What we believe

As an evangelical Christian Church there are some key things that St Matthew’s believes. We uphold the creedal beliefs of the Anglican Church, and affirm especially:

(a) The love of God as the source and motive of our life and mission;

(b) The Lordship of Jesus Christ over the church and the world;

(c) The authority of the Bible as God's living word to individuals and communities;

(d) The Holy Spirit's gifting of all Christian women and men for their varied ministries;

(e) The centrality of evangelism within the whole mission of the church;

(f) The need for continuing renewal of local congregations as living communities of faith and love;

(g) The priority of prayer and worship as under girding all Christian life and action.

What we believe.......

About God: We believe there is only one true God, Yahweh, The God of the Bible. God is the creator of heaven and earth. God is eternal and exists as Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

About the Bible: We believe the Bible is the inspired and authoritative written Word of God. It is trustworthy and is the primary way God speaks to us today. In the Bible God has revealed His own character and will, and shows us how God wants us to live as followers of Jesus. The Bible contains all that is necessary for salvation and is the supreme authority in all matters of life, conduct, faith, doctrine and experience.

About Jesus: We believe Jesus Christ is divine, not simply a good man, but God Incarnate (as man among us). We affirm that Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, and made a vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood. We celebrate His bodily resurrection from the dead, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory when He will judge the living and the dead. We believe that through his sacrificial death on the cross Jesus repaired the rift between humanity and God.

About being a Christian: We believe that being a follower of Jesus is a mandate to live a life which is radically different to the world around us. This life is characterised by Holiness (a desire to be more like Jesus), Service (sharing our time, resources and talents to build up the Body of Christ) and Witness (telling others about what Jesus has done for us). This life is lived in fellowship with other believers so that we might mutually support and encourage one another.

About Sin and Salvation: We believe this world was created as a perfect place where humanity enjoyed an unhindered relationship with God, but that through human rebellion this perfection was marred. This rebellion against the will of God is called sin. Sin meant the introduction of death and disease, pain and suffering, toil and strife into this world. It is because of sin that our relationship with God is troubled and strained. If it was not for God reaching out to us we would be unable to know God because of our own depravity and continued rebellion against God’s ways. Every person stands condemned before God because of their rebellion, but in Jesus Christ the one perfect sacrifice for the sin of the world was made. Whoever believes in their heart and confesses with their mouth that Jesus Christ is who they will follow and submit to will be saved by his atoning death on the cross. This is the free gift of God, it is wondrous and unfathomable, a product of the pure love of God for His creation.

About the Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is co-equal with God the Father and the Son and in-dwells believers at the point of their acceptance of Jesus as their ruler. The Holy Spirit’s role is to bring glory to Jesus Christ and enable believers to live lives of holiness, service and witness. The Holy Spirit works to illuminate believers’ minds to grasp the truth of the Bible, producing in them Christ-like character (sometimes called ‘fruit’), granting them spiritual gifts and empowering them to carry out the will of God. The Holy Spirit grants gifts for the purpose of building up others, not self indulgence. Their use is determined—not by personal desire for fulfilment, or satisfaction— but by the principle of building the Church.

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