What we believe

The Christian faith is all about Jesus – loving him, trusting him, following him.

For a straightforward introduction to the Christian faith, take a look at 2 Ways to Live.

If you want to know more about what we believe, you might find it helpful to look at the information below. For more details, check out our doctrinal standards.

We are a Christian church

Together with Christians throughout the ages we affirm the historic Christian creeds - the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Chalcedonian Creed. We use one of these creeds during our services, as we join in declaring our faith.

We are an Evangelical church

This means two things. First, “evangelical” means “focused on the good news about Jesus Christ.” The old English word “evangel” comes from a Greek word that means “good news”. As an evangelical church, we’re committed to proclaiming the good news about Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.

Second, “evangelical” means “Bible-based.” We believe the Bible is God’s word, the ultimate authority in every area of life. This doesn’t mean that we interpret the Bible in a simplistic or literalistic way - we’re not fundamentalists. But neither do we abandon the Bible just because it conflicts with the shifting sands of religious tradition or contemporary opinion. We believe that the ancient truths of the Bible speak to every aspect of the modern world, so we’re unashamedly committed to reading the Bible, working hard to understand it, and following wherever it leads.

Together with many other evangelical churches, we affirm the following contemporary evangelical statements of faith, which encapsulate some key aspects of the Bible's teaching.

  • The UCCF (Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship) Doctrinal Basis
  • The FIEC (Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches) Basis of Faith
  • The Crosslinks Statement of Faith
  • The Evangelical Alliance Basis of Faith

We are a Reformed church

During the Protestant Reformation of the 16th and 17th centuries, many aspects of the Bible's teaching were rediscovered and articulated more clearly than before. We believe that the Bible's teaching is well expressed in the great Reformed confessions, in particular the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Three Forms of Unity.

If you would like further information about what we believe, you may find it helpful to follow the links above, which take you to our doctrinal standards. Alternatively, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.