Core Value 23: Hyper-Orthodoxy

Our Lord has warned his church against straining out gnats while swallowing camels (Matthew 23:24). Therefore we affirm that in essentials there must be unity, in nonessentials liberty and in all things charity (Titus 1:9–11; 1 Corinthians 8:1–13; Colossians 3:12–15). We deny that our understanding of infallible truth is itself...

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Core Value 22: Liberty of Conscience

God in Christ has purchased the liberty of believers, freeing them from the guilt of sin, God’s wrath, unbiblical traditions and regulations of men, Satan and the fear of death (Galatians 5:1; Colossians 2:8–23; Hebrews 2:14–15). Therefore we affirm that believers are bound in their consciences only to God and...

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Core Value 21: The Unity of the Church

God’s Word teaches the essential unity of God’s people based upon union with Christ, truth and righteousness (Ephesians 4:3–6; 1 Corinthians 12:12–27). Therefore we affirm a biblically and doctrinally based cooperation among true churches of Jesus Christ for the purpose of reaching the whole world with the gospel of Christ (John...

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Core Value 20: Autonomy and Interdependency

God has instituted the local church as a self-governing body through which his people will be evangelised, edified and engaged in good works for his glory. He has also revealed in his word that a local church may cooperate with other local churches (Matthew 18:15–20; 2 Corinthians 8:16–21). Therefore we...

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Core Value 19: Good Works and Social Concern

God has created his people in Christ for good works, which are to be done in obedience to God’s commandments as the fruit and evidence of a true and lively faith, for the glory of God (Ephesians 2:8–10). Therefore we affirm the importance of engaging in good works such as...

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Core Value 18: Personal Devotion to God

God is a living God who dwells among his people in covenant relationship (Ephesians 2:22; Hebrews 8:8–12). Therefore we affirm the individual believer’s personal walk with God in all of life, enjoying communion with him in a vital relationship—which includes commitment to a local church (Micah 6:8; 1 John 1:3;...

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Core Value 17: Genuine Christianity

A true Christian is a person whose nature has been transformed by the Holy Spirit from a God-resisting orientation to a God-seeking orientation (1 John 5:18–20). Therefore we affirm that all true Christians display certain marks of regeneration, namely: ongoing and continual dependence on Christ alone (1 John 5:10–12); habitual...

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Core Value 16: Expository Preaching

God has ordained preaching as the primary means by which his people are brought to faith and sanctified (Romans 10:17; Ezekies 37:4–6; John 17:17; James 1:18–25). Therefore we affirm the centrality of expository preaching since this best reflects the mind of God and most edifies his people. We place a...

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Core Value 15: Sufficiency of Scripture

God has revealed all that is necessary for life and godliness in his Word (2 Timothy 3:16–17). Therefore we affirm the complete sufficiency of the Scripture for faith and obedience in all areas of life (2 Peter 1:3; Matthew 4:4); we also affirm the completion of God’s revelation in the sixty-six...

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Core Value 14: Evangelism

God has ordained evangelism—the proclamation and teaching of the biblical message about Christ and him crucified—as the primary human activity through which he will call his elect people to salvation (1 Corinthians 1:17–25). Therefore we affirm that in this regard our core activity is to unite efforts in God-centred evangelism...

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