The Doctrinal Basis of the church is an official summary of what the church believes. It is basically a long list of statements. Just about every church has a Doctrinal Basis that looks approximately like this. It acts as a check to make sure that we are keeping to what the Bible teaches, rather than inventing our own ideas.
If you are new to Christianity, the best way to discover what we believe is to turn up on a Sunday morning, or to come along to an Alpha course – when we next run one.
We Believe In:
- The one true God, self existent and eternal, consisting of three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Deut. 6:4; Matt 28.19)
- God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and Creator of all things (Gen.1:1; John 3:16).
- Our Lord Jesus Christ; His Essential Deity and His Real and Perfect Manhood; His Incarnation and Virgin Birth; the authority of all His teaching and the infallibility of all His utterances; the All-Sufficiency of His Atonement for sin upon the Cross; His Bodily Resurrection and Ascension into Heaven; His priestly intercession and His future personal return. (John 1:1-2; Phil 2:5-8; John 1:14; Matt 1:23; Matt 7:29; John 7:46; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Cor.15:4-8; Acts 1:9; Heb4:14-16; Acts 1:11)
- The Holy Spirit; the necessity of His work in the conviction and regeneration of men, leading them individually to trust in the atoning work of our Lord Jesus Christ; His work of sanctification in the life of the believer, whom He indwells, and His direction of the worship, ministry and administration of the Church. (John 16: 7-9; John 3: 6-7; 2 Thess 2:13; 1 Peter 1:23; John 14:17; John 4:24; Acts 13:2)
- The sinful state and total depravity of human nature in consequence of the Fall; man’s lost condition and guilt before God through transgression; the justification which is offered through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and the regeneration imparted by the Holy Spirit to all who believe. (Eph 2:1-3; Rom 3:9,10,23; Eph 2:8-9; Gal 2:16; John 3:6)
- The Resurrection of the Body and the Final Judgement of all men; the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the everlasting punishment of the lost. (John 5:28-29; Rev.20:12-15; Matt 25:46)
- The Divine and full inspiration of the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments; their authority and sufficiency as not only containing but being in themselves the Word of God, and therefore authoritative as the supreme and sufficient rule of faith and practice. (2 Tim 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21)