What do we believe?
In short, we believe in Jesus Christ. It is in Christ that we come to know God – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit – the Triune God who exists in eternity and who created us for his own glory. Men and women are made in the image of God; they are God’s masterpieces who along with the created world reflects the magnificence, majesty and beauty of God. But we have turned away from God our creator to worship idols – the idols of money, sex, status, power and ultimately of ourselves. Indeed, our hearts (the centre of our personality) are a factory of idols. We have broken God’s law and, though we still reflect God, are a broken image.
It is Christ, by becoming man, who restores this image. All things were made by him and for him; and all things are restored by him. How? Through his incarnation (becoming man), obedient life, sacrificial death, resurrection, present reign and future return. He takes our humanity, becoming like us to restore us. He obeys his Father, fulfilling God’s broken law. He dies on the cross in our place. He rises from the dead as the first man of a new creation, defeating death. He now reigns to secure his people for a better world which he will restore when he returns in majestic glory. And he does this for a people who have turned their back on him. This is the glory of his GRACE – God’s Riches At Christ’s Expenses.
Throughout eternity we will glorify the God who is worthy of all praise: “Blessing and honour and glory and power be to him who sits on the throne and to the lamb, forever and ever!”
Ecumenical Creeds: We hold to the basic creeds of the Christian church – the Apostles Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Chalcedonian Creed and Athanasian Creed. The most famous and basic of these is the Apostles’ Creed: https://www.ccel.org/creeds/apostles.creed.html
Detailed Doctrinal Basis: A more detailed account of what we believe is found in the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Westminster Shorter Catechism and the Westminster Larger Catechism: http://www.opc.org/wcf.html. These are doctrinal formulations published in 1647 and are one of the best summaries of Christian truth in the world.