What We Believe
…that men and women are no longer born with the desire to obey God or admit that he has the right to judge us. Instead we decide for ourselves what we will call 'good' and 'bad', and call on God to follow our own human standards.
…that God will eventually judge all those who continue to refuse him. When his patience runs out, it will be too late to change our minds and our suffering will become permanent and much more severe than it is in this life.
…that in the Old Testament, God showed his love for us in ultimately futile attempts to restore us to himself. These attempts were futile by design: they served to show us that there was no way to encourage us back to God while our hearts were hardened against him. They served to build anticipation that God would finally address the root of the problem by changing his people from the inside.
…that God fulfilled his amazing plan to restore our relationship with him by becoming a man himself (in the person of his son Jesus). The life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus communicated all the different aspects of God's plan of restoration. Trusting in Jesus has become the litmus test of whether we are prepared to return to God.
…that God has forever changed those who trust in Jesus by writing his law on their hearts (in other words, he has caused us to want to obey him, at the level of our deepest intentions). This fulfils God's promise to pour out his Holy Spirit.
…that the life and behaviour of those who are changed in this way improves as the seed planted deep in our hearts grows and bears fruit over time. This growth will look different from person to person, and may even appear slow, but will always be visible in the end.
…that people changed in this way naturally want to come together and show love towards one another and towards God — this is the true essence of 'church'.
…that all people in the church have a unique role to play based on our gifts and personality. Each role has great value in God's sight, however lowly or hidden.
…that the actions of the church to spread the good news, about forgiveness and the new heart, is God's means for changing people's minds about him. He includes the church in his work and makes the message effective. He does this by changing the hearts of those he has chosen to respond to the good news (called 'the gospel').
…that God is showing patience at this time, but his patience will one day be exhausted. On that day Jesus will return to judge the living and the dead. On that day, the Lord will "search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds". Those who seek God will receive eternal life, but for those who are self-seeking, "there will be wrath and fury".
…that from that day we will never again turn from trusting God to our own ways, as the first man and woman did. God will be our God and we will be his people — we will trust God to decide between 'good' and 'bad' having experienced the pain of a world full of selfishness and evil desire.