Biblical, Confessional and Presbyterian

Biblical

Every person looks to something as their authority such as family, tradition or self. We hold the Bible as our authority. The Bible is a book that has spoken to people across time and culture. As our ultimate authority, we want to conform our lives to its message. We believe the Bible is God’s words communicated to us without error. 

Confessional

We believe our faith is not new. Faithful people throughout history have summarized the teachings of our faith in various creeds (such as the Apostles' Creed and the the Nicene Creed). Instead of relying only on ourselves to determine the essentials of the faith, we affirm those things written in the ancient creeds. These are doctrines that have been affirmed by Christians churches from throughout time and in various cultures. We also hold to the Reformed doctrines as expressed in the Westminster Confession of Faith. These creeds and confessions sit underneath Scripture and serve as helpful summaries of it.

Presbyterian

Presbyterian means our church is led by elders. Jesus is the chief shepherd of his church and has given care to undershepherds (elders) for the spiritual care of local churches. The Presbyterian form of government also emphasises that our churches are connected. Thus we regularly meet, pray and help other churches in the region. We are congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America

Beliefs

We believe that the Bible is the inspired, infallible, inerrant and complete Word of God, and therefore is our ultimate authority concerning what to believe and how to live (2 Timothy 3:15-16, Galatians 1:6-12).

We believe that God exists in three persons from all eternity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God, yet distinct from one another (Genesis 1:1-3, John 1:1-18, Matthew 3:16-17, Matthew 28:19).

We believe that, at the appropriate time, God the Son became a man (Jesus Christ) in order to save God's people for His own glory and our good (John 1:14, Galatians 4:4-5).

We believe that the Holy Spirit dwells in the hearts of all who trust Christ alone for their salvation and that He enables us to believe the promises of God and to live for Him (Galatians 4:6-7, Galatians 3:2-5, John 16:5-7).

We believe that man was created in the spiritual image of God, to bring glory to God by enjoying Him forever, but that this fellowship has been broken through man's disobedience. Jesus Christ came to restore this relationship between God and man by living the perfect life that no man can live, dying in our place on a cross and rising from the dead so that we can once again enjoy God today and forever (Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 3:1-7, Romans 3:20-22, 2 Corinthians 5:17-18, Hebrews 9:28).

We believe that Heaven is a free gift to those who believe and that it is not earned or deserved but is available to anyone who will trust only what Christ has done for them (Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-10).

We believe that all who know Christ, as He is revealed in the Bible alone, are brothers and sisters joined together by the Holy Spirit and are to live in unity and peace (1 Corinthians 12:12-13, Galatians 3:2-5).

We believe that Jesus will return, bodily and visibly, to judge all mankind and to receive His people to Himself (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18, Hebrews 9:27, Daniel 7:13-14 and Revelation 1:12-18).

We believe that the purpose for which Christians gather is to worship God, who through Christ has demonstrated His love for us and who through His Spirit has made this known to us (Hebrews 10:25, Hebrews 13:15, John 15:26).