Nollamara Baptist Church
What we Believe
Roger Monasmith (Pastor)
CONCERNING THE SCRIPTURES
WE BELIEVE that the Holy Scriptures were written by men supernaturally inspired (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21); that it has truth without any admixture of error for its matter and therefore is, and shall remain preserved as the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man (Psalm 119:160; Isaiah 40:8; 1 Peter 1:25); the true centre of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and opinions should be tried (Hebrews 4:12).
By the Holy Scriptures we mean that collection of sixty-six books, from Genesis to Revelation which, as originally written, does not only contain and convey the Word of God, but IS the very Word of God (1 Thessalonians 2:13).
By inspiration, we mean that the books of the Bible were written by holy men of old, as they were moved by the Holy Spirit, in such a definite way that their writings were plenary, supernatural and verbally inspired and free from error, as no other writings have ever been or ever will be inspired (Galatians 1:11,12).
By preservation, we mean the written Word of God has been Divinely preserved in the Masoretic Hebrew Text for the Old Testament and the Textus Receptus Greek Text of the New Testament, leaving us today with God’s Word.
For the English language, we accept only those versions of the Bible which have been translated from the Masoretic Hebrew Text and the Textus Receptus Greek Text. The Authorised King James Version of the Bible is to be primarily used in all of the ministries of our Church.
CONCERNING THE TRUE GOD
WE BELIEVE the Scriptures teach that there is one and only one, living and true God (Exodus 15:11; 20:2-3; Psalm 83:18; 90:2); an infinite, intelligent Spirit (John 4:24; Psalm 147:5); the Maker and supreme Ruler of heaven and earth (Genesis 1:1); inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honour, confidence and love (Revelation 4:11; 1 Timothy 1:17; 1 John 4:7-12); that in the unity of the Godhead there are three Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost (1 John 5:7; 2 Corinthians 13:14); equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption (Ephesians 2:18; 1 John 4:13-14).
WE BELIEVE the Scriptures teach that God the Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures and the events of human history according to the purposes of His grace (1 Corinthians 8:6; Matthew 5:45); that He is unchangeable in holiness (1 Peter 1:15), love (1 John 4:7-8) and truth (Deuteronomy 32:4; John 3:33); that He is Father in truth to those who are the children of God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 4:6; 1 Corinthians 14:25); not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9); and receive His gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23).
Of God the Son
WE BELIEVE the Scriptures teach that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, co-equal, co-essential and co-eternal with God the Father and God the Holy Ghost, the second Person of the Trinity; (1 John 5:20; 1 Timothy 3:16; Colossians 1:15-17); that He was born into this world of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can ever be born of a woman (Matthew 1:18-25; Isaiah 7:14); and that He is both perfect God and perfect man (Philippians 2:5-8); that He lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15; 2 Corinthians 5:21); honouring the divine Law by His personal obedience, yet identifying Himself completely with mankind (Philippians 2:7-8); that He died a substitutionary death on the cross securing redemption through His shed blood for sinners; (1 Peter 2:24; Hebrews 9:25-26,28); that He supernaturally rose again the third day with a glorified body, was seen of many (1 Corinthians 15:1-8); and ascended into the heavens (Acts 1:9; Hebrews 9:24); to be exalted and seated at the right hand of the Father where He is the Head over His church (Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 1:22-23); the Mediator and Advocate with God the Father for all Believers (1 Timothy 2:5); and that He is supernaturally coming again to this world to reign personally and visibly over the earth (Revelation 11:15).
Of God The Holy Spirit
WE BELIEVE the Scriptures teach that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, co-equal, co-essential, co-eternal, and co-active with God the Father and God the Son, the third Person of the Trinity (Genesis 1:2; Acts 5:3-4; 1 John 5:7); that He was active in the creation of the universe; that He moved holy men of God to write the Scriptures (2 Peter 1:21); that He is the present representative of the Godhead on this earth and in His relationship to the unbelieving world restrains evil, convicts men of sin, of righteousness and of judgment (John 16:8-11,13); that He bears witness to the Truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony and is the Agent of the new birth, regenerating those who by faith believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (Titus 3:5-6); that He seals, fills, guides, teaches, sanctifies and comforts all believers (John 14:16-17,26); cultivating in them Christian character (Galatians 5:22-23); and bestowing upon them spiritual gifts by which they serve God in the Church (1 Corinthians 12; Romans 12:4-15); and that the New Testament gift of tongues was an actual foreign language and not ecstatic repetitive utterances (Acts 2:4-11).
WE BELIEVE the Scriptures teach that the Genesis account of creation is to be accepted literally and that everything was made directly and specially for the glory of God (Genesis 1:1,27,31; 2:21-23; Psalm 139:14; Colossians 1:16-17; Revelation 4:11; Psalm 19:1).
WE BELIEVE that man was created in innocence in the image of God, but that by his deliberate rebellion he separated himself from God. This sin has been passed down to all mankind from Adam, placing the whole of the human race under God’s righteous judgment (Genesis 3:1-7; Romans 5:12,19a; Isaiah 53:6a).
CONCERNING THE WAY OF SALVATION
WE BELIEVE the Scriptures teach that the salvation of sinners from the righteous judgment of God is wholly by His Grace (Romans 3:24; Ephesians 2:8-9); through the merits only of the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:18-19).
WE BELIEVE that salvation is freely available to everyone as a gift (Romans 6:23; John 6:37; John 3:16); and that it can only be accepted individually by repentance, and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 10:9-11,13). The death of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross satisfied the righteous judgment of God by paying for our sins in full, on our behalf (Romans 3:25; Romans 5:8-9). If this gift is individually accepted (Romans 10:13; 2 Corinthians 6:2),
God personally guarantees a full life on earth (John 10:10); a special place in heaven (John 14:2-3; Ephesians 2:6-7); and a peace which passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7). If this gift is not accepted, God’s righteous judgment commits the sinner to everlasting suffering in hell (John 3:18-36).
CONCERNING THE UNSEEN WORLD
WE BELIEVE the Scriptures teach a celestial kingdom of spirit beings called angels created holy and glorious; worshipping God and ministering to Him and to those who have accepted His gift of Salvation (Psalm 103:20-21; Psalm 104:3-4; Hebrews 1:14).
WE BELIEVE that Satan, originally the most beautiful and powerful angel Lucifer, rebelled against God (Isaiah 14:12-15); and is now the unholy god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 6:11-12); the tempter of mankind (1 Peter 5:8; 1 Thessalonians 3:5); and the enemy of Christ (Matthew 4:1-3). He is destined to final, everlasting defeat by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself and with all his demons will be cast into the Lake of Fire forever (Revelation 12:9-10; 20:10)
CONCERNING THE CHURCH
WE BELIEVE that the true Church, composed of all persons who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13); known also as His body (Romans 12:5; Ephesians 1:22-23; 1 Corinthians 12:27); has Christ as its Head (Ephesians 1:22; Colossians 1:18).
WE BELIEVE the Scriptures teach that a local New Testament Church is an organised assembly of Believers who are baptised (Acts 2:41-42, 47); exercising the gifts given to them by God (1 Corinthians 12) for the purpose of spreading the Gospel and building up its members (Matthew 28:19-20; Ephesians 4:11-13; 1 Peter 4:10).
WE BELIEVE the Scriptures teach that the Church is financially self-supporting (Philippians 4:15; 2 Corinthians 9:8-15); and is independent of all other churches (Acts 15) or religious organisations and governments (Matthew 22:21).
CONCERNING THE ORDINANCES
WE BELIEVE the Scriptures teach that baptism is the immersion in water of the born-again Believer in Christ (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:41; 8:36-39), representing faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ on our behalf (Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12).
WE BELIEVE the Scriptures teach that the Lord’s Supper is His invitation to all born-again Believers (Matthew 26:27-30); to share unleavened bread and grape juice as symbols of His body and shed blood (1 Corinthians 10:16-17); in remembrance of His suffering and death for us and certain hope of His return (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
CONCERNING THE GRACE OF GIVING
WE BELIEVE the Scriptures teach that giving is one of the fundamentals of faith (Acts 20:33-35); and that God blesses those who give of their time, talents and material possessions (2 Corinthians 8:10-15; 2 Corinthians 9:6; Luke 6:38).
WE BELIEVE that God is the Source of everything we have (Philippians 4:19); and that the cheerful giving of freewill offerings is a Scriptural principle (2 Corinthians 9:7; Mark 12:41-44).
CONCERNING THE RESURRECTION AND LAST THINGS
WE BELIEVE the Scriptures teach that Jesus Christ rose literally and bodily on the third day (Matthew 28:6-7; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4) proving His victory over death (1 Corinthians 15:54-57); that having ascended into heaven (Acts 1:9-11; Revelation 3:21), He is our personal advocate before God the Father (1 Timothy 2:5; 1 John 2:1-2); that He will return to earth to catch up all the saved (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; John 14:3; Hebrews 9:28; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53), prior to establishing His millennial reign on earth (Revelation 20:1-4,6); and then execute righteous judgment on the unbelieving world (Revelation 20:10-15; 1 Corinthians 1:8; 2 Peter 2:9).
CONCERNING CIVIL GOVERNMENT
WE BELIEVE the Scriptures teach that civil government is appointed by God for the good of human society (Romans 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-14,17; Titus 3:1); that all those in authority are to be prayed for, honoured and obeyed (1 Timothy 2:1-5), except only in things opposed to the Word of God (Acts 5:28-29; Daniel 3:15-18).