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WHAT WE BELIEVE about the Bible, God, the Church and our place in God's Kingdom.


Wairakei Road Bible Church is a spiritual community of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ who acknowledge Him as Head of the Church. We are accountable to God both in the way we operate and what we teach.

We meet regularly for worship, prayer, fellowship, teaching, and mission. The church is guided by Elders who encourage men and women to serve by using their individual, God given, spiritual gifts.

Our Mission Statement:

To Love the Lord our God and to share His love by:
  •   Bringing worship to God;
  •   Bringing others to know God;
  •   Bringing the Church family to a Christ-like maturity through God's word;
  •   Bringing help to people in need.

  • The Bible.

    You may have noticed we have the word 'Bible" in the name of our church. That is because we take the Bible as our authority as to how, both as individuals and collectively, we behave and operate.

    We believe that the Holy Scriptures, known as the Bible, in their original form was God's infallible and only written Word to the world. While using their own writing style and personalities the writers, inspired by God, recorded exactly what God intended.

    As supernaturally inspired by God it is the divinely authoritative standard for every age and individual.

      Bible References for this belief 2 Timothy 3:15-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Luke 24:44- 47, Revelation22:18-19

    God.

    We believe the Bible presents God as one, 3 person, eternal Being.

    The Persons are:
      God The Father.
      God The Son (Jesus).
      God The Holy Spirit.

    Yet they are one. A difficult concept to grasp but an earthly example would be that water comprised of H2O can be in at least 3 different forms, eg. ice, water, and steam.

    The persons of God are sometimes called The Trinity - not a Biblical name, but one that is often used to express this truth. A truth that is evident in the Bible as early as the first chapter where God says, "Let us make man in our image". Here the Hebrew word "Elohim", used in the original text, is plural.

      Bible References for this belief Genesis 1:26, Matthew 28:19, John 15:26, 2 Corinthians 13:14.

    God The Father.

    "God The Father" is a title given by Jesus to God in Matthew 6:9. To define God is an impossible task but we believe we can gain an inkling of what He is like by looking at some (and they are only some) of His characteristics. We believe:

  • God knows everything and His knowledge is complete - Omniscient.
    Bible References for this belief Job 37:16, Psalm 147:5, 1 John 3:20, Romans 11:33.

  • God is able to bring to pass everything that He chooses. He has no external limitations. His only limits are those He places upon Himself. - Omnipotent.
    Bible References for this belief Job 42:2, Genesis 18:14.

  • God is present in all places at all times. While God is in Heaven, He is also present in every place. - Omnipresent.
    Bible References for this belief Jeremiah 23:23-24, Psalm 139:7-12.

  • God is Holy. The Hebrew word for holy is "qodesh: and means "apartness, set-apartness, separateness, sacredness". In the New Testament, the word for holy is "hagios" and means "set apart, reverend, sacred, and worthy of veneration. God Himself is totally other, separate, sacred, transcendent, reverend, and set apart from every created thing.
    Bible References for this belief Psalm 99:9, Book of Isaiah calls God "The Holy One" more than 30 times.

  • God is Righteous. This righteousness is evident in the way He consistently acts in accord with His own character. God always acts righteously; His every action is consistent with His character. God is always consistently "Godly". God is not measured by the standard of righteousness; He sets the standard of righteousness.
    Bible References for this belief Psalm 116:5, Ezra 9:15, Exodus 9:27, Jeremiah 12:1.

  • God is Love and wants to share a personal relationship with us. Not just that God has love, but that He is love.
    Bible References for this belief 1 John 4:7-21, John 3:16.
  • God the Son - Jesus

    We believe that The Lord Jesus Christ is God's only Son who was sent to reveal God, and to accomplish God's saving purposes. To His perfect deity was added sinless humanity so that He possesses the full nature of man and the full nature of God, sharing identical characteristics as outlined with God His Father.

    We believe He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, and offered Himself as the perfect and complete sacrifice for our sin by dying on the cross in our place. He rose bodily from the dead and ascended to Heaven where He reigns in glory, representing believers before the Father.

     Bible References for this belief Isaiah 9:6, John 1:1-14, John 8:58, John 10:30, Hebrews 4:14-15, Matthew 1:18,
     Matthew 1:23-25, Colossians 2:8-9, 1 John 3:5, Philippians 2:9-11, 1 Timothy 2:5, Romans 8:33-34, Hebrews 10:12-14.

    The Holy Spirit

    When Jesus went back to Heaven He promised He would send the Holy Spirit. This promised was fulfilled 50 days later when His followers were filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, also known as the Comforter, is part of the Godhead so shares the same characteristics as God the Father and God The Son.

    We believe when a person accepts Jesus Christ as their Saviour the Holy Spirit immediately indwells that person.

    We believe the work of the Holy Spirit is to bring a person to Jesus Christ, to equip believers and to guide them in a life dedicated to God.

      Bible References for this belief John 14:16 and 26, John 16:7-11, John 15:26, Ephesians 1:13-14, Titus 3:4-7,
      1 Corinthians 12, 2 Thessalonians 2:13, Ephesians 4:4

    Creation

    We believe that God is the only Creator of the universe. All creatures, including humans, were created by God. Over time species may adapt or become extinct but as Genesis puts it, "In the Beginning God created the heavens and the earth."

     Bible References for this belief Genesis 1:26 -27, Psalm 100:3, Isaiah 42:5

    Salvation

    We believe that along with being holy and just, God is merciful and loving. He designed the human race to know Him and to have a relationship with Him. We failed to fulfil this purpose and instead became sinners - both by nature and by practice. But God orchestrated a plan to correct this and provide an opportunity for the relationship between us to be restored. God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to fulfil this mission. Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life in complete obedience to God. He willingly took upon Himself the punishment for our sin; He suffered and died in our place. After Jesus's death and burial, God raised Him from the dead, thus proclaiming Jesus's divinity and validating His sacrifice in our place.

     Bible References for this belief Romans 6:23, John 3:16-17, Romans 5:8, Titus 3:4-6.

    We believe that salvation is possible if a person repents of their sin, and through faith accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. A right relationship with God can only be obtained through faith in Jesus Christ; His sacrifice, death and resurrection.

      Bible References for this belief Romans 3:23-24, John 3:36, Ephesians 2:8-9,1 Corinthians 15:3-6, Romans 10:9 and 13,
      John 1:12, 1 Peter 1:18-19 and 23, Hebrews 7:25, Hebrews 10:12, Acts 4:12.

    Eternity

    We live in a hope and excitement of Jesus Christ's return for His people as He promised. For those who die before His return we believe and teach that death is not the end for anyone.

    Each person will exist either eternally separated from God by sin or in union 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 places of eternal existence.

      Bible References for this belief John 3:16, 1 John 2:25, 1 John 5:11-13, Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:14-15,
      Matthew 25:31-46.

    Baptism

    We believe that after a person has asked for forgiveness for their sins, and put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour, baptism by immersion is an act of obedience to His Lordship as it signifies an identification with His death, burial, resurrection. Baptism is an evidence of, rather than a requirement for, salvation.

      Bible References for this belief Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 6:3-4, Acts 2:41-42, Acts 8:36-38, Ephesians 4:5, Acts 8:12-13.

    Communion - also known as The Lord's Supper

    Jesus initiated this event the night before He died. The purpose being, that His followers should remember His death on their behalf as He took the punishment for their sin by giving His body and blood as a sacrifice. His request was that this should continue until He returns as promised.

    It is the responsibility of all believers to examine themselves and then to participate in this remembrance supper; acknowledging His death, and as affirmation that we believe that He is coming again. We follow the practice of the early church by observing the 'Lord's Supper' on the first day of the week, that is Sunday.

      Bible References for this belief Matthew 26:26-28, Mark 14:22-26, Luke 22:14-20, Acts 20:7, 1 Corinthians 10:16-17and 31,
    1 Corinthians 11:23-29


    Do you have any questions about what you have read? Or perhaps you want to make up
    your own mind about what Christianity is really all about? We offer the nine week
    "ALPHA" course where you can explore Christian beliefs in a friendly and open environment.






    If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us at office@wrbc.org.nz