What we believe

We are Presbyterian in terms of our belief about church government, and evangelical and reformed in our theological beliefs. As such we are committed to the Biblical truths that have been carefully summarised and articulated in the Westminster Confession of Faith, to which our leaders all subscribe. See also the Westminster Shorter Catechism and Larger catechism, and for other reformed confessions of faith see the Heidelberg Catechism, the Canons of Dordt, and the Belgic Confession.

As a summary of what we believe we would say that the most important thing to emphasise is our concern to be faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to present him as the answer to people’s deepest needs and the only hope for the world.

In broader terms we would say that we believe the Bible to be the written word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts, infallible and authoritative in all matters of faith and practice.

We believe in the Holy Trinity: One God, infinite, eternal and unchanging, who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

We believe that all people are sinners by nature, are guilty in God’s sight, and are totally unable to save themselves from God’s displeasure. His free grace alone provides a way of salvation.

We believe that this salvation is the work of God alone. He chooses whom He will save and that choice is based solely on His grace, not on any merit found in his people, their foreseen faith, or their religious activity.

We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who through His perfect life and sacrificial death as the substitute and representative of his people, atoned for the sins of all who will trust in Him alone for salvation.

We believe that the only way to acceptance with God for all people is by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone.

We believe that the church is the covenant community of God and the sphere within which the grace of God is available to all, through the preaching and teaching of the Bible, and the administration of the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells God’s people and enables them to trust Christ and follow Him. Faith is the gracious gift of God.

We believe that having come to saving faith in Christ, believers can never be lost, but persevere to the end, being kept by the power of God and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. This perseverance is both the responsibility of every believer, and the infallible promise of God to all his people.

We believe that Jesus will return at the last day, bodily and visibly, to judge all mankind and to receive His people to Himself.

We believe that all aspects of our lives are to be lived to the glory of God under the Lordship of Jesus Christ as we wait for the day of his glorious appearing.