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FAITH STATEMENT

We are a community of those who believe in God the Father, in His Son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Spirit - one God; who are repentant of sin and have been saved by personal faith in Jesus Christ through His atoning death and resurrection; who publicly confess their faith and who are committed to the church's aims and functions.

WHAT WE BELIEVE?

The true humanity and Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The atonement made on the cross by our Lord for the sin of the world.
The person of the Holy Spirit as the one who sets apart, empowers,
and imparts spiritual gifts to the church.
The inspiration of the Bible and its authority in all matters of faith and practice.
Salvation and membership in the Church by faith in Christ alone.
The immersion of believers as the scriptural form of water baptism.

WHO ARE CHRISTIANS?

Christians are a rather large group of people who believe that Jesus is God's Son, and he came to our planet so we could see what God is like. The life of Jesus on earth was an example for us, and his death paves the way to bring us into God's family.
The Bible has several pictures of what it means to become a Christian. For some, the change is so radical, it is like being born all over again. For everyone it is reconciliation. We were made to live as friends of God, pleasing him by doing what he wants. We need reconciling because, instead of doing what he wants, our inclination is to live self-centered lives. It is not just that we are wayward in what we have done, it is who we are that is faulty. Faulty individuals make for a faulty society. We read about what results in the papers every day.

HOW DO I BECOME CHRISTIAN?

God calls for a U-turn. He asks us to put our trust in Him, and to believe that through Jesus we can be forgiven, given a clean slate, and have a whole new start. It is simply a matter of us putting our lives totally into God's hands. If God had a plan for all people everywhere, it would have to be simple. And simple it is, but profound. It is totally dependent on God's favour toward us who don't deserve it. We don't do anything except trust him. Christians say that it is the most wonderful thing that a person can do.
If you would like to become a Christian you can do it now by talking to God. The exact words don't matter, it's not a matter of reciting a formula but entering a relationship. You could say something like this:
"God, here I am, and I could use a new beginning. I know that I haven't been living to please you, but I want to now. Thank you for sending Jesus into our world to die for me. I trust him to forgive me. I now want to give him first place in my life and to live for him."
Talking to God like that is powerful stuff! When done sincerely, it makes you a son or daughter of God. It makes you a new Christian. Of course that is just the beginning, as a new Christian you need to grow. The best way to do that is to get in touch with other Christians.

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