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Statement of Faith and Practice

Outback Patrol Institute Limited
A  Missionary  Organisation
Accepted: May, 1961
Reviewed by Members:  February, 1997

See also: The Meanings of the "Attributes" of God

Beliefs That Stand The Test of Time
"Our faith in God is never blind,  
It rests upon a solid base.  
It does not set aside the mind,
But deals with facts of time and space.
"

1. The Word of God:
We believe the Bible to be the divinely inspired Word of God,  is given as a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction, it has God for its author, salvation for its end and truth without mixture or error for it's content; that it reveals the principles by which God will both save and judge us and therefore is, and shall remain until the end of the world the true centre of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creed and opinion shall be tested.

"There is no conflict between the old and the new; The conflict is between the false and the true." "When I read God's Word I absorb into myself something that is already immortal." "God writes with a pen that never blots, speaks with a tongue that never slips and acts with a hand that never fails."

2. Of the ONE True God:
We believe that there is One, the only One living and true God, an infinite intelligent Spirit whose Name is Jehovah, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honour, confidence and love;  that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.

"The people who know their God shall be strong and do great exploits." "It should be of comfort to know that God still has His hand on the steering wheel of the universe." "When a man stops believing in God he doesn't start believing in nothing. If he doesn't stand for something, he'll fall for anything. He worships the creation rather than the creator."

3. Of the Fall of Man:
We believe that man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker; but by voluntary transgression fell from the holy and happy state; in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint but choice, being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation of eternal ruin without defence or excuse.

"God loves us the way we are but He loves us too much to leave us that way." "Jesus sees people not only as we are but what we can become.""God forgives sinners, but He does not make them."

4. Of Jesus Christ and the Way of Salvation:
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly the work of the Grace of God; through the mediatorial office of receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our Prophet, Priest and King, and relying upon Him alone as the only and all-sufficient Saviour.

"If man is so wicked with religion, imagine what he'd be like without it?" "Theology  is the study of what God has said; Science is the study of what God has done—Jesus Christ is the result." "Unbelief is not a matter of the intelligence, but of the will." "It is better to live for Christ than wished you had!" "The name of Jesus is the lever that lifts the world."

5. Of God's Purposes of Grace:
We believe that God's eternal purposes, by which He graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners is called Election.  That being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it understands that election is the means of connection with God to the end; that it is a most glorious display of God's sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy and unchangeable; that it utterly excludes boasting and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of his free mercy; that it is the foundation of Christian assurance; and that it demands and deserves our utmost diligence.

"Life is tragic for the person who has plenty to live on but nothing to live for." "Feel sorry for the those who spend their lives doing only what they can." "Life is interesting when you begin to do what you can't." "God owes it to nobody to stop justice taking it's course. But every day God makes silk purses out of sows ears. "

6. Of Sanctification:
We believe that sanctification is the process by which, according to the Will of God, we are made partakers of His holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer, the Comforter, and in the continual use of the appointed means, especially the Word of God, self examination, self denial, watchfulness and prayer.

"Some people  have just enough religion to make them decent, but not enough to make them happy." "It is better to so live that critics become Christian than to live so that Christians become critics." "The Christian is not ruined by living in the world, but by the world living in him. The place for the ship is in the ocean, but pity the ship when the ocean gets into it." "Salvation is  wholly God's work;  sanctification is also mine." "He does not believe that does not live according to his belief." "God has no favourites, but he does have intimates."

7. Of the Perseverance of Saints:
We believe that such only are true believers as those who endure to the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare and that they are kept by the power of God through faith and salvation.

"Perseverance is failing nineteen times and succeeding the 20th." "Christianity is not just Christ in you; but Christ living His life through you." "We've a lot of people today with their dispensations all right and their dispositions all wrong." "God is more interested in making us what we ought to be rather than in giving us what we think we ought to have."

8. Of the Harmony of the Law and the Gospel:
We believe that the law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of moral government; that it is holy, just and good; and that the inability which the Scriptures ascribes to fallen men to fulfil its precepts arises entirely from mans love to sin; but to deliver and restore them through a Mediator by transparent obedience to the holy law. This is the purpose of the Gospel and the means of Grace in and through God's working with the church, both visible and invisible.

"Christianity has not been tested and found wanting;  It has been inconvenient and not tried." "The church was never meant to be a deepfreeze for the preservation of piety; it was intended to be a furnace to fan the flames of faith." "The world has many religions, but it has only one Gospel."

9. Of the Christian Church:
We believe that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptised believers gathered together from the eternal and invisible Body of Christ worldwide, associated by a solemn covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws and exercising the gifts, right and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its only Scriptural officers are bishops or pastors and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are defined in the Epistles of Timothy and Titus. We believe these divinely appointed officers of the visible New Testament Church on the earth are commissioned by Scripture to manage and promote the purposes of the church through common counsel and decision of the body.

"The Church is looking for better methods, God is looking for better men." "When a man says the church seats are too hard and uncomfortable, then goes to sit for hours in a drizzle watching 22 men pushing one  another back and forth across a muddy paddock—who is he kidding?" "I  would rather fail in a cause that will someday triumph, than succeed in a cause that will someday fail." Cynic: 'I could have made a better world than this!" Sage:"That is why God put you here!"

10. Of Baptism and the Lord's Supper:
We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer in the Name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Spirit;  to show forth in solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Saviour, with its influence in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of church relations; and to the Lord's Supper, in which the members participate in both.

"Coming together is beginning; keeping together is progress; thinking together is unity; working together is success." "What a difference it makes to the outcome when our service to people is an act of worship to God first?" "The church by the sacred use of bread and wine are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination."

11. Of the Christian Sabbath:
We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord's Day, or Christian Sabbath, and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes, by abstaining from sinful recreation, by the devout observance of all the means of Grace both private and public; and by preparation for that rest that remains for the people of God.

"We should give God the same place in our heart as he holds in the universe." "Give to God what is right not left."

12. Of Civil Government:
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interest and good order of human society; and that magistrates, judges and officers of the courts are to be prayed for, conscientiously honoured and obeyed, except only in things opposed to the written Word of God and the Will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience and the Prince of the governments of the earth.

"Religion consists of Credenda, things to be believed, and Agenda, things to be done." "To educate a man in mind but not in morals is to educate a menace." "Sometimes a nation abolishes God; but God is more tolerant." "Man will either be governed by God or ruled by tyrants." "When a society grants the freedom to propagate perversity it soon denies the freedom to practice decency."

13. Of the Righteous and the Wicked:
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the Name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in his eye; and all such as continue in unrepentant unbelief are in His sight wicked, and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men, both in and after death.

"Even sinners admire righteousness; that's why they try to imitate it." "The great enemy of faith in God is the one who says God is alive then acts as if He were dead."

14. Of the World to Come:
We believe that the end of this world is approaching; that in the last day Christ will descend from heaven and raise the dead from the grave to final retribution; that a solemn separation will take place; that the wicked will be judged to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy; and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness.

"When the devil reminds me of my past, I remind him of his future." "We should live like Jesus was born yesterday, walks on earth today and is coming again tomorrow."

15. Of Fellowship with the Body of Christ on the Earth:
We believe in the presence of the Body of Christ upon the earth through the working of the Holy Spirit, and in the presence and activity of a visible church. We believe it is the believer's duty and privilege to fellowship with, encourage and support the visible church and it's mission on the earth, according to Jesus' Commission in the Gospels, and the believer to be encouraged and corrected by it. We believe it is the order of the believer to support the church and it's members in teaching, administration and outreach to the lost. We believe that the true believer will find his most solemn support and encouragement by practical association and membership with the visible church upon the earth, and fulfilling it's purposes.

"The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it but what they become by it." "A great task of the church is get sinners into heaven and saints out of bed." "Things get better in spite of our best efforts to improve them."

16. Of the Mission of the Church:
We believe the mission of the church is first called to win the lost. Without   seeking to win the lost to the Lord Jesus Christ, and discipling them, the visible church may eventually perish.   Fellowship in the physical church on earth is one of mankind's grandest human blessings.

"Lord, I ask not that you promise to bless what I do, but that I will do what you promised to bless." "Time, abilities, material possessions and talents are a trust from God to be used in His service." "God will forgive those who start late in life, but He will not forgive those who quit early." "The Gospel is not something to go to Church to hear, but to go from the Church to tell." "Every life without God is a missionfield; every life with God is a missionary." "Witnessing is not just what a Christian says, but what a Christian is." "Translate our resolutions into definite deeds, or else we may forget them." "The greater use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts it." "Service is the rent we pay on the space we occupy."

Rev. Les Nixon

This text was published in a four-page leaflet with graphics and layout, available upon request.

   
         
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