What we believe

This short statement does not describe everything Christians believe about God, but summarises those points that we feel are most important. These points are clearly taught in the Scriptures which are God’s word for us, useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. (2 Tim 3:16)

  

We believe in a Holy God, who has made himself known as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. A God who created us, who loves us, and who wants the very best for us. That very best means he wants us to reach his standards, to be as holy, as loving, and righteous as he is.

 

We believe that we miss those standards, time and time again. That we've done things wrong. That everyone does things wrong, messes up, makes mistakes, chooses the lower path. In other words, we all sin. Sin is a nasty word, it makes people squirm when it gets applied to them. It has had that effect on all of us. But we believe sin is a reality and has consequences.

 

We believe those consequences include a breakdown in the relationship between God and man. We believe that this causes God pain, He loves us and longs to restore the relationship. Ignoring our sin is not a possibility, that is not the action of a loving parent, nor is it the action of a just and holy God.

 

We believe that God provided a way out of that impasse for us. We believe that Jesus, the Son of God, died and rose from the dead so that our sin can be wiped away, not only forgiven but completely removed. We believe that this is something we haven't earned, could never deserve but that God in his love freely offers us.

 

We believe this offer of forgiveness and relationship with God is freely available to anyone who:

 

1)      Repents of their sin, that is: recognises it, is sorry for it, and consciously turns away from it, wanting to be different.

2)      Commits themselves to following Jesus wholeheartedly.

 

We believe that this can be done as simply as speaking to God, asking forgiveness and making that commitment to him.