Statement of Faith

1. God
There is one God, who exists eternally in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is perfect and unchanging in His character. He is the Almighty Creator, Saviour and Judge who controls everything for His own glory. God is love, and has demonstrated that love supremely in sending His Son into the world.

2. The Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and lived a sinless life in obedience to God the Father. He taught with authority and all His words are true. He died on a cross in our place, bearing God’s punishment for our sin, redeeming us by His blood. He rose from the dead and, in His resurrection body, went into heaven, where He now intercedes for us and is exalted as Lord of all.

3. The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is fully God. He brings glory to the Lord Jesus Christ, convinces people of their wrongdoing, and by living in Christians He empowers them to become more like the Lord Jesus.

4. The Bible
God has revealed Himself in the Bible, which consists of the Old and New Testaments alone. Every word of the Bible, as originally given, has been spoken by God. It is, therefore, without error, fully reliable, and the supreme and final authority in faith and life. It shows us the way to God.

5. The Human Race
Everyone is made in the image of God, and therefore has equal dignity and worth. Our greatest purpose is to obey, worship and love God. However, as a result of disobedience by the parents of the human race, every aspect of human nature has been corrupted. Everyone is therefore without spiritual life, a sinner by nature and by choice, and faces the Judgement of God who is holy.

6. Salvation
Salvation cannot be earned or deserved: it is the free gift of God. He made it available through the death of the Lord Jesus Christ. We must turn from our sin and trust in Jesus Christ in order to receive the benefits of salvation. These include forgiveness, being credited with the righteousness of Christ, a restored relationship with God, the gift of the Holy Spirit, adoption into God’s family, and eternal life.

7. Church
The church is the company of people who belong to the Lord Jesus Christ. It exists to reveal the glory of God. The church draws its life and direction from the Lord Jesus Christ. It is therefore an organism and not just an organization. Churches form locally as believers meet together to worship God, to encourage one another in their spiritual lives, and to serve their community. Obedience to the Word of God requires us to preach, evangelise, baptise, celebrate communion, and pray for all. All members of the church are equal and should use their varied gifts to work together in love and unity.

8. The Future
The Lord Jesus will come a second time. The dead will be raised. Believers in the Lord Jesus will enter into everlasting joy in fellowship with God. All unbelievers, whether living or dead, will be judged and suffer eternal punishment. God will make all things new and be glorified forever.

 

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