Our Beliefs and Aims
We hold to the historic truths of the Christian faith believing in one God in three Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. That the Bible is the inspired word of God. We also believe that Jesus Christ is the only hope for a broken world and that through his atoning and substitutionary death on the cross he opened-up the possibility of forgiveness and relationship with God through faith in him alone.
At the core of our Sunday ministry is the preaching and teaching of God’s word and the style of this is consecutive and expository. We believe that where God’s word is truly preached - that God’s voice is truly heard! We also have a skilled group of musicians who lead us in praise drawing from a wide range of contemporary worship songs to the great historic hymns of faith.
The Bible is God’s Word written. It is the record of the story of salvation and points to the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s answer to the problem of the sin that separates us from God. Jesus lived that by faith we might have his righteousness put to our accounts; Jesus died that we might be forgiven; Jesus rose that in Him we might conquer death; Jesus reigns even now giving us a present and future hope; and one day he will return in justice and in glory. All this we know and learn from the Bible.
Peter the Apostle wrote; “For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:21) The Old Testament traces the life and times of Israel and points forward to Jesus; the New Testament records Jesus’ ministry and explains his message. As we listen to the Bible, we get to know the nature of God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, one God in three Persons. Knowing his Word helps us to discern his will. It follows then that it is vital for us to listen – individually and corporately - to the Bible. We glorify God as we listen to his Word.
Asking a Christian: Why pray? is like asking someone in the street why they breathe. People breathe because they are alive and Christians pray because we have been made alive to God by faith through the work of the Holy Spirit. Every human being is made in the image of God and has an awareness of God; that’s why we find the phenomenon of prayer all through history and across the globe. But it is only the Christian who may enjoy this level of intimacy with God the Father through the ministry of the Holy Spirit and the mediation of the Lord Jesus Christ who takes our prayers and presents them to the Father.
Here in the West we tend to think of love in romantic terms - falling in love. But in non -Western parts of the world often marriages are arranged and love grows out of the commitment that is made. As we are brought into a relationship with God, so we come to love him because he first loved us. Jesus also taught us to love one another: John 1 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” This love is not just a feeling, but a commitment that has Gospel implications. As others looking in see the love we have for one another, the Gospel they have heard is made visible. We glorify God in loving his people and show this in being a committed part of his church.
Why serve? Romans 12 – is a good place to begin. The Christian life is to be an ‘All on the altar’ thing. This is not an arm-twisting exercise to get lazy Christians up and doing; this is about understanding the amazingness of the Gospel and all that God has done for us in Christ - and living our lives in response. We are to be living sacrifices, living sacrificially. When we balk at the cost of service – it is a sure signal that we have not understood the Gospel. Paul the Apostle says in 1 Corinthians 15:58 “my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.” We glorify God as we serve his kingdom.