What We Believe
The Bible says that God is love.
From love God created the heavens and the earth.
We believe that there is one God who exists in community as Father, Son and Spirit, or ‘three in one’.
We believe that the most plausible explanation for our existence is God. A personal Creator who is the author of life. We are more than molecules and our natural world owes its presence not to mere chance but to the wilful choice of a Creator. We are made for relationship, to belong and live in community, not because of a mistake in nature but because of a God who is relational and exists in community. We believe that human beings are unique among all other created things. We are called to be God’s caretakers, given the task of ordering his world and reflecting his image back into it.
However from the very beginning humankind has sought to find life and meaning outside of God. People created in the Maker’s image have gone their own way and under the power and influence of sin and selfishness, have gone walkabout from him, cut off from his life and leadership. The power of sin is real. Evil is real. It is the source of the pain and suffering we experience. It robs us of hope and can lead us to places of despair. It has defaced God’s valuable world and touched us all. It has cut us off from a deep connection with God. Yes we are all influenced by the power of sin and fail to reflect our Maker perfectly.
This is our story. But it’s by no means the end.
We are of infinite worth to God. He promised long ago to a man named Abraham that one day he would rescue his world from the power of sin and rid his creation of evil. We believe that when Jesus entered into history, that indeed through him – his life, death and resurrection – God was putting into motion that promise. The Bible says that “God so loved the world, that he gave us his only son, so that whoever will believe in him, shall not perish but know and have eternal life.”
New life and beginnings with God are possible through his son Jesus.
When a person surrenders their life to Jesus, believing that he is God’s true son and king, something happens. God’s life reaches into theirs. It is as though they are born again. A new life begins. An eternal life that both reaches into the age to come setting people free from the fear of death, and into our present experience offering forgiveness and healing through the transformative love of God’s Spirit. This is the rescuing and saving power of God and it is available to all.
God’s desire is to heal, cleanse, and restore a broken and needy world.
His plan for our lives is that we might turn back to him and then partner with him in transforming his world for his good until he comes again. The Bibles says that Jesus will return. He promises to recreate a new heavens and earth where there will be no more evil. He promises to call all humanity to account for how they have lived. In Jesus we can be rescued from the judgement to come, and find life everlasting.
If you would like to know more, then read the attachment titled The Apostles Creed. A creed is a statement of belief. It comes from the Latin word credo which means ‘I believe’. Early followers of Jesus established creeds so that people would know what the basic essentials of the Christian faith were and the commonly accepted ideas and meaning surrounding the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. One of them was called the Apostles Creed:
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
He ascended into heaven,
He is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.