Statement of Faith

I affirm the Nicene creed.

I affirm sola scriptura.

I affirm simultaneously the sovereignty of God, and human free will and responsibility (but not necessarily divine election).

I believe in the total depravity of man and his hopelessness in the absence of Christ’s redeeming sacrifice.

I believe in the free will of mankind, but that God in His omnipotence has the power and the means to coerce human behaviour in specific instances, for specific purposes which are according to His perfect will and plan, for example when “the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart” during the Exodus.

I believe that salvation is ‘by grace alone through faith alone (in our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ)’.

I believe that we are NOT saved by good works, but sanctified for them, and that they are the best and most reliable evidence of salvation in the believer; we will be known by our fruit, faith without works is dead, etc.

I deny that ‘repentance’ is a work, but that it is intrinsically tied to a genuine, transforming faith in Christ. Thus, to claim to believe in Christ and acknowledge Him without repentance is a contradiction in terms.

I believe that God created the world in 6 literal 24 hour days, as understood by a plain and common sense understanding of the first 2 chapters of genesis.

I believe that the earth is approximately 6000 years old which can be ascertained by tracing the genealogies in scripture from Jesus back to Adam, and by using a historical-grammatical interpretation of the major events in Genesis and the rest of the Old Testament.

I believe in a historical-grammatical hermeneutic; that in general, the Bible ought to be understood as it plainly appears, i.e. history is history, psalms are psalms, parables are parables, etc.

I believe that any individual in confession of sin, obtains salvation, is forgiven of their sins and fully and sufficiently in-dwelt by the Holy Spirit.

I affirm that the Bible is the final and inspired Word of the Living God, and is both inerrant (as outlined in the Chicago statement on biblical inerrancy) and sufficient in all it contains for teaching, reproof, correction and training in righteousness.