What We Believe

As a Baptist Church, we form a union with other Baptist Churches in Australia. The foundations of our beliefs and doctrines are as follows, with some comment in italics for further clarification:

The divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. (We trust that God communicates divine truth in the Bible)
The existence of one God in three persons – the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. (A mystery beyond human cognition, to be sure; but this is how God is revealed in the Bible)
The deity and incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God, the second person of the Holy Trinity. (The historical person of Jesus of Nazareth was God in the form of a human being)
The fallen, sinful and lost estate of all people. (People desperately need God’s help to sort out this mess we got ourselves into)
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. (Jesus is God’s final and definitive solution to all the mess and evils of humanity and the world)
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. (God changes our hearts and transforms us to be continually growing more Christ-like, and has a glorious future for us)
The necessity, in order to know salvation, of repentance towards God and of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. (We need to come clean: our lives and hearts are in a bad way before God. We can trust Jesus to forgive us and to lead us in ways pleasing to God)
The resurrection of the dead, and the final judgment of all people by the Lord Jesus Christ. (Death is not the end of life- just a transition to a different mode of living. Jesus holds all the cards and will lovingly and justly put all things right, holding each person accountable for their earthly lives.)
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. (Jesus said to baptise people when they turn from sin and trust in him, and also to regularly share a meal together with other Christ-followers to remember his life, death for our sins, his resurrection, and his future appearing)

 

 

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