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our beliefs

We are basically Bible believing Christians. This means we agree with all the things that Christians have believed throughout their history: That God created the universe; Jesus is fully God and was born to the virgin Mary; God exists forever as three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; Faith in Jesus is the only way to be forgiven and have eternal life.

Our commitment is to build our beliefs on the foundation of the Word of God, the Bible. 

 

Here is a summary of the truths from the Bible, which we hold to:

 

  • There is only one God, who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God is in control over everything. He created the world, has shown us what He is like, has a plan to save us, and will one day judge everyone.

  • The Bible is God’s Word to us. There are no contradictions or errors in it. It is the final Word in all matters of behaviour and belief.

 

  • Jesus Christ is God, but is also a real human; He was born of a virgin, died on the cross, He physically came back to life, and now reigns in heaven.

 

  • Everyone is a sinner; it’s part of our nature, we are born with it. The punishment for sin is death and eternal separation from God in hell. That means that everyone is in serious trouble with God.

 

  • We can be forgiven and freed from the guilt, punishment and power of sin, but only because of Jesus’ death. Jesus was being punished instead of us, so our sin has been completely dealt with by Jesus, and Him alone.

  • We do not deserve God’s forgiveness. And not only does God forgive us for everything, but He looks on us as being perfect, just as Jesus was perfect. All this is obtained only by putting our trust and faith in Jesus, and not because of anything we can contribute.

  • God does this through the Holy Spirit acting in people’s lives, turning them away from wrong and towards God, and giving them faith in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit lives in Christians, changing them so that they live more like Jesus, enabling them to live for Jesus in this world.

  • The Church is not a building or an organisation, but is made up of all true Christians throughout the world. Jesus is the head of the Church, and no person can claim this.

 

  • Jesus will one day return. He will judge everyone, rightly punishing those who have rejected God’s offer of forgiveness, and welcoming Christians into everlasting glory.

We are part of Calvary Mission and share their beliefs, which you can read in the Calvary Mission Statement of Faith