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What We Believe

We believe that the bible is the inspired and complete word of God. It is the revelation of God’s plan to  reconcile humankind back to God.  The Old Testament shows us our need for a Saviour and promises and typifies His coming.  The New Testament shows the atoning work of the Saviour and reveals the plan of salvation.  The New is the fulfilment of the Old.

 

The Gospel that we believe and preach requires adherence to the following fundamental truths:

 

1. That God created the earth and the universe and is the author and genesis of life itself.  That He made man in His image to know only God and that from that man came all men.

2. That man chose of   his own free will to disobey God (sin) and was thereby enlightened to know both   good and evil, an enlightenment which he was not equipped to live with.  This   knowledge of good and evil was then passed to man’s descendants who then found   it impossible not to sin.  So, “All have sinned and come short of the Glory of God.”

3. That “God so loved the world” that He already had a plan prepared to redeem man from sin and reconcile him back to God.  This plan involved teaching man the evil of his sin by the giving of the Law and providing a type and shadow of the price that justice requires of sin in the Old Testament sacrifices.

4. That God provided the ultimate payment for sin by giving His own Son as the fulfilling of those sacrifices. “Christ, our Passover lamb is sacrificed for us.”  He did this when   “God became flesh” through the virgin birth of Jesus Christ, who lived a sinless life and offered Himself as the scapegoat for the sins of the world by being crucified. There is no other way for man to be saved other than through Christ crucified.

5. That Jesus rose physically from the dead.

6. That all people can be saved from their sin and its consequences by believing in The Lord Jesus Christ. This involves repentance (a complete change of mind and direction, away from sin, to follow Him).  Such repentance and seeking after God results in a miraculous change of nature called being “born again.”  Such repentance is publicly declared by water baptism.

7. That those who hear the Gospel and receive Christ will have an eternal inheritance in the presence of God, an eternity of indescribable bliss.

8. That those who hear the Gospel and reject Christ are choosing an eternal existence outside the presence of God, an eternity too dreadful to contemplate.

9. That Christ will return physically to the world at the end of man’s rule, that the dead will be raised and that all will be judged in the light of God’s justice and love.

10. That it is the responsibility of the Church of Jesus Christ to preach the Gospel to the world,  first by the example of Godly living, abstaining from sin as defined in Holy Scripture and walking in close relationship with God, but also by the bold and uncompromising proclamation of the truth by the empowering of the Holy Spirit,  who is God with the Church, and is the only effective power in the Church.
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