Statement of Faith

 

1.1 Preamble

The Church accepts the Christian faith as set forth in the Old and New Testaments and as summarized in the Apostles’ Creed. It is at the same time aware that because of the present state of the church at large, denominational differences do exist, and for this reason it is stressed that the Church is interdenominational in character.

 

1.2 The doctrinal basis of the Church shall be the fundamental truths of Christianity including:

1.2.1 We believe in the one, holy, sovereign, creating and redeeming God, eternally existing in three Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

1.2.2 We believe in the divine inspiration and entire trustworthiness of the Bible, its infallible teaching and supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct; and its normative value for all peoples, at all times, in all cultures.

1.2.3 We believe that all people without distinction are made in the image of God, but all are now sinners and have incurred both God's holy wrath and their own shame and guilt. All are therefore in utter need of redemption.

1.2.4 We believe in Jesus Christ our Lord, the incarnate Son of God, uniquely God-man and the only Saviour. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, sacrificial death, bodily resurrection and ascension. We believe He has achieved the final defeat of Satan and all evil powers.

1.2.5 We believe in the justification of sinners by God's grace, through faith in Christ alone.

1.2.6 We believe in the Holy Spirit and His convicting, regenerating, sanctifying and reviving work. He guides and empowers individuals and churches in their service to God and all people.

1.2.7 We believe in the unity and priesthood of all believers who together form the one, holy, universal, apostolic church.

1.2.8 We believe in the visible, personal return of Jesus Christ in power and great glory to judge both the living and the dead. We believe that the Scriptures set out only two destinies for humanity; the joyful prospect of eternal life in the presence of God for those who have received Christ and the agonising prospect of eternal separation from God for those who have rejected Him.

 

1.3 The Church recognises Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion in common with most Protestant Churches. Being interdenominational in character, 

     1.3.1 The Church recognises the baptism conducted in a Christian church or by a Christian minister whose doctrinal position agrees with our Statement of Faith; although the Church normally conducts baptism by immersion.

     1.3.2 Holy Communion is open to all who have experienced the new birth through repentance toward God and commitment of life in faith to Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord, having declared this in baptism.

 

Church Objective

 

2. To advance the Christian religion in accordance with the Church’s beliefs as set out in the Statement of Faith.

 

Church Missions

 

3.1 To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to teach the doctrines of the Christian faith as set forth in the Holy Scriptures, primarily but not exclusively, to the Chinese in Luton and the surrounding counties (Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire). 

3.2 To be a spiritual home for Chinese Christians to worship and serve the Triune God, and to have fellowship in the context of their special needs.

3.3 To teach the children Biblical truths so that they would be trained up in the way they should go, and when they are old, they will not depart from it.

3.4 To co-operate with other churches and societies whose doctrinal position agrees with our Statement of Faith.

3.5 To promote the Worldwide Mission of Jesus Christ in evangelism and the relief of poverty.