The following statement of faith has been adopted by
Grace Church Brockley (GCB). We have intentionally omitted many finer points of
doctrine and secondary issues. The leaders of GCB will be allowed to operate
according to their own personal convictions on all such matters. However we all
uphold the fundamental truths of Christianity revealed in Scripture, contained
in orthodox creeds and articles (i.e. Apostles Creed, Nicene Creed, etc), and
as summarised in the statement of faith below in its clear and plain meaning
and without reservation.
1. God We believe that there is one God, who exists eternally
in three distinct but equal persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
He is unchangeable in His holiness, justice, wisdom and love. He is the
Almighty Creator, the Saviour and Judge who sustains and governs all things
according to His sovereign will and for His own glory.
2. The Bible We believe that the Bible, as originally written by
men as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit, is the God breathed,
inerrant, infallible Word of God. The Word of God is also a plain book; being
clear with regard to its central message of salvation through Jesus Christ.
Therefore Christians must submit to its supreme authority and sufficiency, both
individually and corporately, in every matter of belief, conduct and practice.
3. Humanity We believe that all human beings, made by God in His
own likeness, have inherent and equal dignity and worth. Our greatest purpose
is to obey, worship and love God. However, our sinfulness and guilt has
rendered us all subject to God’s wrath and condemnation, and has resulted in
our alienation from His life, suppression of His truth, and hostility to His
4. The Lord Jesus Christ We believe that Jesus of Nazareth, God’s incarnate
Son, is fully God. He was born of the Virgin Mary. His humanity is real and
though tempted in every way as we are; He was and is without sin. He died on
the cross, was raised bodily from death and is now reigning over heaven and
5. Salvation We believe that salvation from the guilt, penalty,
power and presence of sin, is solely through the work of Jesus Christ and by
His perfect life, 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 whole of a sinner’s justification, from beginning to end, is by
grace alone appropriated through faith alone.
6. The Holy Spirit We believe that the person of the Holy Spirit is fully
God, sent by the Father to glorify Christ and to apply His work of salvation.
He convicts sinners, imparts spiritual life and gives a true understanding of
the Scriptures. He indwells all true believers, brings assurance of salvation
and produces increasing likeness to Christ. He gives gifts to build up the
Church and empowers its members for worship, service and mission.
7. The Church We believe that the holy universal church is the
people of God called out from this world down the ages, and into the Body of
Christ and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. The Lord Jesus Christ is the head
of this Church; 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.
8. The Sacraments Baptism and the Lord’s Supper have been given to the
church by Christ as visible signs of the gospel. Baptism is a symbol of union
with Christ and entry into His Church but does not impart spiritual life. The
Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of Christ’s sacrifice offered once for all and
therefore involves no change in the bread and wine. All its blessings are
received by faith.
9. The Future We believe this world will end in the personal and
visible return in glory of the Lord Jesus Christ to raise all the dead,
bringing salvation and judgment to final completion. God will fully establish
his kingdom when he creates a new heaven and a new earth wherein the wicked
will be condemned to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy in a
place free from all evil, suffering, decay and death. This judgment will fix
forever the final state of human beings in heaven or hell, and in this God will
be glorified forever.
10. Our Mission We believe the local church must be faithful to the
unchanging content of the Christian gospel. We therefore see as a fundamental
priority our mission to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to all people,
calling them to repentance and faith, and teaching them to obey Him as well as
love their neighbour, as they are trained and equipped through the life of a
local church. We believe that it is important for local churches and ministers
to speak the unchanging truth of the gospel in a way that honours God and yet
rightly reflects the culture in which they exist. Yet we are not proponents of
any message which falsely seeks to draw into this age the blessings of the age
still to come; since this reveals a love for this present world and its
pleasures, rather than a longing for the age to come.