At the heart of Christianity is the conviction that God is not silent or distant. In the life of Jesus Christ he has both spoken and come close to us. In the death of Jesus, and his rising to life, God has ensured that we never need to be distant from him again. In doing so, he has revolutionised our lives, transforming both our relationship with him and with one another.
As an Anglican church, we hold the understanding of Christian faith and life expressed in the Anglican 39 Articles and the Book of Common Prayer. Our essential beliefs include:
- The divine inspiration and infallibility of Holy Scripture as originally given and its supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
- The unity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in the Godhead.
- The universal sinfulness and guilt of humanity since the fall, rendering men and women subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.
- The conception of Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit and his birth by the Virgin Mary.
- Redemption from the guilt, penalty and power of sin only though the sacrificial death, as our representative and substitute, of Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God.
- The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
- The necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit to make the death of Christ effective in the individual sinner, granting him or her repentance towards God, and faith in Jesus Christ.
- The indwelling and work of the Holy Spirit in the believer.
- The expectation of the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ.