What We Believe
Understanding what we believe, knowing how we view key aspects of scripture
In our modern world, through the power of the internet, we have wide access to people’s views and opinions. As Elders we believe it is important to be clear on the key aspects of our faith and what we, as members of God’s church here at SCF, believe. The following statements provide a summary outline of that belief (the complete statements are within the pack which is issued as part of the Joining the Church programme):
We believe in:
The one true holy God, eternally existing in three equal persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Everything in heaven and on earth, all that is seen and unseen, comes from the Father; everything that has been created has come through the Son.
The divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Bible – We see scripture as God’s word and we use it to guide us in our lives seeking to correctly understand it and apply it.
The dignity of all people. We have all been made in His image to love, to be holy and care for creation; yet the human race has been corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgement;
The love, grace and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world. The central purpose of God’s revelation in Scripture is to call people into fellowship with Him.
The salvation of humanity is completely a work of God’s free grace – it is not in any way the result of human works or goodness. Everyone can have a relationship with Jesus Christ by receiving salvation through repentance and faith. God’s Word assures us that He will continue His saving work forever, in those who have accepted him as their Lord and Saviour.
The incarnation of God’s eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. He was born of the Virgin Mary – He was truly divine and truly human, yet without sin;
The atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross – The sacrifice that Christ freely made, dying for us in our place to enable us to overcome sin, adversity and death.
The bodily resurrection of Christ – He is not dead, but risen, alive, and his reign and mediation as the only Saviour of the world. He promises to return to earth, personally and visibly, to fulfil history, when he will hand over The Kingdom of God to the Father.
The ministry of God the Holy Spirit – We believe in the work of the Holy Spirit as God. The Holy Spirit’s work in us, as disciples of Jesus Christ, empowers us to lead a life of Christ-like character and bear fruit for the Father’s glory.
The Church, as the body of Christ both local and universal, and the priesthood of all believers – The church representing Christ, empowered with gifts by the Holy Spirit for worship, to proclaim the gospel, promoting justice and love.
The personal and visible return of Jesus Christ – Christ will return to bring eternal life to the redeemed, ruling and establishing His Kingdom on Earth.
Baptism is an outward expression of an inward commitment to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ – Ordained by Christ, it is part of the discipleship journey and every believer is commanded to be baptised.
Communion – We practice communion regularly as instructed by Jesus, it reminds us of what he did for us, of the price He paid for our salvation “For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” (1Cor11:26).