Association of Seventh Day Baptists Australia

Statement of belief

Seventh Day Baptists consider liberty of thought, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to be essential to Christian belief and practice. We therefore encourage the unhindered study and open discussion of Scripture, and uphold the individual's freedom of conscience in seeking to understand and obey the will of God. It is for this reason that we have no binding creed.

We hold, however, that certain beliefs and practices, having the support of Scripture, and adhered to by the followers of Christ through the centuries, are binding upon all.

With this conviction in mind, we present the following brief statement, derived from our understanding of the Bible, as an expression of our common belief.

2Cor. 3:17,18; 2Tim 2:15; 3:16,17; Rom 12:2; 10:17; Eph 4:3-6,15.

We Believe

  1. God

    We believe in God, the Supreme Being; personal, perfect infinite, spiritual, eternal; the Creator, Sustainer and Sovereign of the universe; our Heavenly Father who manifests a holy redeeming love towards all mankind, forgiving the repentant, condemning the unrepentant; and who desires to share His love in a personal relationship with everyone.

    Gen 1:1,2; Isa 25:1-9; Ps 90:1,2; 91:2; John 4:24; 5:24; 3:16-18; I Tim 1:17; Deut 6:4-9; 1 Kings 8:27; 1 John 1:5; Acts 17:24,25,28; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 Cor 8:6; Eph 4:6; Ezek 33:11; 2 Thess 1:6-8.

  2. Jesus Christ

    We believe in Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, Our Saviour, Teacher and Guide who gave Himself on the Cross as a complete and final sacrifice for sin, and draws to Himself all who will come to Him in love and trustful obedience. As our risen Lord, He is the one Mediator between us and the Father.

    John 1:14-18,34; 3:16; 12:32; 14:6; Heb 1:3; Rom 1:3-5; 1 John 3:16; 2:1,2; Gal 4:4-6; 1 Peter 2:24; Heb 10:10-14; 1 Cor 15:20-23; 1 Tim 2:5; Eph 1:18-23.

  3. The Holy Spirit

    We believe in the Holy Spirit, God dwelling within; the Inspirer of Scripture, the Comforter, active in the hearts and minds and lives of mankind; who convicts of sin, gives spiritual rebirth, instructs in righteousness, and empowers for witnessing and service.

    John 14:16,17,26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; Rom 5:5; 2 Peter 1:20,21; 1 Cor 12:4-11.

  4. The Bible

    We believe that the Bible is the inspired record of God's will for mankind- the Word of God, of which Jesus Christ is the supreme Interpreter, and that it is our final authority in matters of faith and practice.

    2 Tim 3:14-17; 2 Peter 1:20,21; 3:1,2,15,16; Heb 4:12; 1:1,2; John 20:30,31; Rom 3:2; Matt 5:17-19; Ps 119:105.

  5. Mankind

    We believe that mankind was created in the image of God, and is therefore the noblest work of creation. We also believe that human beings have moral responsibility, and are created to enjoy both Divine and human fellowship as children of God.

    Gen 1:26,27: Ps 8:3-8; Micah 6:8; Matt 5:44-48.

  6. The Ten Commandments

    We believe that the Ten Commandments are ten divine precepts- applications of the eternal and universal principle of love; established by God, and given to mankind at creation, written by His 'finger' at Mt. Sinai, and magnified by Jesus Christ, and shown by Him to be the moral code for all mankind.

    Gen 2:2; 4:8-13; Ex 20:1-17; Matt 19:16-19; Deut 6:5,6; Matt 22:36-39; 5:28; James 2:8-12.

  7. The Sabbath

    We believe that the Sabbath of the Bible, the seventh day of the week (Saturday), is sacred time, a gift of God, instituted at creation, affirmed in the Ten Commandments, and re-affirmed by Jesus and the apostles. We also believe that, in loving response to God's grace toward us, as revealed in Christ, the Sabbath should be faithfully observed as a day of rest and worship, and that it is a reminder of God's presence in time- His pledge of eternal rest in the paradise of God.

    Gen 2:2,3; Ex 16:23-30; 20:8-11; Mark 2:27,28; Luke 4:16; Acts 13:14,42-44; 16:11-13; 17:2,3; 18:4-11; John 14:15; Matt 5:17-19; Isa 58:13,14; Ezek 29:19,20; Heb 4:9,10.

  8. Sin and Salvation

    We believe that sin is the transgression of the law - disobedience to God, and failure to live according to His will. All who refuse to repent of their sins, and receive Christ as their Saviour will be punished at the time of the final judgement. We also believe that salvation from sin and death is the gift of God by redeeming love, accomplished by Christ's death and resurrection, and is received only by repentance and faith in Him.

    1John 1:3,8-10; 3:4,5; John 1:12; 3:16-18,38; 14:6; Rom 3:21-25; 5:5-19; 6:23; Eph 2:8,9; 2 Thess 1:5-9; Rev 20:11-15; Isa 59:2; Heb 9:10-14; 1 Peter 1:3; Matt 25:41:46.

  9. Eternal Life

    We believe that eternal life, being conditional, is available to us only through our Saviour Jesus Christ, and is granted on one's acceptance of salvation in Him who, having conquered death, will gather together, not only those who have died righteous, but also the living righteous, and will bestow upon them immortality in glorified bodies, at His return in heavenly power and glory.

    John 3:14-16; 6:40; 10:27,28; 17:1-3; 14:1-3; Rom 6:23; 5:14- 17,6-11; Luke 24:1-6; Matt 28:1-8; 23:12,13,30; 25:31-34,46: 1 Cor 15:20-22,42-44,53-54; 1 John 5:11-13; Col 3:1-4; 1 Thess 4:13-18; Titus 2:13.

  10. Baptism

    We believe the baptism of believers, by immersion, is a command of Christ, being a witness to, and the consummation of one's acceptance of Him as Saviour and Lord, and is a symbol of death to sin, and rebirth to a new life in Christ.

    Matt 28:19,20; Rom 6:3,4,11; Acts 2:38-41; Col 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21; Gal 3:26,27.

  11. The Lord's Supper

    We believe that the Lord's Supper commemorates the suffering and death of our Redeemer until He comes, and that it is a symbol of our union with Christ, and a pledge of renewed allegiance to our risen Lord.

    Mark 14:22-25; 1 Cor 10:16,17; 11:23-30: Matt 26:26-29.

  12. The Church

    We believe that the church of God is all redeemed believers gathered together by the Holy Spirit and joined into one body, of which Christ is the Head. We also believe that the local church is a community of believers organised in covenant relationship for worship, fellowship and service, practising and proclaiming common convictions, while growing in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. We believe in the priesthood of all believers and practise the autonomy of the local congregation, as we seek to work in association with others for more effective witness.

    Acts 20:28; 2:42; 1 Cor 12:13,14,27; Col 1:18; Rom 12:4,5; 15:5-7; 1 Peter 2:4-10; Matt 18:20; Eph 2:19-22; 4:11-16; 2 Peter 3:18; Heb 10:24,25.

  13. Evangelism

    We believe that the church's chief aim is as Jesus commissioned us: to proclaim the Gospel of Salvation and of the Kingdom: making disciples, baptising and teaching them to observe all that He has commanded: witnessing to our faith throughout the world and to every person.

    Matt 28:18-20; 24:14; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor 4:1,2,5,6; 5:17-20; Ps 96:2,3; 1 Peter 3:15,16; Eph 6:14-20; Mark 16:15.