Beliefs and Values

We hope that exploring the following beliefs and values will help you know the foundation upon which our existence as a chapel rests.

Defining Theological Values

Our chapel was founded upon the general theological sentiments of the Westminster Confession.[1]  Standing upon this spiritual heritage there are three theological values that stand at the heart of who we are:

Evangelical: At its heart “evangelical” is the same word as used in the New Testament to refer to the Good News or Gospel of Jesus Christ. Evangelical is therefore synonymous with the Christian message and those who have responded to it and become followers of Jesus.  Evangelical Christianity upholds 4 core characteristics: 1) belief in the Bible as the trustworthy Word of God, 2) belief that sin is the root problem facing humanity, separates us from God and needs to be addressed, 3) belief that the way God deals with the effects and consequences of sin and enables us to be reconciled to Him is through Jesus Christ and 4) belief that knowing Jesus personally changes lives and produces a desire to make His Kingdom known through evangelism (actively telling others about Jesus) and social justice (actively standing up for what is right).

Congregational: We believe that the Universal Church of Christ is manifested and lived out in visible local Gospel congregations that are autonomous. We therefore structure our local church government around a self-governing congregational basis, believing that local believers know best how to fulfil the Great Commission in their community. We recognize Jesus as head of the Church, His word as authoritative for each congregation and our joint responsibility to hold one another accountable. That being said, we find great fellowship and opportunities to serve and connect with likeminded Christians at a variety of local, national and international levels.

Baptistic: We use this term here to affirm our belief in the ordinance of believers baptism by immersion. We believe that baptism is an ordinance only for believers (as opposed to the view of infant baptism) and that it is practiced by means of full immersion in water.

Doctrinal Statement of the FIEC

In the vein of orthodox Christianity we uphold and are convicted of the following eternal truths:

  1. God

There is one God, who exists eternally in three distinct but equal persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is unchangeable in his holiness, justice, wisdom and love. He is the almighty Creator; Saviour and Judge who sustains and governs all things according to his sovereign will for his own glory.

  1. The Bible

God has revealed himself in the Bible, which consists of the Old and New Testaments alone. Every word was inspired by God through human authors, so that the Bible as originally given is in its entirety the Word of God, without error and fully reliable in fact and doctrine. The Bible alone speaks with final authority and is always sufficient for all matters of belief and practice.

  1. The Human Race

All men and women, being created in the image of God, have inherent and equal dignity and worth. Their greatest purpose is to obey, worship and love God. As a result of the fall of our first parents, every aspect of human nature has been corrupted and all men and women are without spiritual life, guilty sinners and hostile to God. Every person is therefore under the just condemnation of God and needs to be born again, forgiven and reconciled to God in order to know and please him.

  1. The Lord Jesus Christ

The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and lived a sinless life in obedience to the Father. He taught with authority and all his words are true. On the cross he died in the place of sinners, bearing God’s punishment for their sin, redeeming them by his blood. He rose from the dead and in his resurrection body ascended into heaven where he is exalted as Lord of all. He intercedes for his people in the presence of the Father.

  1. Salvation

Salvation is entirely a work of God’s grace and cannot be earned or deserved. It has been accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ and is offered to all in the gospel. God in his love forgives sinners whom he calls, granting them repentance and faith. All who believe in Christ are justified by faith alone, adopted into the family of God and receive eternal life.

  1. The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit has been sent from heaven to glorify Christ and to apply his work of salvation. He convicts sinners, imparts spiritual life and gives a true understanding of the Scriptures. He indwells all believers, brings assurance of salvation and produces increasing likeness to Christ. He builds up the Church and empowers its members for worship, service and mission.

  1. The Church

The universal Church is the body of which Christ is the head and to which all who are saved belong. It is made visible in local churches, which are congregations of believers who are committed to each other for the worship of God, the preaching of the Word, the administering of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper; for pastoral care and discipline, and for evangelism. The unity of the body of Christ is expressed within and between churches by mutual love, care and encouragement. True fellowship between churches exists only where they are faithful to the gospel.

  1. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

Baptism and the Lord’s Supper have been given to the churches by Christ as visible signs of the gospel. Baptism is a symbol of union with Christ and entry into his Church but does not impart spiritual life. The Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of Christ’s sacrifice offered once for all and involves no change in the bread and wine. All its blessings are received by faith.

  1. The Future

The Lord Jesus Christ will return in glory. He will raise the dead and judge the world in righteousness. The wicked will be sent to eternal punishment and the righteous will be welcomed into a life of eternal joy in fellowship with God. God will make all things new and will be glorified forever.

Additional Statements: As part of the FIEC we also uphold what the Bible teaches about Gospel Unity, Complementarianism and Marriage. Click here to read more.

While we do not believe that any human constructed confession is perfect, the above is an excellent summary of what we believe. Our final authority is always God’s Word, the Bible.

[1] Note: We are not Presbyterian in our church government and we practice believer’s baptism.