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Springbank Evangelical Church

God and the Human Race

 

We hold that the Lord our God is one:

Father, Son and Holy Spirit

and that he fulfils his sovereign purposes

- in creation, revelation, redemption, judgement and the coming of his kingdom - by calling out from the world a people

united to Himself and to each other in love.

 

We acknowledge that though God made us

in his own likeness and image,

conferring on us dignity and worth

and enabling us to respond to Himself,

we now are members of a fallen race;

we have sinned and come short of His glory

 

We believe that the Father

has shown us His holy love

in giving Jesus Christ, His only Son, for us,

while through our own sinfulness and guilt, we were subject to His wrath and condemnation and deserved eternal seperation from Him

and has shown us His grace

by putting sinners right with Himself

when they place their trust in His Son

 

We confess Jesus Christ

as Lord and God;

as truly human, born of the virgin Mary;

as servant, sinless, full of grace and truth;

as only Mediator and Saviour, dying on the cross in our place,

representing us to God,

redeeming us from the grip, guilt and punishment of sin;

as Victor over Satan and all his forces,

rising from death with a glorious body,

being taken up to be with His Father,

one day returning personally in Glory and judgement

to establish his Kingdom.

 

We believe in the Holy Spirit

who convicts the world of guilt in regard to sin,

righteousness and judgement;

Who makes the death of Christ effective to sinners,

declaring that they must now return to Christ in repentance,

and directing their trust towards the Lord Jesus Christ;

Who through the new birth

makes us partake in the life of the risen Christ, and

who is present within all believers,

illuminating in their minds to grasp the truth of Scripture,

producing in them His frut,

granting them His gifts and

empowering them for service in the world

 

 

 

 

 

The Scriptures

 

We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures

are God-breathed, since their writers spoke from God

as they were moved by the Holy Spirit; hence

are fully trustworthy in all that they affirm; and

are our highest authority for faith and life.

 

The Church and its Mission

 

We recognise the Church,

as the body of Christ,

held together and growing up in him; both

as a total fellowship throughout the world and

as the local congregation in which believers gather.

We acknowledge the commission of Christ

to proclaim the Good News to all people,

making them disciples , and

teaching them to obey Him.

We acknowledge the command of Christ

to love our neighbours,

resulting in service to the Church and society,

in seeking reconcilliation for all with God and their fellows,

in proclaiming liberty from every kind of oppression; and

in spreading Christ's justice in an unjust world

... until He comes again.