We are unashamedly 'evangelical' in what we believe. We believe in:
- One God, creator and sustainer of the universe, holy, just and loving, who eternally exists in a unity of three equally divine persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each person is fully God and there is one God.
- The inspiration and inerrancy of the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments. Without error in the original writings, the Bible is the complete revelation of God’s will for salvation and the sole authority to guide both individual and church life.
- The dignity of all people, made male and female in God’s image, yet corrupted by sin which incurs God’s judgment.
- The incarnation of God’s eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and is fully God and fully man in one person.
- The atoning death of the Lord Jesus. He died on the cross, taking the just punishment we deserve for our sins. All those who willingly turn away from their sins (repentance) and trust Him as their saviour and Lord, receive God’s forgiveness, become members of God’s family and will be eternally saved.
- The victorious resurrection of the Lord Jesus from the dead. He is now exalted in heaven at the right hand of God the Father, representing and sustaining His people.
- The return of the Lord Jesus in glory. He will raise the dead and judge the world in righteousness. The lost will be sent to eternal condemnation and the redeemed will be welcomed into a life of eternal joy in fellowship with God. God will make all things new and will be glorified forever.
- The Holy Spirit who convicts men and women of sin and the need to be saved. He unites every believer with the Lord Jesus and indwells, teaches, guides and equips all believers for Christ-like living and service.
- The Church, the body of Christ, and in the priesthood of all believers, who are given life by the Holy Spirit and endowed with the Spirit's gifts to worship God and proclaim the good news of the gospel.
We would expect all those who commit to being members of BSCA to fully subscribe to the above Statement of Faith.
We also recognise that in some areas there is a diversity of belief and practice within evangelical churches. In addition to the Statement of Faith above, we also believe in:
The baptism of believers by immersion as a public witness and confession of inner personal faith in the Lord Jesus. Baptism is not necessary for salvation (i.e. to make a person a Christian) but is an essential step in a believer’s growth and development, symbolising commitment to, and union with, the risen Christ.
A weekly remembrance of the Lord Jesus in the breaking of bread or the Lord’s Supper (sometimes called “communion”). This weekly time keeps the memory of Jesus Christ alive in our hearts and minds and encourages and challenges our faith and commitment to the Lord Jesus. This service provides opportunity for personal reflection, praise and worship and public expression of worship by men present.
A plurality of overall male leadership. These men, called “elders” give of their abilities and time to shepherd, lead and care for all those in the church. A wide range of ministries exist for women within BSCA but we do not believe that women should be elders or teachers / preachers to mixed congregations within the church.
- Every man and woman ministry. Many opportunities exist to serve within the church and we positively encourage everyone to serve as they are able and gifted. We also recognise that God has created men and women differently and that this is reflected in the roles men and women are called to fulfil both in the family and in the church.
- The Holy Spirit gifting each believer in the Lord Jesus for the mutual benefit of the church. Each member should therefore be committed to personal holiness and serving in the power that the Holy Spirit gives. BSCA is a non Charismatic church in respect of the modern use of gifts relating to words of knowledge, prophecy and tongues.
- The personal, imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ to take all who believe to be with Him forever, followed by the judgment of an unbelieving world and then the millennial reign of Christ on earth.
Whilst not all Christians may fully subscribe to the above beliefs and practices, we do expect BSCA members to publicly and privately respect the church’s position and commitment to these beliefs and practices.