The Apostles Creed is the cornerstone of our theology and the irreducible minimum to which we adhere without compromise. Over and above the Creed we subscribe to a generous orthodoxy that recognises the complex and vast array of theological perspectives from which we can learn and grow, even if we do not fully agree with all of them.
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 and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended into death. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there 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. Amen. (*that is, the whole Christian church of all times and all places)
We believe that God exists and has revealed Himself most fully through Jesus Christ whose life and teachings reflect the heart of God for the world and the will of God for all people. God is personal, relational and therefore knowable and He invites all people everywhere to experience full life through faithfulness to Him and trust in Him. We believe that God is one being consisting of three distinct persons, equal and indivisible, and that experiencing God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit is essential to a true and life-giving knowledge of God. This personal, experiential knowledge of God is made possible through the Holy Spirit who transforms the human heart and empowers believers for life and service
We believe that all people are created equal in the eyes of God and are therefore loved by God. We believe that all people were created in the image of God to have life-filled relationship with Him but have been alienated through humanity’s rebellion. People are incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through their own efforts and must come to God through trust in and allegiance to Jesus who, through His death, burial and resurrection, is the only mediator between God and humankind.
About the Bible
We believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God and that it remains relevant today because its purpose remains necessary. The purpose of the Scriptures is to provide us with a narrative history of God’s redeeming work in the world and to reveal the primary focus of that work i.e. the person of God the Son, Jesus Christ. The Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is a revelation of God’s will and God’s way and serves as an authoritative source of guidance, wisdom, correction and inspiration through which God continues to speak to the community of faith.
About the Church
The Church is the corporate body of Jesus followers, from every age, who have experienced new life through the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit and who have pledged allegiance to Jesus as Lord of all creation. The Church finds expression in local communities when believers come together for worship, relationship, service and prayer. Though imperfect, it seeks to bring an outworking of God’s Kingdom on earth and an image of what life under the lordship of Jesus looks like.
About the Gospel
The gospel is the good news that Jesus is alive and Jesus is Lord and because of this, humankind has been offered redemption and forgiveness leading to restored relationship with God. The mission of the Church is to proclaim and participate in the coming of the Kingdom of God to earth by faithfully sharing this good news of the gospel and living out its implications in the world.
About the Planet
We believe the universe was purposefully and masterfully created by God out of nothing and that God’s compassion, care and delight extend to all that He has made. While humanity occupies a special place in the heart of God, it is not an exclusive place and God’s love and concern includes all of creation. We believe that the creation will be restored and renewed by God in the new Kingdom when Jesus returns to set the world right as its ultimate and rightful ruler.