What We Believe
Though we are a new Church, what we believe isn’t new. We consider it extremely important that we believe what the Christian Church has always believed from the beginning. Consequently, we are always working to ensure what we believe and what we do comes under the authority of Jesus Christ, as revealed in the Bible. The Bible, the word of God, is our supreme authority on all matters.
We are also in the process of applying to be part of the Evangelical Alliance and fully agree with their statement of faith.
- The one true God who lives eternally in three persons the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
- The love, grace and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world.
- The divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of God’s fully trustworthy for faith and conduct.
- The dignity of all people, made male and female in God’s image to love, be holy and care for creation, yet corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgement.
- The incarnation of God’s eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ born of the virgin Mary; truly divine and truly human, yet without sin.
- The atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, so reconciling us with God.
- The bodily resurrection of Christ, the first fruits of our resurrection; his ascension to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only Saviour of the world.
- The justification of sinners solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ.
- The ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness.
- The Church, the body of Christ both local and universal, the priesthood of all believers given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit’s gifts to worship God and proclaim the gospel, promoting justice and love.
- The personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to fulfil the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgement, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heaven and new earth.
For a more detailed understanding of our beliefs, we hold to the foundational creeds (The Apostles Creed, The Nicene Creed, The Chalcedonian Creed and The Athanasian Creed), all written in the early centuries of the Church.
We also agree with The Heidelberg Catechism (with the exception of Question 74 on baptism – we believe in Believer’s baptism). The Question and Answer format is a simple and beautiful way of explaining the central truths of Christianity.