What We Believe

We, a body of sinners saved through the grace of God and immersed into the likeness of Christ’s death and resurrection, do hereby unite in Church fellowship, so that as a holy people, we may advocate the truth of God, proclaim the riches of His sovereign mercy to the lost and perishing, and by sympathy and counsel help one another in the Christ-like and heavenward life. We believe it our privilege and duty, by the Spirit’s aid, to bear one another’s burdens, and in the exercise of a tender-hearted, tolerant, forgiving kindliness, to avoid everything of harsh and ungenerous criticism, recognising in each other fellow-members of that mystical body of which our risen Saviour is the Head. We seek to maintain in primitive simplicity, purity of worship and communion. We regard as essential features in the teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ, that redeemed souls should walk in newness of life and holy separation from the world, and consider those only admissible to the Lord’s Table who profess their sins forgiven through the blood of Jesus, and whose lives are in harmony with that great truth.

While desiring to extend to all believers the fullest and freest liberty of conscience, we require from all Church members an adherence to the following doctrines of our faith as understood in a simple and straightforward and evangelical sense:

  1. The plenary inspiration, sole authority and all-sufficiency of the Holy Scriptures as originally given.

  2. The trinity in unity of the Godhead.

  3. The essential deity, virgin birth and perfect humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  4. The personality of the Holy Spirit.

  5. The creation of humanity, male and female, in the image of God.

  6. The creation ordinance of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

  7. The depraved and fallen state of man through Adam’s transgression.

  8. Atonement through the substitutionary death-sacrifice and blood-shedding of the Lord Jesus Christ.

  9. The justification of the sinner through faith in the risen Christ.

  10. The personality of the Devil.

  11. The second advent of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  12. The resurrection of the body.

  13. The natural immortality of the soul.

  14. The everlasting security of the believer, and the everlasting punishment of those who die impenitent.

  15. The perpetuity of the Ordinance of Baptism of believers by immersion in water on confession of each individual of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

  16. The Ordinance of the Lord’s Supper on the first day of the week, thereby showing forth in the simple emblem of the broken bread and poured out wine, “the Lord’s death, till He come”.