What we believe

  1. Along with Christians all over the world, we believe the Bible is God’s message to the world he created. Through studying the Bible we can truly come to know God and to know ourselves. So everything we do as a church is an attempt to listen to what God says in the Bible and then respond to it appropriately.

  2. We believe the central message of the Bible is simple enough to be summed up in a few lines: When God created this world it was “good”, but human beings have rebelled against God (the Bible calls this “sin”) and the results of this rebellion can be seen all around us – war, famine, disease, death, selfishness and broken relationships with our fellow humans and with God himself. This situation is humanity’s fault, not God’s (and we all contribute to it), yet God has not abandoned us. Although we deserve punishment for our rebellion against God, he sent his Son Jesus to take that punishment himself – so that we wouldn’t have to. Jesus took our punishment when he died on a cross. Everyone who admits to their sin and relies on what Jesus has done is forgiven for their rebellion and begins a new life – living for God (as we were created to live) and is assured of life with God after this life is over.

  3. Our church services are centred on the Bible and its message. The songs we sing express truths found in the Bible, and about half of each service is taken up with a sermon which tries to explain what the Bible says and show how it applies to our lives.

  4. Everyone is welcome! We are respectful of those who do not share our beliefs but are interested in finding out more. Of course we hope that all our visitors will come to believe in what the Bible calls the “good news” about Jesus, put their trust in him and begin a new life free from guilt and shame. However, we are well aware that no can be forced to believe – so we would be pleased to talk to you and try to answer any questions you might have, but if you only want to visit and leave we understand – we believe the Bible’s message is clear and we are happy to let it speak for itself.

For a more detailed explanation of what we believe, please see our statement of faith below.

Our basis of faith

  1. GOD There is one God, who exists eternally in three distinct but equal persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is unchangeable in his holiness, justice, wisdom and love. He is the almighty Creator, Saviour and Judge who sustains and governs all things according to his sovereign will for his own glory.

  2. THE BIBLE God has revealed himself in the Bible, which consists of the Old and New Testaments alone. Every word was inspired by God through human authors, so that the Bible as originally given is in it’s entirety the Word of God, without error and fully reliable in fact and doctrine. The Bible alone speaks with final authority and is always sufficient for all matters of belief and practice.

  3. THE HUMAN RACE All men and women, being created in the image of God, have inherent and equal dignity and worth. Their greatest purpose is to obey, worship and love God. As a result of the fall of our first parents, when tempted by Satan, the devil, every aspect of human nature has been corrupted and all men and women are without spiritual life, guilty sinners and hostile to God. Every person is therefore under the just condemnation of God and needs to be born again, forgiven and reconciled to God in order to know and please him.

  4. THE LORD JESUS CHRIST The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and lived a sinless life in obedience to the Father. He taught with authority and all his words are true. On the cross he died in the place of sinners, bearing God’s punishment for their sin, redeeming them by his blood. He rose from the dead and in his resurrection body ascended into heaven where he is exalted as Lord of all. He intercedes for his people in the presence of the Father.

  5. SALVATION Salvation is entirely a work of God’s grace and cannot be earned or deserved. It has been accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ and is offered to all in the gospel. God in his love forgives sinners whom he calls, granting them repentance and faith. All who believe in Christ are justified by faith alone, adopted into the family of God and receive eternal life.

  6. THE HOLY SPIRIT The Holy Spirit has been sent from heaven to glorify Christ and to apply his work of salvation. He convicts sinners, imparts spiritual life and gives a true understanding of the Scriptures. He indwells all believers, brings assurance of salvation and produces increasing likeness to Christ. He builds up the Church and empowers its members for worship, service and mission.

  7. THE CHURCH The universal Church is the body of which Christ is the head and to which all who are saved belong. It is made visible in local churches, which are congregations of believers who are committed to each other for the worship of God, the preaching of the Word, the administering of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, for pastoral care and discipline, and for evangelism. The unity of the body of Christ is expressed within and between churches by mutual love, care and encouragement. True fellowship between churches exists only where they are faithful to the gospel.

  8. BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER Baptism and the Lord’s Supper have been given to the churches by Christ as visible signs of the gospel. Baptism is a symbol of union with Christ and entry into his Church but does not impart spiritual life. The Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of Christ’s sacrifice offered once for all and involves no change in the bread and wine. All its blessings are received by faith.

  9. SEXUAL INTIMACY is a gift from God and is to be enjoyed exclusively within the context of marriage. Marriage is, by definition, heterosexual and between one man and one woman. Marriage ultimately serves as a type of the union between Christ and his Church.

  10. THE FUTURE The Lord Jesus Christ will return in glory. He will raise the dead and judge the world in righteousness. The wicked will be sent to eternal punishment and the righteous will be welcomed into a life of eternal joy in fellowship with God. God will make all things new and will be glorified forever.