beliefs

brief summary

What We Believe

About God…

There is one living and true God, the maker and preserver of all things.  In this Godhead there are three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

About The Son…

The Son was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.

Jesus suffered, was crucified, dead and buried.

Jesus rose victorious from the dead and ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of God the Father and will return to judge all people.

About The Holy Spirit…

The Holy Spirit is the administrator of the salvation planned by the Father and provided by the Son’s death, resurrection and ascension.

The Holy Spirit is poured out upon the church by the Father and the Son.

About The Scriptures…

The Bible is God’s written Word, uniquely inspired by the Holy Spirit.

The Bible has authority over all human life.

The Old Testament is not contrary to the New, both bear witness to God’s salvation in Christ and speak of God’s will for His people.

The New Testament fulfills and interprets the Old Testament.

About Humankind…

God created human beings in His own image, innocent, morally free and responsible to choose between good and evil, right and wrong.

By the sin of Adam, humans are from birth inclined to sin.

God’s law for all human life is expressed in two divine commandments: Love the Lord God with all your heart, and love others as yourself.

Good works cannot save us from our sins nor God’s judgment.

About The Church…

The church is created by God, is the people of God and exists to fulfill the purposes of God and exists to fulfill the purposes of God.  

Public worship and prayer and the administration of the sacraments should be in a language understood by the people.

Water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the sacraments commanded by Christ.

Baptism is a declaration of our faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour. 

About Salvation…

Christ offered once and for all the one perfect sacrifice for the sins of the whole world.

We have a new life in Christ.  

We have been freed from the guilt and penalty of our sin.  We are born again in Christ.  

We are children of God. 

God sets us free to love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love our neighbour as ourselves. 

By repentance before God, forgiveness is given and our relationship with Christ restored. 

About Last Things…  

The Kingdom of God is now and also the future.  

The return of Christ is certain. 

The dead will be resurrected.  

God will judge the world. 

Our eternal destiny is determined by God’s grace and our response to this free gift.