Our Statement of Belief
God is Almighty, Eternal, and Unchanging. He is just and holy, gracious and merciful. He is the Maker and Ruler of all things and deserving of all praise and glory for ever.
God’s greatness and holiness are such that, without His aid, man can neither understand God nor find the way to a right relationship with Him. In His mercy, however, God has made Himself known. He has done this, partially, through Creation, but explicitly through the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. We therefore accept all that was written in the Bible as not merely containing, but being, the inspired and infallible Word of God and the final and sufficient authority in all matters of Christian faith and life.
God alone can deal with an individual’s sin and bring about a reconciliation to Himself. To achieve this, God became man in Jesus Christ. Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless human life and taught entirely without error. He suffered and died in the place of sinners, bearing their sin, and removes from believers, for ever, sin’s lasting consequences.
God, in His grace, forgives and reconciles to Himself all who turn to Him in true repentance and who trust in Christ’s atoning death. God imputes to them the righteousness of Christ Himself, and adopts them as His own children.
God the Holy Spirit must work in a man or woman before he / she can enter into salvation. He leads the sinner into an awareness of his / her sinfulness, and brings him / her to repentance and trust in Christ. He brings to birth in him / her a new and eternal life, and, by His continuing work, develops in this new life the fruits of love and holiness.
Each local Church is a fellowship of believers gathered by Christ. Through Him, it has direct access to God and enjoys fellowship with other assemblies of His people, in a unity which transcends all barriers.