IBC is an evangelical worshipping community.
You can explore a bit about what we believe and teach here.
We hold these truths as powerful.
They help to shape who we are as church and guide us in faith and practice.
God is big.
There is one God who eternally exists in three equal persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit
God is sovereign. He has created all things and is active in sustaining all things. God is holy. God is merciful. God is redeemer and judge.
All human beings, male and female are created in the image of God. They are deserving of dignity and respect. However, humanity is broken. Human beings have wilfully and purposely turned away from God. This is called sin. Sin separates us from God. Sin breaks God’s heart. Sin deserves God’s wrath and punishment.
Jesus Christ is the unique Son of God. He is fully divine and fully human. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless and blameless life. He taught about the kingdom of God in power. He died on a cross. Three days later was raised back to life in bodily form. He returned to heaven where he prays for us. He will return again to the Earth at an appointed but unknown time in our future. He will judge all people from all time according to his own righteous standards.
The brokenness of humanity meant that people could not deal with the problem of sin by themselves. The sin problem separates people from God.
It is only through the death of Jesus Christ, his substitutionary and atoning sacrifice, can humanity be made right with God.
This gift of salvation is offered as a free gift to the whole world and is accepted through faith alone and demonstrated by walking right with God and others.
Through the cross and resurrection of Jesus, God has reconciled all who accept this offer of love to Himself. God asks us to follow Jesus as Lord and not simply to confess him as Saviour.
All followers of Jesus are called to follow the example of Christ, to love one another and our neighbours. Following the example of Jesus as Lord, we are called to shape our lives after the rule of Christ and to be a prophetic witness to the world.
It is hard to follow Jesus' example. In fact, it is impossible in our own strength. After his bodily resurrection and return to heaven, Christ sent the Holy Spirit and the Church was born. The Holy Spirit is God. He is active in the process of salvation: conviction of sin, repentance, regeneration and the on-going process of sanctification in the life of a believer.
The Holy Spirit empowers those who choose to follow Jesus and gives gifts to his Church. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are many and varied. They are to build up the Church and glorify God.
Jesus Christ is the sole and absolute authority on all matters pertaining to faith and practice. Jesus Christ is revealed to us through the Bible. The Bible is authoritative, reliable, trustworthy and true. It is the inspired word of God and is without error. It is helpful in teaching, correcting, rebuking and training us to be more like Jesus.
The Church is not a building we go to, it is a family we are born into when we acknowledge Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord.
The universal Church of Jesus Christ is like a body made up of different parts but Jesus is the head and in control. Each congregation is a local manifestation of the universal Church of Jesus Christ. It is made up of people who are committed to God, through Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit and who choose to gather together for mutual encouragement in discipleship, where they can be equipped to participate in Christ's mission for the world.
Baptism is for believers who have repented of their sin and have confessed Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord. Baptism is a significant moment when a person publicly declares their intent to follow Jesus.
Communion is where we share bread and wine/juice together. It is a symbolic act with deep meaning. Communion reminds us that we are connected to God and each other.
We take communion at IBC at least twice a month. The table is open to all who would like to share in this.
Mission is at the very heart of IBC. It is how the church lives out God's goodness in the world. We do this everyday, by living our lives and inviting others, through our words and actions, to explore our claims about Jesus for themselves.
We share the story of Jesus Christ and demonstrate how that story is good news for all. We do this not out of duty or obligation but because we understand that we are part of God's mission of reconciliation in the world.
One day King Jesus will return to the Earth physically and visibly. The Lord Jesus Christ will reign in power and glory in a new Heaven and Earth. The purpose and mission of God will be fulfilled. At that point the dead will be resurrected and all humanity will face judgement. The consequences of this will result in the eternal conscious bliss of the righteous and the eternal conscious punishment of the wicked.