What we believe

We affirm and proclaim the foundational truths of the historic orthodox Christian faith as revealed in Holy Scripture. We believe in:

1    The Bible

The inspiration, inerrancy and infallibility of God’s word, the Bible, as originally given by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Scripture has been faithfully preserved by God’s Spirit, and so is both vital and clear, and all Christians must submit both individually and corporately to its supreme authority and sufficiency in every matter of belief and conduct.

Passages for study: Psalm 19; Matthew 5:17

2    God

The existence of one eternal and unchangeable God, the Holy Trinity, Creator and Lord of the universe who, in the unity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit – three Persons who are the same in substance, and equal in power and glory – governs all things according to His will, and is accomplishing his purposes in the world and in the church.

Passages for study: Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Corinthians 8:4

3    The Human Race

The inherent value of all human beings, made by God in His own image, and their sinfulness and guilt since the fall of Adam. This has rendered them unable to do right and subject to God’s wrath and condemnation, and has resulted in their alienation from Him, from one another and from His creation, yet he continues to show kindness to all he has made.

Passages for study: Genesis 6:5; Genesis 8:21; Psalm 51; Jeremiah 17:9,10; Matthew 15:17

4      God the Father

The God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ who is holy, righteous, and full of grace, mercy, compassion and love. He wishes that a free and sincere offer of his gospel be made to all people everywhere, that they may come to Him by faith in His Son and have eternal life. Those he loves in Christ Jesus, He unconditionally chooses, predestines to be conformed to the likeness of His Son, calls, justifies, sanctifies and glorifies.

Passages for study: Exodus 34:5

5      The Lord Jesus Christ

The essential, absolute and eternal deity of the Lord Jesus Christ; His eternal pre-existence and glory as the Son of God; His conception by Mary of the Holy Spirit; His virgin birth; His real but sinless humanity; His voluntary humiliation and obedience, culminating in His death as a sacrifice for sin; His bodily resurrection from the dead on the third day; His ascension into heaven; His continuing ministry as Prophet, Priest and King; and His coming again in power and glory.

Passages for study: John 1:1

6      Salvation

Salvation from the guilt, penalty and all consequences of sin solely through the work of Jesus Christ – His perfect obedience, penal substitutionary death, bodily resurrection and exaltation as Lord. He alone is truly God and truly man, and therefore the only mediator between God and humanity, uniquely able to save completely those who come to God through Him. There is salvation through no other person, creed, process or power.

Passages for study: Rom 3:21-26, 2 Cor 5:21, John 14:1-6, Heb 7:25, Galatians 3:10-13, 1 Cor 15:1-11

7      Justification

The justification of sinners entirely through the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to them and of the guilt and penalty of their sin to Him. It is appropriated by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.

Passages for study: Romans 3:21

8      The Holy Spirit

The necessity and sufficiency of the work of the Holy Spirit for the individual’s new birth to repentance and faith, union with Christ, assurance and growth to maturity, and for the church’s continuous renewal in truth, unity, wisdom, faith, holiness, love, power and mission.

Passages for study: 1 Corinthians 2:12

9      The Church

The universal church, the body of which Christ is the head, to which all who are saved belong. Its existence reveals God’s ultimate purpose to bring everything together under Christ. It is made visible both in local congregations and in the wider communion of those who profess the true faith. It comprises a people called to declare the praise of the God who saved them, to contend for the faith once delivered to the saints, and to proclaim the gracious offer of salvation to those who are lost.

Passages for study: 1 Corinthians 12, 1 Peter 2:4-10, Jude 1:3

10    Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

Central to the life of the local church is the kind provision of the Lord Jesus Christ in Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.  Christ has given baptism and the Lord’s Supper to the churches as visible signs of the Gospel. The baptism of believers 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 and His sacrifice offered once for all and involves no change in the bread and wine. All its blessings are received by faith.

Passages for study: Matt 28:18-20, Acts 2:38-39, 1 Cor 12:13, Rom 6:1-3, 1 Cor 11:17-34

11    Church Unity

The unity of the body of Christ, as expressed within and between local churches by mutual love, care, encouragement and corporate action in the service of the Lord Jesus Christ. True fellowship between churches exists only where they are faithful to the apostolic gospel.

Passages for study: Philippians 4:14-20, 1 John 4:1-3

12    The Future

The personal and visible return in glory of the Lord Jesus Christ, in order to raise the dead (bodily) and bring salvation and judgement to final completion. He will grant eternal life to those who have believed the gospel, and consign those who have not to everlasting punishment in hell. God will then fully establish His kingdom in new heavens and a new earth, from which evil and evildoers, suffering and death will be excluded, and in which He will be glorified forever.

Passages for study: Matthew 25:31