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Our Beliefs

GOD 
We believe: 
There is one true God who has existed for eternity as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
God is eternal and unchanging, infinite in power, wisdom, holiness and love.
God created the entire universe out of nothing and exercises his sovereignty in the 
establishment of his kingdom.
(Genesis 1:1-2; Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19; John 14:16-18; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 2:18; 4:4-6; John 1:1-3; Titus 2:13)
 
JESUS CHRIST
We believe:
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the only Saviour of the world.
Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.
He was made flesh, being born of a virgin through the Holy Spirit, being then truly God 
and truly human, perfect in His nature, teaching and obedience to the Father.
Jesus lived as an example for all humanity to follow, was crucified for the sins of the world, buried, raised from the dead and now reigns over creation at the right hand of 
the Father.
He will return again to judge the world.
(John 1:1-3; Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; Matthew 1:18-25; John 14:9; 17:1,5; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 7:23- 28; Acts 1:11; Acts 10:36; Matthew 26:28; Romans 5:1,18; Acts 13:39; Ephesians 5:23; Colossians 2:15; Hebrews 1:3; 8:1; 12:2; 1 Peter 3:22)
 
HOLY SPIRIT
We believe:
God’s people are filled with and empowered by His Spirit to become and achieve all He has destined them to be and do, through being transformed into the image of Christ.
In the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit convinces us of our need of God, leads us to faith in Christ, and provides guidance 
and power for Godly living and service of one another. 
He anointed and enabled Jesus Christ to outwork his saving mission on earth. His presence in the life of a Christian bears fruit, forming the character of Jesus, and provides gifts for the Church enabling it to continue Jesus’ mission to our local community, our nation and the world.
(John 14:16-17,26; 16:8-11; 1 Corinthians 12:13; John 3:5; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Romans 8:9-11; Galatians 5:22-23; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18; 1 Peter 1:2,10-12; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Luke 4:1,18-21; Acts 2:4; 4:31)
 
SALVATION 
We believe: 
All people are created in the image of God, yet fall short of God’s standards, meaning we have become separate from Him and His purpose for our lives, but we can freely find forgiveness through faith in the saving work of Jesus Christ.
Through his death and resurrection Jesus has provided the way for all to be reconciled to God through forgiveness of sin and entry into the kingdom of heaven. 
Salvation is the free and gracious gift of God to all who turn to him in genuine repentance and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. It results in a life characterised by repentance, trust and moral uprightness. It secures relationship with God, freedom from guilt, discovery of dignity as God’s children, the liberating presence of the Holy Spirit, regeneration and introduction to the family of God.
(Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 5:1; Acts 2:38; 3:19-21; 4:12; 13:29-33; Titus 3:4-7; Ephesians 1:5,7; Galatians 6:14-15; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 3:17)
 
THE BIBLE
We believe:
The Bible, i.e. the 66 books of the Protestant Bible, is the divinely inspired Word of God.
It is the supreme source of truth and final authority for Christian living.
The Bible reveals God’s heart and will for us, imparting a life-giving message for our 
everyday lives.
The Old and New Testaments are not to be added to, superseded, or changed by later 
tradition or supposed revelation. 
Because the Bible is the completed Word of God to us, whatever is not contained therein is not to be declared as a statement of belief. 
The Statements of Belief are held because they are understood to be the central or main teaching of the Scripture. They are therefore always subject to the authority of Scripture.
(Matthew 4:4; 5:17-18; 24:35; John 5:39; 10:35; 17:17; Acts 28:23; 1 Corinthians 2:7-16; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21)
 
CHURCH 
We believe: 
All believers are members of the Body of Christ, the one true church universal.
That God uses the Church as His primary way of bringing healing, hope and good 
news to a lost and hurting world.
The local church is a congregation of believers who under Christ’s leadership, gather 
for worship, prayer, instruction, encouragement, mutual accountability and 
community with each other.
The Church is called to reflect God’s character and out of love, serve the broader 
community, as we bring the good news of Jesus Christ and outwork the Great 
Commission.
God calls every believer to be a servant of Christ and each other, actively involved in 
gift-based ministry in the life and mission of the Church. 
We strive to be a local community of Jesus followers, where all are welcome; where everyone can contribute and find a place to belong, believe and become all God intends us to be.
(Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:27-28; Ephesians 2:22; 5:23,26-27; 1 Peter 2:5,9; Titus 2:14; Matthew 28:19-20)
 
BAPTISM
We believe:
• In Christian Baptism of those who have proclaimed their faith in Christ. 
Baptism is practiced by full immersion in water by believers old enough to express their own faith. People who join from other Christian denominations and have been baptised under a different practice are accepted without the need to be baptised again. We practice the dedication and blessing of children and their parents as requested. 
(Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38,41; 8:12,36-39; 9:17-18; 10:47-48; 16:14-15; 18:8; 19:4-5; 22:16; Romans 6:3-5; Galatians 3:26-27; Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:20-21)
 
COMMUNION 
We believe: 
• In regularly celebrating Communion in remembrance of Christ’s saving work on the cross. 
Communion is the ceremony in which the elements symbolising Jesus’ body and blood, are shared in remembrance of Christ’s death, in proclamation of his presence, and in anticipation of his return. 
(Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:15-20; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; 11:20-26)
 
PRAYER 
We believe: 
• In the power of prayer and that God heals the sick through prayer and active faith in his grace. 
Prayer is the two-way communication between God and people. Through prayer, the believer receives comfort, guidance, reassurance, encouragement and strength. Because God listens to our prayers, believers can pray with faith and authority and so see the transforming work of God in action. 
(Psalm 100:4; Jeremiah 33:3; Matthew 7:7-8; John 14:13-14; 16:23-24; Ephesians 6:18; Philippians 4:6-7; James 1:5-6; 1 John 5:14-15; Jude 20) 

 

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