Subiaco Church’s Statement of Faith
We believe in one God in three persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Deut 6:4, Matt 28:19, 1 Pet 1:2). He is the Sovereign Lord, Creator and Sustainer of the universe (Gen 1:1, Rom 11:36), who Himself is without beginning or end (Col 1:16, Rev 1:8).
We believe that Jesus Christ is the unique Son of God (Mt 3:17, Jn 3:16) who being fully God, took on the role of a servant as a man (Phil 2: 6-8, Col 2:9) in order to become the mediator between ourselves and the Father (Jn 14:6, 2 Cor 5:20-21).
We believe that Jesus was crucified, buried and raised bodily on the third day (1 Cor 15: 3-4), substantiating His claims as the Messiah (Jn 2:19-21) and making provision for the forgiveness of sins based upon His perfect sacrifice for our sakes (2 Cor 5:21).
We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God (2 Pet 1:19-21). God’s Word exists as our sole authority for faith and practice, being without error and accurate in its original record and relevant in its application to our daily lives (2 Tim 3:16-17).
We believe that people, both male and female, are created in God’s own image and therefore matter to God (Gen 1:26-27), as spiritual beings. All people possess personality, moral discernment, and the capacity to know the Creator God. Sin, however, is a barrier to our relationship with God (Gen 3:1-8, Rom 3:10-12) and impairs our capacity to know Him and lead God honouring lives apart from Jesus Christ.
We believe that no one can obtain forgiveness of sins apart from a personal commitment to Jesus and His payment for sin on the cross (Rom 3:23, Jn 1:12). Leading a good life can not gain God’s grace (Eph 2:9, Titus 3:5-6) but it is only through Christ’s goodness that we are made right with the Father (Heb 10:14, Phil 3:7-9).
We believe that all who have received Christ are united into one body through the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 12:12-13). Upon receiving Christ by faith, we receive the Holy Spirit, who acts to seal us in the family of God (Eph 1:13-14) and to empower us toward Christlike character (Gal 5:22-23) and loving service to one another (Phil 2:3-4, Eph 2:10).
We believe the return of Jesus Christ could happen any time. He will come to gather up those who love Him (1 Thess 4: 15-18), and judge all evil (Mt 24: 27-31, Rev 1:7), restoring all of creation and establishing His Kingdom (Rev 19:21, Dan 7:27).
We believe that as Christians we belong to each other, joined together, one body with Christ as the Head (1 Cor 12:12). It is our practice in coming together on Sunday, the day of our Lord’s resurrection, to worship the risen Christ (Phil 2:9-11), to proclaim the good news (Acts 1:8, Mt 28:19-20), to encourage one another to love and good deeds (Heb 10:24-25), and receive training in right living (2 Tim 3: 16-17).
In obedience to Christ’s commands, to practice baptism and communion,
- We remember His substitutionary death and bodily resurrection in the sharing of the Lord’s Supper, signifying the redemptive work of Christ accomplished on the cross (1 Cor 11:23-26).
- We immerse individuals in baptism who publicly confess faith in Christ as an act of identification with Him and the new life He brings (Rom 6:1-3).