what we believe

At All Saints’ church we are passionate about knowing Jesus and making Jesus known. Since God first loved us, we long to grow in our love for him, and each other. This means, we are committed to listening to and sharing God’s written word, the Bible. You can read about some of our core Bible-based beliefs here.

If you would like to learn more, the best way to do that is to join us on a Sunday morning. You don’t need to share these beliefs to come along – we love to welcome visitors who are exploring the Christian faith and run courses designed for those wanting to explore what Christianity is about.

Three basic characteristics describe us:

  1. We are a Christian church. We are a group of people who gather together (we’re a church) because of our shared faith in and love for Jesus (we’re Christians). We believe in one God who has made himself known to us, supremely, through his Son, Jesus Christ. Knowing God the Father comes through trusting in Jesus who died on the cross that our sins might be forgiven and rose again to reign as King. The great work of God the Holy Spirit is to bring people to faith in Jesus. Knowing Jesus rose from the dead gives us the sure hope we will be with God forever when we die. Click on the “Christian” tab below to watch a 3 minute video about what Christians believe.
  2. We are an evangelical church. We believe that the Bible is God’s inspired, authoritative, and trustworthy message to all people and is the definitive guide for us in all matters of truth, faith and conduct. We believe that by God’s Holy Spirit, the study and exposition of the Bible is the principal means through which God transforms our lives. We therefore seek to apply the teaching of the Bible to every area of our lives. Click on the “evangelical” tab below to read a summary of what evangelical Christians believe.
  3. We are an Anglican church. We are part of the Church of England and stand in the tradition of her 16th century Reformers, holding with them to the great biblical truths that were rediscovered at the time of the Reformation, including: the sovereignty of God in salvation, justification by faith alone and salvation in Christ alone. However, we have church members from many different denominational backgrounds and we unite under Christ, not under one particular denominational banner. Click on the “Anglican” tab below to read more about historic Anglican beliefs.

 

This short video produced by the Christianity Explored organisation provides a great overview of what Christians believe. If you’d like to find out more you could take part in one of the Christianity Explored courses we run.


We are a member of the South East Gospel Partnership. The SEGP doctrinal basis is a good summary of evangelical Christian belief:

  1. The existence of one, eternal immutable God, creator and Lord of the universe, who in the unity of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, both governs all things according to his will and is accomplishing his purposes in the world and in the Church.
  2. The Bible, as originally given, is the inspired, inerrant and infallible word of God. Christians must therefore submit to its supreme authority and sufficiency, both individually and corporately, in every matter of belief and conduct.
  3. The inherent value of all human beings, made by God in his own likeness, and their sinfulness and guilt since the Fall. This has rendered them subject to God’s wrath and condemnation, and has resulted in their alienation from his life, suppression of the truth, and hostility to his law.
  4. The Lord Jesus Christ, God’s incarnate Son, is fully God; he was born of a virgin; his humanity is real and sinless; he died on the cross, was raised bodily from death and is now reigning over heaven and earth.
  5. Salvation from the guilt, penalty and all consequences of sin solely through the work of Jesus Christ – his perfect obedience, penal substitutionary death, bodily resurrection and exaltation as Lord. He alone is truly God and truly man, the only mediator between God and man. There is salvation through no other person, creed, process or power. The entirety of a sinner’s justification, from beginning to end, is only by his grace alone appropriated through faith alone.
  6. Before the foundation of the world God in his mercy chose a people for himself out of the human race. He did not choose them on the basis of their foreseen faith or works, but solely on the basis of his perfect desire to glorify himself in his Son by their redemption.
  7. The necessity and sufficiency of the work of the Holy Spirit for the individual’s new birth and growth to maturity, and for the Church’s constant renewal in truth, wisdom, faith, holiness, love, power and mission.
  8. The only holy universal church is the Body of Christ, to which all true believers belong. The Church’s calling is to worship and serve God in the world, to proclaim and defend his truth, to exhibit his character and to demonstrate the reality of his new order. The unity of the body of Christ is expressed within and between local churches by mutual love, care, correction and encouragement in accordance with the Bible. Fellowship within and between local churches is truly Christian fellowship insofar as they are faithful to Christ and his gospel.
  9. The personal and visible return in glory of the Lord Jesus Christ to raise the dead and to judge them granting eternal life to his people and eternal punishment to those who have not believed the gospel. God will fully establish his kingdom when he creates a new heaven and new earth from which evil and evildoers, suffering and death will be excluded, and in which he will be glorified forever.

We are part of the Church of England. Official Church of England law (Canon A5) currently says:

‘The doctrine of the Church of England is grounded in the Holy Scriptures, and in such teachings of the ancient Fathers and Councils of the Church as are agreeable to the said Scriptures. In particular such doctrine is to be found in the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the Book of Common Prayer, and the Ordinal’

The Church of England’s official statement of faith is called the Thirty Nine Articles. The language is old fashioned (they were written in the 16th century) but they repay careful reading. Click here to read the Thirty Nine Articles on the Church of England website. The PCC has also passed the Jerusalem Declaration. It is a modern restatement of historic Anglican belief, published at the 2008 Global Anglican Future Conference. Click here to read the Jerusalem Declaration on the GAFCON website.