The Bible tells us that Christianity is "good news about Jesus Christ, the Son of God" (Mark's Gospel, chapter 1 verse 1). Christianity is not primarily about rules or religious rituals. Rather, it is about a person, Jesus Christ, and our relationship with him. At the heart of Christianity is not good advice about what we need to do, but rather an announcement of the good news about what God has already done for us in Jesus.
Christianity is "good news about Jesus Christ, the Son of God"
Mark's Gospel, chapter 1 verse 1
The following is a simple summary of the heart of the Christian faith:
- The Bible tells us that God is the creator of the whole universe, including us. As such he is our rightful King.
- However, all of us have turned our backs on God and rebelled against his loving rule - what the Bible calls sin. As a result we fully deserve God's just punishment.
- But, in his great love for us, God came into the world as a man, Jesus Christ, to live a perfect life and take on himself the punishment we deserve by dying on the cross in our place, so that we can be completely forgiven.
- God raised Jesus from the dead on the first Easter Sunday, meaning Jesus is alive now, reigning as God's King.
- Every person is faced with two choices - reject Jesus and face his just punishment, or trust in Jesus and receive his free gift of eternal life.
As a church we are affiliated with the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC) and hold to their doctrinal basis, which you can find here. A more detailed summary of our beliefs can be found in the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith.