What we believe – Foundations of our Faith


There is one true God who lives in three persons – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Deut. 6:4; Isa. 43:10,11; Mt. 28:19; Luke 3:22


God demonstrates his love, grace and sovereignty in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world.

Ps. 89:2; Ps. 136:7-9; Rom. 8:38-39; Heb. 1:3


All human beings (male and female alike) are created in God’s own likeness and therefore have inherent value and equality before God. Man’s sin and guilt since the fall have rendered us subject to God’s wrath and condemnation and have resulted in our alienation from God’s life, suppression of God’s truth and hostility to God’s law. God’s love desires all to come to repentance and to be reconciled rather than condemned.

Ps. 36:1; Jer 17:9


The Lord Jesus Christ was born of the virgin Mary; truly divine and truly human, yet without sin. He became the atoning sacrifice, shedding his blood and dying on the cross in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, so reconciling us to God. There is salvation through no other person, creed, process or power. Each sinner is justified before and reconciled to God by divine grace appropriated by faith alone. We believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ, his ascension to the Father and his reign and mediation as the only Saviour of the world.

Jn. 1:1-3; Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:10


God the Holy Spirit
leads us to repentance, and unites us with Christ through new birth. He empowers and indwells each believer, enabling our constant renewal in truth, wisdom, faith, holiness, love, ministry, power and mission.

Acts 1:4; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:4


The Salvation of mankind has been accomplished in the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.  The conditions or requirements for salvation are personal repentance toward God and personal faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Mk. 1:15; Mk. 3:19; Jn. 3:16

 

The Church is the Body of Christ, both local and universal, to which all true believers belong. We believe in the priesthood of the believer, and as such we are called to worship God forever, to proclaim the gospel and to promote justice and love. This calling is opposed by Satan, the enemy of God, who still works to frustrate God’s purpose. Through His death on the cross, Jesus Christ has deprived Satan of his power, a victory in which all believers, through faith, can share.

    

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We practice water baptism by immersion for all who repent of their sins and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, as instructed in Scripture.

 

We recognise the importance of regular participation in the Lord’s Supper, or Holy Communion, for those who have a living faith in Christ.  We do this as a memorial of the atoning work of Christ, and as a proclamation of his saving power.

 

Mt. 28:19; Mk. 16:15-16; Acts 1:8; Eph. 4:11-16; 1 Cor. 14:12; 1 Pet. 2:9; Acts 10:47; Rom. 6:4; 1 Cor 11:24-26


The Old and New Testament Scriptures are the written Word of God. They are divinely inspired, have supreme authority and are fully trustworthy for faith and conduct. As such we need to read, study and practically apply them in our daily lives.

2 Tim. 3:15-17; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21


We believe in the personal, visible and glorious return of Jesus Christ to fulfil the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgement, bringing eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost.

Jn. 14:3; Acts 1:10-11; Heb. 9:28; Phil. 3:20; Zech. 12:10; 2 Thess. 1:7; Col. 3:4; Rev. 1:7

 

God will then fully establish his kingdom and finish the new creation – a new heaven and a new earth from which all evil and evildoers, all suffering and death, will be excluded and in which God will be glorified for ever. All believers will enjoy eternal life, security and joy but for those who have rejected the claims of Jesus, together with the finally defeated Satan, there will be eternal condemnation and separation from God.

Ps. 102:25; Isa. 34:4; Isa. 51:6; Rom 8:22; 2 Pet.3:10,13