As a Christian church, the Bible, which is God’s Word, is the supreme authority for all that we believe and do. Together with Christians around the world and throughout the ages, we summarise the Bible’s message in the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Athanasian Creed, and the Definition of Chalcedon.
We’re a conservative evangelical church, and together with many other similar churches in the UK hold to the core doctrines of the Reformation tradition, as expressed in the Affinity doctrinal basis.
As an Apostolic and Pentecostal church, our distinctive beliefs are summarised by the Tenets of the Apostolic Church.
The Tenets of the Apostolic Church
- The Unity of the Godhead, and Trinity of the Persons therein.
- The utter depravity of human nature, the necessity for repentance and regeneration and the eternal doom of the finally impenitent.
- The virgin birth, sinless life, atoning death, triumphant resurrection, ascension, and abiding intercession of our Lord Jesus Christ; His second coming, and millennial reign upon earth.
- Justification and Sanctification of the believer through the finished work of Christ.
- The Baptism of the Holy Ghost for believers, with signs following.
- The nine gifts of the Holy Ghost for the edification, exhortation and comfort of the Church, which is the body of Christ.
- The Sacraments of Baptism by immersion and of the Lord’s Supper.
- The Divine inspiration and authority of the Holy Scriptures.
- Church government by apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers, elders and deacons.
- The possibility of falling from grace.
- The obligatory nature of tithes and offerings.
The Bible’s teaching on marriage is summarised in The Doctrinal Position of the Apostolic Church on Marriage.