, have inherent and equal dignity. Our greatest purpose is to approach God in faith, coming to worship and adore Him. As the result of the original Fall of our first parents, every aspect of human nature and behaviour has become marred and corrupted. All men and women are without genuine spiritual life and stand condemned until they become joined to Christ, however, God has not decided to cut off a substantial proportion of the human race from Himself, concluding countless millions as 'destined for destruction from eternity,' a concept based on the misreading of certain Scriptures; the Bible is clear that Jesus is the Saviour of the world; God certainly calls, then works with, His Elect - but all others are in an 'open state' regarding their salvation and not necessarily 'doomed for destruction' at all. We ourselves can genuinely respond to God or not, even though always subject to divine election; our decision is of great importance because we are made in God's very image.


SALVATION
Salvation is entirely a matter of God's grace and cannot be merited nor earned by us. It has been accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ and - during the present age - is offered through the Christian Gospel. God, in His love, forgives sinners whom He calls, granting us repentance and faith. All who believe in Jesus Christ are justified by faith alone. Good works result from this work of God, but they are the result - not the cause - of God's grace. True believers are adopted into the kingdom of God even in this present life; their souls then enter the presence of God at death, and - at the time of the resurrection - we fully inherit Eternal Life - body and soul. But Christian believers should not restrict the grace of God to the 'church-going' community in an exclusivist fashion, since there is much biblical evidence that God can call and save where He wills but He expects all to be faithful to as much spiritual knowledge as they have been granted (on several occasions the Old Testament mentions people who were bearers of God's grace even though they were not part of the community of Israel).


THE CHURCH
The Church is the invisible, or spiritual, body of true and faithful believers of all time. Even now in heaven God sees His Church as One unified Body - as He Himself is not confused by denominational differences. The Church is not a denomination, nor even a group of denominations, but comprises of those people who have personally appropriated Jesus Christ, thereafter standing in the grace of God. This Body of Christ is made visible, mainly (though not entirely), through local congregations where the Word of God is preached and converts are added; however, 'churchgoing' is not the same thing as being part of the eternal Church of all the ages whose member's names appear in the Book of Life. The visible congregations of the Church uphold the Two Signs (or, sacraments). The duty of the Church is to feed and support the flock and to take the Gospel to the world. True fellowship can only exist between various congregations where all are faithful to the Gospel. In an age in which numerous errors have entered local congregations of believers, the true, Spirit-led believer is better advised to worship quietly at home - with others of similar outlook - rather than to "join" a sadly confused and compromised group.


THE SIGNS (OR, ORDINANCES, OR SACRAMENTS).
These are Baptism and Communion, both of which have full New Testament authority. We should not add to these because of the ever-present danger of legalism entering the Body. Communion, or The Lord's Supper, commemorates Christ's sacrifice but it is not a regular re-sacrifice since the one sacrifice of Christ is sufficient for all people and all time. Baptism is an important and meaningful symbol of entry into the Church. But all the blessings of these signs are only received by faith and are meaningless for any not truly in the Body.


THE FUTURE
The Lord Jesus Christ will return in full glory to this earth. He will raise the dead, and the Great Judgement will commence. The New Heavens and New Earth will follow in which the saved enjoy Eternal Life. Those who reject Jesus Christ will be condemned to Hell; however, people who never heard the gospel during their lifetimes will not be condemned for the reason that they failed to believe it; they will be judged for how they responded to what they did know.

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