MALVERN BAPTIST CHURCH
MALVERN BAPTIST CHURCH
Statement of Faith
We believe the Bible to be the complete Word of God; that the sixty‑six books, as originally written, comprising the Old and New Testaments were fully inspired by the Spirit of God and therefore infallible; that the Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice and the true basis of Christian union.
We believe in one God, Creator of all, holy, sovereign, eternal, existing in three equal Persons ‑ the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the absolute and essential deity and humanity of Jesus Christ, in His eternal existence with the Father in preincarnate glory, in His virgin birth, sinless life, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, triumphant ascension, mediatorial ministry and personal return.
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the absolute and essential deity and personality of the Holy Spirit, who convinces of sin, of righteousness and of judgement; who regenerates, sanctifies, illuminates, indwells and comforts those who believe in Jesus Christ.
We believe that man was divinely created in the image of God; that he sinned, becoming guilty before God, resulting in total depravity, thereby incurring physical and spiritual death.
We believe that salvation is by the sovereign, electing grace of God that by the appointment of the Father, Christ voluntarily suffered a vicarious, expiatory and propitiatory death; that justification is by faith alone in the all sufficient sacrifice and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe in the personal bodily and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ; in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust; in the eternal blessedness of the redeemed and in the judgement and eternal conscious punishment of the wicked.
The Local Church
We believe that a church is a company of baptised believers, called out from the world, separated unto the Lord Jesus, voluntarily associated for the ministry of the Word, the mutual edification of its members, the propagation of the faith and the observance of the ordinances. We believe it is a sovereign, independent body, exercising its own divinely awarded gifts, precepts and privileges under the Lordship of Christ, the Great Head of the Church.
We believe that there are only two ordinances the Church regularly observed in the New Testament, in the following order:
The Church believes that marriage is a life long commitment between one male and one female, to the exclusion of other spouses, before God till death parts them; and that marriage exists for the glory of God.
Philosophy of Ministry
The purpose of MBC is to glorify God. We seek to fulfil this through worship and the observance of the divinely instituted ordinances, the proclamation of the Gospel at home and abroad to bring people to personal acceptance and confession of the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, the edification and nurture of our members so that they can be built up in the faith and love, the building of a Christian fellowship, the stewardship of resources entrusted to us, and the uniting of our efforts in Christian service.