Basis of Faith

We believe that:

God – who is eternally Father, Son and Holy Spirit – created from nothing everything that exists. Every human being is accountable to Him.

God has spoken through the Bible, which is the trustworthy record of His message to mankind, and our ultimate authority in all matters of life and faith.

All people fall short of God’s moral perfection and violate his standards and values. Our sin alienates us from God and places us under his judgement.

In Jesus, God became man. Jesus’ death and resurrection offer the one and only basis for the forgiveness of sins, reconciliation with God and the gift of eternal life.

All of these gifts of grace are received on the basis of personal trust in Christ and commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord.

Christian baptism by immersion celebrates God’s grace to us in Jesus; it expresses decisive personal faith in the life of the person baptised; and it affirms our belonging, both to the church of Jesus Christ in the world and within the life of a particular church fellowship.

God sends his Holy Spirit into the life of each Christian believer to illuminate our understanding of his word and ways, to empower us to develop Christ-like character and to equip us to serve Him in the church and world.

Through the Holy Spirit, and on the basis of all that Christ has done for us, each Christian has a direct personal relationship with the Father, and a part to play both in the ministry of the church and in sharing our faith with those who are not yet Christians.

Jesus Christ will one day return to earth in glory, to judge the world, to renew creation and to complete the work he has begun in us.