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Beliefs

Our Beliefs

We are a group of people who come together because of our commitment to Jesus

Over the centuries, people, groups and churches have fallen out over doctrine.  While we do recognise doctrine is important, it isn’t what holds us together.  We are a group of people who come together because of our commitment to Jesus, and His calling to be together for the sake of His mission.  It is that commitment to God and to each other that holds us together, when we disagree.

The world-wide church has many differing thoughts on baptism, communion, salvation, hell, women in ministry, the Holy Spirit, the Bible, etc.  While you may find that the majority of our church have fairly similar views on some of these things, we do not want that to be a “party-line” or a requirement for being part of or participating in our community.  On some issues there is huge diversity of opinions, and we welcome that!

There are, however, some core doctrines, that while we are open for discussion on, we are very unlikely to change our mind about.  We believe the historic creeds express the non-negotiable’s of faith in Christ (for example the Nicene Creed below), allowing us to gather together around our faith in Jesus, while allowing room for doctrinal differences on secondary issues.

We are also members of the evangelical alliance, and subscribe to their basis of faith.

The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father by whom all things were made; who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man, and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried, and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father. And he shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead, whose kingdom shall have no end.

And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, who proceedeth from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And we believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins. And we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.