These statements are a brief summary of what we consider to be essential beliefs and practices. Bayside Church is a member of the Australian Christian Churches, formerly AOG, and our core beliefs are aligned accordingly. You can visit http://www.acc.org.au/ for more info on ACC.

 

  • GOD
  • JESUS
  • HOLY SPIRIT
  • BIBLE
  • MANKIND
  • SALVATION
  • ETERNITY

1. God

God is the Creator and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
(See Gen. 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matt 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Cor. 13:14)

2. Jesus

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people, by dying on a cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
(See Matt 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14, 15; 1 Cor. 15:3, 4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14, 15; Titus 2:13.)

3. Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. As believers, we are encouraged to seek the baptism in the Holy Spirit. The baptism, distinct from water baptism, is essential to effectively live a Holy Spirit empowered life.
(See 2 Cor. 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 2:12, 3:16; Eph. 1:13; Gal. 5:25; Eph, 5:18.)

4. Bible

The Bible is God’s Work to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Being inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
(See 2 Tim 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Tim 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Prov. 30:5.)

5. Mankind

People are made in the image of God. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
(See Gen. 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2.)

6. Salvation

Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
(See Romans 6:23; Eph. 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Gal. 3:26; Romans 5:1.)

7. Eternity

People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is Eternal Life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
(See John 3:16, 14:17; Romans 6:23, 8:17-18; Rev. 20:15, 1 Cor. 2:7-9)
 
These statements are by no means exhaustive but provide a clear foundational understanding of our teaching and ministry emphasis flowing through the life of our church.