Doctrines of grace
We teach the doctrines of grace (in the reformed faith, often summarised as the 'five points of Calvinism'). Our doctrinal basis is the Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689.
Free offer of the Gospel
We believe in the universal tender of salvation, also called the free offer of the Gospel, dedicating one service every Sunday to persuasive evangelistic preaching, and praying that God will use this for the salvation of precious souls. Evangelism is a foremost duty for us, embracing evangelistic Sunday Schools, youth outreach, and other measures described in these pages.
We believe that traditional worship is in line with the clear teaching of the Bible. Worship is to be glorious and reverent, lifting up our minds in praise, thanksgiving, repentance, dedication, intercession, and the hearing of God’s Word. It is not intended to entertain, as though the house of God were a theatre or dance-hall, but to bring us to appreciate Almighty God.
We try to honour the concept of the working church, which means that all true believers serve the Lord, if it is possible for them to do so, joining together in activities to bring glory to Him. With this emphasis a church may carry out large outreach efforts, Sunday School ministry, and so on. Christians are not just a ‘Sunday audience’, but a company of committed, dedicated workers for the Lord.
We believe that the Lord’s people must keep themselves clear from worldliness and false teaching. This is the doctrine of biblical separation. False teaching denies the inspiration and infallibility of the Bible, as well as other fundamental doctrines of the faith. True churches must defend and preserve the Truth at all costs never compromising the only way of salvation.
The Prayer meeting
We believe in the great importance of prayer, and maintain the church Prayer Meeting as a distinctive weeknight meeting. Without the blessing of God in answer to prayer, all our witness would be in vain. Corporate prayer is paramount.
We hold that the 'local church' (that is, every individual congregation) is designed by God to carry out many tasks. Therefore ‘wider’ ministries, such as missions, the training of preachers, and the issuing of literature, should be undertaken by individual churches if the Lord leads and enables them.