The old saying is "If you stand for nothing you fall for everything."
We are thankful that God has clearly spoken through the Bible and so we can be certain of what we believe and hold as essential as we live for Jesus Christ. Our Core Values and Beliefs determine our character as a church community.
Our Beliefs come from the 1979 Statement of Faith of the Baptist Churches of NSW & ACT.
What is God like?
There is one God who is eternal personal Spirit. He is infinite in power, wisdom, holiness and love. He is Triune (three-in-one) in essential being and revealed to us as Father, Son (Jesus Christ) and Holy Spirit.
Who is Jesus?
Jesus Christ is the second person of the triune God and is eternally one with God the Father and God the Spirit. Jesus is the accurate expression of God the Father's person and glory. To become man, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, so that two whole and perfect natures, the nature of God and the nature of man, were united in one person; truly God and truly Man.
Who is the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the triune God and is eternally one with the Father and the Son. The Spirit was sent by them into the world to achieve the divine purpose in the world and the Church.
The Bible (also called The Scriptures), consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, are the infallible Word of God. They were written by holy men of God inspired by the Holy Spirit and have supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
The Sinfulness of People
Man was made in the image of God and for fellowship with Him. By transgression of God's command, he fell from fellowship with God and his nature was corrupted. As a consequence all people are spiritually dead under Satan's dominion and control and subject to God's wrath and condemnation. Therefore, apart from God's grace, people are helpless and hopeless.
Christ's Atonement for the Sin of Humanity
In order to redeem humanity from the guilt, penalty and power of sin, Jesus Christ became man and died a sacrificial death as our representative substitute. By His resurrection, God's acceptance of His atoning death was demonstrated. This atonement is sufficient for the whole world but effective only in those who receive it. The sinner is justified and reconciled to God, not through any personal merit but solely on the basis of God's gracious gift of salvation in Jesus Christ, received through faith.
The Work of the Holy Spirit in Salvation
The ministry of the Holy Spirit is necessary for the acceptance of God's provision of salvation. The Holy Spirit convinces sinners of their sinfulness, leads them to personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, and so brings them to spiritual birth as God's children and to fellowship in Christ. Working within the life of believers the Holy Spirit makes real the presence of Christ, witnesses to their relationship with God, leads into all truth, bestows gifts for effective service and produces graces for holy living.
The Church is the people whom God has set apart to be His through their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. All regenerate persons are members of the Universal Church of God which takes local form whenever groups of believers unite for worship, fellowship and service in accordance with Bible principles. All believers are called to a priestly ministry in the offering of spiritual sacrifices and sent into the world to be witnesses. God calls individuals to positions of oversight and leadership or to special ministries. The Church recognises such by ordaining Pastors, commissioning Missionaries, appointing Deacons and other leaders, following New Testament practices.
The Baptism of Believers Only, By Immersion
Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is a public declaration of a person's faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. In accordance with New Testament Scripture it should be administered only by total immersion which symbolises the believer's identification with Christ in death, burial and resurrection, the remission of sins and the believer's dedication of himself to God to live and walk in newness of life.