What we believe

About God

There is only one God, who exists in an eternal loving relationship of Father, Son and Spirit — one God in three persons.

God is sovereign in all things, including creation, revelation, redemption, judgement and the establishing of his kingdom.

As sovereign loving creator and redeemer, God deserves all glory, honour and praise.

About humanity

All people—men and women—are created in the image of God, and therefore enjoy a unique dignity in creation and a unique relationship with God.

Tragically, since the fall, all people are guilty of having turned away from God and human nature is thoroughly corrupted by sin. This makes everyone subject to God's righteous anger and condemnation. No one is able, without the prior regenerative work of God's Spirit, to turn themselves to God.

Marriage is a gift of God and is modelled on the union of Christ and His church. It is the voluntary, lifelong union of one man and one woman. God has ordained marriage to be the right context for sexual intimacy and the raising of children.

About the Bible

There is no other way to know God except that He reveals himself. 

The Bible is God’s revelation. It is God-breathed, without fault as originally written, and has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

The Bible is sufficient for knowing God. It is not only central to the wellbeing of the church but is able to thoroughly equip the Christian community for life and godliness.

About Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.

Jesus is both fully God and truly human. He entered completely into human experience. He endured temptation and He suffered and died. He was perfectly obedient to God His father.

Jesus took on himself the consequences of human sin. He died and was buried. On the third day He rose bodily from the dead, was seen by many witnesses, and is now exalted as ruler over all things.

Jesus will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.

About salvation

Salvation is entirely the gracious gift of God and cannot be earned or deserved. It is accomplished through the atoning death, once for all time, of Jesus Christ. 

Jesus is our representative and substitute, and the only mediator between God and sinners. 

By Christ's death God's anger is turned aside, people are redeemed from sin and death, and declared to be righteous in God's sight.

This salvation is offered in the gospel and received by turning to God from sin and trusting in Jesus Christ. The work of the Holy Spirit is necessary to make the death of Jesus effective in an individual's life.

All Christians enjoy the blessing of union with Christ and secure relationship with God, while awaiting the final consummation of their hope with the return of Christ, the resurrection of their bodies and eternal life with Him.

About the Spirit in the believer's life

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son.

He personally indwells all true believers, enabling us to call on God as our Father and Jesus as our Lord.

The Holy Spirit brings glory to Jesus Christ, thus making Jesus Christ central in all things.

God’s Spirit enables people to grasp the truth of the Bible and brings them to faith and repentance.

He works in these people to transform them into Christ’s likeness producing in them godly fruit, granting them God’s gifts and empowering them for God’s service.

About the people of God

The Lord Jesus Christ builds the church, his people, through the proclamation of Christ and the teaching of his word.

All who have been saved through the work of Christ are members of his church, united in Christ by God’s Spirit.

God has equipped his people with gifts to be used for mutual edification in the church and for the proclamation of the gospel to the world.

In church leadership, as in marriage, the roles of men and women are not fully interchangeable. Within the church both men and women are to seek proper expression of their gifts as they work to build the body of Christ in love.