What do we believe?
As a church we humbly seek to understand and live by God’s word – the Bible and while it is impossible to sum up the whole counsel of God from the Bible in a few brief passages on a web site, we realise that people do want and need to know about core beliefs as this will determine whether they would like to visit or possibly commit to being part of the church.
We hope the information below will help in answering some of these questions.
We are a Christian Church and Protestant in our heritage in that we believe a person is justified by God purely and simply through faith in Jesus Christ alone, being saved by God’s sheer mercy and grace for His good pleasure and our good.
This is in contrast to believing that through our own efforts or perceived goodness we can somehow “earn” God’s favour or grace.
This understanding of justification by faith became the central tenet of the Protestant Reformation of the 16th Century in Europe and England and recaptured the message of the gospel as found in the pages of the New Testament. As one of the reformers has said “it is the hinge on which all true religion turns”. When we move away from this knowledge we move away from a grace filled expression of genuine community to one that becomes moralistic, controlling and legalistic.
We believe that God is one, manifested as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Therefore we believe in the complete divinity and complete humanity of Jesus i.e. He was not half man half God but fully man and fully God. We believe that the Holy Spirit is personal in the same way as Jesus is and as is the Father.
We believe that heaven and hell are real and equally eternal and that God is both just and the justifier (Romans 3:26) which means He will judge by His holiness those who continue in rebellion and stubbornness in receiving Jesus and His Kingdom and will justify by His loving grace those, who He has called and who willingly receive Him. (Romans 8:28–30; John 1:11–13).
If you haven’t received Jesus as Lord and saviour as you read this, won’t you do it now and not delay. His promise is that all who receive Him, who believe in His name, He gives the right to become children of God, who are born not of blood nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God (John 1:12–13)
We believe that there will be a new heaven and a new earth and all those who God has called and believed will be with Him in His eternal kingdom.
We believe that all the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the infilling of the Holy Spirit and the ascension gifts from Ephesians 4 have not ceased with the completion of the New Testament but continue on as Jesus builds His church and God’s kingdom is advanced.
A more detailed Statement of Faith is available here: City Edge Church Statement of Faith