Our Beliefs and Values
We are committed to the Christian faith, as set out in God’s Word.
As an Anglican Church, we uphold the Bible as the ultimate authority over all matters of faith, and the theology of the Book of Common Prayer, particularly as set out in The Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion.
These basic doctrines represent what we believe to be core elements of biblical teaching.
There is one unique and eternal God - one God in three persons – sovereign in all things.
There is one unique and eternal God, who exists in an everlasting, loving relationship of Father, Son and Holy Spirit – one God in three persons – co-eternal in being, co-eternal in nature, co-equal in power and glory (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14). God is sovereign in all things: including creation, revelation, salvation, judgement and in the establishment of His kingdom. As the sovereign loving creator and redeemer, he is worthy of all glory, honour and praise.
The Bible is the Word of God and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and Christian living.
The Bible, Old Testament and New, is God’s revelation to us. It is God-breathed and infallible as originally given, and has supreme authority in all matters of faith, conduct and experience (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12-13). Scripture is sufficient for knowing God and his plan. It is not only central to the well-being of the church but is able to thoroughly equip the Christian community for life and godliness.
All people are created by God in his image but are sinful in nature and under God’s wrath and condemnation.
Men and women together are created in the image of God, and therefore enjoy a unique dignity in creation and a unique relationship with God. Men and women together have dominion over the created order (Genesis 1:26-28). Tragically, human nature is universally sinful since the Fall and all are guilty before God (Romans 3:9-12). This leaves us under the wrath and condemnation of God (Hebrews 9:27). We are unable and unwilling to turn ourselves to God, without the prior work of God’s Spirit who gives us new birth (Romans 8:5-8; John 3:3-5).
THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST
The Lord Jesus Christ is the second person of the one God, who redeems through his substitutionary death and physical resurrection, the Ruler and Judge of this world.
The Lord Jesus Christ is the second person of the one God. He is the eternal Son of God, who became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary in order that he might reveal God and redeem sinful humanity (John 1:1–2, 14; Luke 1:35). The Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as our representative and substitutionary sacrifice. As a result of Christ’s death, the guilt, penalty and controlling power of sin is removed. In addition, God demonstrates both his justice and his love to us most perfectly at the cross and establishes his victory over Satan and all his foes. Our justification and our resurrection are made sure by his bodily resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3–5). The Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our King and High Priest, he fulfils the ministry as Ruler, Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9, 10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:24; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1–2). We believe Jesus is coming again to judge the living and the dead (1 Peter 4:5; Romans 14:9; 2 Timothy 4:1).
THE WORK OF THE Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the one God, who brings people to repentance and faith in Jesus, and transforms the mind and conduct of believers
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the one God. He convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgement. He brings about regeneration, baptising all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them for the day of redemption (John 16:8–11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18). His role is to bring glory to Jesus Christ, thus making Jesus Christ central in all things. The Spirit works to illuminate believers’ minds to grasp the truth of Scripture, producing in them his fruit, granting them His gifts, and empowering them for service.
Salvation is the gift of God and can only be found by repentance of sin and faith in the substitutionary death of Jesus
We believe that salvation is the gift of God given by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed for the forgiveness of our sins (Ephesians 2:8–10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18–19). There is only one name under heaven by which we can be brought into relationship with God: the name Jesus Christ. The work of the Holy Spirit is necessary to make the death of Jesus effective in an individual’s life. The Spirit enables the sinner to repent and put their faith in Jesus Christ, so that salvation is entirely of God’s grace and not of human merit or works. We choose God because He first chose us. Although we now enjoy the blessing of union with Christ and a secure relationship with God, we await the final consummation of our hope through the return of Christ, the resurrection of our bodies, and life with Him eternally in the new heavens and the new earth.
JESUS’ RETURN & FINAL JUDGMENT
Jesus will return as king to judge all people based on their individual and personal response to God’s offer of salvation and to establish a new heaven and a new earth.
We believe that Jesus will return as the king of God’s kingdom, inaugurating a new heaven and a new earth. At that time, all people (living and dead) will stand before the final judgment seat of Jesus Christ and hear his declaration of their eternal destiny based on their individual and personal response to God’s offer of salvation. Such a declaration will be entirely just and fair (1 Peter 1:17, Romans 2:11, Romans 3:19, Colossians 3:25). We also believe that hell is real – that it is a place of eternal conscious punishment for those who have ignored and rejected God’s offer of salvation. It is this reality of final judgment that satisfies our inward need for justice in the world, and motivates us, out of loving concern, to tell others about Jesus, to forgive others freely, and to live godly and upright lives,
THE Assurance OF BELIEVERS
All those who have been saved are kept by God’s power and secure in Christ forever.
All the redeemed, once they are saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 6:37–40; 10:27–30; Romans 8:1, 38-39; 1 Corinthians 1:4–8; 1 Peter 1:5). We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which clearly forbids the use of Christian freedom as an occasion for sin (Romans 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11–15).
The visible church is the gathering of believers around Christ, present in his word, purposed by God to proclaim His gospel.
We believe that the visible church is the gathering of believers around Christ, present in his word. It is a community of people intended by God to bear witness to Him and actively seek the extension of His rule. Within its community both men and women are to build up the church in love and truth. Through this mission and ministry, we worship God and delight in him. The church is the body and bride of Christ, made up of all born-again believers (Ephesians 1:22, 23; 5:25–27; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14; 2 Corinthians 11:2). The Bible makes clear that in church leadership, as in marriage, men and women are equal before God in status, honour and dignity, but different in the roles they fulfil. We are committed to expressing the differences within relationships, mindful of our mutual dependence. Ultimately, we look forward to fellowshipping with one another and glorifying God forevermore in the new creation (Revelation 7:9-10).
Ministry AND SPIRITUAL GIFTS
God bestows spiritual gifts on believers for the purpose of loving service.
We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowing of spiritual gifts. The baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at conversion and involves the placing of the believer into the Body of Christ. God grants His gifts for the purpose of loving service, not self-indulgence. Their use is determined not simply by personal desire for fulfilment or satisfaction, but by the principle of building the church. We also believe that no particular spiritual gift(s) proves the presence of the Holy Spirit or is an indication of deeper spiritual experience (1 Corinthians 12:7,11,13; Ephesians 4:7–8). We believe that it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the gift(s) and grace of God that has given to them (Romans 12:1–8; 1 Corinthians 13; 1 Peter 4:10–11).
submission to the lordship of Jesus
We acknowledge Jesus as Lord over all things, and head of the church. We submit ourselves and our ministry to Him, seeking to serve and bring glory to Him in all we do.
the necessity of the gospel
Because we believe salvation comes through Christ alone, we seek to proclaim and teach the gospel and run ministries that give all people, at all ages and stages in life, the opportunity to hear and respond to God in personal repentance and faith.
the authority of the bible
We uphold and proclaim the authority of the Bible as God’s Word through the clear communication of its teaching. We value and encourage people to read the Bible, individually and together, and apply its teaching to their lives.
devotion to prayer
We acknowledge and express our dependence upon the sovereignty of God by being people devoted to prayer, in our personal lives, and when we meet together. Prayer is an essential part of the conception, planning and execution of our ministries and activities.
connecting and evangelism
We value connecting with our local community, friends and family, welcoming them and encouraging them to hear, explore and respond to the gospel of salvation.
We value Christian community where every member is promoting and developing loving relationships that build up, support and encourage one another toward unity in Christ.
We value all people as created in God’s image with the right to be respected, protected and nurtured in a safe and protective environment.
We seek to imitate the character of Christ in the life of individual believers, in our relationships with one another, and in our wider community. This includes characteristics such as grace, humility and love.
We value personal growth in all Christians by the power of the Holy Spirit – growth in their relationship with God, and growth toward maturity in Christ.
We value giving the opportunity, encouragement and training to all members of our church community to serve. We encourage the use of our time, gifts and abilities in the service of God both here and beyond our local church.
We value gathering together for the collective worship of God, mutual encouragement, teaching from God’s Word, and accountability. We do this as a larger community, and in smaller, age appropriate groups.