INSKIP BAPTIST CHURCH
WHAT WE BELIEVE (STATEMENT OF FAITH)
There is one true and living God, who exists eternally in three distinct but equal Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is unchangeable in His holiness, justice, wisdom and love.
He is the Almighty Creator, Saviour and Judge who sustains and governs all things according to His sovereign will and for His own glory.
2. THE BIBLE
God has revealed Himself in the Bible, which consists of the Old and New Testaments alone.
Every word was inspired by God through human authors, so that the Bible as originally given is, in its entirety, the Word of God, without error and fully reliable in fact and doctrine.
The Bible alone speaks with final authority and is always sufficient for all matters of belief and practice.
3. THE HUMAN RACE
All men and women, being created in the image of God, have inherent and equal dignity and worth. Their greatest purpose is to obey, worship and love God.
As a result of the Fall of our first parents, every aspect of human nature has been corrupted and all are without spiritual life. They are guilty sinners and enemies of God.
Every person is therefore under the just condemnation of God and needs to be born again of the Holy Spirit, forgiven in repentance of our sins and reconciled to God in order to know and please Him.
4. THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
The Lord Jesus is fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, Mary, and lived a sinless life in obedience to the Father.
He taught with authority and all His words are true.
On the cross He died in the place of sinners (as the only substitute), bearing God’s punishment for our sin and redeeming us by His blood.
He rose from the dead and in His resurrection body ascended into heaven where He is exalted as Lord of all.
He intercedes for His people in the presence of the Father.
Salvation is entirely a work of God’s grace and cannot be deserved or earned.
It has been accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ and is offered freely to all in the gospel.
God in His love forgives sinners whom He calls, granting them repentance and faith.
All who believe in Christ are justified by faith alone, adopted into the family of God and receive eternal life
6. THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit has been sent from heaven to glorify Christ and to apply Christ’s work of salvation.
He convicts sinners, imparts spiritual life and gives a true understanding of the scriptures.
He indwells and guides all believers, bringing assurance of salvation and producing increasing likeness to Christ.
He builds up the Church and empowers its members for worship, service and mission.
7. THE CHURCH
The universal Church is the body of which Christ is the Head and to which all those who are being 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, for pastoral care 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.
8. BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER
We hold to 2 sacraments, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which have been given to the Church by Christ as visible signs of the gospel. Baptism by immersion is a symbol of union with Christ in His death and resurrection. It symbolises entry into His Church but does not impart spiritual life.
The Lord’s Supper is a remembrance of Christ’s sacrifice offered once and for all and involves no change in the bread and wine. All its blessings are received by faith.
9. THE FUTURE
The Lord Jesus Christ will visibly return in glory. He will raise the dead and judge the world in righteousness. 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.
IBC Leadership November 2019