Our Belief

The Apostles’ Creed 

I BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy Catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen

Note:

  1. “He descended into hell” should mean, he continued in the state of death, and under the power of death.
  2. “The holy catholic church” does not mean the Roman Catholic Church at all, but the universal church.

Our Faith

1. We believe in the divine, verbal and plenary inspiration of the Scriptures in the original languages, their consequent inerrancy and infallibility, and, as the Word of God, the Supreme and final authority in faith and life (II Tim.3: 16,17; II Pt.1: 19-21; Jn.17: 17)

2. We believe in one God existing in three co-equals and co-eternal Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Deut.6: 4; II Cor.13: 14; Matt.28: 19; Matt.3: 16,17)

3. We believe that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and is true God and true man (Phil.2: 5-11; Jn.1: 1, 14; Heb.2: 14; Matt.26: 38; Lk.1: 31, 35, 41, 42; Gal.4: 4; Heb.4: 15; 7; 26)

4. We believe that man was created in the image of God, but sinned through the fall of Adman, thereby incurring not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God and that all human beings are born with sinful nature and become sinners in thought, word and deed (Gen.1: 27; 3: 6-8, 13; Rom.3: 23; 5: 12-21; Ps.51: 5)

5. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died a propitiatory and expiatory death as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who repent of their sins and believe in Him are justified before God on the grounds of His shed blood (Tit.3: 4-7; Eph.1: 4-7; Rom.5: 8; Heb.9: 22)

6. We believe in the bodily resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His ascension into heaven, and in His exaltation at the right hand of God, where he intercedes for us as our High Priest and Advocate (Lk.24: 1-12; Acts 1: 1-3, 10,11; I Cor.15: 1-8; Heb.2: 17; I Jn.2: 1,2)

7. We believe in the personal, visible and pre-millennial return of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to judge this world and bring peace to the nations (Rev.1: 7; 19: 11-16; 20: 1-6)

8. We believe that salvation is by grace through faith, not by works, and that all who repent and receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour are born again by the Holy Spirit and thereby become the children of God (Eph.2: 8,9; Jn.1: 12; Rom.8: 14-17)

9. We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and to convict and regenerate the sinner, indwell, guide, instruct and empower the believer for godly living and service (Jn.16: 13,14; 3: 5-7; Rom.8: 16, 26, 27; Eph.1: 13; 5: 18; Acts 1: 8)

10. We believe that Christ instituted the Sacrament of Baptism for believers and their children and the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, which sacraments shall be observed by His Church till He comes (Matt.26: 26-29; 28: 19; Acts 16: 15; I Cor.11: 23-26)

11. We believe in the eternal security, bodily resurrection, and eternal blessedness of the saved and in the bodily resurrection and eternal conscious punishment of the lost (Jn.3; 14-16, 18; I Thess.4: 13-18; I Cor.15: 51-57; Lk.16: 19-31)

12. We believe in the real, spiritual unity in Christ of all redeemed by His precious blood and the necessity of faithfully maintaining the purity of the Church in doctrine and life according to the Word of God and the principle and practice of biblical separation from apostasy of the day being spearheaded by the ecumenical Movement (Jn.17: 20,21; Eph.2: 19-22; II Cor.6: 14-18; Jude 3)

“O Thou that hearest prayer, unto Thee shall all flesh come.”?(Psalms 65:2)

MEMBERSHIP

A person becomes a Communicant Member through either Baptism, Reaffirmation of Faith or Transfer of Church Membership. Baptism is a holy ordinance instituted by the Lord Jesus Christ whereby a Christian publicly confesses faith in the Lord Jesus Christ through water baptism. The mode of baptism is by sprinkling which signifies cleansing of sin.

Reaffirmation of Faith (or Confirmation) is an act in which a person who was baptised as an infant ratifies for himself the Faith to which his parents committed him when they presented him for infant Baptism.

Transfer of Church Membership refers to the process when a baptised believer from another Church, having attended Grace B-P Church for some time and wishing to commit himself to the spiritual care and discipline of this Church, formally transfers his Church membership to Grace B-P Church. In that event the person will have to terminate in the former church and apply for membership at Grace B-P Church in the normal way.

Communicant Members may exercise their right to vote at Congregational Meetings (both Annual or Extraordinary). They should endeavour to be present at all such meetings.

Communicant Members are subjected to the Discipline of the Church. Communicant Members who commit serious sins are lovingly and firmly counselled through a process of Church Discipline. For a full discussion of the procedures of Church Discipline, you may consult the Bible-Presbyterian Book of Discipline. Anyone who does not heed the discipline of the Church may become liable to excommunication, which is, the delivering up of an errant brother or sister to Satan, treating that person as an infidel (1 Corinthians 5:3-5; 1 Tim 1:20). We hope that there will be none occasions at all to use the process of discipline and we know that as we keep ourselves close to the Lord and to His Word, we shall have the happiest and most blessed fellowship together in the Lord.

Non-Communicant Members are the children of believers who have been presented to the Lord through Infant Baptism as parents claim the covenantal blessings of God for their children. We do not practise infant dedication in lieu of infant baptism because we believe the presentation of our children to God is a compulsory act, not a voluntary exercise.

 Leadership

As a Presbyterian Church, we hold to the Presbyterian form of Church Government.

Our Church is governed by the Church Session which comprises the Pastor, Elder and Deacons. The Moderator of the Church Session is the Pastor (who is also an Elder), a term which denotes his spiritual care over the congregation as the under-shepherd of God’s flock (1 Peter 5:1-5). The Pastor serves three-year terms of office.

An Elder likewise serve three-year terms of office and is ordained for life (1 Titus 1:5-9). While his main responsibility has to do with the spiritual oversight of the Church, he also serve in the administrative aspect of the Church.

The Deacons comprise the final category of Session Members. Their main responsibility is the administrative oversight of the Church, but they also assist in the spiritual work of the Church, (Acts 6:2-4; 2 Timothy 3:8-13). They are also elected for three-year terms of office and have both designated and general duties in the Church. At present we have 3 deacons.