What we believe
The heart of what we believe at CCB is this:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”
Those words could change your life if you let them!
They come from the gospel of John (the fourth book of the New Testament in the Bible) and what they are saying is that all of us are separated from God because, from the earliest of ages, we make decisions and carry out actions that aren’t good for us, aren’t good for others and aren’t good enough for God.
Wonderfully, these words also tell us that God is more loving than all our failings and faults, loving enough to find a way for us to be treated as if we were good enough! God sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to make it possible for us to be embraced by our Heavenly Father and for us to have the promise of everlasting life in heaven. Because of Jesus our “Sorry, God” now really means something. That’s what we believe!
Does that sound a bit simple?
Well it is that simple really but if you want to understand a bit, or even a lot, more about what we believe then you could scroll down this page, but better still why not come on an “Alpha Course” to find out more:
Here it all is again but in a bit more detail…
Christ Church is a Church of England evangelical church which means that we believe:
that Jesus Christ is God’s only Son whose mission was to mend the broken relationship between us and God
the truth of the Bible to reveal the heart and actions of God throughout history and in our lives today
the power of the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead through which all can know eternal life
the transforming joy of knowing Jesus as our Saviour
the empowering work of the Holy Spirit to make God fully known in the hearts of people today
And for those of you who really like this kind of thing here it all is again in a lot more detail!…
This is an even fuller description of our understanding of the Christian faith and is taken from the words of Church of England’s Evangelical Council’s statement of faith:
1.1 Introduction: As members of the Church of England within the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church we affirm the faith uniquely revealed in the holy Scriptures and set forth in the catholic creeds, of which the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion are a general exposition. Standing in the Reformation tradition we lay especial emphasis on the grace of God – his unmerited mercy – as expressed in the doctrines which follow.
1.2 God as the Source of Grace – In continuity with the teaching of holy Scripture and the Christian creeds, we worship one God in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God has created all things, and us in his own image; all life, truth, holiness and beauty come from him. His Son Jesus Christ, fully God and fully man, was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, was crucified, died, rose and ascended to reign in glory
1.3 The Bible as the Revelation of Grace – We receive the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments as the wholly reliable revelation and record of God’s grace, given by the Holy Spirit as the true word of God written. The Bible has been given to lead us to salvation, to be the ultimate rule for Christian faith and conduct, and the supreme authority by which the Church must ever reform itself and judge its traditions.
1.4 The Atonement as the Work of Grace – We believe that Jesus Christ came to save lost sinners. Though sinless, he bore our sins, and their judgement, on the cross, thus accomplishing our salvation. By raising Christ bodily from the dead, God vindicated him as Lord and Saviour and his victory. Salvation is in Christ alone.
1.5 The Church as the Community of Grace – We hold that the Church is God’s covenant community, whose members, drawn from every nation, having been justified by grace through faith, inherit the promises made to Abraham and fulfilled in Christ. As a fellowship of the Spirit manifesting his fruit and exercising his gifts, it is called to worship God, grow in grace, and bear witness to him and his Kingdom. God’s Church is one body and must ever strive to discover and experience that unity in truth and love which it has in Christ, especially through its confession of the apostolic faith and in its observance of the dominical sacraments.
1.6 The Sacraments as the Signs of Grace – We maintain that the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion proclaim the Gospel as effective and visible signs of our justification and sanctification, and as true means of God’s grace to those who repent and believe. Baptism is the sign of forgiveness of sin, the gift of the Spirit, new birth to righteousness and entry into the fellowship of the People of God. Holy Communion is the sign of the living, nourishing presence of Christ through his Spirit to his people: the memorial of his one, perfect, completed and all-sufficient sacrifice for sin, from whose achievement all may benefit but in whose offering none can share; and an expression of our corporate life of sacrificial thanksgiving and service.
1.7 Ministry as the Stewardship of Grace – We share, as the People of God, in a royal priesthood common to the whole Church, and in the community of the Suffering Servant. Our mission is the proclamation of the Gospel by the preaching of the word, as well as by caring for the needy, challenging evil and promoting justice and a more responsible use of the world’s resources. It is the particular vocation of bishops and presbyters, together with deacons, to build up the body of Christ in truth and love, as pastors, teachers, and servants of the servants of God.
1.8 Christ’s Return as the triumph of Grace – We look forward expectantly to the final manifestation of Christ’s grace and glory when he comes again to raise the dead, judge the world, vindicate His chosen and bring his Kingdom to its eternal fulfilment in the new heaven and the new earth