A summary of our beliefs is contained in the doctrinal statement of our constitution. As it was written many decades ago, the style may sometimes seem a bit staid, but the meanings are nonetheless clear and abiding. Were we to rewrite our Doctoral Statement today we might word and arrange it a little differently, but we would not alter its essential meaning.
As per our Doctrinal Statement, we believe and affirm:
- The eternal existence of one God in three co-equal Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
- The Divine inspiration and inerrancy of the Old and New Testament Scriptures as originally given and their supreme authority in all matters of faith, doctrine and conduct.
- The creation of human beings by God in two distinct genders/sexes as male and female and the institution of marriage by God as a union between one man and one woman.
- The creation of human beings by God for fellowship with God; their separation from God by the Fall, which was brought about by the personal work of the devil who is still active in the world; the resultant universal sinfulness of all human beings; and their consequent need of salvation from sin.
- The provision of salvation through the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ; His Deity; His incarnation by the virgin birth; His perfect humanity; His substitutionary atoning death; His bodily resurrection and ascension; His unchanging priesthood; and His personal bodily return.
- The necessity, in order to receive salvation, of repentance towards God and of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
- The Deity of the Holy Spirit, His work in making salvation effective to individuals, and His indwelling, sanctifying presence in the life of each believer.
- The regenerate nature of the Church, its membership consisting only of those who have personally received salvation; and the Lordship of Christ over the Church.
- The eternal consciousness of the soul; the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the unsaved; the final judgement of all men by the Lord Jesus Christ; the eternal punishment of the unsaved and the eternal blessedness of the saved.
- The ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper; baptism being the immersion of believers as an expression of their personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; the Lord’s Supper being a symbolic remembrance by believers of His sacrificial death for them until He returns.