As we introduce you to our church we wish to tell you first the most important thing about us – the gospel we proclaim. The word gospel means good news. It is the basic message of the Bible. However, in order to understand the good news God has for us, we must first know the bad news which the Bible reveals.
The Bad News
The Bible tells us that God is holy, that he cannot even stand to look at sin. The Bible also proclaims that men – all men are sinners. This means that we cannot save ourselves to do anything pleasing to God, because men are naturally “dead in their trespasses and sins” and “those who are in the flesh cannot reach God by means of their good works or even by religious deeds for all our righteous deeds are like filthy rags.” On the contrary, the Bible tells us sin deserves the wrath and righteous judgment of God forever in hell.
The Good News
Since we cannot approach God or be accepted by Him on the basis of our good deeds (for we have none), how then can we be saved from His wrath? Here begins the good news.
The Good news is that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. His perfect life of righteousness and by His atoning death on the cross to pay the penalty of sin, sinners can become acceptable to God. But – you must turn from your sin and trust in Jesus alone. No one else can save you, for there is only one mediator between God and man – Christ Jesus.
Trust in Jesus alone, and you will be saved!
Some of the things we believe and teach
- The full inspiration and authority of the 66 books of the Bible as the only infallible standard of our faith and practice.
- That the triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is the Creator and Sovereign Ruler of all.
- The essential deity and humanity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His substitutionary death, and His physical resurrection.
- Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man.
- The present reigning of Jesus Christ in Heaven and His future return to judge the world.
- That salvation is by the grace of God alone, on the basis of the righteousness and death of Christ alone, and not by our good works. This salvation is received by faith alone.
- That God commands and calls all men to repent and believe the Gospel, which must, therefore, be earnestly proclaimed to all men.
- That the church is to be made up solely of repentant and believing sinners who confess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, and who submit to His rule and authority as set forth in the Scriptures.
- That Christians have the solemn obligation to live holy lives, worthy of the gospel they profess to believe.
- We adhere to the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith as a faithful summary of what the scriptures teach.