The Westminster Confession of Faith
Our theology is summarised by the Westminster Confession of Faith. Unlike the Bible, its authors were human, but we believe it’s an accurate summary of biblical teaching.
What the Bible says
The Bible tells us what love is. God says that love is faithfulness to him in what we believe, and what we do.
This is made clear in the Old Testament: ‘I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments, his statutes, and his judgements’ (Deuteronomy 30:16).
And in the New Testament, Jesus says: ‘If you love me, keep my commandments’ (John 14:15).
Our love for Jesus will be shown by our willingness to do what he says.
Christ’s priorities for the church
Jesus cares most of all about whether our church loves him and is faithful to his Word. We see this in Revelation chapters 2-3.
Jesus highlighted some characteristics by which true churches can be known. The overarching one is love (John 13:35). This will be seen in loving attitudes and holy affection for one another (Rom 16:16), telling the truth (Eph 4:5), and practical care (James 2:14-17).
The true church will also proclaim Christ by the faithful preaching of the Word, and the right administration of the sacraments (baptism and the Lord’s Supper). Finally, much like a loving family that upholds right boundaries, there is church discipline.