Jesus Christ is Lord

Our Belief


What do we believe ?

Our full doctrinal statement is shown below but in essence we believe that the Bible is God’s word and is true and without error when it was first given, and is our only and final source of advice on how to have a relationship with God and live for Him.

Scripture

We believe that everyone has done wrong and is therefore under the judgement of a just God. We are unable to do anything ourselves to earn God’s forgiveness or mercy and so our only hope to escape eternal death is to accept the forgiveness offered by God through His son, the Lord Jesus Christ. He died on a cross in the place of and as a substitue for all who fully depend on Him for salvation. This means that the punishment that was ours has already been paid and can no more be asked of us and so we can have access to God through faith in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

We also believe that the local church is a group of baptised believers meeting under the headship or leadership of Jesus Christ for worship of God, fellowship, instruction and telling others about God’s love and offer of salvation for them. We obey the Lord’s command to hold the ‘Lord’s Supper’ (communion) and to baptise believers which we do by full immersion. This is not adult baptism but believers baptism ie. only those who are trusting in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins.

Doctrinal Statement

The Scriptures

The verbal inspiration and total inerrancy of the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament as originally given by God; their sole-sufficiency and final authority in all matters of faith and practice.

God

One God in three persons; the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, co-equal, co-eternal, sovereign and active in creation, providence and redemption.

The LORD Jesus Christ

The essential deity and perfect humanity of our LORD Jesus Christ, the only mediator between God and men; His virgin birth, sinless life and sacrificial death on the cross as the only substitute for sinners; His burial, bodily resurrection and ascension to heaven; His high priestly ministry and personal return.

The Holy Spirit

The work of the Holy Spirit in regenerating the sinner and indwelling, sanctifying and empowering the believer.

The Devil

The personality of the devil; his evil activity and final doom.

Man

The creation of man in the image of God; the entrance of sin through Adam’s disobedience; the fallen and totally depraved state of all men; their subjection to God’s wrath and condemnation; their responsibility to repent and believe the Gospel.

Justification

The justification of the sinner by God’s grace through faith alone in the LORD Jesus Christ; the eternal security of the believer.

The Church

The local church as a company of baptised believers gathered under the headship of Christ for worship, fellowship, instruction and evangelism; the ordinances of baptism and the LORD’s supper: baptism being the immersion of believers on profession of their faith in the LORD Jesus Christ and as a symbol of their identification with Him in His death, burial and resurrection; the Lord’s supper being a remembrance of Christ until He comes and a renewal of commitment to Him; the offices of elder and deacon; the gifts of evangelist and pastor-teacher; the priesthood of all believers and their unity in the Body of Christ; the separation of church and state.

The Future State

The unconditional immortality of the soul; the resurrection of the body; the eternal joy in heaven of the believer; the conscious eternal punishment in hell of those who die impenitent.

Christian Behaviour

The responsibility of all believers to obey and serve the LORD and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives; the duty of each church to exercise godly discipline in a loving and caring fashion.