Our beliefs, set out below, are basically those of traditional Christianity, with some special emphases.
We believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God. It provides the record of God’s revelation of Himself and of human responses to that revelation. This revelation is brought to fulfilment in, and is best understood by, the life, death and resurrection of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. He is the central focus of the New Testament.
The New Testament tells the story of the gospel (or “good news”) of salvation by faith in Jesus, and of the response of the Apostles and ordinary people to it. For this reason, the New Testament is the best guide for Christian faith and church and daily life.
The purpose of preaching the gospel is to encourage people to make a faith commitment to Jesus. People are added to the church by faith and baptism.
Baptism takes the form of immersion, which is the form practised in the New Testament. Baptism is both an act of obedience and a symbol of incorporation into Christ and the life of his church.
The natural complement of baptism is the Lord’s Supper (the “Lord’s Table”, or Communion, or the Eucharist ). The Lord’s Supper was instituted by Jesus himself, and is observed by us weekly. It provides a focus for worship, a basis for fellowship, a reminder of Jesus’ death and resurrection, and a challenge for ongoing discipleship. On the basis of Jesus’ prayer for unity, all who love the Lord are welcome at His Table.
In the further interests of unity, the church co-operates with others in Christian endeavour. It follows the principle of “Christians only, but not the only Christians”.
As part of our discipleship, the church practises the principle of the “priesthood of all believers”. This describes the mutual ministry by which each member has a responsibility to others and for the collective mission of the church. Basically, we are called by God to love all people and seek to introduce them to the Christian message and way of life, which are still highly relevant in the twenty-first century.