Statement of Faith
As partners of the Church, we hold as essentials of our faith the following:
- That the Scriptures, known as the Holy Bible, both Old and New Testaments are God-breathed and are useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, for the thorough equipping of every believer for every good work (2 Tim 3:16). The Scriptures are the final authority in all matters of faith and practice.
- That there is one God, eternally coexistent in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit (the Holy Trinity).
- That our Lord Jesus Christ – who is fully God and fully man – was manifest in the flesh, born of the Virgin Mary, died on our behalf, was raised on the third day, ascended into glory, continues His work to mediate on our behalf, and will return in power and glory to judge the living and the dead.
- That God created out of nothing all things, according to the Genesis account.
- That man’s rebellion, and his subsequent separation from God, has led to his inward depravity and subjection to God’s wrath.
- That the salvation of lost and sinful mankind has been achieved through the atonement of Jesus Christ. This salvation is by faith apart from works.
- That the Holy Spirit brings regeneration as well as, through His indwelling, holiness and empowering for the witness and work of the believer.
- That the unity of the Spirit binds all true believers together as one within NHBC. We are a local representation of the Body of Christ.
- That there will be a resurrection of both the saved and the lost; those saved will rise to life and those that are lost to eternal damnation and separation from God.
- That God bestows upon His people gifts for ministry, by His Holy Spirit. These gifts should be eagerly desired for ministry, but none are a prerequisite for salvation.
- That the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ exists for men, women and children to worship God, fellowship with believers, minister to one another, be ambassadors of the Gospel locally and globally.
- That the believer is required to be baptised into the Lord Jesus Christ, by immersion upon repentance towards God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
- That Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is a remembrance feast that the Church is required to observe, to proclaim the Lord’s death until He returns.
- That marriage, for those not called to celibacy, is the sacred institution instigated by God for the union of a man and woman at the exclusion of all others, for life.
- That the family is ordained by God for the nurturing and upbringing of children. In Christ, a wife submits to her husband who himself loves and submits to his wife and serves her sacrificially. Both husband and wife together show a true picture of the love between Christ and His church to the world and demonstrate the true nature of God to their children, who are the blessing of their union under God.