Our Beliefs

What We Believe….

As a Leadership and Members of The Hervey Bay Baptist Church we
 
hold as an essential part of our faith the following beliefs found in the
 
Bible.
 
 

The Bible-

The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, are given by divine
 
inspiration, the written word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and
 
conduct.   
 
2 Tim 3:16-17; 2 Pet 1:20-21; Psalm 119:105; Prov 30:5
 
 
God-
 
The Triune God exists as the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit – one God,
 
indivisible.
 
 
Creation-
 
God created, out of nothing, all things in heaven and earth both visible
 
and invisible.   
 
Gen 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6
 
 

Mankind-

Created by God in His Image with free will, tempted by Satan, man rebelled against his
 
Creator, became inwardly depraved and subject to divine judgement of death both
 
physically and spiritually.
 
Rom 3:23
 
 

Salvation-

God chose to save mankind from the consequence and power of his rebellion (Sin). This is
 
by God’s grace alone through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and his work on the cross and
 
subsequent resurrection from the dead.
 
Rom 6:23; John 14:6; Gal 3:26; Eph 2:8-9
 
 
Jesus Christ-
 
Is both God and man, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the
 
virgin Mary and is the only mediator between God and man. He is the
 
second person of the Holy Trinity, the incarnate Word, the Son of God.
 
Having fulfilled the obligation of the Law, the Lord Jesus Christ paid the
 
price of sin by dying on the cross in our place; he was buried and, on
 
the third day, (by a mighty act of God), rose again from the dead. He
 
ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father
 
interceding on our behalf, us His people.
 

Matt 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; John 3:16; Heb 4:14-15; Matt 1:23-25;

Rom 1:3-4
 

 

Holy Spirit-

The Holy Spirit, through the presentation of the Gospel, convinces mankind
 
to repent of their sins and confess Jesus as Lord, resulting in the renewal of
 
both heart and mind, making us right before God and preserving us till we
 
reach heaven.
 
As members of God’s Family we are given spiritual gifts and
 
the indwelling Holy Spirit, through whom we grow in the grace and
 
knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, as we are led by that Spirit.
 
No individual gift is deemed necessary for salvation or as a sign of the indwelling Spirit.
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1 Cor 3:17; John 16:7-13; 1 Cor 2:12; Gal 5:25; Eph 5:18
 

 

Church-

The Church is called the Body of Christ, it is the collective group of people
 
who believe in Christ, accepting His absolute control and direction in their
 
lives and are united together in: worship, fellowship, the preaching of the
 
Gospel, and the making of disciples of all peoples; to encourage, uphold
 
and help each other, to strive for social justice and relieve distress.
 
 
Return of Christ-
 
The return of our Lord Jesus Christ will be personal and visible;
 
there will be a final judgement; a resurrection of the saved and
 
the lost: those who are saved to the resurrection of Life and those who
 
are lost to the resurrection of judgement.
 
John 3:16; John 5:11-13; Rom 6:23; Rev 20:15; Matt 2:44-46
 

 

Baptism and Communion-

Firstly, Baptism, this is done by immersion in water of the believer upon
 
profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord, symbolic of the identification
 
of the believer in our Lord’s death, burial and resurrection.
  
Col 2:12
 
Secondly, Communion,  is a remembrance feast of bread and wine
 
signifying the body and blood of Jesus Christ until He comes: it is an aid
 
to faith and other Christian graces expressing our fellowship in and our
 
communion with our Living Lord.
   
Mark 14:22-26; 1 Cor 11:23-25
 

 

Equality of Believers-

The believer may come confidently to the Father, through Christ,
 
in prayer, praise and worship, with no other means of intercession necessary.
 
Rev 1:6; 1 Pet 2:9.
 

 

The Sanctity of Marriage-

For those not called to celibacy: marriage being a sacred institution
 
instigated by God for the joining together of a man and a woman so
 
that they become one flesh under God until death do part. Children are
 
the blessing of this union under God. 
 
Mark 10:6-9