God: There is only one God, creator of heaven and earth, who exists eternally as three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each fully God yet each personally distinct from the other.
Jesus Christ: Jesus Christ, second Person of the Trinity, was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless human life, willingly took upon Himself all of our sins, died and rose again bodily, and is at the right hand of the Father as our advocate and mediator. Some day, He will return to consummate history and to fulfil the eternal plan of God.
The Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit, third Person of the Trinity, convicts the world of sin and draws people to Christ. He also indwells all believers. He is available to empower them to lead Christ-like lives, and gives them spiritual gifts with which to serve the church and reach out to a lost and needy world.
People: All people are created in God’s image and matter deeply to Him. Central to the message of the Bible is that God loves people, and invites them to live in communion with Himself and in community with each other.
Salvation: Apart from Jesus Christ, all people are spiritually lost and, because of sin, deserve the judgment of God. However, God gives salvation and eternal life to anyone who trusts in Jesus Christ and in His sacrifice on his or her behalf. Salvation cannot be earned through personal goodness or human effort. It is a gift that is received by broken people who place their faith in Christ and His finished work on the cross.
Law: The primary purpose of the Old Testament law is to paint a clear picture of God’s holiness in order that we might realise our sinfulness. As one seeks to submit to the law, it becomes increasingly obvious that it is impossible to fulfil the law. So the law lifts the lid off our respectability and discloses what we are really like underneath: sinful, rebellious, guilty, under the judgement of God, and helpless to save ourselves.
Gospel: The gospel takes those who have been bruised and broken by the law, and points them to Jesus as their Saviour. The message of the gospel is of first importance, and it is the only hope for helpless sinners. The central message of the gospel is that by grace alone, and faith alone in Christ alone, God justifies sinful people.
Justification: All believers are justified at the moment of their conversion. In this moment, God places their sins upon Christ, and his righteousness is credited into their account. The believer is forgiven for all past, present and future sin. This is based upon Christ’s righteousness, and not the believer’s faithfulness or consistency to obey God’s commands.
Faith: Faith is more than intellectual belief. It is a living, bold trust in God’s grace. It places one’s life and eternity into the hands of Jesus Christ. The person of faith is trusting solely in Jesus to save them from the consequences of sin, and in the Holy Spirit to save them from the power of sin.
Good works: Although we are saved by faith alone, faith will never be alone. Faith cannot help but do good works in response to God’s grace. We love because he first loved us. We serve because he first served us. We give because he gives. We seek to be holy because he is holy. We forgive because he forgives. Works are simply the grateful response of a sinner who has been saved by grace.
Eternity: Death seals the eternal destiny of each person. At the final judgment, unbelievers will be separated from God into condemnation. Believers will be received into God’s loving presence and rewarded for their faithfulness to Him in this life.
The universal Church: All believers are members of the body of Christ, the one true church universal. Spiritual unity is to be expressed among Christians by acceptance and love of one another across ethnic, cultural, socio-economic, national, generational, gender and denominational lines.
The Bible: The Bible is God’s unique revelation to people. It is the inspired, infallible Word of God, and the supreme and final authority on all matters upon which it teaches. No other writings are vested with such divine authority.
Baptism: Baptism is one of two ordinances that Jesus has asked the church to observe. People should be baptised in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We believe it is best carried out at the point of conversion, and by immersion. Believer’s baptism by immersion is not a requirement for membership.
Communion: Communion is the second of the two ordinances that Jesus has asked the church to observe. As people participate in communion, they confess their need for a Saviour, celebrate that Jesus is their Saviour, and proclaim His death until He comes again.
You can download our Core Community Partnership here, which contains our Statement of Basic Belief. (FYI, our “Core Community” is just a group of people who have put their hand up to commit to the life of our church.)