@2017 Belmont Baptist Church 

WE BELIEVE

The Scriptures:

 

a. are the plenary-verbal inspiration of the Word of God and

b. that both the Old and New Testaments are inerrant in the original writings and are the supreme and final authority for faith and life

 

The God Head:

 

We believe the Godhead exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

These three persons are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes and perfections.

 

 

The Lord Jesus Christ:

 

a. His eternal existence as God;

b. His incarnation and virgin birth;

c. His death on the cross as the subsitutionary atonement for sin;

d. His literal, bodily resurrection from the dead;

e. His present ministry of intercession in heaven;

f. His personal, future return to earth.

 

 

The Holy Spirit:

 

We believe that the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Godhead:

a. convicts men of sin and regenerates, baptises, indwells, seals and sets apart believers unto a holy life;

b. keeps and empowers believers day by day

c. is the Teacher of the Word and the Guide for daily living.

 

Man:

 

a. Man was created innocent and pure and

b. Adam fell through the sin of disobedience. Therefore

c. all men are corrupt in body, soul and spirit; and

d. all men need redemption.

 

 

Salvation:

 

a. salvation is by grace, a free gift of God apart from works;

b. salvation requires repentance, a turning away from one's own way to God's way;

c. salvation is through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ;

d. all who receive Jesus Christ are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and become the children of God; and

e. true salvation will be manifested by a change of life.

 

The Future:

 

a. the personal, visible, bodily return of Jesus Christ to the earth;

b. the bodily resurrection of the just to eternal abode in the glory of God's presence; and

c. the bodily resurrection of the unjust to judgement and everlasting punishment in the lake of fire.

The Sinfulness of People:

 

People were made in the image of God and for fellowship with God. By transgression of God's command humankind fell from fellowship with God and their nature was corrupted. As a consequence all people are spiritually dead under Satan's dominion and control and subject to God's wrath and condemnation. Therefore, apart from God's grace, people are helpless and hopeless.

 

 

Christ's Atonement for Human Sin:

 

In order to redeem people from the guilt, penalty and power of sin, Jesus Christ became human and died a sacrificial death as our representative substitute. By His resurrection, God's acceptance of His atoning death was demonstrated. This atonement is sufficient for the whole world, but effective only in those who receive it. The sinner is justified and reconciled to God, not through any personal merit, but solely on the basis of God's gracious gift of salvation in Jesus Christ received through faith.

The Church:

 

The Church is the body of people whom God has separated from the world through faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. All regenerate persons are members of the universal Church of God which takes local form wherever groups of believers unite for worship, fellowship and service in accordance with scriptural principles. All believers are called to a priestly ministry in the offering of spiritual sacrifices and sent into the world to be witnesses. God calls individuals to positions of oversight and leadership or to special ministries. The Church recognises such by ordaining pastors, commissioning missionaries, appointing deacons and other leaders, thereby following New Testament practice.

 

 

Baptism:

 

Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is a public declaration of a person's faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. In accordance with New Testament Scripture it should be administered only by total immersion which symbolises the believer's identification with Christ in death, burial and resurrection, the remission of sins and the believer's dedication of himself to God to live and walk in newness of life.

 

 

Communion:

 

The Lord's Supper is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus Christ instituted by Him to be celebrated with the elements of bread and wine by believers in Christ until the end of the age. It commemorates and declares our thanks for the Lord's substitutionary death. The celebration of the ordinance expresses our fellowship with and in the Lord Jesus Christ as members of the Body of which He is the Head.

 

 

The Return of Lord Jesus Christ:

 

At the end of this age, according to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in His glory to the earth. The full consummation of the Kingdom of God awaits His return.

 

 

Marriage:

 

We believe that according to the Bible, marriage is ordained by God to be between one man and one woman (Genesis 2:21-24; Matthew 19:4-6).