OUR BELIEFS

 

We base everything we believe on the Bible. We believe that the Bible is the only true message from God and was inspired by Him and written down by faithful people (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21).

God

 

We believe there is only one God, the Father, who created the world and has an amazing purpose for it (Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Timothy 2:5). The Holy Spirit is God's power by which He carries out His purpose (Luke 1:35; Acts 10:38).

Jesus

We believe that Jesus is the Son of God. However, he was born as a human being - the son of Mary his mother (Matthew 3:17; Galatians 4:4). Jesus overcame all temptation and then died a sacrificial death to save his followers from sin and death and reunite them with God (Romans 8:3; Hebrews 2:14). Jesus was raised from the dead by God. He ascended into heaven and will return to the earth again (Acts 1:3; Mark 16:19).

The Kingdom of God

We believe that when he returns, Jesus will be King over a renewed earth. He will reign over the whole world, bringing an end to global problems and suffering (Luke 1:32-33; Isaiah 9:6-7). He will raise the dead and give eternal life to those who have been faithful (John 5:28-29; Daniel 12:2). His followers will help him to bring peace and righteousness to all people (Luke 22:29-30; Isaiah 32:17).

Human nature

 

We believe that the source of evil is our sinful human nature, which is in opposition to God. The devil is not a supernatural being, but another name for our sinful nature (James 1:14; Hebrews 2:14). The Bible teaches that the punishment for sin is death (Romans 6:23). When a person dies they have no consciousness. They sleep in death to be awakened by Jesus when he returns (Psalm 146:4; Ecclesiastes 9:5-6).

Salvation

 

To be saved, we need to believe in God's promises in Jesus Christ and to repent (change our attitude of mind and way of life) (John 3:16; Hebrews 11:6). We are saved not through anything we do, but by God's grace made available to us because of Jesus' sacrifice. However, we need to respond to God's grace by being baptised into Christ by full immersion in water. We also need to try to follow the example of Jesus in our own lives (Acts 2:38; Mark 12:29-31 and 16:16).

Walking together in Christ

 

Jesus taught his followers to love one another, and we seek to do this as a church community by caring for one another in practical ways (John 13:34-35; Galatians 6:2). We try to encourage one another in following the example of Jesus, and every week we share bread and wine together as a way of remembering the power of Jesus' death and resurrection in our lives today (Mark 14:22-25).

Facing Life's Big Questions? The Bible has the answers 

Visit the Life's Big Questions website to see reasons to trust the Bible, and how it can help us in our lives.

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