What We Believe

What We Believe

Creation - God’s Good Work

God, Father, Son & Spirit, is the creator of all things. Without Him we would not exist. He made human beings to know Him and enjoy Him forever. Everything He made is good.

Rebellion - Humanity’s Big Problem

We have all rejected God’s good rule and try to live without Him. This has led to death, disease, division between people and the spoiling of God’s world. We have chosen death instead of life, and all face God’s just judgment.

Rescue - Jesus Christ

We may have given up on God, but God has not given up on us. He took the initiative. In the Old Testament, he called Abraham and promised to bless all the families of earth through him. Finally, He sent his own Son, Jesus of Nazareth, to fulfil that promise.

Jesus is God in the flesh. He came to die on the cross in order to take the judgment we deserve. He rose to new life, so he can make everyone who trusts in Him into a new person .

The church is God’s family; it is His new community of people restored to relationship with God and one another through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Restoration - God’s Future Promise

One day, Jesus Christ will physically return to judge the world and make the creation new again. All that is evil, and everyone who rebelled against God’s rightful rule, will be condemned. All who trust in Jesus will spend forever in His perfect New Creation.

If you want the small print about what we believe…

We are a catholic and orthodox church, in that we believe what has been held in common by Christians of all backgrounds through the centuries, as expressed in the classic creeds of the church, such as the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed.

We are a church that takes the Bible seriously as God's word. We try by the power of the Holy Spirt to live out what it teaches. We work with like-minded churches for example in the South East Gospel Partnership  A good summary of what we believe is found here.

We are a Reformed Presbyterian church, which means we hold to the system of teaching rediscovered in the Reformation of the 16th Century. This is expressed in our official doctrinal basis, the Westminster Confession of Faith.

We are part of a family of churches known as The International Presbyterian Church