This Church consists of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, who have been duly admitted to membership as hereinafter provided. Such persons shall hold as an essential part of their religious belief what are commonly known as Evangelical doctrines, as set forth in the Statement of Beliefs of the Baptist Union of NSW, as approved by the 1979 Annual Assembly and amended by 2003 Annual Assembly:
Statement of Beliefs
- The Nature and Unity of Godhead
There is one God revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- The Deity and Humanity of Christ
Jesus Christ as the second person of the Godhead is truly God and truly humaan.
- The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity is eternally one with the Father and the Son and yet is sent by Them to achieve the Divine purpose in the world and in the Church.
- The Divine Inspiration of the Scriptures
The Scriptures, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, are the infallible Word of God. They were written by holy people of God inspired by the Holy Spirit and have supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
- The Sinfulness of Humanity
People are made in the image of God and for fellowship with Him but by rebellion against God’s command they fell from fellowship with God and their nature was corrupted. Apart from God’s grace, humanity is helpless and hopeless.
- Christ’s Atonement for the Sin of Humanity
In order to redeem people from the guilt, penalty and power of sin, Jesus Christ became human and died a sacrificial death as our representative substitute. By His resurrection, God’s acceptance of His atoning death was demonstrated.
- The Work of the Holy Spirit in Salvation
The Holy Spirit convinces sinners of their sinfulness, leads them to personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour and so brings them to spiritual birth as God’s children and to fellowship in Christ. Working within the life of believers the Holy Spirit makes real the presence of Christ, witnesses to their relationship with God, leads into all truth, bestows gifts for effective service and produces graces for holy living.
- The Church
The Church is the body of people whom God has separated from the world through faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.
- The Baptism of Believers Only, by Immersion
Baptism is a public declaration of a person’s faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. In accordance with New Testament Scripture it should be administered only by total immersion which symbolizes the believer’s identification with Christ in death, burial and resurrection, the remission of sins and the believers dedication of themself to God to live and walk in newness of life.
- The Communion
The Lord’s Supper instituted by the Lord Jesus Christ to give thanks, to celebrate and to remember what Jesus has accomplished for us.
- The Return of the Lord Jesus Christ
At the end of the age, according to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in His glory to the earth. The full consummation of the Kingdom of God awaits His return.
- The Resurrection of the Dead
At the end of the age, there is to be a resurrection both of the righteous and the unrighteous.
- Rewards and Punishments in a Future State
God has appointed a day of final judgment for the world. At that time Jesus Christ will judge every person and each will receive reward or punishment according to their deeds.
- The Lord Jesus Christ is acknowledged as Head of this Church.
- The Church is affiliated with the Baptist Union of NSW and ACT, accepting its responsibility to support and share the enterprises of the denomination.
- The government of the Church, in line with the fundamental Baptist principle of autonomy of the local fellowship, is vested in the body of believers who comprise its membership, which has full power to manage its own affairs.
- Notwithstanding the principle of autonomy, the church recognizes and sustains the obligation of mutual counsel and co-operation, which are common among Baptist Churches