We believe that God calls His people to be both serious-minded and joyful. As serious-minded Christians we don’t seek to build the church through gimmicks and fads but rather through the faithful use of God’s ordinary means of grace. Through expository and doctrinal preaching, fervent and frequent prayer, and reverent and joyful worship (including partaking in the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s supper), we look to Christ to feed and lead His church.
There are five core beliefs and values that are important to our understanding of the church and these headings (all of which begin with the letter ‘C’, co-incidentally) may help you to appreciate the DNA of this future church planting work.
Confessional: The supreme authority of the church is the Old and New Testaments, comprising the sixty-six books of the Bible. A valid question is: ‘How do you interpret the Bible?’. Our answer is found in the Westminster Standards which are made up of the Westminster Confession of Faith, alongside the Westminster Larger and Shorter Catechisms.
Connectional: The government of each congregation within our denomination is made up of elders. These elders, which includes a minister (a teaching elder), together form the presbytery. The presbytery is the regional expression of our authority structure and there is great benefit to each church in terms of encouragement, prayer, accountability and unity.
Covenantal: An organic unity is seen to exist between the Old and New Covenants. The climax of these various covenants are manifested in the Person and work of Jesus Christ. A covenantal approach to the Bible impacts our method in preaching, our understanding of the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and our vision of discipleship in the family.
Community: People are made in the image of God and this divine blueprint includes an inbuilt desire to be in harmony with other people. We hope that our congregation strives to take the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27) very seriously but simultaneously the building of a living community of real people should be the expression of our doctrine.
Care: It is our sincere desire that our church members sense that they are cared for spiritually, practically and pastorally.