What we believe
We are a Christian Church
We believe in one God, the living, sovereign, holy creator, who made us to know and love him and has revealed himself supremely through his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. The inconvenient truth is that none of us naturally live as if that were true and our desire for autonomy, which the Bible calls sin, leaves us vulnerable to God’s righteous judgment.
However, the great news of Christianity is that God loves us and sent his own Son, Jesus of Nazareth, into the world not only to reveal God perfectly but also to rescue us from ourselves. Fully God and fully man, Jesus lived a perfect life and died in our place on the cross so that our broken relationship with God might be restored. Three days later, God raised Jesus from the dead demonstrating that Jesus is the Lord who rules over this world, calls people to turn from their rebellion, trust in him for forgiveness and follow him as Lord of our lives.
When someone becomes a Christian, God the Holy Spirit, who enables us to turn and trust in Christ, lives within us and empowers us to live for God as we wait eagerly and patiently for Christ to return and for God’s perfect new creation.
We are a gospel-centred church
At the core of what we believe and what we are about is the momentous news called the Gospel, namely that in Jesus Christ, the true and living God stepped into our world, made God known to us and made a way for us to come back to him.
We believe this Gospel is the best news for individuals, cities, nations and the whole world and so long to learn, live and share it with others. We believe the Bible to be the divinely inspired and uniquely authoritative revelation of God, completely reliable and sufficient for all we need to know in order to live for God. So, we give ourselves prayerfully to seek to understand, apply and obey God’s word in every area of life, convinced that, empowered by the work of the Holy Spirit, when God’s Word is faithfully taught, God’s voice is truly heard.
We are an Anglican Church
We stand in the tradition of the Anglican Reformers of the 16th century, affirming with them the great truths that were rediscovered at the time of the Reformation, such as the sovereignty of God in salvation, justification by faith alone, and salvation in Christ alone. However, we recognise, along with the Church of England’s 39 Articles, that churches may drift from God’s Word written and so we welcome Christians from any denomination to Christ Church, eager to express our unity in Christ rather than under any denominational banner alone.