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Basis of faith

1. The Inspiration of Scripture – The divine inspiration of the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments and that they are the sole, supreme, and all sufficient authority in every matter of Christian faith and practice. (2 Tim.3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; John 16:13)

2. The Trinity – One living and only true God, subsisting in the Trinity of Three co equal and co eternal Persons the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; all infinite without beginning; the Father neither begotten nor proceeding; the Son eternally begotten of the Father; the Holy Spirit eternally proceeding from the Father and the Son. (1 Cor. 8:4; John 17:3 & 21; Matt.28:19; 2 Cor.13:14)

3. Human Sinfulness – The universal sinfulness and guilt of human nature since the fall off Adam, rendering mankind both unable and unwilling to meet the claims of God’s righteous and holy law and subject to God’s wrath and condemnation. (Isa. 53:6; John 3:36; Eph. 2:1-3; Rom. 3:10-12 & 23; Rom. 8:12)

4. God’s Sovereignty – The Sovereignty of God in Providence, Redemption and Creation. (Col. 1: 12-20; 1 Cor. 15: 24-28; John 6: 31-39; Isa. 46:10; Eph. 1: 11; Rom. 9: 15-23)

5. God’s Elect People – The personal, eternal, and unconditional election of the Church in Christ to everlasting salvation. The unique, particular, and eternal redemption from sin and its punishment of God’s elect, through the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ as representative and substitute. (Rom. 8:30; John 6:37;
2 Tim. 1:9; Heb. 9:14-15 & 24; Rom. 3:24-26; 1 Pet. 3:18)

6. Christ’s Divinity and Humanity – The Deity, eternal Sonship, and sinless humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ; His virgin birth, crucifixion, death, and burial; His physical resurrection, ascension into heaven and His future personal return. (Matt. 16:16; Luke 1:26-35; Heb. 7:26; Acts 1:6-11; 1 Thess. 4:16-18)

7. Justification through Faith alone – The everlasting justification through faith of the elect and redeemed Church, by the blood and imputed righteousness of Christ, irrespective of any moral or spiritual works done by them either before or after regeneration. (Rom. 3:24-26; 5:1 & 9)

8. Human Accountability – That though all men are rendered spiritually powerless by the Fall, they are nevertheless accountable to God for their sins, for which they will answer in the day of judgement unless they are granted repentance to eternal life. (Matt.25:46; Mark 9:43-48; 2 Cor. 5:10; 2 Thess. 1:5-9)

9. Regeneration and Sanctification – The effectual calling of the redeemed by the invincible power of the Holy Spirit, according to the counsel of God’s will, involving their regeneration and sanctification by the direct agency of the Holy Spirit, through which the saints grow in grace perfecting holiness in the fear of the Lord. (Rom. 3:24-26; Eph. 2:1-10; 1 Pet. 1:22-23)

10. The Work of the Holy Spirit – The grace of faith whereby the elect are enabled to believe the saving of their souls is the gift of God, and the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives, Who convinces them of sin, works in them repentance to life, and enables them to trust the Lord Jesus Christ alone for salvation. (John 3:3 & 8, 6:44 & 65, 16:7-14; Eph. 1:13-14; 2 Cor. 3:17-18)

11. The Perseverance of Believers – The final perseverance of true believers so that they shall never perish but have eternal life. (Rom. 8: 28-30; Phil. 1:6; John 10: 28-29).

12. Satan – The personality of Satan and other evil spirits who seek to destroy God’s work and to lead the believer into sin, but whose power is limited by God until their final judgement and destruction. (John 8: 44; Gen 3; Zech. 3: 1-2; Matt. 4: 1-11; 1 Tim. 5: 15; 1 Pet. 5: 8; Matt. 25: 41)

13. The Resurrection and Final Judgement – The physical resurrection of the dead, of the just and the unjust when the Lord Jesus Christ returns. The fixed and eternal nature of the future blessedness of the redeemed in Heaven and the eternal punishment of the unbelieving in Hell. (Matt. 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; 2Thes. 1:5-9)

14. Baptism and Communion – The duty and privilege of true believers to profess their repentance towards God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, by immersion in water, (unless hindered from being baptised by reason of impaired health), in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Only believers should partake of the Lord’s Supper. (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:41; 1 Cor.11:23-26)

15. Evangelism – The preaching of the Gospel to every creature as a divine command, and the responsibility of all believers to bear witness of the Lord Jesus Christ in thought, word and deed. (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 1 Tim. 6:11-12; Col. 3)

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