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Our Beliefs

As a convenient shorthand we can be described as an evangelical baptist church. Our beliefs are set out in the publication We Believe, published by the Grace Baptist Trust Corporation. The following is a summary:

1. The Being of God
There is one true and living God, sovereign in creation, providence and redemption. United in the one essence of God there are three persons, co-equal and co-eternal, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

2. The Scriptures
The Holy Scriptures are verbally inspired by God and are the only sufficient and infallible guide in all matters of faith and practice.

3. The Fall of Man
Adam was the representative of the human race and his fall into sin has brought about the guilt and condemnation of all mankind, alienating them from God, and rendering them unable, in and of themselves, to turn to him.

4. The Plan of Salvation
Having regard to the helplessness of man in sin, God in eternity graciously determined to save a great multitude of sinners for whom the eternal Son of God became the mediator. In the fulness of time the Son of God took a real human nature in the womb of the virgin Mary and lived a perfect life, yielding full obedience to the holy law of God. He gave himself at Calvary as a substitute for all his people, bearing the full penalty of their sin, and rose from the dead on the third day. He ascended into heaven, where he lives and reigns, interceding for his church and governing the affairs of men until the end of time.

5. The Application of Salvation
The salvation secured by the work of Jesus Christ is applied to the elect by the Holy Spirit. By his powerful and mysterious work, dead souls are quickened into spiritual life and given the desire and ability to repent of sin and believe in Christ as their Saviour and Lord. Awakened by the Spirit, sinners are justified by faith alone, having their sins pardoned and Christ's righteousness imputed to them. Those whom God justifies shall finally persevere and enter into the joys of heaven.

6. The Christian Life
The Christian rejoices in the twin blessings of the new covenant, namely the forgiveness of sins and the creation of an inward desire to glorify God by a life which conforms to his laws. Good works and practical holiness are, therefore, indispensable evidences of a genuine experience of divine grace.

7. The Church
The Universal Church is the innumerable company of God's elect in every age, whilst the local church is made up of those who have covenanted together in a visible bond of fellowship. The ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Supper belong in the context of the local church and their very nature indicates that before partaking of the Supper converts should identify themselves with the Lord Jesus and his people in baptism and church membership.

8. The Last Things
At a time known only to God, the Lord Jesus Christ shall return to this earth in glory to raise the dead, both righteous and unrighteous, and judge all mankind. The wicked will go away into everlasting punishment and the righteous into life eternal.

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