The core of what we believe
St Andrew’s is a reformed, evangelical, Anglican Church. We believe that the Bible is God’s inspired and revealed word and the authority on what we believe and how we live. Below is a short summary of the key aspects of the Christian faith.
There is one unique and eternal God, who exists in an everlasting loving relationship of Father, Son and Spirit – one God in three persons. God is the creator of all things and sovereign in all things.
Men and women together are created in the image of God, and therefore enjoy a unique dignity in creation and a unique relationship with God.
Tragically, human nature is universally sinful since the fall and all are guilty before God. This leaves us under the wrath and condemnation of God.
We are unable to turn ourselves to God.
There is no other way to know God except that he reveals himself to us. The Bible is God’s revelation and the words of the Bible are divinely inspired and infallible, as originally given, and have supreme authority in all matters of faith, conduct and experience.
The Bible is sufficient for knowing God.
The Bible reveals that Jesus Christ is both fully God and truly human. He entered fully into human experience, enduring temptation, suffering and death. He was perfectly obedient to God, his father. In his death Jesus took on himself the consequences of human sin, but on the third day he rose bodily from the dead and is now exalted as ruler over all. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.
Salvation is entirely of God’s grace and not of human merit or works. It is only through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, that the guilt, penalty and power of sin can be removed.
The Spirit enables the sinner to repent and put their faith in Jesus Christ.
Although we enjoy now the blessing of union with Christ and secure relationship with God, we await the final consummation of our hope with the return of Christ, the resurrection of our bodies and life with him eternally.
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son, and indwells all true believers. His role is to bring glory to Jesus Christ, thus making Jesus Christ central in all things.
The Spirit enables believers to grasp the truth of the Bible, transforming them and empowering them for service.
The necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit is to make the death of Christ effective in individual sinners, granting them repentance towards God, and faith in Jesus Christ.
About the Church
The visible church is the gathering of believers around Christ in his word.
It is a community of people intended by God to bear witness to him and use their gifts as they work to build the church in love.
The Bible makes clear that in church leadership, as in marriage, the roles of men and women are not interchangeable. We are committed to expressing the differences within relationships of mutual dependence.
If you're interested in reading further, here are some foundational documents which express aspects of the biblical truth to which we hold.