What we Believe
Like all other churches in the Baptist Union of Victoria, we believe:
The Bible is God’s word to us and it is the ultimate authority by which we live.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
God is one God in three persons – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
(Matthew 28:19, 1 Corinthians 12:4-6)
The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God who, as a real man, lived on earth.
(John 1:1, John 1:14, John 4:25-26, John 4:42; Hebrews 1:3, Titus 2:13)
Every person has rebelled against God (we call this “sin”) and so is separated from God.
(Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12)
All people may be reunited with God, having their sin and its effects cancelled because of Jesus’ perfect life, death and rising from the dead as our substitute. Jesus is now with God and prays for us constantly.
(1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 2:8-9)
To be reunited with God, it is necessary for us to turn away from our sins, to seek God’s forgiveness, to accept what Jesus has done on our behalf and to believe in Him.
(Acts 2:38, Hebrews 6:1)
When we do this, the Holy Spirit enters our lives to renew and preserve us, to help us to grow to become more like Jesus.
(John 16:8-14; 2 Corinthians 3:18, 1 Peter 1:2; Ephesians 4:30)
One day everyone will rise from the dead to be judged by Jesus Christ
(John 5:28-29; Acts 17:31)
There are two special ceremonies Jesus has commanded us to follow always:
- Baptism by which believers express their faith in Jesus. They do this by being totally immersed in water as an act of union with Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 8:35-38; Romans 6:3-4).
- The Lord’s Supper (also known as Communion) is celebrated to remind us of Jesus dying for us and that He is coming again. (1 Corinthians 11:23-32).