What do we believe?
Below you'll find a little information about what we believe here at Oxford Baptist Church. This is by no means a comprehensive or detailed list. The best way to learn what we believe is to reach out and talk with us; we would love to answer any questions you might have. Click the link to get the conversation started.
Statement of faith - We Believe
- In the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as verbally inspired by God, and inerrant in the original writings, and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life. - 2 Timothy 3:16
- In one God, eternally existing in Three Persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. - Matthew 1:23; John 15:26
- That Jesus was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, true God and true man. - Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:35
- In the absolute and essential deity and personality of the Holy Spirit, who convinces men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He regenerates, sanctifies, illuminates and comforts those who believe in Jesus Christ. - Titus 3:5; John 14,15,16
- That Adam and Eve were created in the image of God and that they sinned, thereby incurring not only physical death but also spiritual death which is separation from God. Therefore all of Adam’s race is born with a sinful depraved nature, and those who reach moral responsibility become sinners in thought, word and deed. - Genesis 2:7; 3; Romans 3:23 – 5:12; Hebrews 9:27, 28
- That the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who by faith receive him as their personal Saviour are justified on the grounds of the shed blood of the Son of God and hereby become children of God and joint heirs with Christ. - John 1:29; 5:24; Romans 5:8,9; 8:14 – 17; 1 Corinthians 15: 1 – 4; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:20 – 22; Titus 3:5 – 6; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 John 1:7; 3:1
- That the one who receives Jesus Christ as personal Saviour and gives evidence of a regenerate heart is eternally secure. - John 10:27, 28; Romans 8:33 – 39; Philippians 1:6.
- In the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, and in his ascension into heaven and his presence for us as High Priest and Advocate. - Luke 24:36 – 45; Acts 1:9; Hebrews 4:14-16; 7:24 – 27; 9:24 – 26; 10:10 – 12; 1 John 2:1
- In the personal, bodily and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ; in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust; in the eternal blessedness of the redeemed and in the judgment and conscious eternal punishment of the wicked. - 1 Thessalonians 4: 16 – 18; John 5:28, 29; Revelation 20: 11 – 15
- That a New Testament church is a company of baptized believers sufficiently organized to carry on the work of the Lord at home and abroad - Acts 2:41 – 43; 6:1 – 6
- In the two ordinances as clearly taught in the New Testament, namely, baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper. - 1 Corinthians 11:23 – 33; Acts 2:41 – 46
- In preaching the gospel to every person and the edification of individual members of the body of Christ. - Matthew 28:18 – 20; Ephesians 4:11 – 14
- In witnessing to the saving and keeping power of our Lord, in the power of the Spirit-filled life, by which we mean, not the teaching of eradication, but a life of yieldedness, in which the Spirit of God gives victory over operations of the flesh, which remain in every believer as long as they are in the body. - Luke 24:46 – 48; Romans 6:13; 12:1; Ephesians 5:18