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What we believe

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Our Statement of Faith

We believe in ... God, who is One and yet Holy Trinity

WE BELIEVE that God is the Eternal King. He is an infinite, unchangeable Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, goodness, justice, power and love. From all eternity He exists as the One Living and True God in three persons of one substance, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory.

WE BELIEVE that God's kingdom is everlasting. From His throne, through His Son, His eternal Word, God created, upholds and governs all that exists: the heavenly places, the angelic hosts, the universe, the earth, every living thing and mankind. God created all things very good.

WE BELIEVE that Satan, originally a great, good angel, rebelled against God, taking a host of angels with him. He was cast out of God's presence and, as a usurper of God's rule, established a domain of darkness and evil on the earth.

WE BELIEVE that God created mankind in His own image, male and female, for relationship with Himself and to govern the earth. Under the temptation of Satan, our original parents fell from grace, bringing sin, sickness and God's judgment of death to the earth. Through the fall, Satan and his demonic hosts gained greater influence in God's good creation. Creation now experiences the consequences and effects of Adam's original sin.

WE BELIEVE that God did not abandon His rule over the earth which He continues to uphold by His providence.

We believe in … God the Father

God is the Father of all humanity by creation, and the Father of believers who have been adopted / born again into His Kingdom as they have trusted in Jesus Christ, and received new life through the Holy Spirit.


We believe in ... Christ the Mediator and Eternal King

WE BELIEVE that in the fullness of time, God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world. Conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, as fully God and fully man in one person, He is humanity as God intended us to be. Jesus was anointed as God's Messiah and empowered by the Holy Spirit, inaugurating God's kingdom reign on earth, overpowering the reign of Satan by resisting temptation, preaching the good news of salvation, healing the sick, casting out demons and raising the dead. Gathering His disciples, He reconstituted God's people as His Church to be the instrument of His kingdom. After dying for the sins of the world, Jesus was raised from the dead on the third day. In His sinless, perfect life Jesus met the demands of the law and in His atoning death on the cross, He took God's judgment for sin which we deserve as law-breakers. He returned to Heaven and He rules at the right hand of the Father.

We believe in ... The Ministry of the Holy Spirit

WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Church at Pentecost in power, baptizing believers into the Body of Christ and releasing the gifts of the Spirit to them. The Spirit brings the permanent indwelling presence of God to every believer for spiritual worship, personal sanctification, building up the Church, gifting us for ministry, and the evangelization of the world through proclaiming the word of Jesus and doing the works of Jesus. He is our abiding Helper, Teacher, and Guide. We believe in the filling or empowering of the Holy Spirit and in the exercise of all of the biblical gifts of the Spirit.


We believe in ... The Sufficiency of Scripture

WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit inspired the human authors of Holy Scripture so that the Bible is without error in the original manuscripts. We receive the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments as our final, absolute authority, the only infallible rule of faith and practice.


We believe in ... The Church: Instrument of the Kingdom

WE BELIEVE in the one, holy, universal Church. All who repent of their sins and confess Jesus as Lord and Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and form the living Body of Christ, of which He is the head and of which we are all members.
WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ committed two ordinances to the Church: water baptism and the Lord's Supper. Both are available to all believers.


We believe in ... The Kingdom of God and the Final Judgment

WE BELIEVE that God's kingdom has come in the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ, that it continues to come in the ministry of the Spirit through the Church, and that it will be consummated in the glorious, visible and triumphant appearing of Christ - when He returns to the earth as King. After Christ returns to reign, He will bring about the final defeat of Satan and all of his minions and works, the resurrection of the dead, the final Judgment and the eternal blessing of the righteous and eternal conscious punishment of the wicked. Finally, God will be all in all and His kingdom, His rule and reign, will be fulfilled in the new heavens and the new earth, recreated by His mighty power, in which righteousness dwells and in which He will forever be worshipped.


Wonthaggi Baptist Church
Corner McBride Ave & Broome Cres, Wonthaggi Vic 3995 | Phone: 03 5672 4949 | Email: office@wonthaggibaptist.org.au
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