The page “Who are we?” gave a brief outline of some of our beliefs but here we go into more detail on a wider range of subjects.
In common with other evangelical believers we hold fast to the founding principle of the 16th century Protestant Reformation that Holy Scripture, the Bible, is to be our sole authority for both faith and conduct.
To summarise the entire teaching of the Bible on this web site would be impossible but others have in the past made great efforts to produce a short outline of the major teachings of historic Christianity, to which we hold firmly. Here first is a short summary, and then a longer one, but again we must stress that ultimate authority rests with the Holy Scriptures and not with any summary statement of faith, however helpful these may be.
- God is the originator of the entire universe, and our maker;
- The Bible is God’s Word to mankind;
- Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God; he was born at Bethlehem and lived a perfect life
- He died for our sins on the cross outside Jerusalem, voluntarily taking punishment from God that we deserved;
- God raised him back to life from the grave, and he is alive today in heaven;
- God loves us and promises eternal life to those who seek his forgiveness by faith in Jesus Christ;
- We can never deserve God’s mercy; forgiveness is his gracious free gift for us to accept in faith;
- One day we will all stand before God and answer for our lives and our attitude to his Son.
A useful longer summary in a more formal style is the Basis of Faith published by the UK Evangelical Alliance, a body serving more than 1.5 million evangelical Christians in many different denominations as well as in independent churches like ourselves.
We believe in…
- 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—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.