What We Believe

We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God. We accept it as the supreme authority for faith and behaviour, and so we believe:

1.         The Trinity

In one God who exists forever in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit; who governs all things according to his will.

2.         The Father

In God the Father, who made heaven and earth and everything in them, who is holy and just, faithful and loving, and who sent his Son into the world that the world might be saved through him.

3.         The Lord Jesus Christ

In the Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, who lived without sin yet died on the cross for the sins of the world, who was raised from the dead and went up into heaven, who is crowned with glory and honour and seated at God’s right hand.

4.         The Holy Spirit

In the Holy Spirit, and the Baptism of the Spirit, who brings to people conviction of sin, repentance and new life, who lives in Christians, and who empowers them for holy living and to take part in the life of the Church.

5.         Mankind

That mankind was made in God’s image, male and female, to know God’s blessings. That the first man and woman were tempted by the devil and disobeyed God, and that all people have been sinful and subject to God’s judgement and condemnation.

6.         Salvation

That it is necessary to turn from sin and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ in order to receive God’s forgiveness and his Holy Spirit and to be saved from his judgement. Salvation is the gift of God through Christ alone.

7.         The Church

That by faith and the Holy Spirit all Christians are joined to Christ and to each other, and comprise his Church, the Body of Christ.

8.         The Commission

That the Lord Jesus Christ commanded the church to preach the gospel to the whole world.

9.         Spiritual Gifts and Ministries

That Christ continues to give many gifts of the Holy Spirit to his Church, including those described at 1 Corinthians 12 v8-10 and the ministries of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers.

10.       Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

In the baptism of believers by immersion in water, and the celebration of the Lord’s Supper until he comes again.

11.       The Future

That the Lord Jesus Christ will come again in power and glory to reign on earth, to destroy the devil, to raise the dead, and to judge all people. That the righteous will receive eternal blessing and the wicked eternal punishment. That there will be a new heaven and a new earth, free from evil and suffering, where God will live with his people.