We are BIBLE CENTERED and believe that;
The scriptures of the Old and New Testament or the Holy Bible is the Word of God. It is verbally and fully inspired by Him and is therefore inerrant; infallible and authoritative (2 Timothy 3:16). There are only 66 books in the Bible as spelt out in the Westminster Confession of Faith (WCF 1.II). And as the Word of God, it is the Supreme and final authority for faith and life ( Psalm 119:105, Luke 7:22-23 22, 24: 25-27 25, John 1:14-18 14, 2 Timothy 1:13, 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21; See WCF l.IV).
There is one God, who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Gen. 1:1, 26-27; John 1:1-3; Daniel 4:34-35; Deut. 10:14; 1 Kings 8:27; Psalm 90:2; 1 Tim. 1:17; Rev. 22:13; Rev. 4:8; Deut. 32:4; 1 John 4:8; Matt. 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Cor. 13:14).
God is sovereign over all things in heaven and in the earth. He created the world and all it contains in six, 24-hour days (Exodus 20:11) and continues to uphold and govern it according to His plan. No creature or event is outside His eternal plan. The ultimate purpose of His creation is the revelation and glory of Himself (Genesis 1:1; Psalms 24:1).
The man was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26) but sinned through the fall of Adam, thereby incurring not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature and become sinners in thought, word, and deed (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Col. 3:10; Genesis 3:6-8; Romans 5:12-21; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:19-20; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2; Eph. 2:1-3).
The conception and birth of Jesus was a miracle performed by the power of God through His Holy Spirit, without a human father. Jesus Christ is both Divine and Human: Divine in that He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit; Human in that He was born of the Virgin Mary. The doctrine of the Virgin Birth of Christ is one of Christianity’s essential doctrines. The Virgin Birth of Christ was told by both Matthew and Luke. “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 1:18). In Luke 1:26-35, we have God’s full explanation of the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ, Who is both God and Man (John 1:14; Romans 1:3-4; 1 Tim. 2:5; Titus 2:13; Matt. 1:18-25; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Cor. 15:1-8; Acts 1:9-11; Hebrews 7:25; Col. 1:18).
The Lord Jesus Christ died a propitiatory and expiatory death as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice and that all who repent of their sins and believe in Him are justified before God on the grounds of His shed blood (Eph. 2:8; Galatians 2:16; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Pet 3:18; Romans 3:21-26; Hebrews 2:14; 1 John 3:8; Prov. 28:13; 1 John 1:9; Acts 2:38; Acts 17:30; Romans 5:9; Romans 8:1; 1 Thess. 5:9).
The doctrine of the Resurrection of Christ is one of Christianity’s essential and central truths. The Apostle Paul said that if Christ had not risen physically, then our faith is vain, we are still in our sins, and we are of all men most miserable (1 Corinthians 15:16-19). This doctrine is specifically and thoroughly taught in Q52 of the Westminster Confession Larger Catechism: “How was Christ exalted in His resurrection?” Ans: “Christ was exalted in His resurrection, in that, not having seen corruption in death (of which it was not possible for Him to be held), and having the very same body in which He suffered, with the essential properties thereof (but without mortality, and other common infirmities belonging to this life), really united to His soul, He rose again from the dead the third day by His own power; whereby He declared Himself to be the Son of God, to have satisfied divine justice, to have vanquished death, and him that had the power of it, and to be Lord of quick and dead: all which He did as a public person, the head of His Church, for their justification, quickening in grace, support against enemies, and to assure them of their resurrection from the dead at the last day.” Much can be said from this statement, but there are 5 key points. Firstly, Christ did actually die physically. It was confirmed by the Roman soldiers (John 19:33-37) and the Jewish burial that was given him (John 19:39-40). Secondly, He also resurrected bodily; His grave clothes were left behind (John 20:5-7) and His nail prints could still be felt (John 20:27). Thirdly, Christ rose from the dead on the third day by His own power. He predicted this in John 10:18. This is significant because it proves that He is the Son of God (Romans 1:4). Fourthly, Christ’s resurrection secures salvation for all believers because it proves that His death was accepted as an atonement for our sins. Fifthly, because He has conquered death, all believers will likewise be resurrected at the last day (1 Corinthians 15:24-26).
The ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ into Heaven, and in His exaltation at the right hand of God, where He intercedes for us as our High Priest and Advocate (Hebrews 4:14, 5:10, 7:27, 10:12, 14).
The personal, visible return of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to judge the living and those who have died (II Timothy 4:5) Those who believed in Him will live forever with Him in heaven and those who have not believed in Him will suffer God’s just and eternal wrath in hell (John 3:16; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; 2 Thess. 1:7b-10; Matthew 25:41; Revelation 21:27).
The salvation is by grace alone through faith alone (Ephesians 2:1-8), not by works, and that all who repent and receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour are born again by the Holy Spirit and thereby become the children of God (John 10:29; 2 Tim. 1:12; Hebrews 10:10-14; I Peter 1:3-5).
The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and to convict and regenerate the sinner and indwell, guide, instruct and empower the believer for godly living and service (John 3:3-8, Romans 5:8, Ephesians 2:8-10).
Christ instituted the Sacrament of Baptism for believers and their children and the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, which sacraments shall be observed by His Church till He comes (Acts 2:39; Matt. 28:19; Romans 6:3; Acts 16:30; 1 Cor. 11:23-29);
The eternal security, bodily resurrection and eternal blessedness of the saved, and in the bodily resurrection and eternal conscious punishment of the lost (John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9; Revelation 20:15).
The real, spiritual unity in Christ of all redeemed by His precious blood and the necessity of faithfully maintaining the purity of the Church in doctrine and life according to the Word of God (2 Corinthians 6:14-18, Revelation 18:4).
WE ARE KINGDOM-CENTERED:
We believe that the Kingdom of God is not only a future hope but is also a present reality (Revelation 20:1-6). Jesus Christ is presently reigning from Heaven ( (Luke 1:32-33; Acts 2:30-31)) and, therefore, we are called upon to honor and obey Him in every area of our personal lives and to plant the banner of Christ’s Kingdom rule in every area of human endeavor.
WE ARE PROTESTANT:
We are rooted in Biblical faith, a faith that has been handed down to us from the Apostles of Scripture and rediscovered afresh during the Protestant Reformation of the 1500s.
WE ARE REFORMED:
We are “Reformed” because we trace our identity back to the Reformation of the 1500s when Martin Luther and John Calvin determined the church need to be re-formed and continually reforming according to God’s Word. During this period, there were five Latin phrases used to describe the movement that later gave birth to a reformed understanding of the Christian faith. These are:
Sola Gratia: We are saved by GRACE alone. Our salvation is an unearned gift from God for Jesus’ sake.
Sola Fide: We are made right with God by FAITH alone. We are justified, or “made right” with God through faith, not by works.
Sola Scriptura: We find ultimate truth in SCRIPTURE alone. The Old & New Testaments of the Bible are the only inspired Word of God.
Solus Christus: Our hope is found in CHRIST alone. Jesus Christ is the only mediator, or “bridge”, between God and mankind.
Soli Deo Gloria: Glory and praise for our salvation are given to GOD alone. We obey and serve God out of gratitude for all that He is and all He has done.
WE ARE CONFESSIONAL:
This means that we have a written confession of faith which we believe to be a good and accurate summary of the Bible’s teaching. Our confession consists of the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms.
WE ARE CONNECTIONAL:
We believe that we cannot live the Christian life effectively apart from other people. God has given us the church for our mutual support, correction, and encouragement. We need a relationship with other Christians in order to be all that God intends us to be. This is one of the reasons the Sutlej Church has a connectional form of church government. Through the Classes and the Church Council, each local congregation stays connected to the church. It is also one of the reasons we work together in teams for ministry. We need to do the work of Christ with other people. We believe God calls people to be connected with a local congregation and church membership is the way we recognize and celebrate that calling.
WE ARE EVANGELISTIC & MISSIONAL:
Missions have always been a strong emphasis of our denomination. God has called us to take the gospel to the entire world and to exhibit the kingdom of Christ to our community (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15-16, Luke 14:23, Acts 1:7-8).
WE ARE EVANGELICAL:
To say that we are evangelical means that we take our stand with all those who believe in what used to be called “the fundamentals”: the infallibility and divine authority of the Bible which is a faithful and true guide to what we are to believe and how we are to live, the existence of the triune God, the deity of Jesus, the virgin birth, and substitutionary and vicarious atonement of Christ, the physical resurrection of Christ, the sure return of Christ. We joyfully affirm our unity with those from every tradition and denomination who hold to these fundamentals including those true believers in Christ who, for whatever reasons, find themselves members of denominations or churches with which we might have certain disagreements.
WE ARE PEOPLE OF THE MIND:
We believe that the mind is a terrible thing to waste. God has given us our minds as gracious gifts. Our reasoning faculties ought to be trained for the service of God. It is why the training of elders and Sunday School teachers is so very important in the Sutlej church. It is why we encourage everyone to grow in the knowledge of the Holy Bible, Church history, Theology, and an understanding of the Spiritual disciplines of the Christian life.
ECCLESIA SEMPER REFORMANDA EST:
Ecclesia Semper Reformanda Est is a Latin phrase for “the church must always be reformed“. We try to always reform our life and practice, both individually and corporately, according to the teachings of Holy Scriptures.