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What we believe

God

There is one God, who created all things, who exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit — The Trinity.

Jesus

The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. As a man he lived a life of perfect love towards God and towards his neighbour. On the cross he died in the place of human sinners, bearing God's punishment for their sin. He rose bodily from the dead on the third day.

He ascended into heaven where he now reigns in glory with the Father. He is the only mediator between God and man. He will return some day in glory, bringing judgement on evil and welcoming his people into eternal joy.

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of God. He has been sent from heaven to bring glory to Jesus and to enable human beings to live in a relationship with God by bringing them to spiritual birth through repentance and faith in Christ. He lives in all believers, bringing assurance of salvation, producing increasing likeness to Christ and empowering and equipping them for worship, ministry and mission.

The Human Race

All people are created in the image of God and possess inherent (and equal) dignity and worth. Our ultimate purpose is to know and love God and to be with him eternally. However, the human race has rebelled against God and committed wrongdoing (sin).

As a result we have all become spiritually dead, guilty, and estranged from God. We therefore need to turn away from all wrong, to come to spiritual life through new birth, to be forgiven and reconciled to God. This is 'salvation'.

Salvation

Salvation is brought about by God alone. It cannot be earned or deserved. We enter into salvation as we contritely seek God's forgiveness, turn away from all wrong and put our trust in Jesus as the one who has paid the penalty that our sin deserves. We are then reconciled to God, adopted into his family, and receive eternal life.

The Bible

God has revealed himself in the Bible. Its human authors were so led by the Holy Spirit that the Bible is fully trustworthy, and is the final and sufficient authority in all matters of faith and conduct.