The basis of our faith

The church upholds the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith, in particular that:-

  • there is one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Holy Trinity
  • Holy Scripture is divinely inspired and has final authority over us
  • God created the universe for His own glory; since the fall, the universe has been subjected to death
  • God created humanity in His own image; since our rebellion and fall, all people are subject to God’s wrath and condemnation
  • our Lord Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary, and is truly God, and truly man. He was sinless in His character, and perfect in His obedience to the Father
  • we are redeemed from our sins only through our Lord Jesus Christ’s death in our place. Through His death, Christ showed us God’s love, satisfied God’s justice, and appeased God’s wrath once and for all time, on behalf of sinners
  • our Lord Jesus Christ was resurrected bodily from death, and ascended into Heaven, where He now reigns
  • the work of the Holy Spirit is necessary to grant us spiritual life, to sanctify us and to empower us to serve God
  • true spiritual life begins with repentance from sin and saving faith in Jesus Christ, which are gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • the Christian church is the universal body of all who are in Christ from every generation, and is expressed in each local congregation of believers
  • there are two sacraments or ordinances, which are believer’s baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper or communion
  • the future visible and personal return of our Lord Jesus Christ is certain
  • the redeemed will inherit eternal life and the unsaved will be eternally lost.