Pr Jim Forbes

Pr Jim Forbes

Statement of Beliefs

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1. The Nature and Unity of the Godhead
There is one God who is an eternal personal Spirit. He is infinite in power, wisdom, holiness and love. He is triune in essential being and revealed to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

2. The Deity and Humanity of Christ
Jesus Christ as the second Person of the Godhead is eternally one with God the Father of whose Person and glory He is the accurate expression. To become man He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, so that two whole and perfect natures, the nature of God and man, were united in one Person: truly God and truly man.

3. The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit as the third Person of the Godhead is eternally one with the Father and the Son, yet He is sent by them to achieve the Divine purpose in the world and in the church. The third Person in the Godhead is the Holy Spirit. In the bible we are shown clearly that the Holy Spirit is a Person as much as the Father and the Son are persons.

4. The Divine Inspiration of the Scriptures
The scriptures, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, are the infallible Word of God. They were written by the holy men of God inspired by the Holy Spirit and have supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

5. The Sinfulness of Man
The Word sin conveys the underlying area of missing the mark. A deviation from the moral norm, usually the law or the will of God, a breach in relationship, rebellion, disobedience. The most characteristic feature of sin in all its aspects is that it is directed against God (Psalm 51:4-5, Romans 8:7). Man's sin lies in his pretention to be God (Genesis 3:4-5) (pride). Man's sin is not an outward action but an inward, God denying aspiration of which the act of disobedience was the immediate expression. (Genesis 2:17, Genesis 3:6).

6. Christ's Atonement for the Sin of Man
In order to redeem mankind from the guilt, penalty, and power of sin, Jesus Christ became man and died a sacrificial death as our representative substitute. By His resurrection, God's acceptance of His atoning death was demonstrated. This atonement is sufficient for the whole world but effective only in those who receive it. The sinner is justified and reconciled to God, not through any personal merit but solely on the basis of God's gracious gift of salvation in Jesus Christ received through faith.

7. The Work of the Holy Spirit in Salvation
The ministry of the Holy Spirit is necessary for the acceptance of God's provision of salvation. The Holy Spirit convinces sinners of their sinfulness, leads them to personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour and so brings them to spiritual birth as God's children and to fellowship in Christ. Working within the life of believers the Holy Spirit makes real the presence of Christ, witnesses to their relationship with God, leads into all truth, bestows gifts for effective service and produces graces for holy living.

8. The Church
The Church is the body of people whom God has separated from the world through faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. All regenerate persons are members of the universal Church of God, which takes local form wherever groups of believers unite for worship, fellowship, and service in accordance with scriptural principles. All believers are called to a priestly ministry in the offering of spiritual sacrifices and sent into the world to be witnesses. God calls individuals to positions of oversight and leadership or to special ministries. The Church recognises such by ordaining deacons and other leaders, following New Testament Practice. 

The meaning of the word church in the New Testament means a local congregation of Christians and never a building. The purpose of the church is to build relationships that were severed when Adam and Eve disobeyed God but are now able to be restored through the obedience of our Lord Jesus Christ. The two great commandments speak of our relationship with God and one another.

(Matthew 22:36-40)

9. The Baptism of Believers only by Immersion
Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is a public declaration of a person's faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. In accordance with New Testament scripture it should be administered only by total immersion, which symbolises the believer's identification with Christ in death, burial, and resurrection, the remission of sins and the believer's dedication of themself to God to live and walk in newness of life.

From the start the Christian church baptised people by total immersion. This retains the symbolism of death, burial, and resurrection. 

10. Communion
The Lord's Supper is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus Christ, instituted by Him to be celebrated with the elements of bread and wine by believers in Christ until the end of the age. It commemorates and declares our thanks for the Lord's substitutionary death. The celebration of the ordinance expresses our fellowship with and in the Lord Jesus Christ as members of the Body of which He is the Head.

11. The Return of the Lord Jesus Christ
At the end of this age, according to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in His glory to the earth. The full consummation of the Kingdom of God awaits His return.

12. The Resurrection of the Dead
At the end of the age, there is to be a resurrection both of the righteous and the unrighteous. After death the bodies of men return to dust, but their spirits return immediately to God - the righteous to be with Him and the unrighteous to be reserved for the judgement. 

13. Rewards and Punishment in a Future State
God has appointed a day of final judgement for the world. At that time Jesus Christ will judge every man and each will receive reward or punishment according to his deeds. Those judged righteous, in their resurrected and glorified bodies, will receive their reward forever in Heaven with the Lord. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment.

14. The Six Days of Creation
There has been much discussion in the Christian circles concerning the meaning of the word 'Day' in Genesis in reference to the six days of creation. However, looking at the Hebrew word Yom and the context in which it is used, plus other scripture references, it is quite obvious that the days of creation in Genesis must be taken as literal solar days of approximately 24 hours in length. 

West Wallsend Baptist Church was founded in 1906, but don't let that make you think our Church is in any way old fashioned, stuffy or boring! We are very much a vibrant and lively family Church with great musicians, and messages, lead by our Pastor, Jim Forbes - that are uplifting and relevant to all generations. 

We know how to laugh and enjoy life as well as loving the Lord and His people!

We warmly welcome you to our Church and hope that you will become part of our Church family!

Philippines Missions

West Wallsend Baptist Church supports various missions in the Philippines. 
-Monthly, we support six Pastors in Baptist Churches in the Angeles City area. 
-Annually, we pay for thirty children to attend school. 

Other projects we have been able to support have been; 
-The building of the Anunus Baptist Church, which has seen many conversions and baptisms. 
-Food provisions for the underprivileged within their community. 
-Assisting with the purchase of transportation vehicles for congregation members to be able to get to and from Church activities. 
-Aid is given in many other areas as well. 
God has lead us in this mission and is blessing it mightily. 
"For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do" Ephesians 2:10