What We Believe
We belong to the denomination known as the Free Church of Scotland. We are a mainstream reformed Presbyterian denomination that is open to all people (and all kinds of people). We trust that the following will give you an indication of what we believe but also a flavour of the culture that you might expect to meet.
- that the bible is God's word or God's message to us today. Our aim is to let the bible dictate how we live including how we worship and how we function as a church. Our office bearers subscribe to the Westminster Confession of Faith which we accept as an accurate reflection of what the bible teaches. But these standards are always regarded as being subordinate to the bible. The bible is the final authority.
- that the bible reveals the Lord Jesus Christ to us and that salvation is through him alone. He said "I am the way the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father but by me". We believe that He was born of the virgin Mary, that he died on a cross as a sacrifice for sin, was buried and rose bodily from the grave. He is now ruling in heaven and will return on the last day.
- that the church's task is to fulfil the commission of Jesus and to take the gospel to every one: to tell everyone that Christ died for the ungodly and that those who trust will be saved. We believe therefore in evangelism.
- that Christians belong to the family of God and are to express themselves in acts of love to the fellowship and to the community around them.
- that the Lord is the Lord of the whole of life. We seek to bring the whole of life (thought, word, action, social interaction) under his lordship as revealed in the bible. He alone is Lord of the conscience and we are set free from those who want to lord it over our consciences. Similarly that He is Lord in the church and that in spiritual matters the church is free from the control of the state or any other authority. (That is why we are called Free.)
- that the church is part of society and has a helpful role to play in public affairs though it does not have a controlling influence. The church can advise the state but not dictate to it. We believe that both the state and the church have a primary responsibility to honour God.
- that the church is completely dependent on the grace and strength of God to believe the truth as it is in Jesus, and also to live up to what she believes. We freely confess, and are painfully conscious, that we do not live up to what we profess but acknowledge the fault to be ours and not the Lord's.