An Evangelical Church
We hold passionately, and unswervingly, to the following statements…
1. There is one true God who lives eternally in three equal but distinct persons – The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. He is the creator, ruler and sustainer of all things.
Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; Acts 17:24-25;1 Peter 1:2; 1 John 5:6-8; Corinthians 13:14
2. The Bible is God’s word to humankind. Written by human authors under divine inspiration, it is without error and therefore fully trustworthy for life and faith.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Psalm 119 ; Proverbs 30:5
3. People are made in the image of God, designed to be like Him in character, but are corrupted by sin which not only separates them from the life of God, but makes them subject to divine wrath and judgement.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2; Ephesians 2:1-3
4. Jesus Christ is God’s eternal Son. He was born of the virgin Mary, fully God and fully human, yet without sin.
Matthew 1:20; Luke 2:52; John 1:1-4, 14; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-3
5. Jesus Christ died on the cross in the place of sinners, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, making it possible for all people to be reconciled with God.
John 1:29; 10:1-18; Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 1:4; 1 Peter 3:18
6. Jesus Christ rose physically from the dead. He ascended to the Father, is now reigning over all and is the only Saviour of the world.
Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-53; John 20:1-23; 1 Corinthians 15:12-34; Acts 1:9-11; Acts 2:36; Acts 4:10-12; 1 Timothy 2:5
7. Sinners are justified only by the grace of God through faith in Christ.
Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 5:1-2
8. God the Holy Spirit leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness.
John 16:7-13, Acts 1:8; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:16-25; 2 Thessalonians 2:13;
9. The Church is the body of Christ, both local and universal and is called to worship God and proclaim the gospel. Every member is of equal worth and equipped by the Spirit with differing gifts in order to contribute to the ministry and mission of God on earth.
1 Corinthians 12:1-27; Romans 12:3-8; Matthew 28:18-20
10. Jesus Christ will return to earth to fulfil the purposes of God and establish a new heaven and a new earth. He will raise all people from the dead and will judge them. Those who have trusted in Him will receive eternal life, and those who have not will be condemned.
Matthew 25:31-46; John 5:28-29; Acts 1:11; Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 21:1-8
A Universal Church
We acknowledge and celebrate that the body of Christ is made up of people from all nations, cultures, and histories. We are passionately committed to unity within the body and therefore are committed to the following affirmations and actions…
We welcome as Christian brothers and sisters all who experience the grace of new birth, bringing them to that fear and knowledge of God which is expressed in a life of obedience to His word.
We recognise our Christian duty of trust and mutual encouragement to all who serve Christ as Lord, not least to those who conscientiously prefer not to be identified with the same churches, alliances or councils as ourselves.
We respect the diversity of culture, experience and doctrinal understanding that God grants to His people, and acknowledge that some differences over issues not essential to salvation may well remain until the end of time.
We urge all Christians to pray as Christ prayed, that we may be one in the Father and the Son, and so by the Spirit promote personal relationships of love, peace and fellowship within the Body of Christ, His universal Church.
We encourage all Christians earnestly to contend for biblical truth, since only as we are open to learn from others and yield fuller obedience to the truth will we be drawn closer to Christ and to each other.
We call on each other, when speaking or writing of those issues of faith or practice that divide us, to acknowledge our own failings and the possibility that we ourselves may be mistaken, avoiding personal hostility and abuse, and speaking the truth in love and gentleness.
We owe it to each other, in making public comment on the alleged statements of our fellow Christians, first to confer directly with them and to establish what was actually intended. Then to commend what we can, to weigh the proportional significance of what we perceive to be in error, and to put a charitable construction on what is doubtful, expressing all with courtesy, humility and graciousness.
We rejoice in the spread of the Gospel across the world and urge all Christians to commit themselves to this task, avoiding unnecessary competition and co-operating, wherever possible, in the completion of Christ’s kingdom of peace, justice and holiness, to the glory of the one God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.