What We Believe

WHAT WE BELIEVE

The statements below are what we hold to be fundamental about our faith. If you are new in your faith or looking for more information, you may find some terms unfamiliar or ideas that seem daunting — don’t worry. The essential message is this: humans are in need of salvation, and that can only be found in Jesus Christ.

Statement of Faith

“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” Ephesians 2:4-6.

We confess Jesus Christ as our Lord and saviour, and faith in Him to be the only way to, and the only requirement for, salvation. We offer fellowship to all in His name.

The Church

“The church” is not a building, but those who profess faith in Jesus Christ and call themselves Christians (Romans 12:5). This church constitutes God’s dwelling place on Earth, and so the buildings we meet in add nothing to our spirituality (Ephesians 2:19-22). The Lord told us that He is found wherever “two or three are gathered in My name” (Matthew 18:20), so we look to the chapel and associated buildings merely to provide suitable facilities for meeting together. As a local assembly of believers our primary concern is the spiritual growth of both our members and the community in which we are located (Matthew 28:19-20Ephesians 4:11-13).

The Holy Bible

The Bible is the complete and inspired Word of God and the final authority in all matters of our faith and conduct as Christians (2 Timothy 3:16-172 Peter 1:16-21).

The Lord Jesus Christ

We maintain that belief in Jesus is the only way to salvation. God the Father sent Jesus His Son to save us, not to punish or condemn us.

Justification

In our natural state, we are all sinners unworthy of a place in heaven and destined for hell (Romans 3:23). We can be saved only by the grace of God; justification describes the way this grace makes us acceptable to God through the death of Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1Ephesians 2:8). His death cleanses and justifies us, making us righteous before God. Without that sacrifice, we remain in our sin and outside of God’s salvation. Therefore, justification is by faith alone, and not through anything we do ourselves (Romans 3:28Titus 3:5). Everyone justified by faith is also born again of God (John 3:3-81 Peter 1:22-25).

Sanctification

This refers to the process of being “set apart,” or made holy, in which the Holy Spirit renews and regenerates our spirits so that we might be presentable to God and be prepared to do His work (John 14:16-17John 17:15-19). When we are spiritually born again, we are at that moment made presentable to God by the blood of Jesus, and our salvation is secure (John 3:6Hebrews 10:10). The practical effect of this sanctification is obedience to the Word of God in our lives so that, by the Spirit, we may lead a holy life and perform good works in His name (Luke 9:23Philippians 2:13Colossians 1:10-11).

What Happens at Death?

When Christ returns, those who have already died will be raised either to eternal life or to eternal condemnation (Revelation 20:11-15). Those of us still alive at that time will be called up in an instant to be with Christ – an event commonly referred to as the “Rapture”.

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