Beliefs

Castle Hill Baptist Church holds to a Statement of Belief and a set of Distinctive Values that underpin the life and ministry of the Church.

STATEMENT OF BELIEFS

The Bible

The Holy Scriptures are divinely inspired, infallible as originally given, the supreme authority and fully sufficient in all matters of faith and practice.

God

There is only one living and true God, who is eternal and infinite in being and perfection, power, knowledge, holiness and love.

God is the sovereign creator and sustainer of all things

God, though one, exists in three Persons — God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ) and God the Holy Spirit.

Men and women before God

Every person in his or her natural state is separated from God by his or her sin. Consequently, every person in his or her natural state is spiritually dead and subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.

God, in His great love, has provided redemption from the guilt, penalty and power of sin only through the sacrificial death (as our representative and substitute) of Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God.

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary and was both fully man and fully God.

Jesus Christ, though sinless Himself, was crucified for our sins.

The Lord Jesus rose bodily from the dead and has ascended into heaven, where He continuously acts as our high priest, advocate and intercessor. One day, He will return to earth in glory.

The Lord Jesus will judge all people, both living and dead, and bring God’s kingdom to completion. Believers will fully realise their salvation, but unbelievers will be condemned to eternal punishment.

Salvation

A person who repents of his or her sins and puts his or her faith in Jesus Christ is saved. The Lord Jesus takes all that person’s sins, pays the penalty due for those sins by His death on the cross and gives that person eternal life by His resurrection from the dead. In Jesus Christ, God makes that person His child and brings him or her into eternal fellowship with Him.

The Holy Spirit

It is the Holy Spirit who causes a person to be brought to spiritual life, to repent of his or her sins and to put his or her faith in the Lord Jesus.

The Holy Spirit dwells and works within every believer.

Satan

Satan is the chief antagonist of God and mankind. He blinds the minds of unbelievers to stop them obtaining salvation and is constantly at war with believers, tempting and otherwise afflicting them in the hope of destroying their faith.

Despite Satan’s ongoing destructive activity in the world, he has already been defeated by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When Jesus brings God’s kingdom to completion, Satan will be thrown into hell and tormented forever.

The Church

Believers together form God’s church, which exists both universally and locally in each separate community of believers.

The church’s role is to glorify God, testify to the world about Jesus Christ and be the place where believers are built up in their faith.

No believer is in any sense closer to God because of his or her official position in the church. Instead, every believer is a priest and has direct access to God through faith in Jesus Christ.

Every believer in a local church has received gifts from the Holy Spirit for use within the church and the world and must use those gifts according to the measure of grace he or she has received from God.

Each local church must observe the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper.

Each local church must observe the ordinance of baptism.

DISTINCTIVE VALUES

Believing completely in the sovereignty of God, the divine inspiration and authority of the Bible, and the nature of the Church as being a Spirit indwelt community, we commit ourselves to the following distinctive values:

  1. We believe that biblically motivated and directed worship glorifies God and unifies, encourages and transforms people. (This includes concepts of personal, small group and corporate worship.)
    (Psalm 96:6-9, John 4:21-24, Revelation 5:11-14)
  2. We believe that prayer, the reading of God’s Word and other spiritual disciplines enable and empower us to live obedient and Christ-centred lives, to undertake great things with God and expect great things from God. (Prayer involves the concepts of repentance, confession, adoration, thanksgiving and supplication. The reading of God’s word is both an individual and corporate necessity.)
    (Matthew 6:5-13, Philippians 4:6-7, Colossians 4:2-4, 1 Timothy 2:1-2, James 5:13-16,
    Deuteronomy 8:3, Psalm 119, Matthew 7:24-27, John 8:31-32, Ephesians 6:10-18,
    Hebrews 4:12, 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  3. We believe that lost people matter to God and, therefore, ought to matter to the church. (This involves relational and process evangelism, and mission.)
    (Luke 5:30-32, Luke 15, Matthew 28:18-20)
  4. We believe that the church in its Gospel mission should be culturally sensitive while remaining biblically pure. (This involves relating to our culture through every means.)
    (Acts 17, 1 Corinthians 9:19-23)
  5. We believe that Christ’s followers should be growing towards Christ-like maturity and demonstrating this in all their relationships. (This includes concepts such as integrity, character and wholeness.)
    (Ephesians 4:25,26,32, Philippians 1:6, 2:13, Colossians 1:28 and ch 3, Hebrews 12:1)
  6. We believe that Christ’s followers are called to live to the praise of God’s glory. They do this by striving every day to obey God’s eternal, unchanging commands (as found in the Bible), which are the only true prescription for life for every human being. In other words, a believer’s life should be characterised by the daily discipline of imitating Christ.
    (Ephesians 1:12, 5:1; Psalm 119; 1 Thessalonians 1:6)
  7. We believe that the church should function as a united community of servants using their spiritual gifts and God-given abilities. (This involves the concepts of unity, servanthood, discovery of spiritual gifts and calling to specific ministries.)
    (Psalm 133:1, Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12 & 14, Ephesians 4)
  8. We believe that loving relationships should permeate every aspect of church life. (This includes concepts of care, trust and loyalty.)
    (John 13:34-35, 1 Corinthians 13, Colossians 3:12-17)
  9. We believe that small groups (which we call Bible Care Groups) provide the ideal environment for Christian growth, pastoral care, mutual service, worship and relational evangelism. They also contribute to a sense of community. (These involve the concepts of discipleship and accountability.)
    (Acts 2:42-47, Colossians 3:15-16, Philemon 2, James 5:16)
  10. We believe that Bible based teaching is essential for bringing challenge and growth to the lives of individuals and the church. (This involves the concept of teaching for life-change.)
    (2 Timothy 3:16-17, James 1:23-25, 1 Peter 1:22-2:3)
  11. We believe that the church should be led by those with leadership gifts. (This includes the concepts of servant leadership, and the equipping and enabling of others into ministry.)
    (Nehemiah 1 & 2, Acts 6:2-5, Romans 12:8, 1 Timothy 3, Titus 1)
  12. We believe that total devotion to Christ and His cause is the normal commitment for every believer. (This involves concepts of financial and whole of life stewardship, servanthood and the pre-eminence of Christ in all things.)
    (1 Kings 11:4, Luke 9:23-26, Philippians 2:1-11)
  13. We believe that God’s people should give their utmost for His highest. Excellence honours God and inspires people. (This involves concepts of utter devotion, sacrifice, reflection and evaluation.)
    (Proverbs 27:17, Malachi 1:6-14, 1 Corinthians 10:31, 2 Corinthians 8:7, Colossians 3:17)