Statement of Faith
God and humanity:
We hold that the Lord our God is One - Father, Son and Holy Spirit and that he fulfils his sovereign purposes - in creation, revelation, redemption, judgement and the coming of his kingdom - by calling out from the world a people, united to himself and to each other in love.
We acknowledge that God made us in his own likeness and image, conferring on us dignity and worth and enabling us to respond to himself. We are now part of a fallen world; we have sinned and fallen short of his glory.
We believe that the Father has shown us his love in giving Jesus Christ, his only Son, for us. Through our sinfulness and guilt, we were subject to his wrath and condemnation. He has shown his grace by putting sinners right with himself when they place their trust in his Son.
We confess Jesus Christ as Lord and God; as truly human, born of the virgin Mary; as Servant, sinless, full of grace and truth; as only Mediator and Saviour, dying on the cross in our place, representing us to God, redeeming us from the grip, guilt and punishment of sin; as Victor over Satan and all his forces, rising from death with a glorious body, being taken up to be with his Father.
We believe in the personal and bodily return of Jesus Christ, who will come again in glory to fulfil the establishment of his everlasting kingdom. He will judge righteously all people, both living and dead. All people, both the living and the dead will be judged by God with justice and righteousness. He will decide each person's eternal destiny.
We believe in the Holy Spirit who convicts the world of guilt in regard to sin, righteousness and judgement; who makes the death of Christ effective to sinners, declaring that they must turn to Christ in repentance, and directing their trust towards the Lord Jesus Christ; who through the new birth enables us to enjoy the life of the risen Christ. He is present within all believers, illuminating their minds to grasp the truth of Scripture, producing in them his fruit, granting to them his gifts, and empowering them for his service in the world.
We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures are God-breathed, since their writers spoke from God as they were moved by the Holy Spirit; hence they are fully trustworthy in all that they affirm; they are our highest authority for faith and life. We acknowledge that the Bible is the inspired Word of God through which God the Holy Spirit speaks to us for correction, exhortation, instruction and direction in our lives.
The Church and its Mission:
We recognise the Church as the body of Christ, held together and growing up in him; both as a total fellowship throughout the world, and as the local congregation in which believers gather.
We acknowledge the commission of Christ to proclaim the Good News to all people, making them disciples, and teaching them to obey him.
We acknowledge the command of Christ to love our neighbours, resulting in service to the church and society, in seeking reconciliation for all with God and their fellow men and women, in proclaiming liberty from every kind of oppression and in spreading Christ‘s justice in an unjust world...
...until he comes again