We believe the Bible to be the complete Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16, Luke 24:27, and 2 Peter 3:15-16); that the sixty-six books, as originally written, comprising the Old and New Testaments were verbally inspired by the Spirit of God (2 Peter 1:20-21); and therefore entirely free from error (Psalm 19:7-8 and Titus 1:1); that the Bible is the Final Authority in all matters of faith and practice and the true basis of Christian union (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Deuteronomy 4:2, and Revelation 22:18- 19).
We believe in One God (Deuteronomy 6:4 and Romans 3:30), Creator of all, Holy, Sovereign, Eternal, existing in Three equal Persons (Genesis 1:26 and Isaiah 6:8): The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19, John 1:1, and Acts 5:3-4).
We believe in the Absolute and Essential Deity of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19 and John 5:18); in His eternal existence with the Father in preincarnate glory; in His virgin birth (Luke 1:34-35); sinless life (2 Corinthians 5:21); substitutionary death (1 Timothy 2:6 and Romans 3:25); bodily resurrection (Matthew 28:6 and John 20:24-28); triumphant ascension (Ephesians 1:20); mediatorial ministry (1 Timothy 2:5); and personal return.
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Absolute and Essential Deity (Matthew 28:19) and personality of the Holy Spirit who convinces of sin; of righteousness and judgment; and who regenerates (John 16:8-9 and Titus 3:5), sanctifies, illuminates, and comforts those who believe in Jesus Christ (Galatians 5:22-23, 1 John 2:27, and 1 John 15:8).
We believe that Satan exists as an evil personality, the origination of sin, and the archenemy of God and man (Genesis 3 and Isaiah 14:11-20).
We believe that man was divinely created in the Image of God; that he sinned, becoming guilty before God, resulting in total depravity, thereby incurring physical and spiritual death (Genesis 1:26, Genesis 3, Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, and Revelation 20:11-15).
We believe that salvation is by the sovereign and electing grace of God (Ephesians 1, 2:8,9); that by the appointment of the Father (John 3:16), Christ voluntarily suffered a vicarious, expiatory death (Romans 5); that justification is by faith alone in the all sufficient sacrifice and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and that those whom God has effectually called shall be divinely preserved and finally perfected in the image of the Lord (Romans 8).
We believe in the personal, bodily, and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ; in the resurrection of the just and the unjust; in the eternal blessedness of the redeemed; and in the judgement and eternal conscious punishment of the wicked (Revelation 19 and 20).
The Local Church
We believe that a Church is a company of immersed believers (Acts 2, 8, and 10); called out from the world; separated unto the Lord Jesus; voluntarily associated for the ministry of the Word, the mutual edification of its’ members, and the propagation of the faith and the observance of the ordinances (Acts 2:42-44). We believe it is a sovereign and independent body, exercising its own divinely-awarded gifts; precepts; and privileges under the Lordship of Christ (1 Corinthians 12) - the Great Head of the Church. We believe that its officers are Pastors and Deacons (1 Timothy 3, 1 Peter 5:4, and Philippians 1:1).
We believe that there are only two ordinances for the Church regularly observed in the New Testament in the following order:
Baptism: The immersion of the believer in water whereby he obeys Christ’s command, sets forth his identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection (Matthew 28:17-20).
The Lord’s Supper: The memorial wherein the believer partakes of the two elements, bread and wine, which symbolize the Lord’s body and the shed blood, proclaiming His death until He comes (1 Corinthians 11:17-34).
The Church and The State
We believe in the entire separation of Church and State.
Religious Liberty: We believe in religious liberty; that every man has the right to practice and propagate his beliefs.
The Lord’s Day: We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day and that, in a special sense, it is the divinely-appointed day for worship and spiritual exercise. We further believe that under the New Covenant, every day belongs to the Lord, that worship is not confined to Sunday and that we now live with the freedom to hold worship services on any day of the week (Acts 2:46-47 and 1 Corinthians 10:31).
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interest and good order of society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, and conscientiously honoured and obeyed, except only in the things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the only Lord of the conscience and Prince of the Kings of the earth (Romans 13:1-8).
The Bridge Whitby is a Member of The Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist (FEB) Churches in Canada.