OF CONGREGATIONAL CHURCHES
is Almighty, Eternal and Unchanging. He is just and holy, gracious and
merciful. He is the Creator and Ruler of all things, exercising
power in Creation, Providence and Redemption, and is deserving of all
and praise forever.
is One, existing through all eternity in three Persons: Father, Son and
WORD OF GOD:
greatness and holiness are such, that without His aid, man can neither
understand God nor find the way to a right relationship with Him. In
mercy, however, God has made Himself known. He has done this partially
through Creation but more fully and clearly to the people of Israel and
explicitly and finally in Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God and the
of God incarnate. The Scriptures of the Old and New Testament as
given and divinely preserved, record, interpret and complete God's
revelation to us. We therefore accept the Bible as not merely
but being the divinely inspired and infallible Word of God written and
the final and sufficient authority in all matters of Christian faith
is a person, a malignant Spirit, the enemy of Jesus Christ and of the
deceiving mankind; and he has been condemned to eternal damnation.
created man perfect, but after being tempted by Satan, man by his own
choice, disobeyed God and became a sinner. Man's whole nature is now
by sin and his fellowship with God is broken.
alone can deal with man's sin and bring about a reconciliation with
In God's great plan of Redemption, God the Son became man through the
Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin
He lived a sinless human life and taught with divine authority. He
and died in the place of sinners, bearing their sin and its guilt and
He thus sets free all believers from the domination of Satan and the
of their own sinful nature, and removes from them forever sin's lasting
by His Grace, forgives and reconciles to Himself all who turn to Him in
true repentance, turning from sin and trusting in Christ's atoning
God imputes to them the righteousness of Christ Himself and adopts them
as His children.
Lord Jesus Christ was shown to be the Son of God by His teaching, by
miracles and by His bodily resurrection from the dead. He has ascended
in power and glory to the presence of God where He now pleads on behalf
of those who call upon Him in truth.
in the Person of the Holy Spirit, must work in a man before he can
Salvation. He leads the sinner into an awareness of his sinfulness and
brings him to repentance and trust in Christ. He brings to birth in him
a new and eternal life and, by His continuing work, develops in this
life the fruits of love and holiness.
BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH ALONE:
Scriptures affirm that the sinner is justified by faith alone in the
work of Christ, that is, by His substitutionary death upon the Cross
His resurrection from the dead. The works of men and the traditions of
the visible Chross are of no avail in the Salvation and Justification
VISIBLE RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST:
is bringing all human history to a climax which will be marked by the
bodily return to the earth of the Lord Jesus Christ in power and glory.
has appointed Jesus as Judge and there will be a final judgement. Those
who are saved will be raised in a glorified body and enjoy eternally
to the full the presence of their Lord in heaven. Those who have
Christ will also be raised and banished from God forever in hell.
who have been personally redeemed with the precious Blood of Christ and
upon whom God has bestowed His righteousness as a free gift, belong to
Christ. They alone may rightly be called Christians. They alone are
of the one universal and eternal Church which is the Body of Christ.
local church is a fellowship of believers gathered by Christ and under
His sole, sufficient and supreme authority. Through Him, as Head of the
Church, it has direct access to God and enjoys fellowship with other
of His people in a unity which transcends all barriers.
Holy Spirit gives many different gifts to equip all God's people for
in order to build up the Body of Christ, and He determines what is
to each believer. A gift is to be valued in the Church according to its
contribution to the common good.
Christian is called to love the Lord his God with all his heart, soul,
mind and strength; and to love his neighbour as himself. Therefore, all
are to live godly lives, doing all things to the glory of God. The
Holy Spirit makes this new life a reality as they yield themselves to
is a sacrament ordained by Jesus Christ as a sign and seal of the
of Grace. Where one who confesses faith in Christ is baptised, the
is seen as an outward and visible sign of newness of life through faith
in Christ on the part of the candidate.
an infant of confessing parents is baptised, the sacrament is seen as
outward and visible sign of the Grace of God that works in the life
to the response of faith, calling the one baptised to grow up into
and put on Christ.
Lord's Supper is a sacrament ordained by Jesus Christ and is to be
in the churches for a perpetual remembrance and showing forth of the
of Christ, the spiritual nourishment of believers and a sign of their
with one another.
affirm the obligation to fulfil the Commission given to the Church by
Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, to proclaim the Gospel and make
of all nations.