As a Bible-believing Christian, I desire to be as forthright and clear about my beliefs and distinctives as possible. The most fundamental of these beliefs are as follows:
THE CHURCH: The universal Church is the body of which Christ is the head and to which all who are saved belong. It is made visible in local
churches, which are congregations of believers who are committed to each other for the worship of God, the preaching of the Word, the administering of Baptism and the Lord's Supper; as
well as for pastoral care, accountability and discipline, and for evangelism. The unity of the body of Christ is expressed within and between churches by mutual love, care and
encouragement. True fellowship between churches exists only where they are faithful to the gospel.
BAPTISM AND THE LORD'S SUPPER: Baptism and the Lord's Supper have been given to the churches by Christ as visible signs of the gospel.
Baptism is a symbol of union with Christ and entry into his Church but it does not give or bring about spiritual life. It is ordained by Jesus Christ to be a sign to the person baptised
of several things: of fellowship with Christ in his death and resurrection, and of belonging to him, and of forgiveness of sins, and of commitment to God, through Jesus Christ, to live
and walk in newness of life. Only those who profess repentance towards God, faith in, and obedience to, our Lord Jesus Christ, are the proper subjects of baptism. The person is to be
baptised in water, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. I believe that immersion in water is necessary for the right administration of baptism. The Lord's
Supper is a commemoration of Christ's sacrifice offered once for all and involves no change in the bread and wine. All its blessings are received by faith.
THE FUTURE: The Lord Jesus will return in power, might and victorious glory, and will judge the earth. The wicked will be sent to eternal
punishment and the righteous will be welcomed into a life of eternal joy in fellowship with God. God will make all things new and will be glorified forever. We are in
the church age, and will remain in this age until the Lord returns.
Concerning the covenant community, I believe that a healthy church should be:
Other key distinctives that I hold to are:
If you have any questions or comments, or wish for further clarification, please contact me through any of the offered means on the Contact page.