JESUS IS ALIVE
We believe that, right now, Jesus is alive – having conquered death and proving through His resurrection that He Himself is God (Romans 1:4). He is not some philosophical ideal, or figure relegated to the past as simply a good moral teacher for us to learn from - He is fully and totally God, our Creator and active in the world today through the presence of the Holy Spirit (Colossians 1: 15-20 ; Hebrews 1:3 ; Matthew 28:18-20), having eternally existed with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit in the loving & perfect community of the Trinity (one God in three persons, who are distinct from each other and yet each fully, equally and eternally God)
JESUS IS GOD
Jesus is the only member of the Trinity to become a man, adding humanity to his divinity (referred to as the incarnation – ‘taking on flesh’), and while on earth lived a perfectly sinless human life by the power of the Holy Spirit, knowing in all ways what it is to be human and completely able to relate to the human experience (Philippians 2: 6-11 ; Hebrews 4: 14-16) in order to make substitutionary atonement for us – to die in our place, for our sins, so that we might receive righteousness instead of deserved punishment (Romans 3: 23-24 ; Romans 6: 23 ; 2 Corinthians 5: 21).
Jesus is the only way to the Father; the only way to ‘get to heaven,’ as the only perfect and sinless mediator between a holy God and sinful man (1 Timothy 2: 5-6 ; John 14:6).
We affirm that His many miracles are convincing evidence of His divine nature - including His birth through the virgin, Mary; fulfilment of numerous other Old Testament prophecies, and ultimately his resurrection from death – and that these miracles are recorded ‘signs’ to inspire belief (John 20: 30-31)
JESUS LOVES US
Jesus has demonstrated His great love for us by dying on the Cross, in our place, for our sins so that we could be reconciled to God, be forgiven, given new and abundant life and adopted into God’s family, receiving the Holy Spirit as our constant counsellor and empowerer. (Romans 5: 8 ; John 10:10 ; Ephesians 1: 3-10 ; John 16: 13 ; Ezekiel 36: 26-27; John 3:16)
All of this is a gift from God, and must be received by faith (Ephesians 2: 8-9) in order to be effective. God is steadfast and abounding in His love towards us, giving us numerous opportunities to call on Him to be saved – which is a conscious decision of the will that each individual must make to receive Jesus as their Saviour, turning from their sin and putting their trust in Him.