• The Bible consisting of the Old and New Testaments is the inerrant word of God and as such, is the final authority for faith and life.

  • There is one God who exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He created and sustains all things according to His excellent purposes.

  • All people have been created in the image of God, for the express purpose of worshipping and enjoying Him.

  • Although humanity was created good, all have rebelled and broken His law (sinned). All now have a sinful nature, tarnishing the image of God in them. We all deserve God's just punishment because of our sin and are totally unable to save ourselves.

  • In His mercy, the Father sent His Son, into the world to save sinners. Jesus Christ is fully God and yet fully man. He lived a perfect life, died on the cross and rose again bodily after three days.

  • God freely offers salvation to all people. We cannot be saved by what we have done, but only by what Christ has done. Jesus died in the place of sinners, taking their punishment on Himself. To be saved, we must turn from our sin and trust in Christ alone to save us. When we trust in Christ our sin is counted to Jesus in His death and His perfect goodness is counted to us.

  • People trust in Christ only because the Holy Spirit changes them, giving them spiritual life. The Holy Spirit lives within Christians, giving them power to fight their sin, and to grow in likeness to Christ in thoughts, words and actions.

  • Christians are members of a body with Jesus Christ as the Head. God's people meet together in order to worship, grow and serve. Members of the church must both believe the gospel, and live a life which is consistent with the gospel. The church is God's agent, declaring the good news of salvation to the world.

  • On the Last Day Jesus Christ will return to judge the living and the dead. All will be raised bodily from the dead. The universe will be recreated. All will be destined either heaven or hell for eternity.

 

For a much more detailed account of what we believe the Bible teaches please read – The Westminster Confession of Faith (with our minor amendments). Note that all of our leaders (elders and deacons) subscribe to this Confession entirely. We do not have a "declaratory act". Where a leader comes to believe that part of the Confession is unbiblical, the matter is taken to Presbytery, and if, on re-examining God's Word the Confession is found to be in error, it is amended.

 

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