Upper Eden Baptist Church Basis of Faith:
There is one God who exists eternally, there are three distinct but equal persons; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
a) God the Father
God is unchangeable in his holiness, justice, wisdom and love. God; who is the creator, saviour and judge and has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ (Gen. 1:1; Acts 17:30-31; 1 Cor. 1:30; Eph. 1:11- 12; 2 Tim. 4:1; Heb 1:1-3.)
b) Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy spirit, born of a virgin and lived a sinless life in obedience to the Father. On the cross He died in the place of sinners, bearing God’s punishment for their sin, redeeming them 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. (Matt 1:20; Rom 8:34, Phil. 2:5-7; 1 Tim 2:5-6)
c) Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit has been sent from heaven to glorify Christ and to apply his work of salvation. He convicts sinners, imparts spiritual life and gives a true understanding of the scriptures. He dwells in all believers, brings assurance of salvation and produces increasing likeness to Christ. He builds up the Church and empowers its members to use their God-given gifts for worship, service and mission. (Eph 3:16-17; Acts 2:8; John 16:7-15; John 3:5; Romans 8:9-11; 1 Cor. 6:19; 2 Thess. 2:13; Titus 3:5-7.)
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, is without error and fully reliable in fact and doctrine. The Bible alone speaks with final authority and is always sufficient for all matters and current issues on belief and practice. (2 Tim. 3:16; Jer. 1:9-10; 36:4, 27-28; Hab. 2:2; Luke 24:25- 27; John 10:35; Gal. 1:11-12; Heb. 1:1.)
The church is called to follow Christ’s example in prayer; bringing our thanksgiving and praise and seeking forgiveness. The church will pray together and for one another with all kinds of prayers and requests, asking especially that God may strengthen us with power through his Spirit so that we may grasp more of the love of Christ, so that God may be glorified in the church and in Christ Jesus (Matt 6:9-13; Eph 3:16-21; 6:18; Luke 11:13)
Salvation is entirely a work of God’s grace and cannot be earned or deserved. It has been accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ and is offered 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. Every person is the product of a fallen world therefore is under the just condemnation of God and needs to be born again, forgiven and reconciled to God in order to know and please him. (Eph. 1:7; Mark 10:45; John 3:16; Romans 3:24-25; 8:1-4; 1 Peter 2:24; 3:18.)
5. 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; 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. (1 Pet.2:4,5,9,10; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 12:12-13, 27; Eph. 1:22-23; Rev. 1:
6. Baptism and The Lord’s Supper
Those who profess faith in the Lord Jesus Christ are encouraged to follow His example of baptism which was the practice of the early church. It is an outward and visible sign of our union with Christ and is offered to all those who have made a commitment to God. (Matt 3:13-17, 28:18-20; Rom 6:2-4; Acts 2:38, 19:4-7).
b) The Lord’s Supper
The Lords supper is an open invitation to all who love and serve the Lord. It is a commemoration of Christ’s sacrifice, instituted by Christ himself and observed by the early church. (1 Cor. 11: 17-34; 10:14-22.)
7. The Future
The Lord Jesus Christ will 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. (1 Thess. 4- 13-5: 3; Rev 1:7)
The Basis of Faith of the Baptist Union:
- That our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, is the sole and absolute authority in all matters pertaining to faith and practice, as revealed in the Holy Scriptures, and that each Church has liberty, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to interpret and administer His laws.
- That Christian Baptism is the immersion in water into the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, of those who have professed repentance towards God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ who ‘died for our sins according to the Scriptures; was buried, and rose again the third day’.
- That it is the duty of every disciple to bear personal witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to take part in the evangelisation of the world.