What is church? and other questions
Why the Bible? We believe the Bible is God’s Word: it is relevant for today, it is the basis for all we believe and we seek to base our lives on it.
What is a Christian? A Christian is someone who has asked God to forgive their sin and trusts in the Lord Jesus as their Saviour.
What is Church? The Bible indicates that all Christians are part of the Universal Church and those in a particular area are a local Church whose members are united in their faith in Christ. The members are committed to lovingly supporting one another, overseen by elders who are responsible for their spiritual wellbeing. As a church we are directly answerable to God and all decisions are made at church members’ business meetings under the leadership of the church elders.
The Bible indicates that fellowship with other Christians is important, tending to increase love for the Lord and one another and to decrease the likelihood of unbiblical lifestyles. Membership of the local church means that God-given talents can be used for the benefit of the whole church. Therefore we have a formal membership that requires commitment to the beliefs, aims and members of this church.
Why Baptism? The Bible states that Christians should be baptised as a sign of their repentance and faith towards God. We baptise Christians on confession of their faith by full emersion, following Jesus’ example.
Why Communion? As a Church we remember our Lord’s death in the communion service at 10.15 am on the first Sunday of each month.
Baptised believers visiting from other churches which share our beliefs are welcome to join us for communion and we encourage those living locally for any length of time to become members.
Visitors who wish to join us for communion should speak to one of the Church leaders before the communion service.