The Basis of Faith
(revised in 2005)
We 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
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.