What we

of faith

We recognise that any one statement is limited, but we hold to the traditional, orthodox Christian creeds (the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Chalcedonian Creed and the Athanasian Creed).

We also identify with the Evangelical Alliance basis of faith (below).

This does not mean that we can reduce truth to certain statements - Jesus Himself is the ultimate truth - but these creeds and statements are helpful in setting the frameworks and boundaries of our theology.

As we think through these doctrinal statements we hold to scripture interpreted in the light of
  • the inspiration and illumination of the Holy Spirit
  • the centrality of Christ in divine revelation
  • the New Testament as interpreter of the Old Testament
  • the scriptural focus on devotion and discipleship
  • the importance of community in discerning and obeying truth.

believe in

1. The one true God who lives eternally in three persons — the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

2. The love, grace and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world.

3. The divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of God—fully trustworthy for faith and conduct.

4. The dignity of all people, made male and female in God's image to love, be holy and care for creation, yet corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgement.

5. The incarnation of God’s eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ — born of the virgin Mary; truly divine and truly human, yet without sin.

6. The atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, so reconciling us with God.

7. The bodily resurrection of Christ, the first fruits of our resurrection; his ascension to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only Saviour of the world.

8. The justification of sinners solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ.

9. The ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness.

10. The Church, the body of Christ both local and universal, the priesthood of all believers — given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit's gifts to worship God and proclaim the gospel, promoting justice and love.

11. The personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to fulfil the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgement, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heaven and new earth.