We take as our primary authority the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, as originally given. We accept them as the inspired and infallible Word of God, His full and final revelation of Himself and His will. Recognising them as our sole and sufficient authority in all matters of faith and practice, we believe the doctrines taught therein, including in particular the following:
We believe in the one true and living God, everlasting and sovereign in creation, providence and redemption. In the unity of this Godhead there are three persons of the same substance, co-equal and co-eternal, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
God, by a supernatural and definite act, made the first man, Adam, in His own likeness: upright, innocent and holy, enjoying fellowship with God, and glorifying Him. Adam’s sin is reckoned to all his posterity, so that all men are born in a state of guilt, total depravity, separation from God and condemnation to eternal death.
The Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, undertook from before the foundation of the world to be the Mediator of God’s elect people. Taking a real human nature in the womb of the Virgin Mary, He lived a perfect and sinless life. In accordance with the Father’s will, He freely offered Himself as a full and sufficient sacrifice, propitiation and satisfaction for the sins of all whom the Father had given Him. Having finished the work of redemption, He rose from the dead on the third day, ascended into heaven and sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, in order to send the Holy Spirit upon His Church, to receive all who come to the Father by Him, and to reign as Head of the Church.
God freely justifies all who believe in His Son, Jesus Christ. Their sins are reckoned to Christ who bore them on the cross, and His righteousness is reckoned to their account. Sinners are united to Christ by faith, and accounted righteous by God for Christ’s sake.
The work of regeneration is not an act of man’s free will and ability, but is an effectual sovereign work of the Holy Spirit who enables the sinner to repent of his sin and to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. The Spirit who indwells all believers, applies the benefits of Christ’s death and resurrection, and progressively sanctifies the Christian. He keeps all those whom He calls until the day of redemption so that they shall never perish, but have everlasting life.
The Church of God comprises only those who are regenerate, and it exists to worship and to glorify God, to declare His word, to promote sanctification and good works amongst its members, and to administer Christ’s ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
At a day and hour which no man knows, Christ will return personally, visibly and gloriously, to raise the dead (both righteous and unrighteous) and judge all men. Unbelievers, as a just reward for their sin and impenitence, will be banished to everlasting punishment, while believers, because of the mercy of God in Christ, will be admitted into heaven and enter into the joy of their Lord, sharing with Him His inheritance in glory.