The following Articles were drawn up in the Centennial Year of the Church 2003. Their purpose is to confirm our continued commitment to that faith once revealed in Scripture and reaffirmed at the time of the Protestant Reformation.

They are set out also with the purpose that, the Lord being our helper, we may continue to worship Him with holy reverence, and conduct all our services with precise obedience to His appointment, decently and in order. We would further seek the Lord's help at this time to continue in holy love towards Him and towards one another, and to preach the Gospel in our day and generation.

STATEMENT OF FAITH

Article 1: HOLY SCRIPTURE

The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, in all their parts and in every word as originally written, are given by inspiration of God, Who so directed holy men of old that they wrote precisely what He intended. They are the sole, sufficient, necessary and infallible authority in all matters of faith and practice.

Is 8:20; Luke 16:29-31; Rom 15:4; Eph 2:20; 2 Tim 3:15-17; Heb 1:1; 2Pet 1:20-21

Article 2: GOD AND THE HOLY TRINITY

There is one God, Who is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth; and Who alone is the proper object of worship. In the Godhead there are three co-equal and co-eternal Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Father is of none, neither begotten nor proceeding; the Son is eternally begotten of the Father; and the Holy Spirit eternally proceeds from the Father and the Son. This God is the sovereign creator and maintainer of all things.

Gen 17:1; Ex 34:6-7; Deut 6:4; 1 Kings 8:27; Ps 90:2 & 148:13; John 5:26, 14:11 & 15:26; Acts 15:8; Rom 11:34-36; 1 Tim 1:17; Heb 4:13; Rev 5:12-14.

Article 3: THE DIVINE DECREE

God has decreed all that comes to pass, purely according to the good pleasure of His will and for His glory. This is in such a way that He is not the author of sin nor is violence done to the will of the creature. By this decree He has predestinated certain persons to eternal life appointing thereby the means of salvation for this innumerable multitude. Those persons not thus chosen have been sovereignly left in sin to their just condemnation.

Num 23:19; Is 46:9-10; Luke 10:20; John 5:26 ; Acts 4:27-28 & 15:18; Rom 8:30, 9:11-23 & 11:5-6; Eph 1:4-11; 1 Thess 1:4-5 & 5:9-10; 1 Tim 5:21; 2 Tim 2:19; James 1:13; 1 Pet 1:2-5.

Article 4: CREATION

In the beginning it pleased God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit for the manifestation of the glory of His eternal power, wisdom and goodness, to create or make the world and all things in it both visible and invisible, in the space of six days and all was very good. After God had made all other creatures, He created man, male and female, with reasoning and immortal souls, rendering them fit to live that life for Him for which they were created; being made in the image of God, in knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness; having the law of God written in their hearts and having the power to fulfil it; and yet living under a possibility of transgressing, being left to the liberty of their own will, which was subject to change.

Gen 1:1, 26-28 & 2:7,17 & 3:6; John 1:2-3; Acts 17:24-28; Rom 1:20 & 2:14-15; Col 1:16.

Article 5: DIVINE PROVIDENCE

God the good Creator of all things, in His infinite power and wisdom, upholds, directs, disposes and governs all creatures and things, from the greatest to the least by His most wise and holy providence, to the end for which they were created.

God governs according to His infallible foreknowledge and the free and unchanging council of His own will; for the praise of the glory of His wisdom, power, justice, boundless goodness, and mercy.

Gen 8:22; Ps 107:7; Prov 16:33; Matt 6:28-30; Acts 2:23; Rom 8:32; Phil 4:19.

Article 6: THE FALL

Our first parents were created upright, but by one man, Adam, sin entered into the world, and death by sin. This original transgression was imputed to all mankind and judgement came upon all men to condemnation. All the descendants of Adam, having a carnal mind at enmity with God, are unable and unwilling to obey, believe in or love God, being entirely spiritually impotent. Man's inability, being sinful, in no way excuses his failure to obey God's just commands.

Gen 2:15-17 & 3:12-13; Ps 51:5; Rom 3:23, 5:12, 6:20-21, 7:18-25 & 8:7; Eph 2:3; Titus 1:15; Heb 2:14-15; James 1:14-15.

Article 7: THE COVENANT OF GRACE

In order to save His elect from their fallen condition, God the Father entered into an eternal covenant with His Son, Who was appointed Mediator of this Covenant. Through Him, these persons are chosen unto salvation, predestinated unto the adoption of children, saved, called with an holy calling, created unto good works and given eternal life.

Gen 3:15, 21; 2 Sam 23:5; Ps 25:14 & 89:3-4; Is 54:9-10; Jer 31:31-34 & 32:40; Eph 1:4; Heb 6:17-19 & 13:20-21.

Article 8: THE PERSON OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternally begotten Son of God, Who took the finite body and human soul of man into union with His eternal Divine nature. By the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit, this holy and sinless human nature was conceived in the womb of the virgin Mary so that, in due time, He was born truly man, and yet eternally God, now together in one Person never to be divided.

Prov 8:23; Is 7:14; Matt 1:23; John 1:14 & 18; Gal 4:4-5; Phil 2:5-8; Heb 1:5; 2 John 3.

Article 9: THE WORK OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

The Lord Jesus Christ lived in dependence upon His Father here on earth doing His will. He actively fulfilled all the requirements of the holy law of God. At last suffering, bleeding and dying as the Substitute in the place of His chosen people, He endured in His holy Person all the righteous indignation and wrath of God against the sin of these people, being made sin for them, Who knew no sin, that they might be made the righteousness of God in Him. Being the first-fruits of them that slept He rose triumphant over the grave as the same real man, and with that glorious body He ascended to the right hand of the Father, there to make intercession for all who would come unto God by Him.

Ps 40:6-8; Is 53:12; John 1:14 & 8:29; Rom 4:25, & 8:1-4,34; 1 Cor 15:3; 2 Cor 5:21; Gal 4:4: Eph 1:7 & 5:2; Heb 7:22,25 & 12:24; 1 Pet 3:18.

Article 10: REGENERATION

Regeneration is a sovereign work of God the Holy Spirit whereby the elect are quickened out of spiritual death into spiritual life. They being wholly passive are born again by the Word of God.

Ezek 36:26 & 27; John 1:13 & 3:6-7; Rom 8:9-11; Gal 4:6; Eph 1:18 & 2:1; Phil 2:13; James 1:18; 1 Pet 1:3.

Article 11: EFFECTUAL CALLING

Those whom God predestinated unto eternal life are irresistibly called by the Holy Spirit through the Word from a state of death in sin to grace and salvation by Jesus Christ. Being convinced of their ruined state and need they are brought by the same Spirit to repent of their sin, to forsake trust in all else, and to rely on Christ alone as their Saviour and Lord.

Deut 30:6; Ps 110:3; Is 43:1; John 15:16; Rom 1:7 & 8:30; 1 Cor 1:2; Eph 1: 18-20 & 2:1-6; 2 Tim 1: 9.

Article 12: JUSTIFICATION

Those who are effectually called, God justifies by forgiving their sins and imputing the righteousness of Christ to them without consideration of any of their works. Through faith, which is the gift of God, they believe in Christ Jesus that they might be justified by Him. Their faith is the means of reception of justification and is not to be regarded as a work, nor the ground of it, which is the merit of Christ alone.

Ps 32:5; Mic 7:18; Luke 5:20; Rom 3:24,26,28, 4:5-8 & 8:30-32; 1 Cor 1:30-31; 2 Cor 6:18; Gal 3:8-9 & 5:6; Phil 3:8-9; Heb 10:14; 1 John 1:7; Rev 7:14.

Article 13: ADOPTION

God has guaranteed that in Christ, His only begotten Son, and for His sake, all those who are justified shall be made partakers of the grace of adoption, by which they are taken into the number of the children of God and enjoy their liberties and privileges. They have His name put upon them and receive the spirit of adoption. They have access to the throne of grace with boldness, and are enabled to cry 'Abba Father!' They are the recipients of God's compassionate love, protected, provided for, and chastened by Him as a Father, yet they are never cast off, but are sealed to the day of redemption when they inherit the promises as heirs of everlasting salvation.

Prov 14:26; John 1:12; Rom 8:15; 2 Cor 6:17-18; Gal 4:6; Eph 1:5; Heb 12:5-6.

Article 14: SAVING FAITH

The grace of faith by which the elect are enabled to believe, so that their souls are saved is the work of the Spirit of Christ in their hearts, and is normally brought into being by the ministry of the Word. It is also increased and strengthened by the work of the Spirit through the ministry of the Word and also by the administration of baptism and the Lord's supper, prayer and other means appointed by God. By this faith a Christian believes to be true whatever is revealed in the Word of God. By this same faith a Christian is enabled to cast his soul upon the truth he has believed. Saving faith equips him to perceive and obey the commands, hear the threatenings with fear and respect, and to embrace the promises of God for this life and the life to come.

The first and most important acts of saving faith are those directly to do with Christ when the soul believes, receives, and rests upon Him alone for justification, sanctification, and eternal life, by virtue of the covenant of grace.

Ps 19:7-10; Is 66:2; Luke 17:5; John 1:12, 14 & 15; Rom 10:14-17; 2 Cor 4:13; Eph 2:8 & 6:16; 1 Thess 1:3; 2 Tim 1:12; Heb 11:6,13 & 12:2; Jam 2:24-26; 2 Pet 1:1.

Article 15: REPENTANCE AND SALVATION

Saving repentance is an evangelical grace by which a person who is made to feel, by the Holy Spirit, the manifold evils of his sin, and being given faith in Christ, humbles himself over his sin with godly sorrow, detestation of his sin, and self-abhorrence. In such repentance the person also prays for pardon and strength of grace, and has a purpose and endeavour by supplies of the Spirit's power to walk before God and to totally please Him in all things.

Ps 119:6; Ezek 18:30 & 36:31; Zech 12:10; Matt 4:17; Mark 1:15 & 6:12; Luke 13:3-5; Acts 2:37-39, 8:22 & 17:30.

Article 16: GOOD WORKS

Good works are only those works which God has commanded in His holy Word. Good works, performed in obedience to God's commands are the fruits and evidences of a true and living faith. By these believers express and show their thankfulness, strengthen their assurance, edify their brethren, adorn the profession of the Gospel, and glorify God whose workmanship they are; created in Christ Jesus to perform good works. Their ability to do these good works does not in any way come from themselves but comes from the Spirit of Christ.

Ps 116:12-13; Mic 6:8; Matt 5:16 & 7:16-20; Eph 2:10; 1 Tim 6:1; James 2:18-22; 1 John 2:3-5.

Article 17: FINAL PERSEVERANCE

All those in whom the Holy Spirit has begun a good work shall be brought safely through life into glory in spite of all their temptations, trials, sins and weaknesses. They shall persevere in the ways of God, and, enduring to the end, shall be saved.

Ps 89:33-34; Jer 32:40; Mal 3:6; John 10:28-29 & 17:24; Rom 5:9-10 & 8:30; Heb 6:17-18 & 10:23; I Pet 1:5; 1 John 3:9.

Article 18: ASSURANCE OF SALVATION

This assurance is not merely a conjectural persuasion nor even a probable persuasion based upon a fallible hope. It is an infallible hope. It is an infallible assurance of faith founded on the blood and righteousness of Christ revealed in the Gospel. It is also founded upon the inward evidence of those graces of the Spirit in connection with definite promises made in the Scriptures, and also on the testimony of the Spirit of adoption Who witnesses with our spirits that we are the children of God, and Who uses the experience of assurance to keep our hearts both humble and holy.

This infallible assurance is not so joined to the essence of faith that it is an automatic and inevitable experience. A true believer may wait long and fight many difficulties before he becomes a partaker of it. Yet, being enabled by God, he may, without any extraordinary revelation attain this assurance using the means of grace in the right way.

Job 8:13-14; Is 50:10; John 4:13,14; Rom 5:1-5; Heb 6:15-16; 1 John 2:3 & 3:1-3.

Article 19: THE LAW OF GOD

The Law of God is an eternal rule of Righteousness, and in the hand of Christ it is the rule of our moral conduct. It is our solemn responsibility to seek grace to live according to the Law striving after holiness of life. Scripture teaches a threefold purpose of the Law i.e.

  • 1. The Law is used by the Holy Spirit in Conversion to show us our need of the Saviour.
  • 2. It is the Rule of the believer's life and shows what blessings they may experience when the Law is kept.
  • 3. The Law is intended to be a restraining influence upon unbelievers.

The aforementioned uses of the Law are not contrary to the grace of the Gospel, but they sweetly comply with it, as the Spirit of Christ subdues and enables the will of man to do freely and cheerfully those things which the will of God, which is revealed in the Law, requires to be done.

Ezek 36:27; Rom 6:12-14; 1 Cor 9:8-10 ; Gal 3: 21; Heb 12:28; James2:8.

Article 20: BAPTISM

Baptism is a perpetual appointment by Jesus Christ for those who believe the Gospel. It is to be administered by immersion in water in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost to such as profess their faith in Him. It sets forth the sufferings and death of Christ, the believer's union to Him in those sufferings and the effect of that union in the washing away of sin, death to the old life, and a desire to walk in newness of life. The only persons who can rightly submit themselves to this ordinance are those who actually profess repentance towards God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, being willing to yield obedience to Him.

Mark 1:4; Acts 22:16; Rom 6:3-5; Gal 3:27; Col 2:12.

Article 21: THE LORD'S SUPPER.

The Lord commanded His disciples to remember Him in the breaking of bread and the drinking of wine until His return. This ordinance sets forth His broken body and poured out blood in the symbols of bread and wine in which the Lord graciously assures us, His followers, that His body was broken for them, and His blood is the seal of the New Testament. When received by faith this bread and wine are the communion of the body and blood of Christ, and we, being many, are one body. This ordinance is to be observed by those who profess, and live by faith in the Son of God, and who have been Scripturally baptised and added to the church.

Matt 7:6, 26:26-28; 1 Cor 10:16-21, 11:23-26; 2 Cor 6:14-15; Heb 9:25-28.

Article 22: MAN'S STATE AFTER DEATH AND THE RESURRECTION

The bodies of men after death return to dust, and undergo corruption, but their souls neither die nor sleep, having an immortal subsistence/ existence, immediately return to God Who gave them.

The souls of the righteous then made perfect in holiness, are received into paradise where they are with Christ, and look upon the face of God in light and glory, waiting for the full redemption of their bodies.

The souls of the wicked are cast into hell, where they remain in torment and under darkness, reserved to the judgement of the great day. The Scripture acknowledges no other place than these two for the souls separated from their bodies.

At the Last Day, those of the saints who are still alive shall not sleep but shall be changed. All the dead shall be raised up with their own, same bodies, and none other, although with different qualities, and these bodies shall be united again to their souls forever.

The bodies of the unjust shall, by the power of Christ, be raised to dishonour.

The bodies of the just shall by His spirit be raised to honour, and made conformable to His own glorious body.

Gen 3:19; Job 19:26-27 Ecc. 12.7; Luke 23:43; Acts 24:15; 1 Cor 15:42-43, 51-52; Jude 6-7.

Article 23: THE LAST JUDGEMENT

God has appointed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness by Jesus Christ, to Whom all power and judgement is given by the Father. In this day not only the apostate angels shall be judged, but also all people who have lived upon the earth. They shall appear before the Tribunal of Christ to give an account of their thoughts, words and deeds, and to receive according to what they have done when in the body, whether good or evil.

As Christ would have us to be certainly persuaded that there will be a day of judgement, both to deter all men from sin and to give greater consolation to the godly in their adversity, so also He will have the date of that day kept unknown to men, that they may shake off all carnal security and always be watchful because they know not at what hour the Lord may come.

Also so that believers may be affected in such a way that they ever say 'Even so come Lord Jesus, Amen'.

Matt 25:21-34,46; Mark 13:35-37; John 5:22:27; Acts 17:31; Rom 9:22-23; 2Cor 5:10-11; 2 Thess 1:5-7; Rev 22:20.

APPENDIX

The purpose of the church is to glorify God by promoting His worship, declaring His Word in its entirety, building up His people in their holy faith, obeying His perfect Moral Law and extending His kingdom throughout the world.

Acts 20:27; Rom 15:16; 2 Cor 5:20; Eph 3:2; Phil 3:3; 1 Thess 5:11;

This church rejects the influence of the Charismatic Movement because it teaches an unscriptural post- conversion experience that belittles the great work of regeneration; claims extra-biblical revelation through miraculous gifts undermining the absolute sufficiency of Scripture; restores extraordinary and temporal offices without regard to their essential qualifications; advocates the need for signs and wonders, associated in Scripture with new revelation; elevates experience above doctrine, encourages a subtle form of ecumenism; promotes a new kind of liberty, incompatible with holy living; and encourages irreverent and unscriptural worship, accommodating worldly carnality.

Ex 4:1-5; Ps 5: 7; Is 8:20; Matt 5:17,18; Mk 1:27; Lk 6:13; Jn 1:33; Acts 1:22; 1 Cor 11:22; 2 Cor 11:1-4; 2 Tim 4: 1,2; Heb 12:28.