The Centrality of the Reality of God

We worship one living, triune, sovereign, infinite, personal and all-glorious God, the centre, source and sustainer of all reality, in three excellent and admirable Persons: God the Father, fountain of all being; God the Son, eternally begotten, not made, without beginning, being of one essence with the Father; and God the Holy Spirit, proceeding in the full divine essence as a Person, eternally from the Father and the Son. Thus each Person in the Godhead is fully and completely God.

We do not consider God in His parts only but also in His wholeness. His glory is the sum of all His attributes. God loves His Glory with infinite intensity; this is the source of His righteousness, as He loves what is best. His ultimate loyalty is to His own Glory. God is Spirit, eternally existing, and unchangeable. In Him alone is absolute truth, wisdom, power, beauty, holiness, justice, love, grace, mercy, goodness, and without need. God is supremely joyful and fulfilled in the fellowship of the Trinity, each Person beholding and expressing His eternal and unsurpassed delight in the all-satisfying perfections of the triune God. Within the Trinity there has been love and personal communication throughout all eternity.

Our trinitarianism is Christocentric, for it is supremely through Christ that God has chosen to reveal Himself to us. From the Trinity we take our emphasis on relationship, community and acceptance of difference in the context of unity. We learn the legitimacy and importance of difference. Neither the Father nor the Son nor the Spirit are each other. There is difference and the difference is good. We may therefore accept and rejoice in proper difference between people. We can be truly unique and at the same time one with others in relationships of profound trust and honesty. We have been created in the likeness of this personal God, though our humanness is flawed in every aspect by sin and its effects.

God created both the visible and invisible universe. While He is separate from His creation He is active as sovereign over it, doing all things according to the counsel of His will”. He is, at the same time, both Transcendent and Immanent through the incarnation of Jesus the Christ and the active work of the Holy Spirit in His creation; drawing people to Christ, to convict of sin and to comfort, encourage and empower those who serve Him. God, in His wisdom, is working out His will by calling out for Himself a people for salvation. We are therefore theists and not deists. God is infinite as well as personal. We must not reduce our concept of His infinity in our attempts to understand Him as personal. God alone is omniscient and supremely free. We accept no teaching that weakens in any way His foreknowledge or sovereign freedom. Through this omniscience we trust in the final justice of God.

Christ, God's Son, came into this world, lived as a perfect human being, died and rose again. Through His atoning work on the cross we, who look to Him in faith, are restored to fellowship with God and look forward to overcoming all the consequences of the Fall in our lives. Christ suffered voluntarily in fulfilment of God’s redemptive plan, He was crucified under Pontius Pilate, He died, was buried and on the third day rose from the dead to vindicate the saving work of His life and death and to take His place as the invincible, everlasting Lord of glory. During forty days after His resurrection, He gave many compelling evidences of His bodily resurrection and then ascended bodily into heaven, where He is seated at the right hand of the Father, interceding for His people on the basis of His allsufficient sacrifice for sin, and reigning until He puts all His enemies under His feet.

By His perfect obedience to God and by His suffering and death as the immaculate Lamb of God, Jesus Christ obtained forgiveness of sins and the gift of perfect righteousness for all who trusted in God prior to the cross and all who would trust in Christ thereafter. Through living a perfect life and dying in our place, the just for the unjust, Christ absorbed our punishment, appeased the wrath of God against us, vindicated the righteousness of God in our justification, and removed the condemnation of the law against us. Christ is at work restoring us to true humanness as we become conformed to His likeness by the power of the Spirit. This will mean that wherever there is true faith in Christ there will be a life which begins to imitate the love of Christ. The Apostle Paul calls us to have the mind of Christ as we think more highly of one another than of ourselves and as we give ourselves to a life of service, loving one another as Christ has loved us. We should expect to see substantial healing of our person as we grow in relation to Christ in the context of the Church.