With Christians across the world, we believe in the good news message of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, lived in perfect obedience to God’s law, died to receive God’s punishment for our sins, was buried, on the third day rose again from the dead, and then ascended into heaven and sat down at the right hand of the Father, where God exalted him as Lord over all the world. In light of this, God calls all people everywhere to repent and submit to Jesus Christ as Lord before he returns to judge the living and the dead.
As a church in the Protestant tradition, we submit to the Christian Scriptures as our final authority for faith and practice, believing them to be infallible and inerrant, not only in the truths that they affirm but also in their very words.
Jesus Christ loved the Church and gave himself for her. So we are committed to local church ministry, seen primarily in the preaching of the Word, the administration of the sacraments and pastoral care, as the means of grace by which God builds and beautifies his church.
Paul’s apostolic mission in Asia Minor was church planting. So we are committed to planting churches in cities across Great Britain, Europe and Korea, as we call people to turn from idols to serve Jesus Christ as Lord in local gospel communities.
The Apostle Paul encouraged Titus to appoint elders in every city, men whose lives embodied the gospel of grace and truth. So we are committed to encouraging elders and training men for ministry in different cities across Great Britain, Europe and Korea.
The New Testament knows only inter-dependent churches. So we are committed to working together as churches in mutual accountability and encouragement while fostering relationship with other churches that profess Jesus Christ as Lord.
As churches belonging to Jesus Christ, we live under the command of our Lord: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you”. Mission is therefore essential to the existence of Christ’s church on earth.
The covenant with Abraham was intended to bring blessing to the world. The flow of redemptive history moves from exclusion (Israel) to inclusion (all nations). The church family is therefore to be outward focused, looking for every opportunity to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ so that people of every nation might be transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God’s Son.
When Jesus taught the gospel, he engaged people in their language and with illustrations that helped them understand his message within their cultural context. As a church living in the twenty-first century, we are therefore committed to engaging the minds and hearts of unbelievers where they are. Our goal is not to make the gospel relevant; our goal is to show how the gospel is relevant.
To glorify the Triune God by planting and strengthening churches across Great Britain, Europe and Korea, which proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord, trust the whole Bible to be God’s Word, affirm the Christian creeds, and hold to the Reformed confessions.
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