What We Believe

1. We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, excluding the Apocrypha, are verbally inspired of God and without error in the original writing. We recognise no person, organisation or book, to be equal or superior to the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:19-21). The translation to be used in the services of Echuca Community Church will be any sound translation based on a literal or reasonably literal rendering of the Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek manuscripts.

2. We believe in one God existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe that He is absolutely sovereign, all wise, possessor of eternal life. We believe that God created the heavens and earth in six literal days. We believe that God has a great master plan He is working out in the universe and especially in relation to man. We believe that all three persons of the Godhead are involved in the great work of rescuing man from sin and the environment it has produced. (Isaiah 57:15, Ephesians 2:8- 10, Romans 8:28-29)

  1. We believe in the Father. We believe that He is eternal and that He is the source of every good thing. (James 1: 17)
  2. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that he is co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit and that he has by Himself paid the full price of our sins by his death on the cross. We believe that he has the right to call Himself the Son of God in the sense of being related to the Father in a way that none of the human race ever could be. We believe Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary.
  3. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person. We believe that He indwells every Christian, (one who is born again) and that His indwelling (filling) is outworked in each life to the extent that the life is yielded up to the glory of God (Ephesians 5:32). We believe the Holy Spirit enters a person at the point of salvation. We recognise that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is often counterfeited.. Therefore we believe in testing the prophets (ie. the S/spirit in which he speaks) to see whether they are of God (1 John 4:1-3). We do not believe that the Holy Spirit is the author of confusion.

3. We believe that Man was originally created as a sinless being, capable of self-determination. But being tempted of the serpent, chose to rebel against God and therefore he and the entire human race fell into a condition of being hopelessly lost.

4. We believe in the reality of Satan. We believe that he is a real entity, a wicked spirit, who was originally an angel of God and, by rebelling against God, sinned and was cast out of heaven.

5. We believe in salvation by grace through faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross. We do not believe that man's works help save him from sin, but that the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ has paid our sin debt (Good works, therefore, becomes the fruit of salvation). We believe that any man who rejects the Lord Jesus Christ as the sole means of salvation has neglected the only acceptable means of access into everlasting life. (Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5, John 14:6)

6. We believe in the literal bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, at the end of three days. We believe in the bodily ascension of our Lord to the right hand of the Father, and that he is at present involved in interceding for believers (1 Corinthians 15:1-20, Acts 1: 10-1 1, Hebrews 4:14-16, 7:25).

7. We believe that all who believe and abide in Christ are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 5:24; 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 5:9-10; 8:1, 31-39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; Ephesians 4:30; Hebrews 7:25; 13:5; 1 Peter 1:5; Jude 24). We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for sinful living (Romans 6:15-22; 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13,25-26; Titus 2:11-14).

8. We believe that Jesus Christ will return again soon for the Christian and that he will come personally (i.e. bodily). We believe that all Christians will be bodily removed from the earth at this time by an event the church calls the rapture. (John 14:2-3, 1 Thessalonians 4:1318, Titus 2:13).

9. We believe in the priesthood of all believers, that all believers have immediate access to God through the blood of Jesus, that we have no need of any human agent to pray for us before the throne of God and that Jesus Christ is our only way to God (Hebrews 10: 19-22, 1 Peter 2:9- 10, Timothy 2:5).

10. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the believer and the unbeliever. We believe that the believer will be raised from the dead to occupy a home in heaven and the unbeliever will be raised to be punished eternally (John 5:21-30, 14:1-6, Daniel 12:2-3, Revelation 20:4-6, 11:15, 21:8, 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10).

11. We believe the true church is the body of Christ, of which Christ is the head and the believers, Jew and Gentile alike, are the members (Ephesians 5:23-32, Matthew 16-.18, Acts 2:147, Colossians 3:11).

  1. We believe the Scriptures teach that the body of Christ is to be shown in local assemblies of believers, who have followed their Lord in believer's baptism, and that the purpose of the local church, (see article 2 concerning the purpose of the church) is to meet together regularly for the purpose of: a) worshipping God, b) building up of believers, c) teaching the Word, d) sharing around the Lord's table. (1 Timothy 3:15, Acts 2:41-47, 14:23, Ephesians 4:11-16)
  2. We believe that the scriptural ordinances of the Church are Baptism and the Lord's supper.
  3. We believe in the self-governing and independence of the local church from any centralised power, whether from other churches, denominations, or the state. We believe in obeying the laws of the land and being subject to the powers that be, except where those laws and powers would require us to be unfaithful to God and His Word (Romans 13:1-7, Acts 5:29, 13:1-5, 15:19-31).

12. We believe that it is the most consistent position for a Christian church to be opposed to the cults and that we have no part with these movements.