Subiaco Church’s Statement of Faith
We believe in one God in three persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19, 1 Peter 1:2). He is the Sovereign Lord, Creator and Sustainer of the universe (Genesis 1:1, Romans 11:36), who Himself is without beginning or end (Colossians 1:16, Revelation 1:8).
We believe that Jesus Christ is the unique Son of God (Matthew 3:17, John 3:16). He is fully God and took on human flesh. He is the suffering servant who gave Himself as a sacrifice for our sins (Philippians 2:6-8, Isaiah 56:4-6). He was crucified under Pontus Pilate and raised to life the third day (Matthew 27, 1 Corinthians 15:3). Jesus Christ alone is the living away of salvation and through Christ we have fellowship with God the Father (John 14:6, 2 Corinthians 5:20-21).
We believe that the Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus Christ in all that He does (John 15:26). He regenerates sinners and in Him they are united with Christ and adopted into the family of God as one body of Christ (John 3:5-8, Ephesians 1:5, 2:19-22). He indwells and empowers to grow in Christ-likeness and holiness (2 Thessalonians 2:13)
We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God (2 Peter 1:19-21). God’s Word is utterly authoritative and without error in the original writings. The Bible is eternal and sufficient revelation of God and remains our sole authority for faith and practice and Christian living (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
We believe that the gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ. The message of the cross is foolishness to the world but for those who are being saved, it is the power of God (1 Corinthians 1:18). The gospel is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes (Romans 1:16). The loving plan of God is that people from every tribe and language and people and nation would be saved through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross (Revelation 5:9-10).
We believe that all have sinned and are without hope except for God’s saving mercy (Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23). Forgiveness of sins and eternal life is only through the saving work of Jesus Christ. Salvation can only be received by grace alone, through faith alone. It is therefore a gift of God apart from any human merit or works (Ephesians 2:8-9). Those who trust in Christ can never be separated from the love of Christ. Even death will not separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:35-39). Salvation is of the Lord, therefore God alone receives all glory, honour, and praise for our salvation.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the head of the church (Ephesians 5:23, 1 Peter 5:4). We believe that the church comprises all who acknowledge Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour (Romans 12:3-5). We believe that Jesus Christ instituted two sacraments, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel (1 Corinthians 11:23-26, Matthew 28:19). The celebration of these sacraments nourishes the believer in their faith.
We believe that God created human beings, male and female, in His own image (Genesis 1:26-28). Men and women share equally in the image of God and are of equal value before their Creator. God’s design is that men and women are distinct in gender and thereby made to complement each other (Genesis 2:18-24). God ordained marriage for the good of men and women. The one-flesh union of a man and a woman in marriage was instituted by God, so that the love between a husband and wife should reflect the love of Christ for his bride, the church (Ephesians 5:22-35).
We believe in the bodily return of Christ to gather up all those who trust and hope in him (1 Thessalonians 4:15-18). Jesus Christ will come in glory and consummate his reign which will never end (Daniel 7:14). The old order of things will pass away and God will dwell with his people forever (Revelation 21:1-4).