© Searching for God

The Bible

God has revealed himself in the Bible, which

consists of the Old and New Testaments

alone. Every word was inspired by God

through human authors, so that the Bible as

originally given is in its entirety the Word of

God, without error and fully reliable in fact

and doctrine. The Bible alone speaks with

final authority and is always sufficient for all

matters of belief and practice.

The Human Race

All men and women, being created in the

image of God, have inherent and equal

dignity and worth. Their greatest purpose is

to obey, worship and love God. As a result of

the fall of our first parents, every aspect of

human nature has been corrupted and all

men and women are without spiritual life,

guilty sinners and hostile to God. Every

person is therefore under the just

condemnation of God and needs to be born

again, forgiven and reconciled to God in

order to know and please him.

The Lord Jesus Christ

The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and fully

man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of a virgin, and lived a sinless life in

obedience to the Father. He taught with

authority and all his words are true. On the

cross he died in the place of sinners, bearing

God’s punishment for their sin, redeeming

them by his blood. He rose from the dead

and in his resurrection body ascended into

heaven where he is exalted as Lord of all. He

intercedes for his people in the presence of

the Father.

Salvation

Salvation is entirely a work of God’s grace

and cannot be earned or deserved. It has

been accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ

and is offered to all in the gospel. God in his

love forgives sinners whom he calls,

granting them repentance and faith. All who

believe in Christ are justified by faith alone,

adopted into the family of God and receive

eternal life.

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit has been sent from heaven

to glorify Christ and to apply his work of

salvation. He convicts sinners, imparts

spiritual life and gives a true understanding

of the Scriptures. He indwells all believers,

brings assurance of salvation and produces

increasing likeness to Christ. He builds up

the Church and empowers its members for

worship, service and mission.

The Church

The universal Church is the body of which

Christ is the head and to which all who are

saved belong. It is made visible in local

churches, which are congregations of

believers who are committed to each other

for the worship of God, the preaching of the

Word, the administering of Baptism and the

Lord’s Supper; for pastoral care and

discipline, and for evangelism. The unity of

the body of Christ is expressed within and

between churches by mutual love, care and

encouragement. True fellowship between

churches exists only where they are faithful

to the gospel.

Baptism And The Lord's Supper

Baptism and the Lord’s Supper have been

given to the churches by Christ as visible

signs of the gospel. Baptism is a symbol of

union with Christ and entry into his Church

but does not impart spiritual life. The Lord’s

Supper is a commemoration of Christ’s

sacrifice offered once for all and involves no

change in the bread and wine. All its

blessings are received by faith.

The Future

The Lord Jesus Christ will return in glory. He

will raise the dead and judge the world in

righteousness. The wicked will be sent to

eternal punishment and the righteous will

be welcomed into a life of eternal joy in

fellowship with God. God will make all

things new and will be glorified forever.

.

What we believe

© Searching for God.

The Bible

God has revealed himself in the Bible, which

consists of the Old and New Testaments alone.

Every word was inspired by God through human

authors, so that the Bible as originally given is in its

entirety the Word of God, without error and fully

reliable in fact and doctrine. The Bible alone

speaks with final authority and is always sufficient

for all matters of belief and practice.

The Human Race

All men and women, being created in the image of

God, have inherent and equal dignity and worth.

Their greatest purpose is to obey, worship and love

God. As a result of the fall of our first parents, every

aspect of human nature has been corrupted and

all men and women are without spiritual life, guilty

sinners and hostile to God. Every person is

therefore under the just condemnation of God and

needs to be born again, forgiven and reconciled to

God in order to know and please him.

The Lord Jesus Christ

The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He

was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin,

and lived a sinless life in obedience to the Father.

He taught with authority and all his words are true.

On the cross he died in the place of sinners,

bearing God’s punishment for their sin, redeeming

them by his blood. He rose from the dead and in

his resurrection body ascended into heaven where

he is exalted as Lord of all. He intercedes for his

people in the presence of the Father.

Salvation

Salvation is entirely a work of God’s grace and

cannot be earned or deserved. It has been

accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ and is

offered to all in the gospel. God in his love forgives

sinners whom he calls, granting them repentance

and faith. All who believe in Christ are justified by

faith alone, adopted into the family of God and

receive eternal life.

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit has been sent from heaven to

glorify Christ and to apply his work of salvation. He

convicts sinners, imparts spiritual life and gives a

true understanding of the Scriptures. He indwells

all believers, brings assurance of salvation and

produces increasing likeness to Christ. He builds

up the Church and empowers its members for

worship, service and mission.

The Church

The universal Church is the body of which Christ is

the head and to which all who are saved belong. It

is made visible in local churches, which are

congregations of believers who are committed to

each other for the worship of God, the preaching of

the Word, the administering of Baptism and the

Lord’s Supper; for pastoral care and discipline, and

for evangelism. The unity of the body of Christ is

expressed within and between churches by mutual

love, care and encouragement. True fellowship

between churches exists only where they are

faithful to the gospel.

Baptism And The Lord's Supper

Baptism and the Lord’s Supper have been given to

the churches by Christ as visible signs of the

gospel. Baptism is a symbol of union with Christ

and entry into his Church but does not impart

spiritual life. The Lord’s Supper is a

commemoration of Christ’s sacrifice offered once

for all and involves no change in the bread and

wine. All its blessings are received by faith.

The Future

The Lord Jesus Christ will return in glory. He will

raise the dead and judge the world in

righteousness. The wicked will be sent to eternal

punishment and the righteous will be welcomed

into a life of eternal joy in fellowship with God. God

will make all things new and will be glorified

forever.

.

What we believe