our values & Beliefs
In an amazing act of grace, God sent his only son, Jesus Christ, to die on a cross. There he took God’s punishment for human sin and defeated death. He rose again, is ruling from heaven now and will return. It’s the greatest message in the world! Those who believe in it are saved for eternity.
The gospel changes us from the inside out. Our salvation should never be a source of pride or self-righteousness because we have done nothing to deserve it. This keeps us humble in the way we relate to God, to other Christians and to those who don’t share our beliefs. We can even rejoice in times of suffering, safe in the knowledge that God has made our future secure.
God’s plan is to draw together a community of changed people, united in Christ. This unity transcends any differences in race, age, income or culture. We make every effort to keep this unity by humbly and gently caring for one another.
We want to be a community in which God’s people are equipped to live out the Christian life, in front of the watching world. So, when we gather together, we are equipped for our works of service through the gifts that God so generously continues to give. As we carry out these works of service, the body of Christ is built up.
God’s new community is at the forefront of his mission to bring the rest of the world under the loving rule of Jesus Christ. We want to share the good news of Jesus Christ with all types of people, so that they might turn to put their trust in him, and be saved.
Though we joyfully invite every person to faith in Jesus, we are committed to sacrificially serving our neighbours whether they believe as we do or not. We do this by using our gifts and resources for the needs of others, especially the poor and the weak.
As we prayerfully seek to maintain these biblical values, we always do so with God’s glory as our chief aim.
St Peters is a Reformed, Evangelical church and the following is a summary of our core beliefs
GOD HAS SPOKEN
The Bible is God's reliable teaching for today. It says all we need for salvation and serving God.
THE CROSS OF CHRIST
Jesus died to bear the punishment we deserve. We depend on him alone to be forgiven.
JESUS IS OUR LIVING LORD
God raised Jesus bodily from the dead to be our living LORD. He opened the way to heaven.
CHRIST WILL COME AGAIN
Jesus will return to judge us all. No one will escape punishment unless they trust and obey him.
GOD'S SPIRIT IS WITH US
God's Holy Spirit gives new life and helps us know and grow more like Jesus. We need his power.
TRUST AND OBEY
To be forgiven, we must learn to trust in Christ alone and learn to follow him. He is our King.
IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH
We try to worship God with simple sincerity, not ritual. We learn to listen to him through the Bible not in mystery.
SPREAD THE WORD
Christ commanded us to make him known to others. We long for others to discover his love.