What we Love
We share many areas of faith with professing Christians (we are a member church of the Baptist Northern Association and the Baptist Union of Southern Africa) including belief in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit and the Bible as the inerrant, inspired, authoritative Word of God (Statement of Faith). What follows are distinctives we as Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni love to teach:
The sermon is the center of our Sunday service. An expository sermon makes the main point of a passage of Scripture the main point of the sermon and then applies it to life.
We recognize that God has gifted our church with elders. Their primary function is to lead in a spirit of servanthood, to equip and provide spiritual oversight.
We affirm each of our members has the privilege and responsibility to use his/her spiritual gifts and abilities to participate fully in the life of our church.
In obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ all men are called to go through the waters of baptism. Baptism is a sign of personal repentance, faith and regeneration.
At the point of salvation the Christian submits to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. While saved by faith alone that faith will increasingly be characterized by good works.
What we Love – The Doctrines of Grace
We teach total depravity, that man is corrupt in every facet of his being.
We teach unconditional election, that God chooses to make certain individuals the objects of His unmerited favor.
We teach limited atonement, that Christ’s sacrificial death was sufficient for all but applied, with intent, only to the elect.
We teach irresistible grace, that salvation is an act of God, and whatever God decrees to happen will inevitably come to pass.
We teach the perseverance of the saints, that our salvation is secured by God.
What we Love – The Five Solae
All faith and conduct is determined by by Scripture alone and no other authority.
Justification is received by faith alone without any need for good works.
Our salvation flows by grace alone, all of God, naught of man.
Salvation is won by Christ alone and excludes any priestly class or intermediary.
The goal of salvation is that the glory be to God alone.