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Our Basis of Faith

We believe in one God who is made known through the Lord Jesus Christ, who is both human and divine. We believe that the Bible is inspired by God and an entirely trustworthy and supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

We believe the Scriptures teach that we have all fallen short of the best God intended for us (i.e. to be like Jesus) because we all sin. But the good news Jesus taught affirms God’s unconditional love to all men and women.

Through his power, Christ sets us free from the guilt, penalty and addictive control of sin and brings us to wholeness, when we turn to him in humble repentance and faith, entrusting and surrendering our lives to him.

We believe the Bible makes it clear from the beginning that all men and women have a God-given need for companionship and belonging. For heterosexual people this finds its highest expression in a marriage blessed with children. For gay people we believe that finding a same-sex partner with mutual commitment, equality, respect and faithfulness is the alternative to celibacy. God may call a person to either state, but in both states all Christians must shun immorality.

We hold to the Nicene Creed:

Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father.

Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation

he came down from heaven:

by the power of the Holy Spirit

he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,

and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the Scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified.

He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come.

Amen.

 

Jeremy Marks
July 2004


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