It is important that we make it clear what we believe as Christians.   As we are an Independent church in our government we believe that only Christ is our Head and 'Sola Scriptura' - Scripture alone must be our guide.

Our teaching is what might be called Reformed, emphasing the need for bible exposition, believing that we must build our lives on the bible not the majority rule.

 

As a matter of course we would make anyone taking a preaching/teaching/leadership role in our fellowship aware of our Statement of Faith below  

To be able to subscribe to the basic doctrine in one of the following

1646 Westminster Confession of faith

or 

1689 Baptist Confession of faith

STATEMENT OF FAITH

These statements represent the convictions of believers in this Asembly. We hold them unreservedly and wholeheartedly, and disavow all teaching to the contrary as being contrary to the plain understanding of the Holy Bible.We do not refer to ourselves by any human designation lke 'baptist' or 'church of..' But we are Christians and that is enough for us.

GOD

There is one God, who exists eternally in three distinct but equal persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is unchangeable in his holiness, justice, wisdom and love. He is the almighty Creator, Saviour and Judge who sustains all things according to his sovereign will for his own glory.

THE BIBLE

God has revealed himself in the Bible, which consists of the Old and New Testaments alone. Every word was inspired by God through human authors, so that the Bible as originally given is in its entirety the Word of God, without error and fully reliable in fact and doctrine. The Bible alone speaks with final authority and is always sufficient for all matters of belief and practice. We will not get into endless discussions about versions but our teaching is done as far as possible from original texts, using versions of those words to help us. At the moment we read publically from the ESV as a direct translation and the NLT as a paraphrased interpretation.

THE HUMAN RACE

All men and women, being created in the image of God, have inherent and equal dignity and worth. Their greatest purpose is to obey, worship and love God. As a result of the fall of our first parents, every aspect of human nature has been corrupted and all men and women are without spiritual life, guilty sinners and hostile to God. Every person is therefore under the just condemnation of God and needs to be born again, forgiven and reconciled to God in order to know and please him.

THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and lived a sinless life in obedience to the Father. He taught with authority and all his words are true. On the cross he died in the place of sinners, bearing God's punishment for their sin, redeeming them by his blood. He rose from the dead and in his resurrection body ascended into heaven where he is exalted as Lord of all. He intercedes for his people in the presence of the Father.

SALVATION

Salvation is entirely a work of God's grace and cannot be earned or deserved. It comes to us throught the death of Christ applied by the Holy Spirit all according to the Elective decrees of the Father. It has been accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ and is offered to all in the gospel. God in his love forgives sinners whom he calls, granting them repentance and faith. All who believe in Christ are justified by faith alone, adopted into the family of God and receive eternal life.

THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit has been sent from heaven to glorify Christ and to apply his work of salvation. He convicts sinners, imparts spiritual life and gives a true understanding of the Scriptures. He indwells all believers, brings assurance of salvation and produces increasing likeness to Christ and empowers its members for worship, service and mission.

THE ASSEMBLY OF GOD'S PEOPLE IN A LOCALITY & UNIVERSAL.

The universal gathering of Christians is the body of which Christ is the head and to which all who are saved belong. It is made visible in local assemblies , which are congregations of believers who are committed to each other for the worship of God, the preaching of the Word, the administration of Baptism and the Lord's Supper, for pastoral care and discipline, and to encourage personal witness. The unity of the body of Christ is expressed within and between churches by mutual love, care and encouragement. True fellowship between churches exists only where they are faithful to the gospel.

 

BAPTISM AND THE LORD'S SUPPER

Baptism and the Lord's Supper have been given to His people by Christ as visible signs of the gospel. Baptism is a symbol of union with Christ and interest in His Covenant, but does not impart spiritual life. Despite this the children of believers are to be viewed as special subjects of His grace and a gift from the Lord to His Covenant people.  The Lord's Supper is a commemoration of Christ's sacrifice offered once for all and involves no change in the bread and wine. All its blessings are received by faith.

THE FUTURE

The Lord Jesus Christ will return in glory. He will raise the dead and judge the world in righteousness. The wicked will be sent to eternal punishment and the righteous will be welcomed into a life of eternal joy in fellowship with God. God will make all things new and will be glorified forever. We do not adhere to a modern Dispensational view.

All Teachers and leaders of this Assemble of God's people will be expected to adhere to this and one of the Historic Confessions of Faith.

Because of the confusion existing among those who call themselves Christians and between churches, this church wants to make its position transparent on the following issues:

The Ecumenical Movement:

The truths in this statement of faith, held with integrity, necessarily exclude this fellowship from involvement with the ecumenical movement which denies the exclusive nature of the gospel, Historic practice and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Roman Catholicism:

It will be apparent, to those reading it, that this statement of faith denies the claims of the Roman Catholic Pope and Church. The doctrines and practices of the Roman Catholic Church are diametrically opposed to the salvation of sinners and the belief and practices set out in the scriptures.

The Charismatic movement:

Christians believe differently about the Charismatic gifts, like ‘speaking in tongues’. It is the decision ofthis fellowship that to avoid dissension and division we are not what may be called a "Charismatic" Church. The so-called gifts as they are expressed in our day are not to be used in the fellowship, neither are they to be promoted among us, either explicitly or privately.

Inter Church fellowship:

Inter-Church fellowship will be sought with other individual Assemblies which unreservedly accept the Historical Faith and Historic practice.

 

This Assembly acknowledges the Lord Jesus Christ as its supreme Head, and its individual members as part of the one body. We believe in His abiding presence and undertake to order our lives and the affairs of this church according to our understanding of the Word of God, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.