The Holy Scriptures
The Holy Scripture, that is all the 66 books in the Old and New Testament Canon, is fully and completely inspired by the Holy Spirit of God who moved men to write this very Word of God. We uphold the Holy Scriptures as not only containing but are themselves the very Word of God. We uphold the reliability of the Scripture witness to itself as the only, the complete and infallible Word of God; the New Testament witnessing to the reliability and divine character of the Old Testament. We additionally uphold the necessity also for a reverent faith in the Word, and the teaching of the Holy Spirit, for a true understanding of the whole.
We thus believe that this Word of God is sufficient, inerrant, final and authoritative in all matters pertaining to life. We believe that the scriptures of God have given us full knowledge of what God requires of us for faith and practice.
There is one eternal God. That He is of one indivisible essence and yet consists of three distinct, co-equal persons,(the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit). The Father is of the same essence as the Son and the Holy Spirit with none being inferior to the other.
That this God is the author and creator of all things that exist. That He is sovereign over all with no need of anything from the created order. That He is sovereign in Creation, Redemption, Providence and the Consummation.
About The Lord Jesus Christ
That the Lord Jesus Christ is the second person of the triune God. That He is true and proper Deity. That He clothed Himself with a human body at His incarnation. That He was born of a virgin. That His body has all the qualities and characteristics of humanity without sin. That He had a real and perfect humanity during His sojourn on earth. That his body has never at any one time been mixed with His divinity but has from birth been separate. That His humanity has neither enhanced nor diminished His divinity. We uphold the absolute authority of His teaching and the infallibility of
all His utterances. That the God-Man Jesus Christ lived on earth and was laid on the cross of Calvary to bear the sins of many. That this substitutionary death on the cross was the full, sufficient and only atonement for sins. That He died on the cross, was buried, rose again on the third day and ascended up into heaven having made a public spectacle of His enemies. That He at present undertakes His priestly intercession for His people. That He shall return in person on a certain day to judge the world and to wonderfully restore all things in the created order, to the praise of His glory.
That mankind is totally depraved in all his faculties in consequence of the Fall of Man from the original state of perfection in which he was created. That by this Fall all mankind is in a state of condemnation and separation from a holy God. That this total depravity does not mean that man is as bad as he could be but rather that every faculty of man is tainted by sin and is therefore unable to truly serve and worship God as he ought to. That the depravity of man makes it impossible for him to approach the courts of a holy God without a mediator. That in order to approach God in a manner acceptable to the triune God man must have another to atone for his sins. That none but a sinless one may atone for man and represent him before this Holy God. That none other but the Lord Jesus Christ is sufficient to represent man to God and to atone for his sins. That men and women can only be delivered from their sins by the divine atoning work and merits of the Saviour Jesus Christ.
About The Church
That the true church of the Lord Jesus Christ is composed only of those who have been washed and cleansed by the blood of the lamb. That only those whose names are written in the book of life and who walk in the Spirit may be considered the true people of God. That these having nothing to do with the fruitless works of darkness are crucified with Christ. That these have crucified the flesh with its sinful passions and desires. Though they belong to local visible churches yet they really belong to the true invisible church of the eternally begotten Son of God
We uphold that the Lord Jesus Christ has instituted only two ordinances to be observed by His church:
a) The observance of the divine institution of the Baptism of Believers by immersion, in loving obedience and as an act of witness, but not as conveying any regenerating grace.
b) The observance of the Lord’s Supper as a commemoration of our Lord’s death but not as being a sacrifice for sin nor involving any change of the substance of the bread and wine.
We uphold that the work of regeneration, conversion, sanctification and faith are not an act of man’s free will and power but of the mighty, efficacious and irresistible grace of God, through the Holy Spirit. All those who are chosen by the Father, redeemed by the Son and sanctified by the Spirit, shall certainly and finally persevere, so that not one of them shall ever perish but shall have everlasting life.
We uphold the resurrection of the body at the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ; His judgement of the world and the eternal blessedness of the redeemed. We also uphold that there shall be the eternal punishment of all those who reject Christ as Saviour and that annihilation shall not be an option.