Our Statement of Faith

Foundations

There is one God consisting of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (2 Cor 13:14), which Christians refer to as the Trinity. The Scriptures, of the Old and New Testaments, are divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit (2 Tim 3:16), are without error, and reveal that God created heaven and earth and all things contained in it (Gen 1:1). It shows that God is fully involved in His creation, revealing and demonstrating His attributes, which include His love, mercy, and justice.

The scriptures were penned by forty authors over approximately 1500 years. These scriptures give final authority for the Christian life, doctrine, and practice (2 Tim 3:16-17). The church believes in the absolute deity and the full humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God; that He was born of a virgin (Matt 1:23), lived a sinless life (1 Peter 2:22), performed miracles, was tried and falsely accused (Luke 23 ff), and died by crucifixion (John 19:18), taking upon Himself the judgement of God for our sins (1 Peter 2:24). He rose from the dead on the third day (1 Cor 15:4), demonstrating the salvation of all believers, and He ascended back into heaven (Acts 1:9-12) and now sits at God’s right-hand mediating for us (Rom 8:34).

Christian Life

Scripture teaches that humanity was created perfect but, tempted by Satan, humanity disobeyed God and thereby brought the whole human race under the condemnation of eternal separation from God (Gen 3). However, through the redemptive power of Jesus’ death and subsequent resurrection, individuals can be saved from the guilt and power of sin and from its eternal consequences by putting their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:16-17) and becoming believers (Christians), justified only by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ. Christians should also follow the charge of the Lord Jesus and be baptised in water by full immersion, as He demonstrated (Mark 16:16).

Scripture teaches about the absolute deity and personality of the Holy Spirit, who dwells in all Christians from the moment of their conversion. He declares believers as holy and illuminates their understanding (Eph 1:17-18). He also has gifts, both natural and supernatural, to distribute as He wills to build up the body of Christ – the Church, and to help build the Kingdom of God through personal witness and using the gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 12).

Christians are known as the priesthood of believers (1 Peter 2:9) and are members of the body of Christ. As such we should meet regularly (Heb 10:25) for fellowship, worship, Bible teaching and prayer and take part in communion, otherwise known as the Lord’s Supper (1 Cor 11:17-27), remembering what Jesus accomplished for us on the cross, until He returns. We should also demonstrate the commandment that Jesus gave us to love one another as he loved us (John 13.34).

Eternal Hope

Scripture teaches that the Lord Jesus Christ, in fulfilment of prophecy, will personally return in power and glory to judge the living and the dead (2 Tim 4:1) and that His kingdom will have no end (Luke 1:26-38). And that after the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, Christians will enjoy eternity in God’s presence for ever and ever (John 3:16).

 

 

 

Revised December 2023