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Statement of Faith

Statement

This is a 'Brief Statement,' for a more comprehensive statement go to 'The Westminster Confession of Faith.' This is a detailed study of the beliefs of the Christian Faith. That we hold dearly.

Creation -

That God has created all things out of nothing, the heavens, the earth, and everything in them. He, the creator, in his infinite power and wisdom also sustains and governs all creatures and things by his providence for his own praise and glory.

Sin and its origin -

The first man Adam was created by God after his own image in knowledge, righteousness and holiness, to enjoy perfect fellowship and communion with him. The fall of man from his original righteousness was the result of the one sin of Adam as the head and representative of the human race. Consequently all mankind are not only born into the world under the guilt and condemnation of that sin, and possess a sinful nature corrupted in every part, under the wrath of God, and subject to eternal death, the punishment for sin.

Atonement -

The one and only Mediator between God and man is the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, who took to himself true and real, yet sinless, of Faithhuman nature, being conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. By his perfect obedience and substitutionary sacrificial death as a propitiation for sin, he has fully satisfied the justice of God and purchased reconciliation and full redemption for all whom the Father has given him to save.

Repentance -

Is a grace gift from God, which is more than just a dislike of sin or its consequences, more even than the fear of hell. It is a sense of one's own personal involvement in sin, a sorrow for sin that drives it out of the life. There is a deep feeling of shame for the offence it has caused God and growing hatred of sin. There is a fundamental turning from sin with no thought of returning to it, this turning is not perfect, but it is a lifelong business, an ongoing work in the believers life.

Justification -

Is an act of God's free grace. In justification God pardons all our sins, and accounts us righteous in his sight; only because of the righteousness of Christ imputed to us. Faith in Christ is the sole instrument of justification.

Sanctification -

God also sanctifies by his Spirit, renewing the whole man after the image of God, so enabling him more and more to die to sin and to live increasingly in conformity of heart and life to the revealed will of God in Scripture. Because the believer is never entirely delivered from his old sinful nature while on earth, sanctification, though progressive, is never entire or perfect in this life, and the believer experiences constant warfare between the flesh and the Spirit. The moral law of God as summarised in the Ten Commandments is an expression of God's holy character and his revealed will for man. Although it cannot justify the sinner it is binding on all men and remains as the believers rule of life.

The Deity of Christ -

The Son of God, second person of the Trinity, very and eternal God, one substance and equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. He had two whole, perfect, and distinct natures inseparably joined together in one person, neither ever confused one with the other, the human with the divine. This person was, and is very God.

The Work of the Holy Spirit -

Is essential in applying the full outworking of the redemption accomplished and procured once for all by Christ. The new birth, by which the sinner is enabled to repent and believe, is not an act man's own will and power, but the result of the effectual operation of the Spirit, who works when, where, how and in whom he pleases. The New Testament Church is dependant on God's grace gifts to 'all' his people for ministry and sustaining the life of his Church.

The eternal security of the believer -

God has planned from all eternity to save out of the lost and fallen humanity an innumerable multitude of people, and has appointed them to eternal life, God has ordained all the means, so that they are redeemed in Christ, effectually called to repentance and faith, regenerated, justified, adopted, sanctified, caused to persevere to the end, and finally glorified.

The future punishment of the unsaved -

The souls of the unrighteous will go to hell where they are reserved until the last judgment. There is only one other place for the soul departed from the body and that is heaven. All men will be judged at a place appointed by God. The wicked will be consigned to Hell to suffer the just and everlasting punishment for their sin.

The inspiration and authority of the Scriptures -

The verbal inspiration of the whole of the Old and New Testaments, as originally given, is the work of the Holy Spirit: the Bible being the Word of God written, the sole sufficient and infallible rule of faith and practice. It's inerrancy and supreme and final authority is not received on the grounds of human testimony as to it's truth, but because God himself declares it's perfection's and bears witness to it in the hearts of his people.