At Christ Central Manchester church, we believe that:
- The Bible is utterly trustworthy and inspired by God. It is enough (sufficient) for teaching us what to believe and how to live. The Holy Spirit helps us to understand the Bible
- God is one God but three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (This mystery is called the Trinity).
- God made everything that exists, and he keeps it all going.
- Although men and women were made perfect in the beginning, they turned away from God. Because of this, mankind is now spiritually dead, born sinful and completely unable to turn towards God - without the Holy Spirit giving life (regeneration).
- Jesus Christ is fully God. He is the second member of the Trinity. Yet he became fully human when he was born from a virgin (incarnation).
- Jesus Christ earned our way to heaven (salvation). He did this through His perfect life and His death on the cross. He became our substitute and traded His perfection for our guilt. God punished Jesus instead. (This is called the atonement).
- Jesus Christ rose from the dead on the third day (not just spiritually but physically). There were many witnesses. Soon afterwards he was taken up to heaven where he is now ruling over everything and praying for his church (interceding).
- Men and women can now receive - by faith - the perfection (righteousness) of Jesus as a free gift, because of atonement. This means people can be completely forgiven and made righteous - even though they are sinners. (This is called justification).
- The Holy Spirit was sent by Jesus after His return to heaven. He comforts, counsels, empowers and leads believers. He also challenges non-Christians about their sin (conviction) - and brings them to Jesus (conversion). He also works to make believers more holy (sanctification) and gives them gifts to help them serve God.
- Jesus is building His new community called the church. There is the universal church (all the Christians in the world) and the local church, - a group of believers, in a particular area, who are committed to Jesus and to each other. The local church should bring in the rule of God (His Kingdom) wherever they are. God is worshipped and His word is preached. People are born again, the poor are cared for and sick people are healed. Believers are baptised in water as a sign of commitment and as a symbol of their death and resurrection in Jesus Christ. The Lord’s Supper (bread and wine) is also followed, to celebrate Jesus’ death.
- God’s Kingdom will come in its fullness with the personal and glorious return of Jesus to earth. He will judge all of mankind. He will give everlasting joy to the righteous (believers) and everlasting punishment to the wicked.
If you would like to know more or ask a question, please contact us, visit us on a Sunday morning, or consider doing our “Joining the Church” course which covers what we believe in more detail and has the opportunity for questioning our elders.