The whole of the Old and New Testaments as originally given are the verbally inspired, infallible and inerrant Word of God, and are the sole and all-sufficient authority in every matter of Christian faith, worship and obedience. The teaching of the Holy Spirit is necessary to a true and spiritual understanding of the whole.
One living and true God, sovereign in creation, providence and redemption subsisting in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the same in substance and equal in power and glory.
His eternal Sonship, His essential, absolute and eternal Deity. His true and sinless humanity. His virgin birth by the agency of the Holy Spirit, whereby the two natures, Divine and human are mystically joined in one glorious person. His perfect life and obedience to the law of God. His death and burial. His physical resurrection, ascension into heaven and intercession for His people. His personal return to judge both the living and the dead; the just to eternal life in heaven, the unjust to eternal damnation in hell.
The personality and Deity of the Holy Spirit, who is the sole agent in the new birth and in all that follows in the Christian life, namely saving faith, communion with God, power in prayer, sanctification and transformation of character by His indwelling.
God has placed Adam and all his descendants under His Holy Law. By this law man is required both to love the Lord his God with all his heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love his neighbour as himself. Following the Fall, God elaborated these two principles in Ten Commandments setting out man's duty towards God and towards his fellows. This law is binding upon the saved and the unsaved alike, but the motive of its observance by the Christian will be love to Christ, who has redeemed him from its curse.
Adam being the representative of the human race, by his disobedience has caused the guilt of sin to be imputed, and a corrupt nature conveyed to all his posterity. Man therefore has wholly lost all ability to will any spiritual good, and being dead in sin is unable to contribute in any' way to his conversion.
The personal and unconditional election in Christ of a multitude, which no man can number, unto everlasting salvation out of God's pure grace and love, regardless of His foresight of their faith or good works.
By Christ's perfect obedience and sacrifice of Himself which He, by the eternal Spirit offered up unto God, He fully satisfied the justice of God, propitiated His wrath and obtained for those chosen before the foundation of the world, redemption, reconciliation and an everlasting inheritance in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Those whom God has predestinated unto life are effectually called by His Word and by the Holy Spirit, their minds being spiritually enlightened and their wills being renewed so that, being effectually drawn to the Lord Jesus Christ and enabled by His grace, they come most willingly.
The justification of God's elect is only by the righteousness of Christ, imputed to them without the consideration of any works of righteousness done by them; and the full and free pardon of all their sins, past, present and to come, is only through the substitutionary and atoning death of Christ, according to the riches of His grace. This is known and enjoyed in experience through faith, which is the gift of God.
Sanctification is the process by which God, through His Spirit and His Word, imparts holiness to individual believers as they grow in grace, walking in the fear of God, pressing after a heavenly life in obedience to all the commands of Christ. In this life believers are never completely freed from the corruption of sin; and from this corruption arises a continual warfare between the flesh and the spirit.
Those whom God has predestinated in Christ and effectually called by His Spirit, can neither totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere in that grace to the end, and be eternally saved.
The Universal Church which may be called invisible, consists of the whole number of the elect who have been, are, or shall be gathered into one under Christ the Head thereof.
It is the duty of all believers walking in the fear of the Lord, to unite with local churches for their sanctification, and to maintain the ministry of the Gospel. Such churches having the presence of Christ as Head, are responsible to Him, and in this respect are independent of every other form of control, whether of Church or State. They have the fullness of God, and to them is committed the stewardship of the Gospel, the defence of the truth, the discipline of disorderly members, the appointment of officers and the conduct of worship. It is the duty of the church to provide for the united worship of the Lord's people in praise, prayer, mutual edification, administration of the Sacraments and the propagation of the Gospel in the locality of the Church, in the nation, and throughout the world.
The ascended Lord bestows gifts upon men for the maintenance of His work on earth. The administration of local churches is to be by elders and deacons; among the elders are those whom we call pastors or ministers, and these are set apart for prayer and the study of the Word, and should, so far as possible, be adequately maintained in material necessities, so as to be disentangled from the cares of a secular calling.
Baptism and the Lord's Supper are sacraments of positive and sovereign institution, appointed by the Lord Jesus Christ, the Church's only Lawgiver, to be continued in His Church to the end of the world. The sacrament of water baptism is to be administered in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, and is a sign and seal of the Covenant of Grace, of the believer's engrafting into Christ, of regeneration and remission of sins. The Lord's Supper is to be observed as a memorial of the sufferings and death of Christ, a means of strengthening the faith of believers, and a bond and pledge of their communion with Him and with each other. It is in no sense a sacrifice or continuation of the sacrifice of Calvary. The administration of the Sacrament involves the sharing of bread and wine, both of which are to be received by the communicants, and are symbols of the body and blood of Christ on whom they spiritually feed by faith.