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Beliefs

We are a community of those who believe in God the Father, in His Son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Spirit - one God; who are repentant of sin and have been saved by personal faith in Jesus Christ through His atoning death and resurrection; who publicly confess their faith and who are committed to the church's aims and functions.

 

The church affirms:

God is loving and just and is creator and sustainer of all things.

Jesus Christ was both fully God and fully human.

Jesus Christ's death on the cross dealt with the sin of the world.

We are saved through faith in Jesus Christ alone.

The Holy Spirit is at work to accomplish God’s saving purpose in the world and lives in every Christian to enable them to participate with God in this.

The Bible is inspired by God guiding our beliefs and actions.

Believer’s Baptism is our public confession of our commitment to Christ.

What is a Christian?

Christians are a large group of people who believe in God who is Creator and Sustainer of the entire universe. We are a central part of God’s creation, but through sin we are marred and alienated from God. We believe that Jesus is God's Son, and that he came to our planet so we could see what God is like, and to die for the sin of the world. The life of Jesus on earth was an example for us, and his death on the cross paves the way for sin to be forgiven and to bring us into God's family.

The Bible has several pictures of what it means to become a Christian. The change is so radical, it is like being born all over again. It’s also about reconciliation – with God, others, creation and ourselves. We were made to live as friends of God, pleasing him by doing what he wants. We need reconciling because, instead of doing what he wants, our inclination is to live self-centred lives. It is not just that we are wayward in what we have done, it is who we are that is faulty. Faulty individuals make for a faulty society. We read about what results in the papers every day.

How do I become a Christian?

God calls for a U-turn. He asks us to put our trust in Him, and to believe that through Jesus we can be forgiven, given a clean slate, and have a whole new start. It is simply a matter of us putting our lives totally into God's hands. If God had a plan for all people everywhere, it would have to be simple. And simple it is, but profound. It is totally dependent on God's love toward us who don't deserve it. We don't do anything except trust him. Christians say that it is the most wonderful thing that a person can do.

If you would like to become a Christian you can do it now by talking to God. The exact words don't matter, it's not a matter of reciting a formula but entering a relationship. However if you’re not sure where to start, you could say something like this:

"God, here I am, and I know I need a new beginning. I know that I haven't been living to please you, but I want to now. Thank you for sending Jesus into our world to die for my sins. I trust him to forgive me. (ask for forgiveness for anything in particular that is on your conscience now) I now want to give you first place in my life and to live for you. Thank you for your love and forgiveness. Amen."

 

Talking to God like that is powerful stuff! When done sincerely, it makes you a son or daughter of God. It makes you a new Christian. Of course that is just the beginning, as a new Christian you need to grow. The best way to do that is to get in touch with other Christians at a local church. You’d be most welcome to contact us or to come along to one of our meetings.