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doctrineIf you have come to this page, you are probably looking for what is generally known as doctrine.  Basically what this means is that this is the official description of our core theology.  If you are not used to studying doctrine, then these descriptions might be pretty difficult to read through.  Don't be put off by them though, this is not how we talk everyday or in church on a Sunday.  These statements are more like an official statement -- but for spiritual stuff...

 

We believe...

  • The divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.
  • The existence of one God in three persons the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
  • The deity and incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God, the second person of the Holy Trinity.
  • The fallen, sinful and lost estate of all people.
  • The salvation of men and women from the penal consequences and power of sin through the perfect obedience of the Lord Jesus Christ, His atoning death, His resurrection from the dead, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His unchanging priesthood.
  • The immediate work of the Holy Spirit in the regeneration of men and women, in their sanctification, and in their preservation to the heavenly Kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • The necessity, in order to know salvation, of repentance towards God and of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • The resurrection of the dead, and the final judgement of all people by the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • The two ordinances of the Lord Jesus Christ, namely Baptism and the Lord's Supper, which are of perpetual obligation: Baptism being the immersion of believers upon the profession of their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and a symbol of the fellowship of the regenerate in His death, burial and resurrection; the Lord's Supper being a memorial, until He comes, of the sacrifice of the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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