Of the Drummoyne Baptist Church, Drummoyne New South Wales
(Modified from the Statement of Beliefs approved by
the 1979 Assembly of the Baptist Union of New South Wales)

 

The Nature and Unity of the Godhead

There is one God Who is eternal personal Spirit. He is infinite in all his attributes,
including power, wisdom, holiness and love. He is Triune in essential being and
revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The Deity and Humanity of Christ

Jesus Christ as the second Person of the Godhead is eternally one with God the Father
of Whose Person and glory He is the accurate expression. To become man He was
conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, so that two whole and
perfect natures, the nature of God and the nature of man were united in one Person:
truly God and truly man.

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit as the third Person of the Trinity is eternally one with the Father and
the Son yet He is sent by Them to achieve the Divine purpose in the world and in the
Church.

The Divine Inspiration of the Scriptures

The Scriptures, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, are
the infallible Word of God. They were written by holy men of God inspired by the
Holy Spirit and have supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct and
whatever it affirms.

The Sinfulness of Man

Man was made in the image of God and for fellowship with Him. By one man’s
transgression of God’s command, man fell from fellowship with God and his nature
was corrupted. As a consequence, all men are spiritually dead under Satan’s dominion
and control and subject to God’s wrath and condemnation. Therefore, apart from
God’s grace, man is helpless and hopeless.

Christ’s Atonement for the Sin of Man

In order to redeem mankind from the guilt, penalty and power of sin, Jesus Christ
became man and died a sacrificial death as our representative substitute. By His
resurrection, God’s acceptance of His atoning death was demonstrated. This
atonement is sufficient for the whole world but effective only for the elect – those who
receive it. The sinner is justified and reconciled to God, not through any personal
merit but solely on the basis of God’s gracious gift of salvation in Jesus Christ
received through repentance and faith.

The Work of the Holy Spirit in Salvation

The ministry of the Holy Spirit is necessary in a person for the acceptance of God’s
provision of salvation. The Holy Spirit convinces sinners of their sinfulness, leads
them to personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour and so brings them to
spiritual birth as God’s children and to fellowship in Christ. Working within the life of
believers the Holy Spirit makes real the presence of Christ, witnesses to their relationship
with God, leads into all truth, bestows gifts for effective service and produces graces for holy living.

The Church

The Church is the body of people whom God has separated from the world by grace
through faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. All regenerate persons are
members of the universal Church of God which takes local form wherever groups of
believers unite for worship, fellowship and service in accordance with scriptural
principles. All believers are called to a priestly ministry in the offering of spiritual
sacrifices and sent into the world to be witnesses. God calls individuals to positions of
oversight and leadership or to special ministries. The Church recognizes such by
ordaining pastors, commissioning missionaries, appointing deacons and other leaders,
following New Testament practice.

The Baptism of Believers Only by Immersion

Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is a public declaration of a
person’s faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. In accordance with New Testament
Scripture it should be administered only by total immersion which symbolizes the
believer’s identification with Christ in death, burial and resurrection, the remission of
sins and the believer’s dedication of himself to God to live and walk in newness of
life.

The Communion

The Lord’s supper is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus Christ, instituted by Him to be
remembered and celebrated with the elements of bread and wine by believers in
Christ until the end of the age. It commemorates and declares our thanks for the
Lord’s substitutionary death. The celebration of the ordinance expresses our
fellowship with and in the Lord Jesus Christ as members of the Body of which He is
the Head.

The Return of the Lord Jesus Christ

At the end of this age, according to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally
and visibly in His glory to the earth. The full consummation of the Kingdom of God
with Jesus as King awaits His return.

The Resurrection of the Dead

At the end of the age, there is to be a resurrection both of the righteous and the
unrighteous. After death the bodies of men return to dust, but their spirits return
immediately to God – the righteous to be with Him and the unrighteous to be reserved
for the final judgment.

Rewards and Punishments in a Future State

God has appointed a day of final judgment for the world. At that time Jesus Christ
will judge every man and each will receive reward or punishment according to his
deeds. Those judged righteous, in their resurrected and glorified bodies, will receive
their reward and will dwell for ever with the Lord. The unrighteous will be consigned
to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment.