The Key to the right Faith

The Key to the right Faith

The Confession of a Bible believing Church

Having been brought by divine grace to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and to give ourselves wholly to Him, we do now solemnly and joyfully covenant with each other to walk together in Him with brotherly love to His glory as our common Lord.

We do, therefore, in His strength promise:

  • That we will exercise a Christian care and watchfulness over each other and faithfully warn, exhort, and admonish each other as occasion may require;
  • That we will not omit private and family worship or neglect to conscientiously train our children and bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord;
  • That we will be careful to encourage each other in the faith and service of our Lord Jesus Christ;
  • That, as we are the light of the world and salt of the earth, we will seek God’s help to enable us to deny ungodliness and every worldly lust and to walk carefully in the world that we may win the souls of men;
  • That we will cheerfully contribute to our means, as God has prospered us, for the maintenance of a faithful and evangelical ministry among us, for the support of the poor, and for the spread of the gospel over all the earth;
  • That we will in all conditions, even until death, strive to live to the glory of Him who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.

«May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen» (Hebrews 13:20,21).

What do we believe

The Holy Scriptures

We believe that «all Scripture is given by inspiration of God,» by which we understand the whole of the book called The Bible; in the sense that the Holy Spirit gave the very words of the sacred writings to holy men of old; and in the absolute authority of the Bible in all matters of faith and practice. (see 2 Tim 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:21)

The True God

We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and that these three are one God, having precisely the same attributes, co-equal and co-eternal. (see Matthew 3:16,17; 28:19,20; Mark 12:29; 2 Cor 13:14)

The Person and Work of Jesus Christ

We believe in the full deity of Jesus Christ, that He was begotten of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary and is very God and very Man. We believe that His death on the cross was substitutionary and representative and is sufficient expiation for the guilt of all men. We believe that He was raised from the dead in bodily form and that He ascended into heaven, where He ever lives to make intercession for us. We believe in the personal, bodily, imminent, and premillenial return of our Lord Jesus Christ for His Church and His subsequent millenial reign over restored Israel and the kingdoms of the world. (Luke 1:30-35; 2:7; John 1:1-4; Philippians 2;5-11; Col 1:13-19; Heb 1:1-3; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 Corinthians 15:3-7; Hebrews 7:25; Acts 1:11; 15:14-17; 1 Thess 4:13-18)

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is not merely an influence but a divine Person; that He is the source and power of all acceptable worship and service and is our abiding Comforter and Helper; that He never will depart from the Church nor from the weakest believer. (John 14:16,17; 16:13-15; Acts 1:8; 5:3,4)

The Fall of Man

We believe that man was created in the image of God but through sin fell and is now totally corrupt. We believe that this spiritual death has been transmitted to the entire race of man and therefore every child of Adam is born into the world with a nature which is unchangeably bad, in enmity against God and unable to redeem himself. (Gen 1:27; 3:6-24; Rom 5:12,19; Eph 2:1-3; Rom 3:9-18)

The Way of Salvation

We believe that salvation is only by grace through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ and that all who receive the Lord Jesus Christ are justified by faith and thereby become children of God.

We believe the Scriptures teach that regeneration, or the new birth, is that change wrought in the soul by the Holy Spirit by which a new nature and a spiritual life, not before possessed, are imparted, and the person becomes  a new creation in Christ Jesus. The mind is given a holy disposition, the will subdued, the dominion of sin broken, and the affections changed from a love of sin and self to a love of holiness and God. The change is instantaneous, effected solely by the power of God in a manner incomprehensible to human reason. The evidence of it is found in a changed disposition of mind, the fruits of righteousness and a newness of life. Without this regeneration salvation is impossible. (Eph 2:1-10; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Heb 9:22; John 3:1-18; 2?Cor 5:17; 1?Pet 1:18,19).

Assurance of Salvation

We believe that it is the privilege of all who are born again by the Spirit through faith in Christ to be assured of their salvation from the very day they take Him to be their Saviour; and that this assurance is founded wholly upon the testimony of God in His written word. (Luke 10:20; John 6:47; Rom 8:33-39).

The Church

We believe the true Church of Jesus Christ had its historical beginning at Pentecost and is composed of all true believers, is the body and bride of our Lord, and is distinct from Israel. (Acts 2:1,41-47; 1?Cor 12:12,13; 1?Cor 10:32; Eph 1;22,23; Col 1:18).

The Sacraments

We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ has left two sacraments to be observed by the Church in rememberance of His person and work. One is that of baptism in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and the other is the Lord’s Supper. (Matt 26:27-30; 28:19; 1?Cor 11:23-30).

The perseverance of the Saints

We believe the Scriptures teach that such as are truly regenerate, being born of the Spirit, will not utterly fall away and finally perish but will endure to the end, being «kept by the power of God» unto the day of Christ Jesus. (John 6:39; 10:27-29; Philippians 1:6; 1?Peter 1:3-5; 1?John 2:19; Romans 11:29).

Sanctification

We believe the Scriptures teach that sanctification is the means by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of His holiness and that it is manifested in the lives of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit as they practice and yield to the means of grace (Col 3:8-12; 2?Cor 3:18; John 17:17; 2?Pet 3:18; 1?Thess 3:12,13; Eph. 5:26; 1?Tim 4:5; Heb 10:25).

Future Reward and Punishment

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting conscious blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost. (Acts 25:15; 17:31; Matt 25:31-46; 2?Cor 5:8; Phil 1:23; Rev 20:11-15; John 14:1-3; 3:16; 2?Thess 1:7-10; Rev 21:1-5).

«I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day» 2?Timothy 1:12.