Statement of Faith
· We believe that the Bible is the inspired, infallible, completed Word of God.
· There is only one, living and true God, composed of three Persons – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, each eternally co-existent and fully God.
· God is sovereign over all creation, and He directs all things in accordance with His, eternal, immutable purpose.
· The first man was created perfect, but willfully disobeyed God and severed his communion with God, thus leaving his descendants – all mankind – at enmity with God and spiritually dead in their sin.
· For no reason, other than to glorify His own Self, God in His eternal purpose chose to reconcile a multitude of people to Himself through the Person of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. For this multitude Jesus Christ took on the form of a man and became their perfect Substitute on the cross, satisfying divine justice on their behalf. His sacrifice purchased all things necessary to ensure their eternal salvation.
· Although God commands men everywhere to repent, such is the power of sin that men will not of themselves obey this command. Therefore God, determined to save those for whom Christ died, calls them through the Gospel and draws them by the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit; who renews their minds, hearts and wills so that they freely trust in Christ. Those brought to faith in Christ are forgiven all their sins, declared perfectly righteous in Christ (justified) and adopted as God’s children.
· Saving faith is of necessity accompanied by repentance, which involves the recognition of, sorrow over, and the turning away from all known sin, with a new desire to live in obedience to Jesus Christ.
· Jesus Christ alone is the Head of the one true Christian Church, which is made up of those people who have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit. All these are presently in-dwelt by the Holy Spirit, and by their words and deeds show their allegiance to Christ.
· There are two ordinances that have been instituted by the Lord Jesus: believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Neither of these has, in themselves, the power to save men from their sins, but are outward symbols of inward, spiritual realities.
God, in His eternal purpose, has also appointed a day of judgment: a day in which He will judge all mankind in righteousness by Jesus Christ. Every human who has ever lived will appear before Christ to give an account of his or her life and to receive either everlasting torment in hell or everlasting life in the presence of God.
Redeemer Bible Church Covenant
Having been led by the Spirit of God to receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, and upon profession of our repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; having been baptized by immersion in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we promise therefore, by the help of the Holy Spirit, to walk with one another in Christian love; to strive for the advancement and well-being of this Church, in knowledge, holiness and comfort; to sustain true biblical worship, observing its ordinances, discipline and doctrines as they are revealed in the Word of God; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the Church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel throughout all nations.
We also promise to maintain family and private devotions; to instruct our children biblically; to seek the salvation of our families and acquaintances; to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Saviour; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our relationships and exemplary in our conduct.
We further promise to watch over each other in brotherly love; to pray for one another; to help each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling, and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offence, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the commandments of our Saviour, to secure it without delay.
We also understand that if we are overtaken in any fault, we will be subject to biblical discipline which seeks our restoration.
We moreover promise that when we move from this community we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church of like faith and practice, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.