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What we believe...

About the church

We believe there is one universal church, the Bride of Christ for whom her Lord had died and whom He will deliver on the Day when He comes to judge the living and the dead.

This universal church is by God's design expressed in this life as local congregations through whom Christ rules His people and dwells with them through His Spirit as the New Testament Temple (1 Cor 3:16, 6:19).

 

It is as part of this setting that Christ's people are gathered and built up to the glory of God. 

About how we do church'

Our Lord's Day worship services each Sunday are intentionally and self-consciously services of worship.

 

As John Calvin wrote in his tract, 'The necessity of reforming the church', the principal place of the whole substance of Christianity is occupied by 'a knowledge first, of the mode in which God is duly worshipped and secondly of the source from which salvation is to be obtained.'

Instead therefore of merely mimicking a modern-day rock band performance, our worship service is structured in its liturgy by the Gospel.

And so, we included elements such as God's call to worship Him in holiness and truth, hearing His Holy law, Confession of our sins and need for His grace, a joyful confession of what we believe, intercessory prayer, praise, thanksgiving and of course God's promised benediction on our lives as His people.

About our mandate

The mission of the church must always serve the mission of God which is to glorify Himself in His creation (Num 14:21).

 

The last command of Jesus before ascending to the Father was:

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have  commanded you. And surely I am  with you always, to the very end of the age.”  - Matthew 28:19-20  

The purpose of the church is therefore to fill the earth with the glory of the Lord through going to the nations and bringing them to the knowledge of God's glorious truth. (1 Tim 2:4)

About Scripture

The Westminster Confession of Faith says the following concerning Scripture,

'The whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for His own glory, man’s salvation, faith and life, is either expressly set down in Scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from Scripture.' (WCF VI)

Scripture therefore is nothing like a constitution or a social contract written by a previous generation. It is in short, God's covenantal self-manifestation. Behind Scripture stands the living God who has unveiled in the canon of Scripture His character, His will and His purposes for humanity and especially for His covenant people.

Thus, we wholeheartedly receive and stand beneath all of Scripture as God's normative rule for the life of the church. It is His revelation, once delivered to His people to be heeded by all generations as its only rule for faith, life and obedience.

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