Our Basis of Faith
LATCHETT CHURCH BASIS of FAITH and PRACTICE
God: We believe in one God, in three persons as God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit; and acknowledge both the sovereignty and the grace of God in creation, providence, revelation, redemption and final judgement.
The Bible: We believe in the Divine inspiration of the Bible and it’s trustworthiness as the supreme authority in matters of salvation, worship and conduct.
Mankind: We believe that humanity has fallen short of God’s standards; but whilst therefore subject to God’s wrath and condemnation, is not beyond His love and forgiveness.
Jesus Christ: We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, His miraculous birth of the Virgin Mary, His perfect humanity and His sinless life of service in earth.
We believe in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, as our substitute as being Him only and all-sufficient grounds for redemption from the guilt and power of Sin and its eternal consequences.
We expect the personal and visible return of the Lord, Jesus Christ, in power and glory, to bring salvation and judgement to final completion.
Salvation: We believe that justification of each person is solely by the grace of God, through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, who was crucified for our sin, and who bodily rose again from the dead.
New Life: We believe in the illuminating, regenerating, indwelling and sanctifying work of God, the Holy Spirit, in the life of the Christian.
The Church: We believe in the priesthood of all believers, who form the universal church, the Body of which Christ is the head and which is committed by his command to the proclamation of the gospel throughout the world.
We believe in the importance of the following ordinances to the life of the Christian and the local church: -
a) Baptism by immersion, upon personal confession of faith in Jesus Christ (not infant baptism),
b) The Breaking of Bread (Holy Communion) each Sunday, as far as circumstances allow.
We also believe that our Services – in which all Christians are invited to participate – should follow a pattern which encourages the responsible and spontaneous contributions of the congregation, exercising Gifts of the Spirit for the building up of the Church.
As members of the Evangelical Alliance we agree with their Basis of Faith.
The church is registered with the Charity Commission (Reg. No. 1139611) and the Trustees are responsible for ensuring that our Basis of Faith is upheld and that our activities are for the public good and compliant with relevant legislation.