We are a conservative evangelical church i.e. the Bible is the authoritative word of God to us for our lives now. Our teaching is predominantly through systematic expository preaching i.e. we work through books of the Bible attempting to understand how their message is relevant to us today. We do not change the Bible’s message or try to make it more comfortable’ to 21st century ears.
 

We believe

The Bible

1 The Holy Scriptures are divinely inspired, infallible as originally given and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and practice.

God

2 There is only one true living God, who is eternal and infinite in power, knowledge, holiness and love.

3 God is the creator and sustainer of all things.

4 God, though one, exists in three Persons; God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ) and God the Holy Spirit.

Men and women before God

5 Every person in his or her natural state is separated from God by his or her sin. Consequently, every person in his or her natural state is spiritually dead and subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.

6 God, in His great love, has provided redemption from the guilt, penalty and power of sin only through the sacrificial death (as our representative and substitute) of Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God.

Jesus Christ

7 Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary and was both fully man and fully God.

8 Jesus, though sinless Himself, was crucified for our sins.

9 Jesus rose bodily from the dead, has ascended into heaven and will one day return to earth in glory.

10 Jesus will judge all people (both living and dead) and bring God’s kingdom to completion. Believers will fully realise their salvation, but unbelievers will be condemned to eternal punishment.

Salvation

11 A person who repents of his or her sins and puts his or her faith in Jesus is saved. Jesus takes all that person’s sins, pays the penalty due for those sins by His death on the cross and gives that person eternal life by His resurrection from the dead. In Jesus, God makes that person His child and restores him or her to fellowship with Him.

The Holy Spirit

12 It is the Holy Spirit who causes a person to repent of his or her sins, put his or her faith in Jesus, be born again as God’s child and be brought to spiritual life.

13 The Holy Spirit dwells and works within every believer.

Satan

14 Satan is the chief antagonist of God and mankind. He blinds the minds of unbelievers to stop them obtaining salvation and is constantly at war with believers, tempting and otherwise afflicting them in the hope of destroying their faith.

15 Despite Satan’s ongoing destructive activity in the world, he has already been defeated by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When Jesus brings God’s kingdom to completion, Satan will be thrown into hell and tormented forever.

The Church

16 Believers together form God’s church, which exists both universally and locally in each separate community of believers.

17 The church’s role is to glorify God, testify to the world about Jesus Christ and be the place where believers are built up in their faith;

18 No believer is in any sense closer to God because of his or her official position in the church. Instead, every believer is a priest and has direct access to God through faith in Jesus Christ.

19 Every believer in a local church has received gifts from the Holy Spirit for use within the church and the world and must use those gifts according to the measure of grace he or she has received from God.

20 Each local church must observe the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper.

21 Each local church must observe the ordinance of the baptism of believers by immersion.