What we believe
We are a Christian Church
We believe in one God who has revealed himself supremely through his Son, the Lord Jesus. To know God the Father, we must put our trust in his Son and his death for our sins. The chief work of God the Holy Spirit is to draw people to faith in Christ.
We are an Evangelical Church
We believe that the Bible is God’s word and is therefore our authority in all matters of faith and conduct. See the section below for our basis of faith which expresses much of what we believe. In all our activities we seek to listen to and obey God’s word in Scripture. We also aim to proclaim the Bible’s wonderful message of salvation through Christ to as many people as possible.
We are an Anglican Church
We stand in the tradition of the Anglican Reformers of the 16th Century, affirming with them the great truths which were rediscovered at the time of the Reformation , such as the sovereignty of God in salvation, justification by faith alone, and salvation in Christ alone. Click here to see the 39 Articles of the Church of England. All Christians from any denomination are warmly welcome at St Ebbe’s. We unite in Christ and not under any one denominational banner.
The Basis of Faith of St Ebbe’s Church shall be the fundamental truths of Christianity as revealed in Holy Scripture including:
1. The unity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in the Godhead
2. The sovereignty of God in creation, revelation, redemption, and final judgement
3. The divine inspiration and infallibility of Holy Scripture as originally given and its supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct
4. The universal sinfulness and guilt of human nature since the Fall, rendering man subject to God’s wrath and condemnation
5. The full deity of the Lord Jesus Christ as the incarnate Son of God; his virgin birth, and his real and sinless humanity; his death on the cross, his bodily resurrection and his present reign in heaven and earth
6. Redemption from the guilt, penalty and power of sin only through the sacrificial death once and for all time of our representative and substitute Jesus Christ, the only mediator between God and man
7. Justification as God’s act of undeserved mercy in which the sinner is pardoned all his sins and accepted as righteous in God’s sight only because of the righteousness of Christ imputed to him, this justification being received by faith alone
8. The need for the Holy Spirit to make the work of Christ effective to the individual sinner, granting him repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ
9. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit in all those thus regenerated, producing in them an increasing likeness to Christ in character and behaviour, and empowering them for their witness in the world
10. The only holy universal Church which is the Body of Christ to which all true believers belong
11. The further personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ who will judge all men, executing God’s just condemnation on the impenitent and receiving the redeemed to eternal glory.