Basis of faith
We believe that there is one God who has revealed himself to be three eternal persons whom we confess as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Father is the Almighty Creator of heaven and earth and he so loves men and women that he sent Jesus Christ to save them from condemnation and eternal death. Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became fully human and by his sacrificial death on the Cross and by his resurrection from the dead, provided the redemption which saves those who come to him in repentance and faith. The Holy Spirit continues Christ's work of convicting of sin and creating faith. He imparts unity amongst God's people and to them he gives power and love as well as gifts for different kinds of ministry. We accept that all men and women are by nature spiritually unresponsive to God and are disobedient to God's will. Each person needs to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit in order to receive eternal life.
We acknowledge that the Church is God's instrument for mission and evangelisation. The local congregation in its worship, sacraments and fellowship, together with its evangelism and social care witnesses to the love and justice of God.
We affirm that the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is the uniquely inspired Word of God and is the only and wholly trustworthy test of faith and conduct.
We confess Jesus Christ to be the only Saviour and Lord and we affirm his deity, virgin birth, incarnation, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, ascension and personal return.
Commitment to this basis of faith does not mean a uniformity of belief that excludes different points of view on areas that are not part of this foundation statement. It is recognised that Partners come from churches of many denominations and emphases, but the points on which they differ are less important than those on which they are united. Each Partner is committed to the principle of Philippians. 2:5-8. Loyalty to the Lord Jesus Christ demands repudiation of both heresy and schism. Thus Partners are committed to an attitude of servanthood as they join together in a Fellowship drawn from, and in ministry with, many denominations of the Christian Church.